Top 8 Games Like "Bloodborne" Everyone Should Play
What games are like Bloodborne?
With its smart level designing and genuinely challenging combat, Bloodborne won the heart of gamers across the globe when it was released in 2015. It features a lonely world where you fend off against monsters and infected people of the city. This game masterfully captures the eerie feeling of being in a sinister town where nothing is as it seems. Although it’s a combat-heavy game, it‘s punctuated with the right amount of horror as well, which works well for this game.
While rumors of a sequel have been swirling around the net for some time, nothing is confirmed. Fret not. I have compiled a list of some intriguing games like Bloodborne that will keep you busy till the sequel comes along.
Games Similar to Bloodborne
- Dark Souls
- Demon's Souls
- Neir: Automata
- Resident Evil 4
- Devil May Cry (Reboot)
- The Surge
1. Dark Souls (series)
Dark Souls series has carved out a different sub-genre altogether. The huge success of this series has inspired other developers to try the same approach. The end result is games like Code Vein and The Surge, which owes a lot to Dark Souls series.
Dark Souls immerses you in its meticulous world as soon as you set foot in it. Despite playing for so many times, the sheer brilliance of the level designing still amazes me. As you move on to the second and then the third game of the series, it only gets better.
Its labyrinthine levels are fascinating, challenging, and at times, frustrating. The combat, as always, is the strongest selling point of this series. It’s hard, but it does reward you when you’re willing to learn the ropes. Prepare to die, a lot.
All the three Dark Souls games follow the same formula. You’d think swinging the same sword will get repetitive with time. Instead, the more you master the craft, the more addicted you get.
Although Bloodborne and Dark Souls share the same gene, the combat mechanics are different. Get used to the different feel of its weapons before you run amok, tearing your foes to pieces.
2. Demon’s Souls
Developed by From Software, Demon’s Souls is a PS3 exclusive hack-n-slash released in 2009. Do you think Dark Souls is unforgiving and unfair? Try Demon’s Souls. I’m not proud to admit it, but I couldn’t finish the game. The battering I received was brutal. Back then, there weren’t many YouTube Videos or guides to help me complete it.
To sum it up, Demon’s Souls is easily the most difficult game I have ever played in my life. Your only goal is to defeat all the unholy creatures coming in your way against all the odds. You don’t get to save the world. Save yourself, if you can.
You run around from one area to another, collecting “souls” from the corpses of monsters you kill. These Souls are the only currency in this game, which is not only needed for supplies and gears but also to upgrade your character.
What I liked about Demon’s Souls is that you dictate your own playstyle. This game doesn’t lock you into a particular class. So, if you want your character to be a sorcerer and a sword-fighter, by all means, go for it.
The good news is, despite being a vexing endeavor, combat is fun and challenging. Once you conquer your foes, you feel invincible. It’s die-conquer-rinse-repeat.
Developed by Team Ninja, Nioh often feels like the love-child of Diablo and Bloodborne. If you’ve already played the Souls series, the setting and combat mechanics will be instantly familiar to you. Its combat is fast, fluid, and unforgiving. If you have enjoyed your experiences in games like Bloodborne, you’ll love what Nioh brings to the table.
Nioh encourages you to explore and rewards your adventurous nature. Even after thirty hours, I wanted to keep going. Although it borrows a lot from other games of the same genre, it carves out its own identity. You’ll love it’s intricately crafted world.
Bosses are not some dumb, giant creatures you can defeat easily. They’ll sense you, even in the darkness. Even the smallest of enemies can crush you with a single blow. Frequent deaths can be frustrating, but it serves as a lesson, making you smarter. It works as a motivator for you to do well next time.
Completing everything should take around 100 hours, but if you’re just doing main quests, you can expect it to be done in half the time. It’s a meaty game – one that’d take at least a few days to finish. Get yourself familiar with all its mechanics, let the beauty of this game sink in; you’ll be staying here for a while.
4. Neir: Automata
Developed by Platinum Games and published by Square Enix, Nier: Automata is an underrated action-adventure game that released on PS4, Xbox One, and PC in early 2017.
Automata’s sprawling world is nothing short of genius. The game is full of quirky, innovative and bizarre ideas that will instantly make you fall in love with it. It’s a platformer, puzzler, and an action RPG at the same time. There is so much variety and content crammed into this game that it’s at least worth twice its price.
Although it‘s at it best when you pay all your attention to it, this game doesn‘t forget about the casual players who don’t want to get down to the nitty-gritty. There’s no need to learn a plethora of combos. Delve into this and the game suddenly opens up, offering a lot more than meets the eye. The immense satisfaction of perfectly executing a combo is instantly gratifying. It never gets old.
