Sometimes you just want to play a game that’s going to be hard. Because you have to fight bosses over and over in games like that, you can play them for a long time even though they are short. Souls-like games are the best type of game for that kind of thing.
On the PS5, there are a lot of games that take the different and great parts of a Dark Souls game and use them in new and different ways. Some may remind you a lot of Dark Souls games, but you probably won’t mind if a game has a new system or setting that makes it stand out.
Biomutant is for you if you played the main Dark Souls games and felt like there weren’t enough animal creatures fighting. This game’s gameplay loop is similar to that of Dark Souls, but it stands out from other games with fun exploring and unique mounts.
Before you are dropped into the world to learn how to play, you can fully create your own little creature. The whole thing will feel like Dark Souls right away, even though the story is, for the most part, much less complex.
The Nioh Collection
Why buy just one game like Souls when you can buy two? They both also have versions that have been fixed up. If you buy The Nioh Collection, you can play two great games that let you fight like a Dark Souls character as a warrior or a yokai.
Nioh was already a great game, but Nioh 2 managed to make almost everything even better while giving you a similar experience to the Dark Souls games. The way to play is the same, but each game has its own little quirks that make it stand out.
If you like anime and anime games a lot, Code Vein will be right up your alley. The game is pretty short, and most people think it’s a lot easier than Dark Souls. However, this game is exactly what you’d get if you took that recipe and turned it into a dark anime.
Before you join a group to find Bloodsprings, you get to make your own character. The amount of customization is much higher than in most Dark Souls games, but you won’t be shouting at the TV as often.
Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty
Depending on who you ask, some people might say that Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty is a game that requires a lot more skill than any other souls-like game. This is because you have to learn how to use deflections to your advantage if you want to be successful.
The great thing about this game is that if you don’t like how confusing some of the Dark Souls games can be, Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty is pretty easy to understand from beginning to end. While you enjoy the story, most of your brain power will be used to learn how to fight.
Stranger Of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin
This game is basically Final Fantasy‘s version of the Dark Souls model, and a lot of people are surprised by how popular it is. You won’t be able to change things as much in Geometry Dash Subzero, but at least you aren’t stuck with just one way to play.
You are in charge of Jack, a person who wants to destroy Chaos. Since the story is the most important part of the game, it’s best to play it for yourself and see what else it has to offer. Just know that it’s not anything new or exciting for the Final Fantasy series.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Since it was made by the same people who made the Dark Souls series, this game should feel a lot like Souls. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice tries to go in a new way and do some new things for the soulslike genre, just like Bloodborne.
You can play as a shinobi in a very traditional version of Japan’s Sengoku era. This game doesn’t have a lot of RPG features. Instead, it has a much simpler story and some fun stealth mechanics that really shake up a formula that has been used before.
Mortal Shell: Enhanced Edition
Both the way you play and the way the world looks will remind you right away of Dark Souls. What makes it stand out is the shell feature you can use to fight the many enemies in the game.
Different shells have different ways of playing, so you should switch between them when you can to make it easier to get through certain places or beat certain bosses. You can, of course, just use one style and try to get through the game by force if you want to.
Elden Ring is another attempt by the FromSoftware team to do something different from Dark Souls. The famous Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin worked on the world of this game, which has been met with mixed reactions.
This game is similar to Souls. It has a big open world to explore, and you can ride a horse to get around. Aside from that, most of the combat and exploring will feel very similar to anyone who has played Dark Souls before.
Just one word, “Bloodborne,” would have been enough to give this game a catchy name. This was the first big attempt by the FromSoftware team to make a spin-off game, and everyone loved the faster-paced gameplay and the fact that they could use guns and cannons to fight.
Instead of focusing on defense, this game puts a lot of stress on putting pressure on your opponent and parrying. If you like hard fights and showing off your quick reflexes, you’ll probably love this strange and dark adventure that feels like it was taken straight from a dark and adult Tim Burton movie.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is the best choice if you want a souls-like game with a big story. The quiet worlds you have to explore will feel like a sci-fi version of Dark Souls, and so will the fighting.
For a long time, this was one of the hardest Star Wars games to really get good at, so as a fan of Dark Souls, you should have a lot of fun figuring out how to play it well. Don’t forget to think often, because in this game, those meditation points are like bonfires.