From Software’s Dark Souls is clearly one of the most popular games of the last decade. It built an entire genre and is still held in great regard as a modern classic. In 2011, Dark Souls shook the gaming industry, with a game that not only challenged the ability and tenacity of the player but also enticed them into a magical and well-crafted interconnected system. Dark Souls used difficulty as a way of attracting players in, not pushing them away, and the genuine sense of achievement after beating a challenging rival was something many players had not felt for years.
With remasters holding it in the public awareness, it’s also simpler to play now than it ever has been. Yet, possibly you’re a bit bored of playing the bells and linking the fire, rising the cycle anew. Maybe you’ve struggled your way through its solid sequels, Dark Souls 2 and 3, and nothing more will quite do it for you. Well, we’ve got a great list of 10 Games like Dark Souls every Fan Should Play, so let’s get started!
The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing has its own twist in the ARPG genre by picking a rather inexperienced time period. Instead of medieval fantasy, it takes players to a place in a Victorian fantasy era where the game lets you play the famous Van Helsing back in his older days when he was young.
It also swaps the Big Bad Demon for a vampire since the game is based on a novel called Dracula by Bram Stoker. Despite the lack of character choice (you only get to play as Van Helsing), the gameplay yet successfully offers enough variety for multiple playthroughs and difficulties. It’s worth trying alone for a unique setting.
In Ashen, you are a traveler who is seeking for something to call home. Light has been returned by the ‘Ashen’s’ rebirth and you must defend that light as well as help rebuild the community by developing contacts and rescuing survivors from the blasted plains you travel. While Ashen reflects the classic stamina-based gameplay of Dark Souls, it has its separate charm and style that fixes it apart.
While this battle will feel similar, the openness of the world is very diverse from the interconnected worlds of the Souls games. You are free to travel this world as you please, find survivors and capture caverns.
One of the main attractions of the game is ‘The Town’ which, firstly works as your hub, but more importantly, reflects your improvement and the choices that you will make. As you save characters and invite them to join your community, dwellings will be built, and it will become a community of light in the twilight. That is the true magic of Ashen.
The game with pixel-based graphics, Blasphemous is quite dark. There is blood, there are bizarre finishers and dangerous enemy designs. It owes a part of its style to Spanish artists, by developers’ own demand, and the world arrangement, a 2D, fight and exploration-heavy game has simple Castlevania fame. But, of course, there are also some points for Souls fans.
For example, your supply of medicinal items is limited and only renews at checkpoints. Similarly, the rivals once dead come back to life, so as it is. There are stories to uncover off the hidden path which will provide more depth and backstory to the mysterious world you slay your move through as The Penitent One.
God OF War
God of War is a hardcore ARPG style game since its earlier installments, just like the Diablo franchise. The game revolves around the protagonist, Kratos, a Spartan warrior who kills several Greek gods to avenge the demise of his family.
The hack-n-slash gameplay is strong and responsive in all the games of the franchise. A clever upgrade system avoids combat from becoming repetitive whereas, the gameplay offers a good challenge.
The latest installment, God of War (Reboot), which was awarded multiple Title of the Year awards for the same reason I am recommending this to you; it’s one of the best ARPG games I’ve ever played.
The Surge 2
Surge 2, developed by Deck13, released last year is a science fiction Souls-like game. It also has mechanics, which makes it different from other games. The main element about Surge 2 is your protagonist, who is wearing a hi-tech exo-suit that can be upgraded as you advance through the game or you get parts for that by killing your enemies.
The story deals with the Nanite scourge which has been accidentally released and while it is serviceable, and that it is not the main point of the game. Jericho itself is an exciting city, as each area and district feel different and will surely keep you occupied. Much like Dark Souls, the game’s environment is fun to explore, with shortcuts and mysteries around every corner.
The combat is the main attraction of the game. The common lock on stamina-based combat is enlarged by a large variety of sci-fi gadgets and the severing operation. The latter lets you target specific body parts and earn armor schematics. The bleeding fast-paced combat and the unique environment make the Surge 2 a worthy addition to your wishlist.
Remember those good-old classic Dungeons & Dragons games? The comics? The cartoons? Well, now you don’t have to remember any of those books, comics, etc to enjoy the amazing Neverwinter that takes part in the Dungeons & Dragons world. You can pick any one of the 8 different classes in this game. Each class holds different abilities and powers that you can upgrade with character progression.
Team up with your friends in a party and raid dungeons and slay monsters. Steal powerful weapons and artifacts and indulge in the brilliant story of Neverwinter that keeps growing better with each new update. It feels like playing World of Warcraft on your Xbox.
Titan Souls is a different genre on its own, but like every other game on this list, it still holds its own uniqueness. The protagonist appears small and delicate in-game, creating the vast, old world and large-scale rivals much more striking and imposing in contrast.
In this 2D game, great timing and knowledge of your enemy’s patterns is the only way to succeed. Picking up a bad time to hold your ground to shoot, and you’re dead in a flash. You also need to hold one place to call your arrow back, which also reveals you to opponent attacks. In all, Titan Souls is a game that makes use of tactics and reflexes. The game has neat, easily readable visuals, and the rivals you’re going to battle all have pretty unique designs that work really well with this art style.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
As one of the best fiction fantasy RPGs in recent thought, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a complete must. In the shoes of ghoul-slayer Geralt of Rivia, you are tasked with finding Ciri who appears to be the successor to the Cintra throne. In the race to find her before the Wild Hunt, you’ll be forced into monster combats, political unrest, and so much more. Like Skyrim, you can choose how you play out your adventure in the rich world with narrative quests and areas to explore.
The scope and depth of Witcher 3 make for one hell-a experience, with fantastical monster battles and gorgeous vistas to soak up. Seriously, there’s so much more to discover, you can easily wind up playing for hours exploring the vast environment without the main story-line. There are endless hours of adventuring to be had.
Dark Maus is one of the best Dark-Souls-Like game and its complete reincarnation. The purpose is to involve cats, mice, evil animals and other rivals instead of typical beasts and monsters.
The gameplay is difficult and top-notch. You begin as a lonely little mouse, and throughout the game, you encounter different enemies such as cats. The fight is authentic, and your fast reaction is required to survive the killing from your bigger enemies.
There is a variety of storylines that you have to follow that lie down in the dark world, and your plan is to figure out why everyone became wicked and feral.
There’s a lot more in Dark Souls than its combat, so obviously, that isn’t the only thing Dark Souls fans ask for when they (including me) want to play a similar game. mystery, tension, Exploration, the feeling of overcoming challenges in an aggressive world and the reward from every small progress at a time, all elements Dark Souls and Rain World have in common.
Rain World is dangerous and scary, and it denies to hold your hand, delivering every discovery that much more exciting. As you go through a toxic, post-apocalyptic environment, you’ll face new creatures and obstacles (some hostile, some not) and must discover how to fight with them, or at least die trying. Rain World will surely test the patience of players who don’t like that kind of experience, but for those who love the excitement of getting lost in a critical, but the gorgeous game world, Rain World is for you.
NOTE: The games are not listed in ranking orders & are selected as per my experience which may vary from players to players.
So I hope you loved the list of Games like Dark Souls every Fan Must Try! If you want more such Lists for other Series like Call Of Duty, Assassin’s Creed, Grand Theft Auto, etc, do let us know in the comments. If anyhow you disagree or agree with me, then do let me know in the comments. That’s all for this list, GG!