Although side-quests are not as compelling as the main storyline, it does a good job of giving you plenty of opportunities to swing your mighty sword and test your skills against a variety of foes. You can speed through the game in just a few hours. However, I‘ll recommend you to take your time, explore every nook and cranny, and complete everything.
Exploring all the places and different branching stories will take over one playthrough. Developer Platinum Games designed this game with replayability value in mind.
Although it’s available on PC, the port is in a sorry state. Not a single patch has been released to this date to fix this lousy port. On consoles, however, it’s one of the best hack-and-slash game to come out in a long time. If you want to play this game, PS4 or Xbox One version should be your best bet.
Where to even start with this gem of a game? It’s easy to mistake it for an AAA game developed by a big studio with deep pockets. Everything from cinematography, animation, to the story is on point. As hard as it is to believe, only twenty people were at it for three years. They had to be innovative to make this game under $10 million. Most of the big publishers spend more than this measly sum on advertising alone. Considering all the limitations, Ninja Theory’s achievement is nothing short of remarkable.
Hellblade is an underrated game, perhaps because it’s more character-driven and less action-oriented than other games of this genre. You won’t get many opportunities to swing your sword, but it’s super-satisfying whenever you engage in slow but gratifying combat.
Although it only lasts for around 6-8 hours, the entertainment value easily surmounts most of the AAA games that boast hundreds of hours of gameplay. It’s an enthralling experience that never lets up, once it gets going.
While Ninja Theory has worked on games much bigger in scale than this, Hellblade stands as their best work to this date – one to be admired and replayed.
6. Resident Evil 4
The story revolves around a special agent on a quest to save the daughter of the U.S. president. When he arrives in this mysterious rural village, it soon dawns on him there’s something sinister at work here. Harrowing creatures lurk around every corner, waiting for the right opportunity to hunt their prey. What starts out as a hunt for missing person becomes a nightmare as he attempts to keep evil at bay.
Since it’s a third-person horror game where you shoot the limbs off monsters, this suggestion might surprise some people. Once you boot it up, you’ll see that there are more similarities than meets the eye. Did you love the vibe and ambiance of Bloodborne? Did it terrify you to the core? If the answer is yes, Resident Evil 4 will not disappoint you.
It’s a game filled with a lot of adrenaline-fueled moments, some of which make you shudder in fear. Get ready to spend tons of hours running from and shooting ugly creatures.
Ignore somewhat dated graphics by today’s standards, and you’ll see that this game is a gem. If you somehow haven’t played it yet, now is the time to redeem yourself.
7. Devil May Cry (Reboot)
This reboot is a new take on Dante, our beloved hero, who is on a mission to avenge the death of his mother. Apparently, fans were not too happy about some changes, including the looks of Dante. The amount of unnecessary attention this trivial issue got was absurd, to say the least. Let’s save that story for another day.
Coming back to the game, this game is arguably the best of the series. It’s slick, smooth, and responsive. If you’re coming on the heels of Bloodborne, Devil May Cry may take some time getting used to. Its flamboyant hero has a different way of chopping off monsters. The tone here is a little lighter with easier combat that lets you take a breather every now and then.
I loved how it keeps thing afresh by introducing increasingly challenging puzzles and enemies throughout its run. You’ll chop through a plethora of enemies of different types.
As far as this reboot goes, it’s the same game with a familiar formula wrapped in a new exterior. The flamboyance is still ever present. It’s all about style.
The abundance of unnecessary foul language feels like this game is trying too much to be cool. There is no need for it. If you can overlook its attempt to appear like an outlaw, you’ll love what Devil May Cry brings to the table.
8. The Surge
Developed by Deck13, a small German developer and publisher, The Surge was one of the most pleasant surprises of 2017. The trailers had everyone believe that it’s just another Dark Souls clone without an identity of its own. The gameplay, however, runs surprisingly deep with its own spin on the Souls genre.
The story follows a worker whose first day of the job goes awry. He wakes up in a decimated section of his office to find that everything has gone haywire. Equipped with an exoskeleton, he must find a way out of the complex.
The story is nothing more than an excuse to clamp down on foes. A promising premise feels rather wasted as the story gets blander later on. Your job most of the time is to run around and find enemies to kill, and that’s about it.
The combat is the strongest selling point of this game. It’s fast, challenging and unforgiving. While not as difficult as Bloodborne or Dark Souls series, it still is a demanding game that requires all your attention on the screen. The enemies here aren’t very smart. However, they swing their weapons with all their might. If you’re not careful, you’ll die, instantly.
The good thing is, unlike other Souls game, The Surge lets you in on its subtle combat mechanics bit by bit. It stays challenging, but never goes too far. The end result is a well-balanced game, resulting in a pleasant experience from the beginning till the credits roll.
Did I miss out on any games like Bloodborne? Let me know in the comments section.