Elden Ring is one of the most popular and well-received games of the year. It also has some light multiplayer elements that make the game world a little more interesting and unpredictable. Just like in previous FromSoftware games, the mechanic of other players leaving behind messages is alive and well in the Lands Between.
Other players leaving behind messages in Elden Ring means several things can happen. One option is they give you a good piece of advice, such as warning you of a hidden enemy or a boss’s weakness. Another option is the ever-popular tactic of implying there’s some sort of reward for jumping off a cliff when it actually just kills you. Or indicating there’s a hidden passage when it’s just a solid wall. Then, of course, there are the dirty messages.
Now, Elden Ring doesn’t let you just write anything you want. To keep you immersed in the world, they give you a number of words that you can use. This means you’re limited to what they have in their word dictionary, but it doesn’t mean players can’t get creative and make some suggestive or funny phrases out of what’s available. One especially popular message is to just label any animal as a dog, even went they’re quite clearly not a dog. That’s just classic humor right there. It’s also a bit more family-friendly than some of the other messages. Case in point, this Tweet from @PapillonHeart:
Players definitely get pretty creative, especially when they combine a gesture with their message. As you can see in the screenshot, they’ve put this tactic to good use. And hey, no one ever implied Elden Ring was a family-friendly game. If you’re playing a FromSoftware game, you’re already dealing with blood, guts, and horrible monsters. The other players just make sure you get some light sexual innuendo sprinkled on top. Speaking of which, this YouTube video from DigitalBuoy stretches my usage of the adjective ‘light’ when it comes to innuendo. Check out the message below:
Again, Elden Ring — not really for the kids. As somber and difficult as Elden Ring can be at times, it always lightens the mood to see a funny message in the game. They’re certainly more entertaining than those messages that lead you into jumping off a cliff anyway. The game is plenty hard without being tricked, but hey, that’s the risk you take when you play a FromSoftware game.
If you haven’t played Elden Ring yet, it’s a good time to jump on the bandwagon. This is FromSoftware’s first open-world game, providing you with the immersive lore and worldbuilding they’ve become known for in a setting that gives you free rein to explore to your heart’s content. Of course, the game is also notoriously difficult, just like its predecessors. If you’re ready to become a Tarnished and explore the Lands Between for yourself, you can get your own copy of Elden Ring on Playstation, Xbox, and PC. The game currently holds a 97 on Metacritic for the PS5 version.