You guys are being a little reductive knocking Elden Ring for having mechanics and quest lines that are often hard to parse without a guide. Zelda Breath of the Wild and Skyrim both have wiki’s and YouTube guides galore. Exploration and discovery is the point. Min-maxing and 100%’ing these FromSoftware games is definitely a thing, but by no means necessary for the average gamer to have an enjoyable experience. Not that there isn’t valid criticism for Elden Ring. It’s certainly the most inviting of the series but by no means universally accessible for everyone. And there is ample room for improvement when it comes to persistent co-op with friends for example. But to look at the whole package, with the quality and massive scale of what has been put together here, you have to be pretty jaded to say it’s not deserving of the immense praise it’s earning.
That said I remember you guys not really even giving Demon’s Souls the time of day over a decade ago, so I’m pretty happy 2/3rds of the CAGcast crew is finally dipping their toes in and seem to be having fun. It’s totally okay that you are wrong about it not being better than Skyrim.