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Elden Ring Reaches 750,000 Players On Steam

Elden Ring Reaches 750,000 Players On Steam

Elden Ring has been a long time coming, but who would have thought that the hype would be this big?

It’s official: it’s in the papers. Elden Ring is FromSoft’s biggest and most hyped launch to date. The latest game from the iconic studio that brought us the Soulslike, Soulsborne, Soulbornkiro, whatever you’d like to call it, genre has attracted over 750,000 concurrent Steam players. There’s been a spate of negative user reviews generating thanks to its inconsistent PC performance; this success can be even seen in gaming marketplaces that specialize in selling game accounts and other types of services. Publisher Bandai Namco has yet to announce the game’s official launch sales, but we’ve seen massive success just from Steam alone, so it’s easy to assume that the numbers are above 1,000,000 at launch if the PC numbers alone are anything to go by.

Comparing Elden Dark to Other Dark Souls Games

On launch day, Elden Ring hit a peak concurrent player count on Steam of 764,835 players. When you compare that to Dark Souls 3 which had 129,975 players and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice which had an all-time peak of 125,315 players, you can see just how huge these numbers are on PC. If we crunch the numbers, we can see that Elden Ring had nearly six times more concurrent players than Dark Souls 3’s highest ever peak. The player numbers will constantly change on Steam – no game sits at the top forever, after all.

Performance is A Big Issue

It’s not all good news for Elden Ring despite hitting such high numbers. The game has attracted a swathe of negative reviews on Steam thanks to its dubious performance on PC. Digital Foundry’s statement of Elden Ring’s performance being a mixed bag right now is putting it lightly, to say the least. Even with the 1.02 available to download now, PC users can see stutters of up to 250 milliseconds in length when new areas, effects, and enemies appear on the screen. At its worst, Elden Ring players experience “tumbling frame-time issues” that drop the frame rate from 60 to 40. A look at the Steam reviews shows that over 7,000 of them consist of negatives shows that these performance issues are not lost on PC players despite the patch update.

What’s All the Hype About Anyway?

A big part of the hype surrounding Elden Ring is the great track record that Hidetaka Miyazaki (the game’s director) and FromSoftware have had over the best decade. This has built a trusting relationship between fans of the games and the developers, as each new mechanic added to the game before its official launch was received positively.

Another reason why fans are hyped about Elden Ring even after its release is that it’s the spiritual successor to the Dark Souls series due to its graphics, story, and overall medieval setting being the perfect fit for the franchise. Especially since the last FromSoftware title, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, was set in Sengoku Era Japan, players were itching for a more Gothic experience featuring magic and greatswords than samurais and katanas.

Lastly, the story is more intricate this time around, as fans will experience a mythos built from the ground up by George R. R. Martin, writer of the novels that the Game of Thrones series was based on.

Final Thoughts

Due to FromSoftware’s attempt at making the game accessible to as many computers as possible, they’ve essentially taken on a situation more difficult than if they were to just leave these PC players behind. Elden Ring is facing serious performance issues on PC to the point that they aren’t just minor inconveniences anymore, leading to a lot of players from that platform selling their game accounts on gaming marketplaces. Almost all GPUs – yes, even the super expensive ones – struggle when going outside into the beautiful horizon but run fine indoors. This is likely due to the game using DirectX 12, a software developed by Microsoft that has been known to produce fluctuations and aggressive stutters in modern games since it takes a different approach to memory management. Variable refresh rate technologies like FreeSync and G-Sync alleviate the issues to some degree, but that’s now how it should be as not everyone has access to those.

It remains to be seen what Bandai Namco does about this situation as the day-one patch didn’t address these issues one bit. This is even more strange if you consider that FromSoftware’s last two games, Sekiro and Dark Souls 3, had no problems across all platforms. In the meantime, there are still a lot of players actively grinding through Elden Ring, even if it currently faces a lot of problems.

