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6 Souls-Like Games

Updated on August 2, 2017

6. Bloodborne & Demon's Souls

Bloodborne (2015)
Bloodborne (2015)
Demon's Souls (2009)
Demon's Souls (2009)

The reason I put these two games together is because both of them are developed by Dark Souls developers, FromSoftware. The gameplay is very similar to Dark Souls with some small changes here and there. Bloodborne follows the player character, the Hunter, through the decrepit Gothic, Victorian era inspired city of Yharnam, whose inhabitants have been afflicted with an abnormal blood-borne disease. Demon's Souls, on the other hand, take place within a medieval fantasy setting, where the player fights against the likes of knights, dragons, and various monsters. Sounds familiar? That's because Dark Souls series is the spiritual successor to Demon's Souls.

5. Lords of the Fallen

Lords of the Fallen (2014)
Lords of the Fallen (2014)

Lords of the Fallen is a third-person action role-playing game that focuses on close-quarters combat gameplay. Similar to Dark Souls, there are progression system allowing players to upgrade the main character with their preferred combat styles from a range of different classes, each with their own specializations in certain weapons, armours, spells, and abilities. Players will lose their accumulated experience points upon death, just like how they can lose their 'souls' in Dark Souls. Gameplay-wise, there are not many changes compared to Dark Souls. The players can attack, roll to dodge, and block attack, all with the cost of stamina.

4. The Surge

The Surge (2017)
The Surge (2017)

Coming from the same developer as Lords of the Fallen, The Surge aimed to be a sci-fi Souls-like. And it succeed. The game is well received by both fans and critics. The Surge takes place in a dystopian future where mankind has exhausted the world's resources, leading to strained social service and environmental diseases. Obviously, the game features a lot of changes to Souls game formula. For example, armors are replaced with exo-skeletons and weapons are replaced with industrial tools to fit the theme. Unlike Dark Souls' progression system, the game features "modular upgrades" using nanochips found from fallen enemies, meaning the players are able to customize their character based on their preferences. Another new thing introduced is strategic limb dismemberment system where the players can target specific body parts to dismember. Each body parts offer different armor pieces that the players will need.

3. Salt and Sanctuary

Salt and Sanctuary (2016)
Salt and Sanctuary (2016)

Not all Souls-like game has to be played on third-person perspective. Salt and Sanctuary manages to please fans of Dark Souls with its distinctive 2D hand drawn visuals and tough-as-nails difficulty. The game is heavily inspired by Dark Souls where Souls is Salt and bonfire is Sanctuary. You wouldn’t expect a 2D game to have deep exploration and parry/block mechanics, but hey, Salt and Sanctuary certainly delivers. Just like Dark Souls, the bosses are tough and require patience for you to learn their patterns. In addition of losing Salt upon death, you will also lose Gold, making the already hard game even harder. The game implements RPG concepts such as origins, classes and stat development, as well as an extensive skill tree providing hundreds of combinations.

2. Nioh

Nioh (2017)
Nioh (2017)

Nioh is a special kind of Souls-like. Unlike Dark Souls' medieval fantasy setting, Nioh took the historical setting approach by taking place in the early 1600s during a fictionalized version of the Sengoku period, when Japan was in the midst of civil war prior to the ascension of the Tokugawa shogunate. Again, unlike Dark Souls the main character is not customizable for the purpose of story. The players take control of a sailor named William, in pursuit of an enemy, arrives in Japan and is enlisted by Hattori Hanzo, servant to Tokugawa Ieyasu, in defeating yōkai (demons) that are flourishing in the chaos of war. The main character himself is inspired by William Adams, the first Englishman to travel to Japan and one of the first known Western Samurai.

1. Let It Die

Let It Die (2016)
Let It Die (2016)

Let It Die is a Suda51's take on Souls-like game. Hailed as free-to-play Dark Souls, the game features a sprawling world full of secret areas for players to explore. In addition, its world is randomize in roguelike fashion each time you visit, making sure the players aren't bored after seeing the same place over and over again. Coupled with tough but interesting bosses, stamina management, and exploration elements, Let It Die is a Souls-like game with a sense of humor. But remember, this is a free-to-play game so there must be a catch, right? There is. You see, there is a reason why this game is called Let It Die. When you die, you have three options, switch to another character in the freezer (start over), pay to revive your character with kill coins, the game's currency, or revive your character right where they died with Death Metals. Death Metals either cost real money, or you'll get some from your daily free cache. This kind of twist is what makes this game very interesting.


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