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Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree’s Steam reviews are blasting it for being too hard

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Shadow of the Erdtree is here, but many Elden Ring players on Steam are complaining that this expansion too hard, leaving negative reviews. As a result, Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree is now rated ‘Mixed’ on Steam.

From Software’s games, from Demon’s Souls and beyond, are known for their difficulty. But, as with previous From games, Elden Ring fans have come to terms with that. One bonus with Elden Ring’s open-world design is that if enemies are kicking your bottom, you can always go somewhere else.

But even hardcore Elden Ring fans have been shocked by just how hard Shadow of the Erdtree is, leading to incensed Steam reviews. Some of the negative reviews bring up performance, but mostly it’s the difficulty players are grumbling about on Steam.

“The bosses are incredibly poorly executed and are a simply a series of cheap tricks being spammed repeatedly,” says one review. “This DLC only makes the core problems of the base game worse. Inflated HP pools, attack cycles that never end, scaling that doesn’t seem to work properly,” adds another. By contrast, the main game is rated “Very Positive”.

Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree, a being collapsing to the ground.
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“If we really wanted the whole world to play the game, we could just crank the difficulty down more and more. But that wasn’t the right approach,” explains From Software president Hidetaka Miyazaki in a recent interview with The Guardian. Though going by these reviews, it’s long-time From Software fans, not newcomers, that are struggling with Shadow of the Erdtree. Has From Software made a horrible, horrible mistake? Maybe not.

As Miyazaki puts it in that interview, “The sense of achievement that players gain from overcoming these hurdles is such a fundamental part of the experience.” The ‘git gud’ mentality is prevalent amongst From fans, Elden Ring players included. So we expect most of the players who left negative reviews will keep on battling, despite their noise.

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That said, From does have the chance to do something about the technical issues other reviews have raised. Problems include frame rate drops and camera issues, and that’s something that no amount of persistence will fix.

Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree is out now, priced £34.99/$39.99 (base Elden Ring game required).

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