Elden Ring is one of the most popular and successful games on the market. It features a large, beautiful open world, excellent combat, and some very satisfying RPG elements. It’s no wonder then that so many people–young children included–want to get in on the action. If you are a parent and have some concerns over the game’s content, you may be reluctant to buy this for your kid. This Elden Ring parents guide should help.
All of those concerns are perfectly reasonable, and it’s why we at High Ground Gaming are here you fill you in on all the important details that you need to know so that you can make an informed purchase.
Elden Ring Parents Guide: The Details
So without any more delays, let’s get right into this parental guide for Elden Ring!
Blood, Gore & Violence
Let’s start out with the most obvious aspect of Elden Ring: the violence. Elden Ring is rated M for mature and is recommended by the Entertainment Software Rating Board for players aged 17 and up. It should come as no surprise that one of the reasons for this rating is the game’s many violent scenes.
Blood is plenty in this game, and you’ll see it nearly every minute of your playthrough. While you cannot dismember enemies yourself in combat, there is gore aplenty, and you’ll find lots of already dismembered limbs and bodily objects throughout the game as well.
There is also a boss that will rip his own arm off him during a fight. And there are also many scenes where characters will be violently pierced through parts of their body, usually their chest.
Overall, Elden Ring is a very violent game with lots of blood and gore. It’s not the most violent one out there, but it’s still definitely high up on the list of most violent games. If your kid has played many violent games before with similar levels of blood and gore, it might be okay for them.
Language & Nudity
Foul language is not something you’ll find very often in Elden Ring. You’ll occasionally hear the words “damn” and “bitch,” as well as a few sexual words, but it is nothing too crazy. Vulgar language in general is pretty uncommon in Elden Ring, but it is still there.
As for nudity and sexual themes, there is some light sexual content but it’s nothing crazy. There is one boss in the game who wears a very revealing outfit that shows off a lot of her skin. Additionally, there is also one NPC that disrobes herself (but it doesn’t show any genitalia).
Lastly, there is one character in the game who is implied to commit necrophilia on occasion. This can be disturbing, but nothing is actually shown. There are no sex scenes to speak of in the game. While I definitely can’t speak for all parents, I would say the vulgarity and sexual content in Elden Ring are okay for a child above the age of 12.
Other Concerning Content
Lastly, let’s talk about some other content that you might be concerned with if you are playing to buy Elden Ring for your child.
Elden Ring can be pretty scary at times, and there are some very disturbing designs for several enemies in the game. The entire world oozes with this grimdark atmosphere that many young kids may be unsettled by. There are also some jump-scares at certain parts of the game.
In addition to the horror aspects, the game itself is very difficult and can get frustrating at times. Many of the game’s bosses are designed to be challenging and some are unfair to fight against. It’s a game where you will die very, very often, even if you are experienced with the game.
If you don’t like seeing your child angry or don’t think they will be able to handle some of the unfair enemy encounters, you may want to find them something more peaceful to play.
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