Easiest Escape from Tarkov Money Maker

Easiest Escape from Tarkov Money Maker

This guide will help you make money from Tarkov.

The guide lists all the things you need to do, along with the things you shouldn’t, to make money in Escape From Tarkov and get rich in no time.There are a few things you need to know if you are looking to make more money in escape from tarkov.

To get started, you must first sell to the therapist. This is because it will offer you the best prices for non-military items. This includes food, water, medicine, mechanical items, nameplates, and technical items. In escape from tarkov, The money will also enable you to trade with other players through Tarkov Bitcoin, and this opens the way to the rare and best items.

Next, you should try to sell to Skier, because it will pay the second best price. He doesn’t buy whole guns, but you can go ahead and take the gun apart and then sell it in parts. If he doesn’t buy something, you have to sell it to Prapor, where you will also have to level it up in the first few missions.

Do Not Focus On PvP/PvE Combat

You certainly should not focus on fighting PvP / PvE as the main source to earn some money, because if you do, you may end up losing a lot of money.This is because if you are an exceptional player, your chances of survival are around 40%. This is probably still a loss for you if you race in tight gear every time.

Key Spawns

If you know the methods and know where the expensive key spawns may lie, you will be able to make a lot of money.If you are near a place where there is a possibility of a switch appearing, you should thoroughly check it. You always have a positive expectation towards finding a prime spawn in places.

Risk-free methods (Scav runs)

SCAVs are randomly generated characters that can be controlled during gameplay by either the AI or the player. They are generally less equipped than the PMCs, but they still have a gun in their hand, which means they are just as deadly. If you choose to run as a skier, you will receive free gear: a pistol, small amounts of ammunition and some basic equipment.

You won’t get military jackets or helmets that will help you survive the fight, but you can still outsmart and kill your enemies. However, this does not mean that you have to fight battles.

Like SCAV, you get to try risk-free to make money. Focus on collecting loot and avoiding fights during the game. Items like your room key or dog tags take up small amounts of inventory space and can sell for a reasonable price, so be sure to pick them up. Fill your bags with socks like knives, stackable bags, sicc case, and jackets. If you are looking for a great place to go like SCAV, you can try Shoreline Map. After you spawn, run to the extraction point, collecting all the military chests on your way.

Know Your Map

Well, you should start with one map and work your way through it; Understand and master all the tracks on the map by traversing them over and over again. Learning with maps will also allow you to learn about map layout, spawn/scanning behaviors, even dangerous areas and spawns of items.

All this information will allow you to be better at your game and have an advantage over your opponents, which in the end will lead to positive results for you, allowing you to strive for money.

Playing on Interchange map

Interchange is one of the loot-rich maps in Escape from Tarkov that doesn’t require specific keys to access most of its content. Unlike Shoreline, Labs, Reserve, and Customs, you’ll be able to access almost every location on the map for free. AI also seems easier on this than it is in labs or pre-ordering, so it’s also a great place to start as a new player.

Most of the exchange spoils can be found on the shelves. Items like electronic components are very common there, but this is not the main source of income you are looking for. You want to find hidden weapon chests that are left in the shade and in hard-to-reach places. Often times, you can see them in hidden and safe places where other players will not be able to shoot you in the back. Gives beginners a perfect opportunity to loot.

If you are having a hard time finding chest locations, you can also loot the racks we mentioned earlier. By collecting electronics from them, you can make a similar or even better profit from repayment. The biggest drawback of this method is the fact that the shelves are more exposed to other players than the chests. It wouldn’t be strange to be photographed collecting them, so always do this carefully.

BE PATIENT

In just a few raids, you can earn a lot of money if you are patient and careful. Even with a small amount of shared resources scattered in places where other players rarely appear, you can collect a decent amount of money.

Try to inspect the corpses of dead enemies, even if you didn’t kill them yourself. Often, more experienced players drop less valuable loot. Get everything loose, even your hats.

