The Dark Souls trilogy, especially the first chapter, marked an important step in the history of video games.
Before the release of the first Dark Souls in 2011, the industry had a rather peculiar characteristic: most titles released at that time had a virtually non-existent difficulty to facilitate the player’s experience and the massive purchase of the game in question.
In this sense, Dark Souls imposed its own rules and came to greatly revolutionize the video game market. In fact, it has continued to rack up excellent sales since its launch, something that didn’t seem possible for a title that requires commitment and dedication, even for seemingly simple things like upgrading a weapon.
His success has been sustained over time and, to date, the trilogy has totaled 13 million copies sold. Although Hidetaka Miyazaki’s masterpiece has changed the market, it is also true that it has created a new genre: the soulslike. This led to numerous developers wanting to build their own game from the foundations of this iconic game in the industry.
On this occasion, we will review a specific list of games similar to Dark Soul that can give us unique adventures and with which we will surely expand our experience in titles of this genre.
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Set in a sunless world, Ashen looks like an enjoyable title to play in both multiplayer and single player. The level of our character will be determined by the quality of our equipment, making the game much more focused on the loot of items we take.
The combat system, in addition to the variety of melee and ranged weapons available to us, also features talismans that will enhance some of our characters’ abilities. This offers us a very exciting game dynamic, but one in which we cannot be complacent. It is certainly a good alternative to start something similar to Dark Souls
Platform: Windows and Xbox One
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3 is one of the best RPG series of this generation. In fact, we can affirm that it offers us much more than Dark Souls in terms of story and gameplay. The video game takes place in a fantasy land where you are “The Witcher” and fight against evil forces and monsters using arcane magic and sword-fighting skills.
The Witcher is a story about the witcher Geralt of Rivia, who embarks on a journey to get answers to the events of his life.
This game offers a fighting style similar to Dark Souls, with powerful enemies that will kill you in an instant if you are not attentive. The Witcher 3 has won numerous awards for its gameplay and story, so it’s definitely worth a try.
The Witcher 3 has won numerous awards for its gameplay and story, so it’s definitely worth a try.
Platforms:Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation and Nintendo Switch.
DarkMaus is an indie title that has won the hearts of fans of RPGs similar to Dark Souls. Featuring a nest-shaped camera view, the game stars a lone mouse who wants to find out what has happened to the world of Hazath.
The game also requires a strategic ability to kill all the enemies, as they will be much stronger than our particular protagonist. Luckily, we will have at our disposal swords, bows and particular weapons that will be very useful depending on our mission and the stats we are going to level up.
Platforms: Windows, Mac
Hollow Knight allows us to embark on an exciting journey beneath the surface, where we will find a ruined kingdom full of riches and strange monsters. It is an action adventure of side-scrolling 2D, but that will remind us of Dark Souls for its mechanics of improvement and resource collection.
The game will encourage us to explore the gigantic map as we wish. Most areas are unlocked from the beginning, so we can explore each one well in advance. One of the biggest difficulties is that our opponents will not be beating around the bush to finish us off.
We will have to work hard to empower our hero and thus be able to face tough enemies, which have a series of different moves that will test our reflexes during combat. Hollow Knight is a curious hand-drawn game that will definitely meet our expectations.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Windows, Linux, macOS, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
One of the highlights of the Castlevania: Symphony of the Night series is that it has completely changed the way 2D action video games work. This thrilling action adventure is set in the gothic world of Dracula and his creatures.
Symphony of the Night is very similar to Dark Souls but in a 2D world: we will fight hordes of monsters, collect resources, upgrade our equipment and skills, as well as fight against huge creatures that are quite difficult to kill. It’s like playing the Souls saga in 2D with a slightly more interesting story.
It’s like playing the Souls saga in 2D with a slightly more interesting story.
Platform: PlayStation 4
Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption
Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption perfectly embodies the spirit of the soulslike genre in video games. In this title, our protagonist is a nameless warrior who remembers nothing of his past, whose mission is to redeem his sins reincarnated in 7 monsters: these are the representation of the 7 deadly sins.
The gameplay is similar to Dark Souls, with a selection of weapons to use, but Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemptionis a boss rush, as we will face monsters in succession, without exploring any area except the one where we fight our enemy. It is an undeniably exciting experience.
Platform: Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.
Bloodborne could not be missing in this list. This title is considered by many to be Hidetaka Miyazaki’s best work. The gameplay is similar to the Souls saga, but it is much more violent thanks to the introduction of a new mechanic that will make us recover life in case we cause damage to our enemies as soon as they hit us.
