Alden Ring is probably one of my favorite sports contenders of all time. Why would I be waxing lyrical about it nine months after its release? Well, it didn’t quite catch me at first.

From the moment my character shone in the sunlight of Limgrave, I understood the glow of the Alden Ring. There’s a whole world out there for me to explore — and I really want to explore, without festooning markers on the map like in a Ubisoft game. There was a real sense of adventure. But I’m a coward.

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