elden ring is the funnest game to come out in years, thanks to FromSoftware’s keen understanding of absurd comedy and player behavior. The gothic landscape of the Souls games has mountains of corpses, camps destroyed, warriors weeping over their fallen comrades. They also have really big hats.
Absurd comedy happens when a logical world is disrupted. It is the sudden movement from coherence to incoherence; You think you know the world you’re in and then something crashes in and messes it all up. It doesn’t matter what kind of world it is, just that it’s consistent and clear – and then broken by something that contradicts it as much as possible. The stronger the coherence and the more disruptive the incoherence, the funnier it gets.
Every grafted monster, skeletal bird, and gutted giant makes up the crazy stunts, elaborate fashions, and gritty you-died comedy elden ring all the more acute. But that’s just the most obvious benefit of FromSoftware’s creative abilities. They’ve mastered a type of comedy available to any game developer but rarely used: environmental jokes.
Watch the video above to learn more about how FromSoftware directs their jokes elden ring and beyond.
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