FromSoftware and the Open World (with Your Friendly Neighborhood Gamers)


July 13th, 2022

2 hrs 11 mins 3 secs

Season 1

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About this Episode

Elden Ring Month continues! FromSoftware certainly didn't invent the open world, and they didn't really invent any of the open world design decisions that helped make Elden Ring a success. So what makes a good open world? In this Break from the Backlog, Dave is joined by Andrew and Dylan from Your Friendly Neighborhood Gamers to discuss open-world games as a whole, as well as how FromSoftware learned from the best to make Elden Ring.

Intro, Personal Histories, Good Open Worlds 0:33
Checkboxes and Map Markers- Eeevillll(?) 44:17
Demerits 56:20
Elden Ring 1:14:25
Going Forward 1:51:28

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