When Demon Soul’s first made its appearance in the gaming world it took everyone by storm. We were instantly mesmerized by the fantasy-Esque visuals and the incredible gameplay mechanics. The difficulty only made us want to play more and learn more because we knew that even if the game was difficult, it wasn’t unfair in any way.
It laid the ground rules for death, told us how to avoid it, and threw us into this mesmerizing castle. This is why so many of us kept going in and fighting. Trying to find out the patterns that each enemy attacked in. Learning the bosses and just how to get around all their moves. When to parry. The boss fights are what truly made us pump up our first in triumph. Knowing that you battled your way through a level and were able to get to the boss room and avoid its deadliest attacks was one of the most satisfying feelings in gaming.
And the feelings continued with some incredible sequels in Dark Souls. But that wasn’t where the influence of Demon Souls stopped. It went on to inspire many other soul-style games that were great in their own way. Some of these games are even regarded as better in a sense. This makes sense because sometimes to make something amazing you need to build on a foundation that was already laid out for you. So we’re here to highlight those games that took the souls formula and made it their own. Here are five souls-like games that you absolutely need to play.
What happens when you have the team that brought you Demon Souls and they decide to make another souls-like game set in a completely different sort of environment and add guns to the game? Well, what happens is arguably the best souls-like game to ever be created. Bloodborne takes you through its dark fantasy gothic style world in such a beautifully crafted story that we’ve been asking for a sequel for ages. It also takes some different strides when it comes to combat.
Bloodborne is a lot faster than any Dark Souls game. You can dodge, shoot your gun, dodge again, and land a three-hit swing with your melee weapon. It makes for some intense boss battles. Some of the fun features that Bloodborne has that separate it from any other game include “A Terrifying New World: Journey to a horror-filled gothic city where deranged mobs and nightmarish creatures lurk around every corner. Strategic Action Combat: Armed with a unique arsenal of weaponry, including guns and saw cleavers, you’ll need wits, strategy, and reflexes to take down the agile and intelligent enemies that guard the city’s dark secrets.
A New Generation of Action RPG: Stunningly detailed gothic environments, atmospheric lighting, and advanced new online experiences showcase the power and prowess of the PlayStation(R)4 system. Ever-changing Chalice Dungeons to Explore: Use holy chalices to gain entrance to a network of vast underground ruins, filled with traps, beasts, and rewards, to explore and conquer alone or with others. These procedurally generated dungeons offer brand new challenges to master, and can be uploaded or shared with friends.”
Remnant From The Ashes
The story of Remnant From The Ashes revolves around a world that” has been thrown into chaos by an ancient evil from another dimension. Humanity is struggling to survive, but they possess the technology to open portals to other realms and alternate realities. They must travel through these portals to uncover the mystery of where the evil came from, scavenge resources to stay alive, and fight back to carve out a foothold for mankind to rebuild.”
It’s also the only game on this list that allows players to play through its entire campaign with two other players. Not to mention that the gameplay focuses on weapons like blasters, guns, and other similar things. It makes it so that every fight you enter needs to be a little more calculated since there is definitely a lot more going on in each of the fights. Each level functions in a similar way. Players will start somewhere and make their way towards a level that finishes with a boss battle. The difference with Remnant From The Ashes is that every boss has some unique drops that players might be interested in. This makes it so that players want to come back and grind a specific boss for a specific weapon.
Death’s Door is one of the most unique games on this list. It follows a Crow that needs to find a soul if he ever wants to make his way back home. Well, the story is described by Devolver Digital as “Reaping souls of the dead and punching a clock might get monotonous but it’s honest work for a Crow. The job gets lively when your assigned soul is stolen and you must track down a desperate thief to a realm untouched by death – where creatures grow far past their expiry and overflow with greed and power.”.
This launches players into a beautifully styled world of life and death. One where you meet some very interesting characters and learn that you need to dodge because your life depends on it. Most of the battles in Death’s Door will have you dodging until you see an opening. The boss battles are a lot of fun and the story is unique so it’s definitely an experience you won’t want to miss out on.
Nioh is a game where players must “Cross blades in brutal hand-to-hand combat, wielding swords, axes, spears and even war hammers against foes both human and demon. Endure the vicious encounters and learn from your mistakes: each death will bring you resurrection and each resurrection a greater resolve to overcome your foes.” It takes the soul’s formula of encountering tough boss battles and the focus on movement and adds a completely new way to play. As a samurai, a lot of your battles will depend on how well you wield your blade. It’s a fun game that puts the focus on the sword to sword combat.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
FromSoftware just can’t stay away from its own genre. With Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice they upped the intensity of the combat and made it so that not only would you fear for your life with every encounter but you’d also do it in a way that left you feeling like Spider-Man’s sword-wielding older brother. It’s a story of vengeance. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is what happens when you take the souls game formula and you add your own spin to it. Literally. In Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice “you are the “one-armed wolf”, a disgraced and disfigured warrior rescued from the brink of death. Bound to protect a young lord who is the descendant of an ancient bloodline, you become the target of many vicious enemies, including the dangerous Ashina clan. When the young lord is captured, nothing will stop you on a perilous quest to regain your honor, not even death itself.”
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