Souls-like games are characterized by a high level of difficulty and this factor has attracted many players around the world in recent years. The genre was popularized by the style of the Dark Souls series , a franchise developed by From Software , responsible for inspiring the name of the category of games “similar” to the Souls series. Souls-like titles feature attack, defense and dodge combat systems. In addition, they have enemies that do a lot of damage and require strategies when attacking.
In this category, deaths are usually accompanied by the loss of something important in the game, such as experience and equipment. Here is a list of 10 best games of Souls-like.
Set in the feudal period, one of the most complex in Japanese history, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice has an intriguing storyline combined with gameplay and challenging moments. The combat system is the main highlight of the game. The user is obliged to understand how each enemy behaves in order to beat him and this requires a strategy to break their posture meter.
Without a doubt, Sekiro is one of the most challenging games today and each element that can be collected on the map makes a lot of difference during the campaign. Launched in 2019, Sekiro is developed by From Software and is available for Xbox One , PlayStation 4 ( PS4 ) and PC. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice was elected the game of the year in 2019
To stay alive during the Mortal Shell campaign, you need to be very careful with every move, and especially with every fight. The enemies of the game are difficult to defeat and require precise actions, as the opportunity to defeat them can be unique. Upon dying, the player has a chance to revive, but the character loses protection and any attack to recover it is definitely fatal.
Mortal Shell is an action RPG released in August this year for Xbox One, PS4 and PC. Mortal Shell was released in August 2020 and drew attention for the similarities with Dark Soul
Dark Souls 3
The series’ latest release, Dark Souls 3 is a reflection of the construction of a genre that was developed in recent years. With enemies extremely difficult to defeat, the game features traps that can facilitate the death of players at any time. Even many of these traps are unavoidable, which makes players heavily dependent on luck on the map.
Dark Souls 3 was released in 2016 by From Software for Xbox One, PS4 and PC. Dark Souls 3 evolved the series formula that inspired several games
Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order
With the famous lightsaber, the Force and exploration of worlds, Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order presents all the factors that fans expected with challenging combat. The maps feature several hidden traps and enemies. The boss fighting system requires patience and is based on attack, defense and, above all, dodge.
In addition, when dying, players return to the last save point, lose experience gains and all enemies previously defeated return to the map. Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order was published by Electronic Arts and released in late 2019 for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order was a success and broke EA Games’ sales record for PC games
Even with simpler graphics and arts, Ashen also comes close to games released by From Software. The battles have a stamina bar and each action must be thought out calmly. One of the challenging points of the game is the low number of checkpoints during the campaign.
Published by Annapurna Interactive , Ashen was released 2018 for Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC. Ashen has simple graphics and details but has challenging enemies
Created by Hidetaka Miyazaki, director of the Souls series, Bloodborne follows the premise of the “brothers” and presents a challenging gameplay for players. The game has a high complexity with breath meter and enemies that can defeat the player with just one stroke. It is practically impossible not to die several times during the campaign.
Bloodborne was launched in 2015 and is exclusive to PlayStation 4. Bloodborne is one of the most acclaimed PlayStation 4 exclusives
Like Sekiro, Nioh is also set during the Japanese feudal period. With a challenging campaign, the main asset of the game is the combat system, which requires a lot of precision to defeat enemies. The combat system in Nioh requires quick reflexes from players and management of ki (a kind of vigor) during fights.
Launched in by Team Ninja in 2017, Nioh is available for PS4 and PC.. The success of the first Nioh yielded a sequel to the franchise
The Surge 2
Unlike the dark scenarios of the Souls series, The Surge 2 bets on futuristic science fiction. The game features challenging systems for players, such as hand-to-hand combat that requires precision and strategy to know what is the best time to attack the opponent.
The combat system also offers challenges in relation to the different parts of the enemy’s body that can be attacked and each decision can influence the final destination of the combat. Launched in 2019, The Surge 2 was developed by Deck13 and is available for Xbox One, PS4 and PC. The Surge 2 has a system for collecting and assembling equipment
Necropolis is a survival game located in dungeons that present different levels for the player. The objective is to get out of each dungeon facing several enemies. During combat, the player must pay attention to the enemies’ health bar. The feature that makes the game more interesting is that there is no second chance there – if you die, it is game over and the player must start over from the beginning, that is, there is no checkpoint.
Necropolis was launched in 2016 and is available for Xbox One, PS4 and PC. Necropolis does not give second chance to those who die during the campaign
Unlike the other components on this list, Hollow Knight is a platform game, but it also presents a lot of difficulty during the extensive campaign. The combat system is the most challenging moment in the game, as the character has little vital energy and enemies can attack by surprise or take advantage of a sequence of player errors. To face the bosses, the best tactic is also the strategy and caution to be able to identify the enemy’s movements.
Hollow Knight was originally released for PC in 2017 and is also available for Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch.
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