There’s one thing right here for each Darkish Souls fan, it doesn’t matter what you like concerning the sequence.
Except Demon’s Souls will get that remaster everybody desires, the upcoming Dark Souls Remastered could possibly be the very last thing we ever get from the Souls sequence correct. It doesn’t imply we’ll by no means see one other dreary motion RPG in trademark FromSoftware model — they are engaged on one thing new, in any case.
However in case you’ve accepted the “finish” of the sequence and are searching for one thing to fill the void, there are a ton of nice video games out now (and a few thrilling ones on the horizon) that each Darkish Souls fan ought to try. Some function satisfying, precision-based fight methods whereas others prioritize RPG skilltrees and upgrades — most have some intricate, mystery-laden story to inform and, generally, large, mysterious worlds ripe for exploration. However every one brings one thing new to the format too. There’s one thing right here for everybody.
Listed here are a few of the must-play video games for Darkish Souls followers, and the very best upcoming ones to observe.
Ashen (PC, Xbox One) – Upcoming
The upcoming Ashen guarantees “excessive danger fight” in a sunless open world, the place the bonds you type with others by way of its passive multiplayer will likely be key to your survival. With a harmful, dreary world impressed by The Highway and emergent storytelling impressed by DayZ’s unpredictable and hostile multiplayer, Ashen is certain to attraction to gamers preferring their adventures unhappy and unforgiving.
Blasphemous (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Change) – Upcoming
Maybe probably the most beautiful trying 2D video games out of the others on this checklist, Blasphemous paints a terrifying, hellish world of superstition and spiritual corruption in a twisted, Gothic pixel artwork model. It guarantees fast-paced, hack-and-slash motion and a deep development system in opposition to a uniquely sinister backdrop, with a narrative gamers should piece collectively themselves.
For those who ever wished to play Darkish Souls as an cute mouse, the not-so-subtle Souls-inspired DarkMaus is for you. Direct nods to Darkish Souls embrace gradual, sword-and-board fight and campfire checkpoints as an alternative of bonfires, however DarkMaus does loads of cool issues all its personal. Its “loss of life echo” mechanic, which summons an ally ghost to struggle alongside you after every loss of life, and attention-grabbing use of shadow, perspective, and framing are amongst its most intelligent.
Useless Cells (PC) – Early Entry
For those who’re searching for one thing much less darkish and medieval, Dead Cells gives a recent and colourful tackle the Souls-inspired metroidvania. A self-described “Souls-lite” action-platformer at present in Early Entry, Useless Cells options over 50 weapons and spells and an enormous, interconnected world to discover. Even in Early Entry, it guarantees a prolonged 20 hour playthrough.
Loss of life’s Gambit (PC, PS4) – Upcoming
One other 2D motion RPG with exact, sword-and-board fight, what makes the upcoming Loss of life’s Gambit stand out from the remaining are its huge bosses and grappling hook, which provides a brand new, thrilling dimension to its platforming. Current updates are sparse for this one, however a Facebook post from this month signifies the crew is tough at work with extra to share quickly.
Eitr (PC, PS4) – Upcoming
Nonetheless in growth, Eitr is an isometric motion RPG set in a world impressed by Norse mythology. It has the appear and feel of old-school isometric dungeon crawlers with a extra fashionable edge, with extremely detailed pixel artwork and lovely lighting.
Hyper Mild Drifter (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
A strong mixture of fluid melee and long-ranged fight, plus non-obligatory, upgradeable expertise, makes Hyper Mild Drifter’s fight as colourful and diversified as its vibrant pixelated model. Whereas seasoned Souls followers won’t discover its fight as a lot of a problem as a few of the video games on this checklist, its wordless story and mysterious world gives loads of secrets and techniques to search out and unravel.
