Rahul is a video game addict. Some of his favorite games are "Red Dead Redemption 2" and "The Witcher 3."
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 the unforgiving but engaging combat system of Dark Souls. If you want a real challenge, take a look.
Games Similar to Dark Souls
- Lords of The Fallen
- Demon's Souls
- Dragon's Dogma
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
- Legend of Grimrock
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.
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.
Boombaztic from Russia on January 08, 2017:
I've played The Witcher 3 and The Shadow of Mordor. Very nice games, I'd definitely recommend them to everyone! Nice article!