If you’ve been playing Elden Ring on PC, you might just want to download the free Reforged, especially after the recent big update.
This is because the latest Elden Ring Reforged update has added a whole host of animals to the game. True; A comprehensive list of all types of enemies and bosses found throughout The Lands Between can now be accessed and searched via the Codex of All-Knowing. Updating the mod to the latest version causes a chest to appear in the Roundtable Hold Hub where codecs can be obtained (thanks, Wccftech (Opens in a new tab)).
Like many of the best Elden Ring mods, the Reforged bestiary update goes above and beyond, motivating players to complete it. According to the Nexus Mods page (Opens in a new tab) For Reforged, you can craft a consumable called the All-Knowing Mark. This represents an enemy and turns them into monsters when defeated.
This is the latest in a long line of updates for Elden Ring Reforged. But if this is the first time you’ve heard of the witnessed situation, you may be wondering what it is. The elevator pitch is that Reforged remixes Elden Ring gameplay elements.
These include swapping around item positions, the ability to revive defeated bosses, adding Fortune items that can permanently improve your character in certain aspects, and even difficulty adjustment options to name a few of the improvements Reforged brings.
The model brings a lot of great quality-of-life updates, but I’m a particularly big fan of its remixed elements. It’s not unlike the “Second Quest” systems found in many Zelda games, which usually change the placement of enemies and items as well as alter dungeon layouts.
New life in the lands between
Elden Ring is a great game, but it’s hard to go back for repeat plays. This is largely due to the sheer size of the game, and tracing your steps through a massive open world isn’t the most plausible proposition. The relatively linear nature of previous FromSoftware games like Dark Souls 3 and Bloodborne makes New Game Plus much easier to play.
This is why mods like Elden Ring Reforged are so welcome. Transformative mods like this are capable of breathing new life into experiences you’ve played over and over again. At best, it can feel like you’re playing a completely new game.
I definitely found this to be the case when I recently used a random item mod in Dark Souls Remastered. I’ve played through Dark Souls enough times that I can locate most item locations from memory. But, with the randomizer, I really have no clue as to what I’m going to find in the many nooks and crannies of Lordran. It puts the focus back on exploration, rather than just bee-lining through the game for all the best pickups.
I definitely loved my time completing Elden Ring, but I know that if I’m going to reboot such a massive game from scratch, it’s going to be with top-notch mods like Reforged.