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Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree

Shadow of the Erdtree is great, but why is Elden Ring still missing a photo mode?

Is it just me, or does Elden Ring look better then ever on PS5 now that Shadow of the Erdtree has arrived? Everything seems a little sharper in Performance mode, which makes the visuals pop just that bit more. Performance seems a touch better too, although there are still some drops here and there. In any case, there’s one thing for certain, FromSoftware has excelled itself when it comes to creating a fantasy world.

Right from the moment you enter the Shadow Realm, Shadow of the Erdtree takes your breath away. Stepping out into a ghostly graveyard, the view is a sight for sore eyes, even if it is also a little foreboding. The shining gravestones, the long grass, the majestic Erdtree in the distance: take a screenshot and it instantly becomes a work of art. But it leaves me wondering, just why hasn’t this game got a photo mode yet?

Elden Ring not having a photo mode truly is one of the biggest injustices in modern gaming. It’s a staple now, and with art design as good as this, it’s almost criminal that there’s not even been a hint of a photo mode being added. Some will say it’s because of the type of game that Elden Ring is and the fact that you can’t pause the action. It is perhaps part of it, but I don’t fully buy it as an excuse.

Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree Photo Mode 2
Screenshot: GameSpew

Bluepoint’s remake of Demon’s Souls has a photo mode, for example. Activate it, and it will pause the game for you unless you’re being invaded. Last year’s Lords of the Fallen has a photo mode too, and essentially does the same. In fact, you can even take 3D photos in Lords of the Fallen, allowing you to further manipulate certain aspects after the photo is taken. These types of games can have photo modes, then — FromSoftware is just resistant to adding one.

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It seems for the the foreseeable future, we’ll just have to keep disabling the HUD and using the PS5’s in-built screenshot feature to take photos in Elden Ring. I have a feeling I’ll be doing it a lot during Shadow of the Erdtree, too. But please, FromSoftware: on the very rare chance that you do see this, please, for the love of the Elden Lord, add a photo mode to your masterpiece of a game. It would make myself, and many others, very happy indeed.

Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree is available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC.

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