This piece contains spoilers for a few Elden Ring bosses.
For the first few hours of Elden Ring, I was miserable. I’d embarked on my journey into the Lands Between with a preconceived notion in my head: that I would be a serious swordswoman, sticking to the straight and narrow with my fighting style. I would use my powers of dodging, rolling and occasionally landing a hit to grind down my enemies’ health bars. Nothing fancy, just good old-fashioned, no-nonsense melee combat. That’s the way you’re supposed to play a Souls game, right?