This list will contain only the soulslike games I have played, and I will update it in the future once I play a new soulslike game. Some of the popular soulslike games I haven’t played are Bloodborne, Nioh 2, Demon’s Souls Remake, Remnant: From the Ashes.
The following list starts from the games goes from worse to best.
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Mortal Shell is a good indie soulslike game that has some nice ideas like the hardening system. For an indie game, it did a lot of things right although it has some problems that I would like to mention.
First, the story is uninteresting and forgettable, second, the hardening system while it is unique it can make the game way too easy because you can negate a lot of damage with it and it isn’t hard to pull off.
Lastly, the bosses aren’t that interesting and the game doesn’t have a lot of content.
Surge 2 is a solid soulslike game and offers a combat system that is unlike anything we have seen in this genre. Targeting the enemy’s body parts brings a new dimension to the combat, because the player has to decide whether or not to focus on an armored body part(in case he want to get the armor) or focus on an unarmored body part to eliminate the enemy faster.
The game has very good and clean graphics, but it has some flaws that kept it from ranking higher in this list. One of the flaws for me is the story which is uninteresting and forgettable, the other is the bosses that you will fight in the game. The bosses in Surge 2 aren’t as interesting and entartaining to fight against as the bosses you will find in the games that ranked above Surge 2 in this list.
Dark Souls Remastered is a good game but its dated compared to other games that are above it(except Demon’s Souls which is another story). Dark Souls Remastered has some things like four-direction rolling that make it annoying. Another thing is the horrible placement of bonfires.
These quality of life changes would improve the experience overall without taking from the difficulty of the game.
I will explain the reason why this isn’t above Demon’s Souls in the next section.
Even though this is the first soulslike game I played Demon’s Souls last. Even though it has dated graphics and the four -direction roll it is a little more challenging than Dark Souls Remastered and that makes it more interesting for me.
The thing I like about Demon’s Souls is that it pushes you to your limits when you start playing it, especially if you have played the other Dark Souls games before because I expected it to have bonfires in the areas and it came as a huge surprise that it had only one bonfire per area.
That meant that when you died you had to walk from the start of the area all the way back to the boss. Of course, there are shortcuts but it still is annoying and punishing.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a solid game. It has an interesting story with characters that make you care about them and a combat system that is heavily inspired by Sekiro though not as polished as Sekiro’s combat system.
The only big drawback for this game is that the bosses aren’t interesting(at least in my opinion). Bosses are a vital part of this type of games and if a game doesn’t have entertaining bosses then everything else feels shallow.
Even though it is a good game and we had a long time to see a single-player Star Wars game, the sequel(if they decide to do a sequel) needs to have better and more interesting boss fights.
If you want an anime soulslike game then this is the choice for you. Code Vein has a lot of similarities with Dark Souls games but it also has a lot of things that make it unique, like the amazing story, the interesting character, the superb character creation system, and some quality of life improvements like adding a map that shows where have you been to make it easier to navigate through the areas.
Also for those of you that will say having a map makes the game easy you are wrong. Trust me I am as hardcore as it gets when it comes to gaming as you will see when I talk about Sekiro, but not having a map doesn’t make the game more difficult it just makes it tedious. Having to waste time finding the right way to go is a chore for me and I always hated doing it.
Code Vein also offers a new type of class system than the other soulslike games in this list that makes it stand out.
Dark Souls 3 for me, while it has a lot of great improvements like visuals compared to the other Dark Souls games, it has the disadvantage that it doesn’t have the same dual-wielding system that we saw in Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin. If Dark Souls 3 had that system then it would be above Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin in this list.
I believe that system was something amazing and changing it was a bad decision.
Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin is for me the best Dark Souls game. It is the most challenging and it has the best combat system. The dual-wielding system of Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin is something unique and it is unfortunate that they revamped it in Dark Souls 3.
The game also has the best looking armors compared to the other Dark Souls games. If you want the best Dark Souls has to offer then this is the game you should play in my opinion.
I haven’t yet played Nioh 2 and based on what I heard it might surpass the first Nioh but until then Nioh is my second favorite soulslike game.
After Sekiro, Nioh has the best combat system out of all the other soulslike games I have played. Nioh has a lot of new things that you don’t see in the other games on this list which I won’t describe here since this isn’t the purpose of this article.
The only drawback of Nioh is the story since I believe that it is forgettable but if you don’t really care about the story then this is an amazing game to play if you like soulslike and challenging games.
Sekiro is by far my favorite soulslike game and not only that, but it is also my favorite single-player game in general. Sekiro has the most fluid and fun combat system I have ever seen in a video game. It is also the most challenging single-player game I have ever played.
As I have said in the article I wrote about it, I beat it in the hardest possible settings(ng+7, no demon bell, no Kuro’s charm) four times, one for each ending. The total number of times I have beaten it is 12.
I believe it is a game you must play if you want to play something challenging.
That’s it for my review guys, I hope you liked it. If you agree or disagree with the list, write a comment down below and tell me your opinion. See ya in the next article.
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