The most obvious way to tell if Elden Ring is a Souls game isn’t its satisfyingly difficult gameplay loop or incomprehensible lore. No, the true test of Elden Ring’s inherent Souls-ness lies with the messaging system, in which players can leave behind asynchronous notes to give their fellow Tarnished tips about impending dangers or troll them into jumping off a cliff.
That said, Elden Ring players can’t just write whatever they want. Messages are constructed, like in previous FromSoftware games, using Mad Lib-style templates into which players can plug a long list of words encompassing proper nouns, directions, emotions, animals, and much more. While this is good enough to talk about what’s hiding around the corner in a dungeon, for example, players also come up with clever ways to circumvent these restrictions for more vulgar purposes.
Here are some of the best messages I’ve found in the Lands Between a little over 20 hours into my time with Elden Ring. And yes, many of them are dirty. I’m a child.
Elden Ring isn’t in Fortnite (yet), so this is probably the next best thing.
Oh good, I was wondering when it was going to show up.
This isn’t from a player, but I couldn’t help but laugh at Elden Ring’s deadpan, on-the-nose explanation of this NPC’s status.
Sometimes the best messages are the most obvious. Yep, those are legs. Thank you, nameless Tarnished.
Elden Ring is intense, so you gotta find time to rest where you can. Why not a giant, wooden chair?
Leave that poor, old lady alone.
The best messages, in my mind, combine text with gestures that complete or add to the joke.
Additionally, it’s really fun when a message sets up a joke...
...and something in the world completes the punchline.
Some of the most disappointing moments in Elden Ring have come from not being able to use the giant ballistae that menace you in certain regions. Give us a lever, FromSoftware!
I think these guys are too far gone to save, but it’s a nice thought.
Listen, knowing your limits is important. Do what you gotta do, just be safe.
Elden Ring is tough with a somber backstory, but it’s also the funniest game I’ve played in a long time. Feel free to share some of your favorite messages in the comments, I’d love to see what you’ve found and/or come up with yourself. The more absurd the better!