The best souls-likes to play when you eventually finish Elden Ring

Elden Ring may be game with hundreds of hours of content and replayability, but eventually, even the most die-hard fans of the latest FromSoftware game will need something else to play.

To help you fill the void that Elden Ring will leave, we have compiled a list of the best souls-likes worth the time and effort.

These games are all souls-likes, but that doesn’t mean they’ll all be the same as Elden Ring and other FromSoftware games in their execution.

However, regardless of their setting and mechanics, each of these titles is an excellent option to fill the void left by Elden Ring.

Nioh 1 and 2

An obvious choice for anyone who has spent time looking up souls-likes, the two Nioh games are well-regarded for their intense, strategic combat, equipment variety, and interesting boss designs.

If you haven’t yet played either and enjoy Souls games, then these are two titles that you should try out.


Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

One wouldn’t expect to find souls-like gameplay in a Star Wars game, but with Fallen Order, that is precisely what you’re getting.

Though not as intense or challenging as an actual Souls game, Fallen Order’s sabre combat still has a weightiness and impact familiar to those who’ve played any of the Soulsborne games.

If you like Star Wars, then this is an excellent option.


Code Vein

Code Vein is the closest you will get to Dark Souls without actually playing a FromSoftware game because Bandai Namco – one of Soulsborne’s publishers – developed it.

As a result, Code Vein has fluid combat, overlapping level design, deep character customisation, and a currency and level up system copied directly from the Souls series.

Provided you don’t mind its overly anime look and design, Code Vein is an excellent choice.


Sands of Aura

Sands of Aura is not a AAA or AA title but rather an indie game that entered early access last October.

With weighty combat and a gameplay loop focused on dungeon crawling, Sands of Aura is a good option if you want something that won’t require much time commitment.

Bear in mind, though, that this is an early access title, so if you do play it, don’t expect a 100% polished experience.


Hollow Knight

Hollow Knight is another well-regarded title known to a great many people.

While it is a Metroidvania game, Hollow Knight’s fast-paced combat, respawn system and setting lend themselves to a thoroughly souls-like experience.

If you’re tired of 3rd person games, then this is an excellent game to play.


Death’s Gambit: Afterlife

Death’s Gambit: Afterlife is another Metroidvania RPG; however, it borrows far more from the souls series than Hollow Knight.

The game, where you actually work for Death as an undead minion, has class customisation, fluid combat and an engaging, suitably dark story.

Death’s Gambit is a solid choice if you’re looking for a challenge.


Eldest Souls

If your favourite part of the soul’s genre is the boss fights, then Eldest Souls is a good option.

This is a game that consists exclusively of boss fights, and uses a top-down combat system that is centred around  intense battles.


Monster Hunter: World

Although Monster Hunter is not a series commonly associated with the souls genre, its bright colours and lively characters setting it apart, it is at heart a boss fighting game.

Likewise, Monster Hunter World’s combat system, stamina management, different weapons, dodge-rolling and blocking, as well as the need to learn a monster’s move set are all staples of the soul’s genre.

If going head-to-head with the biggest and meanest opponent in the area is what you enjoy most, then Monster Hunter: World is a perfect choice.


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