Lords of the Fallen (PC, PS4, Xbox One, iOS, Android)
Lords of the Fallen caught some flak when it first got here out for its unabashed likeness to Darkish Souls, however given the sequence has practically spawned its personal distinct subgenre at this level, that’s somewhat unfair. There’s sufficient meat in Lords of the Fallen (and all of the video games on this checklist, make no mistake) to evaluate it by itself deserves. A deep fight system, darkish fantasy setting, and barely extra accessible motion make Lords of the Fallen an interesting recreation for gamers preferring motion RPG, however aren’t as large on 2D pixel artwork.
Momodora: Reverie Underneath the Moonlight (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
The Momodora sequence has been round since 2010, however began getting extra well-liked as soon as its third installment hit Steam in 2014. They stand out for his or her easy mix of cute and difficult, making for compelling 2D motion platformers with thrilling challenges, nice tales, and charming artwork. Momodora: Reverie Underneath the Moonlight (the fourth recreation) is arguably the strongest in all three departments.
Necropolis (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Necropolis gives some pretty commonplace third-person dungeon-crawling motion with roguelike-inspired components, nevertheless it actually shines for its four-player co-op. Navigating its lethal procedurally-generated ranges with a squad makes its not insubstantial challenges thrilling, even when its maze-like dungeons begin to really feel fairly samey. For those who’re searching for one to run by way of completely with pals, Necropolis isn’t a foul alternative.
Nioh (PC, PS4)
Nioh is a large and extremely advanced motion RPG that’s as more likely to attraction to followers of Onimusha and Ninja Gaiden as it’s followers of Darkish Souls, with its hackier, slashier fight and historic Japanese setting. Staying devoted to its roots, it’s additionally robust as hell, however extra fluidity in its melee fight and the Guardian Spirits system — which provides a enjoyable new layer to the struggle — means there are many choices to suit your playstyle.
Rain World (PC, PS4)
There’s much more to Darkish Souls than its fight, so naturally that isn’t the one factor Darkish Souls followers search for once we wish to play an identical recreation. Exploration, pressure, thriller, the sensation of overcoming challenges in a hostile world and the reward of constructing simply inches of progress at a time — all issues Darkish Souls and Rain World have in widespread. Rain World is brutal and scary, and it refuses to carry your hand, making each discovery that rather more thrilling. As you navigate a poisonous, post-apocalyptic ecosystem, you may encounter new creatures and obstacles (some hostile, some not) and should learn to cope with them, or die attempting. And you’ll die, loads. Rain World will certainly take a look at the persistence of gamers who do not take pleasure in that sort of expertise, however for those who love the sensation of getting misplaced in a harmful, however stunning recreation world, Rain World is for you.
Salt and Sanctuary (PC, PS4, Vita)
When you’ve got a Vita and are anticipating some Darkish Souls-style motion on the go, Salt and Sanctuary ought to maintain you over till Darkish Souls Remastered launches on the Change later this 12 months. The 2D motion RPG is deep and sophisticated, with a big talent tree and lessons to customise your playstyle. Whereas the fight is extra more likely to fulfill the RPG itch than these seeking to grasp the exact motion of Darkish Souls, it is within the Metroidvania-style exploration the place Salt and Sanctuary most closely echoes its influences, with its interconnected, secret-filled world.
The Surge (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
The Surge is much more than only a sci-fi tackle the Souls style. Modular upgrades, a exact dismemberment mechanic that fuels its loot system, and a multiplier function carried over from Lords of the Fallen — from the identical developer — all convey one thing attention-grabbing to the desk.
Titan Souls (PC, PS4, Vita, Android)
Titan Souls wears its inspirations on its sleeve, however like every thing on this checklist, nonetheless retains its personal distinctive identification. The participant character seems small and fragile on-screen, making the huge, historical world and large-scale bosses that rather more spectacular and imposing as compared.
Have a favourite recreation you assume fellow Souls followers would recognize? Tell us within the feedback!
Chloi Rad is an Affiliate Editor for IGN. Comply with her on Twitter at @_chloi.