The gameplay is similar to the Souls saga, but it is much more violent thanks to the introduction of a new mechanic that will make us recover life if we cause damage to our enemies as soon as they hit us.
It is set in a gothic city with a disturbing atmosphere, where everything takes place during a night of hunting. Bloodborne has managed to win over even the hearts of newcomers who have never tried a soulslike.
Bloodborne has also managed to win over the hearts of newcomers who have never tried a soulslike.
Platform: PlayStation 4.
Hyper Light Drifter
This video game is one of the most complicated of the whole list. It is difficult to the point that we can end up very irritated if we do not find the right strategy. Timing, patience, precision and planning are the way to go during combat, otherwise opponents will chew us up and spit us out in a flash.
Enemies can also seem much more difficult than in Dark Souls, because in Hyper Light Drifter they are really aggressive and are always on top of us. We must master the drifts and attacks to overcome these big baddies. All in all, it’s a fantastic title that’s well worth checking out.
Platforms: Linux, Windows, OS X, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and iOS.
The Surge is perhaps the title that differs most from all the games on this list in terms of setting, as the story is set in a dystopian futurein which humanity is losing resources due to climate change.
Our protagonist Warren will have to use his exoskeleton and various weapons to solve the anomaly that has damaged the CREO corporation’s machinery. In the game there are several exoskeletons to use depending on the fighting style you prefer and they can be upgraded by adding new parts or new weapons.
Platform: Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate does not follow exactly the same formula as the Souls saga, but offers exciting combat against enemies that will leave us confused and excited. In its combat systems we have to know how to manage our stamina and resources while fighting at full speed against giant monsters.
The video game tests our intelligence as we fight. It is very important to know when to attack, when to defend and when to heal while fighting monsters. Otherwise, we risk getting killed. Definitely not a good option for distracted people.
For most, this strategic combat definitely gives the same feel as Dark Souls.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS.
Exanima is a physics-based fantasy-themed game and is considered to be quite an original title. Combat requires that you recover your skills in physics (if you practiced it in school) to move in a timely manner. The unique combat system that feels like a true extension of the combat system of the Souls saga.
The unique combat system that feels like a true extension of the combat system of the Souls saga.
Each time we stab our enemies will depend entirely on the movement of the mouse. Moving too hard will cause our hero to be in the wrong direction or end up hitting the ground. It is worth a try if you want a unique combat experience.
It is worth a try if you want a unique combat experience.
Necropolis, while taking its derivation in part from the rogue-like genre, can be considered souslike in every way. The video game is set in a huge labyrinthine dungeon and our character, an adventurer who arrived in this world for unknown reasons, will have to find a way to escape.
The gameplay features environmental mazes that will hinder our path and enemies to defeat thanks to the skills we master along the way. This video game is quite entertaining, and can also be played in a group for up to 4 players.
An interesting thing to deal with is that death (a fundamental piece in your plot) causes a permanent loss of important elements in the game. This is when we must be even more astute and develop a great strategy.
Platforms: Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4.
Lords of the Fallen
Lords of the Fallen is a very vibrant alternative to the Dark Souls games in terms of graphics and scene brightness. This title offers us a much more mind-blowing environment, but where the gameplay remains similar to Dark Souls in terms of combat, character upgrade mechanics and movement.
This is a version more focused on the combat system, as it offers us battles against more methodical enemies, although with a focus on the action of the plot very seductive. In fact, combat will be as satisfying as it is difficult. Every hit we take we feel we have earned it and every hit we take demonstrates our evolution in the dynamic.
Today we can say that Lords of the Fallen is a must try for all Souls series lovers. It is completely worth it.
Platforms: Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4
Titan Souls looks like a mix of The Legend of Zelda and Dark Souls in terms of graphics and gameplay. However, in a specific way the game does not draw much inspiration from other titles and offers something truly unique, perfect for hanging out with other alternatives that do not stray too far from the genre.
This video game is perfect for those of us who enjoy combat against much tougher and more complex opponents, as in Dark Souls. Not that they are exactly impossible, but compared to other titles on the market, they are very difficult to beat.
The game has one rule: everything dies in one hit. We just have to find the weak points of our enemies, dodge their attacks and deliver that killing blow. It seems very simple and easy, but in that it resembles the Souls saga, because nothing is really easy and we will die many times.
Platform: Windows, OS X, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Android
… with these video games we will be able to live experiences similar to Dark Souls, since we will find incredible plots and combats, complex characters and graphics that will leave us amazed. It’s all a matter of trying it out and choosing the one that best suits our expectations.
I started with MMORPGs and I still play MMORPG, WOW and Tibia :). Casual player in mobile games and sometimes I play Shooters like Valorant or CSGO.