7 Games Like "Dark Souls"

Updated on June 26, 2020
hclpd profile image

Rahul is a video game addict. Some of his favorite games are "Red Dead Redemption 2" and "The Witcher 3."

Looking for games similar to "Dark Souls"? If so, read on!
Looking for games similar to "Dark Souls"? If so, read on! | Source

What Games Are Like Dark Souls?

Released as a spiritual successor to Demon’s Souls, Dark Souls has reinvented the RPG genre, focusing on the brutal and unforgiving experience with no room for mistakes.

Dark Souls takes place in the sprawling world of Lordran—a city with countless threats around every corner. A bonfire is your only friend, as it serves as a checkpoint.

The games mentioned below emphasize on the unforgiving but engaging combat system of Dark Souls. If you want a real challenge, take a look.

Games Similar to Dark Souls

  1. Bloodborne
  2. Lords of The Fallen
  3. Demon's Souls
  4. Dragon's Dogma
  5. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  6. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
  7. Legend of Grimrock

1. Bloodborne

From Software, the studio behind Bloodborne, is known for creating some really difficult games. Take the Souls series for example—it never forgets to punish you for the simplest of mistakes. No matter how skilled you are, death is a certainty.

It’s infuriating to die often at the hands of other hunters and ugly creatures, but the more you die, the better you get.

Bloodborne is a punishing and addicting experience all the way through. You will fight monsters in abandoned buildings or dark forests. Adapting to the environment and its enemies is the key. What worked on a giant monster will not work on an infected human.

Overall, Bloodborne is a masterpiece meant to be uncovered slowly. Take your time with this beautiful PS4 exclusive.

2. Lords of the Fallen

Tired of dying frequently in Dark Souls? Want to play something that’s challenging but less punishing? Lords of the Fallen might just be the game you are looking for.

It took more than 20 minutes before I died for the first time. It’s a bit of a surprise for a game that takes so much from the Dark Souls series—but more forgiving combat results in an accessible and enjoyable experience.

The combat feels arcadey at times. You'll spend most of your time fighting ugly, otherworldly creatures. As long as you don't expect the depth and polish of the Souls series, you'll love what Lords of the Fallen brings to the table.

3. Demon’s Souls

Just how hard is Demon’s Souls? Is it harder than Dark Souls?

You can’t pause the game in Demon's Souls. That should tell you a lot about the game's approach to delivering the pain. You will need to map your weapons on the D-pad in advance. Once you're up against an enemy, you can't change your weapons. Being vigilant and skilled is not enough here. You will almost always need some luck to get past the toughest bosses in Demon’s Souls.

Just like in Dark Souls, you will die a lot in this game, and every death will be a lesson. Embrace your failures, be patient, and you'll have the experience of a lifetime.

4. Dragon’s Dogma

Dragon's Dogma is overwhelmingly huge. There is so much to do and see that it often feels like an MMO.

The game's combat mechanics will instantly remind you of games like Dark Souls, Skyrim, and Shadow of the Colossus, borrowing the good stuff and leaving out the fluff. The result is an addicting action-RPG with open-world adventuring and monster-slaying.

After an intriguing prologue, the story loses focus and becomes a bit repetitive. But it more than makes up for this unimaginative fiction with its engaging combat. Although you start off by choosing between a fighter, mage, or ranger, you can create hybrid classes later on.

You can experiment with your class to see which playstyle fits you best. If you want your mage to be an archer, for instance, go for it.

In summation, Dragon’s Dogma has the polish and scale of big-budget action RPGs. It's a gem of a game nobody talks about.

5. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Part of the reason why I love The Witcher 3 is how easy it makes everything look. Unlike some games that scream and beg to notice how clever they are, The Witcher 3 lets you be the judge of its excellence. It lets players explore its multi-layered storyline and realize what a gem it really is.

The Witcher 3 begins just like every other open-world RPG. After a while, you begin to realize that the simplest of decisions you made earlier are starting to significantly impact the game world.

These decisions are not easy once you know it's going to haunt you later on. I tried helping a drunkard reunite with his wife. Somehow, I pushed him to commit suicide instead.

The swordplay is not as unforgiving as Dark Souls, but it can still provide the challenge you're looking for. Just take the difficulty level up a notch.

The Witcher 3 is hands down one of the best RPGs of recent times. It’s hard to go back to other RPGs after finishing this game.

6. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor

With its free-flowing combat system and impressive animations, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor will make you feel like you can do anything. However, you're always just one blow away from being dead.

It's a game where you cannot trust anyone but yourself. There is always a possibility that your followers will betray you in the middle of a war. Even if you die, you'll get a chance to avenge your death when you respawn and meet them again.

Shadow of Mordor gives everyone an equal opportunity to shine and have a distinct personality. Everyone you encounter in the game, including your enemies, will leave a mark on you.

What works against one enemy might backfire against others. For example, if one boss is afraid of fire, you can use make a fire to weaken them. For others, however, it might be an invitation to fight. They might get angry with you, which will make them more difficult to defeat.

Swordplay is where Shadow of Mordor excels. It's instantly satisfying and challenging at the same time. Unfortunately, the game has only basic stealth elements. It's bad news for those who love staying in the shadows and completing the missions unseen. Shadow of Mordor embraces chaos and gore. It's a dream come true for gorehounds.

You can rush through the campaign in 12–15 hours, but completing everything should easily take over 30 hours. Although things get repetitive at times, it never ceases to be fun.

7. Legend of Grimrock

Only a few steps into the dark dungeon of Legend of Grimlock is enough to make anyone sweat. The tension slowly builds as you descend deeper into the unknown. The dungeon begins to feel alive when your torch casts shadows across the stone walls.

Mysterious earthquakes and the sounds of menacing creatures somewhere nearby warn you of imminent danger. You never know what’s waiting for you just around the corner. It toys with your mind.

Underneath its gorgeous sheen lies an unforgiving role-playing game, which will remind you of the early days of PC gaming. It's claustrophobic, unforgiving, and relentless all the way through. But if you're a true Dark Souls fan, you're already used to the whooping.

How many stars would you give "Dark Souls"?

See results

Test Your Limits!

Dark Souls is an unforgiving series that will test your limits. Even so, it is an extremely gratifying experience when you're able to beat an intimidating boss! Hopefully you have found a game on this list that both terrifies and challenges you as Dark Souls does.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Boombaztic profile image


      3 years ago from Russia

      I've played The Witcher 3 and The Shadow of Mordor. Very nice games, I'd definitely recommend them to everyone! Nice article!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, levelskip.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://maven.io/company/pages/privacy

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)