2022 has been a huge, inspirational year for me in the form of video games. Thanks to my brother's patience and guidance, I've finally faced my fears and began playing FromSoftware games starting with Elden Ring and working my way backwards in their Soulsborne series.
A brief backstory of my Soulsborne experience:
I started with the original Demon's Souls on PS3 but I absolutely hated the game and avoided all of the Dark Souls titles afterwards. Bloodborne then became the title that kept FromSoftware on my radar due to its incredible art direction and atmosphere. My brother encouraged me to play Sekiro but I was too scared of its parry system to give it an honest try. Then the Elden Ring hype happened this year, finally sparking the biggest interest in actually playing a FromSoft game for me. My brother finally sold me on it and the rest was history.
These games have made a huge impact on me artistically, boasting textural detail, character and game design, atmosphere, and lore that make the worlds, stories, and gameplay of these titles so rich. I've had a fair share of tears, frustration, and anger bursts playing these games (I don't think I've ever had to play my own music to calm myself down while playing a video game before) but there's something so satisfying in defeating a FromSoft boss or figuring out a hidden secret solely relying on Soulsborne logic. Each of these games sparked an illustration to commemorate the achievement of completing the first playthrough. So here's the current collection of these illustrations in chronological order of my Soulsborne playthrough: