Eldin Ring is a game that does has a ton of unique mechanics, but there is a lot in it that took inspiration from other large titles. Yes, they obviously took inspiration from the Dark Souls series, but it is the same company. There are other large titles that are open-world like this one, but the closest thing to Elden RIng is the Elder Scrolls series.
There are a bunch of ways that Elden Ring is similar to Skyrim: they both have a very useful mount, a ton of secret areas to find, a massive variety of weapons and armor to choose from, a ton of side quests to follow, a ton of replayability, and give you the option to take your time. Not a lot of other games do everything correctly as these games have.
Yes, they are different games entirely, but that does not mean they have some similarities. We aren’t saying they are the same game, we are just going over all the ways the games are similar to each other. There are many other ways that make the games similar, but these are the reasons that are the closest when comparing them.
How is Elden Ring similar to Skyrim?
Obviously, both games are very different from each other, but these are what make the games very similar to each other. Even if you don’t think the games are similar, you can’t disagree that these reasons are very similar to each other. Putting Mechanics aside, all the rest of the content in each game were inspirations from past video games.
Here are 7 reasons that make Elden Ring and Skyrim very similar:
1. Both games have an extremely useful mount
Eldin Ring has a mount called Torrent. Torrent is probably one of the most useful things you get in the game and without it, you will probably take much more time to explore the world. When you first start out your playthrough, you don’t have it, so the beginning of the game is a lot slower. That is the same way Skyrim works.
In Skyrim, you start out running, but you can eventually buy a horse to take you around places. This horse is extremely important, especially if you want to walk up mountains quickly. If you don’t have this horse, it will take you a long time to get around the massive game world, very similar to Elden Ring.
Both games have a massive world that if you don’t have mounts, it will take a long time to get around. It is fun to run around with the mounts, but if you need to go far distances, it is definitely better to use the Mounts to your advantage.
2. Both games have a ton of secret areas to find
Both Skyrim and Elden Ring have soo many secrets to find that it can be overwhelming at times. Elden Ring does it a little better by having you actually find map pieces so you don’t get too overwhelmed. Skyrim is cool because you can see cool areas on the map and you can decide when to go to each one.
Both games have some seriously cool areas, especially when you go to the underground areas and they all are unique in their own way. They all also have some serious items that you can get from each area so it is worth checking out if you want to make your time easier.
It will take hundreds of hours to finally find everything in both games and the amount of content that they have is actually insane. With the games having more than a decade between them, it is actually insane how similar they are to each other.
3. Both games have a massive variety of weapons to choose from
The weapon choices each game gives you are massive and you can do hundreds of builds with them. Elden Ring has thousands of weapons to choose from, and it even has magic builds as well. Skyrim is known for having a lot of magic, but Elden Ring might even have more builds that you can create.
Every single thing you find in both games is useful in its own way. If you are confused about a specific weapon, just pull it out and try to use it. Both games give you a good idea of how a weapon specifically works. Elden Ring does have requirements for each weapon while Skyrim lets you use pretty much anything.
4. Both games have a massive variety of armor to choose from
What makes both games very unique is all the armor sets you can find in each game. They both do a great job of making all sorts of armor that you can use with different builds. If you don’t like an armor set, we guarantee that there will be one that you will enjoy using, you just have to find it. Explore the world as much as possible and you will have more than enough to have a good time.
Every location you go to, the enemies will have different armor sets and you might even find some in chests and containers around the area. You just need to look for them. If you see a cool armor set, look on the wiki to see if it is an actual set you can get and go collect it. There is soo many armor sets in both games that it will be hard to decide which one to use.
5. Both games have a ton of side quests to follow
Both games do have side quests, but it is crucial that you understand how questlines work in each game. In Skyrim, it is pretty self-explanatory. You need to talk to an NPC and they will give you all the information you need to know. You can then check your Journal for where you are supposed to go and you can also see the location on your map.
In Elden Ring, the information that NPCs give you is very vague. You talk to them and they tell you a small amount of information and you need to figure out what to do next. There is no Journal to determine what you need to do and there is no location on the map for most questlines. You are left alone to figure out what to do.
It can be confusing, but this is what gives FromSoft games its charm. There is no hand-holding so you have to figure out what to do next. There are people that enjoy the Skyrim way of things that is self-explanatory, but there are the people that enjoy absolute freedom. Either way, both games have a ton of sidequests to complete.
6. Both games have a ton of replayability
The replayability for each of these games is incredible. In Skyrim, it is a little bit harder to replay, because you can never truly finish it. Bethesda puts in quests that never end, but you can tell what they are because they never really change. Besides that, the game is extremely replayable because of all the different builds you can create.
In Elden Ring, it works basically the same way. There are a ton of classes to choose from and you can choose another class if you want to do another playthrough. There is also NG+ for the people who want to keep using the same character. It basically makes the game harder, but everything they have collected gets transferred to a new game.
If you want to replay either of these games, then you are in for another long ride, but it is definitely worth your time. There is soo much to find in this game, that any time you replay it, you will always find something you haven’t seen before.
7. Both games give you the option to take your time
One big thing that both games have is the option to take your time with absolutely everything you do. In Skyrim, you can take your time by completing the side quests before progressing in the main story. You can go wherever you want and do whatever you want, so the freedom you get is better than most other open-world games.
Elden Ring works the same way by allowing you to level up early on and explore at your own pace. If you played any Dark Souls games, you know that you don’t really have any downtime other than the hub areas. Elden Ring does it much better by allowing you to rest and upgrade carefully. It definitely is the best game to start with if you want to get into souls-likes.
Skyrim is also a massive game and you don’t want to rush into things. You can easily die, but you get the quicksave option. This lets you test things out without any repercussions. If you want to try and defeat an entire city, just quicksave and you can try. You can just reload your previous save.
Both games are extremely similar and different at the same time, so don’t be afraid to try either of them. If you do, take your time and explore so you can enjoy your time in each game.