This mod for gruelling Souls-like Elden Ring overhauls the game, adding new features and smoothing out existing ones to make it a well-balanced experience for all.
FromSoftware's games are notoriously punishing, and Elden Ring is no exception. Nexus community modder Kirnifr's Elden Ring Reforged (opens in new tab) mod could even the playing field, and according to the description, it offers a lot more than a new boss or two.
ELDEN RING Reforged v0.5.0 by Kirnifr is out now! A milestone update for an ambitious FREE overhaul of ELDEN RING, with thousands of changes and incredible features. Watch the trailer here: pic.twitter.com/bRF0jPbkZ7January 23, 2023
According to Kirnifr's notes on Nexus Mods, Elden Ring Reforged is an offline mod that seeks "to create a more balanced experience with fair, but still challenging, combat." They reiterate that it's not about making the game easier for those of us whose pets are far better at it, but enriching the experience and addressing balance issues.
As well as improving enemy hitboxes and adding unique camera angles for battles, the mod adds mechanics such as Deflection and Fortunes. "Deflects are powerful timed blocks that give more skill and power to blocking," Kirnifr writes, whilst describing Fortunes as a "new class system that gives new themed abilities to the player."
These features might come in handy to even the most die-hard Dark Souls fanatics, adding a new layer of skills-based expertise to master if you want to parry a blow just right.
The mod also adds a complete enemy bestiary for us to keep track of the foes that have already been encountered, as well as rebalancing player equipment and status effects to make room for new spells and Affinities. We will also be able to adjust our difficulty from Sites of Grace during those fireside chats with Melina, and if you fancy having another whack at one of the hench bosses you've already slain, they can be resurrected at the Roundtable Hold.
The additions and gameplay tweaks of Elden Ring Reforged seem authentic to the world of the game, fine-tuning our journey through the Lands Between without spoiling the challenge. That being said, it does sound like many aspects will address those infamously harsh difficulty spikes, making it a little bit more accessible to those newer to the genre.
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