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Path of Exile – A Challenger Appears to Diablo III

Path of Exile

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Diablo III has accumulated plenty of sins since it was first released in 2012. From the Auction House debacle to the seasonal resets, there has been no end to the criticism leveled on Blizzard. Despite all that, Diablo III remains the king of the isometric ARPG loot grind and no others have even come close. Things are different now, however, since Path of Exile has come into the ring and is proving to be a tough and true contender for Diablo III’s crown.

The Classic System with Modern Roots

Path of Exile is not ashamed to say that it took its core gameplay from Diablo; naturally, there’s no way around the loot crawl without acknowledging the original. However, the Diablo franchise has seen better days in the heyday of Diablo II and the original, despite the arguable relative success of Diablo III today.

Path of Exile comes from the same family of games, but it does more to separate itself from its cousins and ancestry. For one, PoE manages to stand out by making some very unique classes and combat mechanics; these focus on gem equipment in order to determine skills in combat.

There are six basic classes in the game; Marauder, Ranger, Duelist, Shadow, Templar, and Witch. These all ultimately have an analogue in Diablo III save for some unique differences. Regardless, the game is easy enough to pick up by the Diablo veteran or the genre newbie since each class performs a specific role akin to the holy trinity found in ARPGs like these.

The one thing that PoE does well is its ability to imitate the tropes and trends of Diablo, without becoming too much like Diablo. Enemies of the same quality are there with blue-named enemies being a “rarer” genus than white ones. Gold would be the enemies that may or may not completely destroy you. From the basic shuffling demon to the irreverent demon, many of these enemies will be familiar to fans of the genre. This is a good thing. PoE manages to replicate the same things people enjoyed in Diablo and other isometric ARPGs, while being able to keep it unique with its Dark Souls-inspired aesthetic and feel. This way, PoE does not manage to alienate a whole player base who may think that the original did it better, and it manages to be intriguing enough to draw in the genre newbie.

Perhaps the only downside to PoE is its Xbox One port. It is not awful in any sense, but it certainly could be better. Diablo III’s console ports are very fleshed out and polished, but this is the first time Grinding Gear Games went for a port of their flagship game, thus this was expected. There is not any cross-platform play, but that is also expected. This is due to the different balancing of the peripheral differences for controller and mouse and keyboard. Being out on the Xbox One for only a year, PoE will still find plenty of improvements on a console and, if Grinding Gear Games finds enough reason, even cross-platform play.

The best thing about PoE, however, is that it is completely free-to-play along with all seven expansions currently released. You do not have to spend a single dollar to be able to experience the breadth of content it has. It does have a cash shop as is standard in F2P games, but everything that could be purchased there is mere vanity items that do nothing to improve your game. Grinding Gear Games is one of those developers that took an ethical stance with cash shops, by maintaining that there will never be an advantageous purchase over another player that does not want to spend a dime on PoE. Perhaps the only somewhat essential item on the cash shop is the extra bank space that would not normally be purchasable with in-game PoE currency. However, many players would find this forgivable as it is not a game-changing thing. It will make your dungeon crawling considerably easier though.

Just Like Diablo But More

It is very similar in scope and size to the Diablo franchise with its sprawling, loot-laden dungeons and drop-in/drop-out co-op where enemies scale according to the number of players. However, there is much more content in PoE due to Grinding Gear Games’ penchant for releasing updates and expansions on a regular basis. PoE is already up to its seventh expansion in the form of War for the Atlas. There is a whole slew of things to do and explore – much more than Diablo III’s meager vanilla game and its single expansion, Reaper of Souls.

With an interesting storyline and hours upon hours of fun, Path of Exile is proving to be a serious contender for Diablo III’s crown as the undisputed king of isometric ARPGs. It is a wonder how PoE does not have the same level of fame as its predecessor. Grinding Gear Games simply does not have the advertising power Blizzard has since it is an indie company. If you would like a break from Diablo III’s seasonal resets, you may want to give PoE a try for a fresh take on the ARPG genre.