Top 8 Engrossing Games Like "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice"
What Games Are Like "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice"?
Unlike the game’s title might suggest, you're not going to die only twice; dying and learning from your mistakes is a part of this game, something you can't overlook if you want to have a good time. Death is always around the corner if you're not careful, as this game is almost sadistic at times.
Since you're here, however, my understanding is, you relish death in these Souls-like games. You understand how it works. So, let's find you some more games like Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice to keep your masochistic side content.
Games Similar to "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice"
- Demon's Souls
- Dark Souls (Series)
- God of War (Reboot)
- Devil May Cry 5
- The Surge
1. "Demon's Souls"
Developed by From Software, Demon's Souls is a PS3 exclusive, the first Souls-like game in the market. As you might expect, this third-person RPG can be a frustrating experience, especially when you repeatedly die in your bid to outdo its tough-as-nails bosses.
This notoriously difficult game will test your patience at every level, but I'll urge you to stick to it, as the steep learning curve is well worth enduring for what lies beyond. The graphics might be outdated by today's standards, but don't let it dissuade you from playing one of the best games like Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.
2. Dark Souls (Series)
Yes, it's from FormSoftware again. Since we're talking about finding Souls-like games here, it's hard not to include at least a couple of entries helmed by these guys, the pioneers of this sub-genre.
I still remember my frustrating encounters with its super challenging and sometimes, unfair bosses. Back in 2011, at the advent of the first game of this series, I didn't know what I was signing up for, as I hadn't played Demon's Souls, FromSoftware's first Souls-like game. While the game never became easy, even as I progressed further, I learned to accept death with grace.
Accepting that it's not your run-of-the-mill game is the first prerequisite to enjoy this gem. Like I have already implied, you'll die a lot, even when you least expect to. You feel humiliated when even a miniature creature hands it to you with its swift blows as you frenziedly try to figure out a way to avoid death.
But when you finally concur that troublesome boss or mini-boss, the satisfaction is unparalleled, something I rarely feel in games these days. People clamoring for an easy mode forget that Dark Souls series is hinged upon its steep difficulty, without which this series will lose the very same thing it stands for, providing a real challenge to gamers.
Developed by, you guessed it—the same studio that developed Dark Souls— Bloodborne is another excruciatingly difficult game where it's hard to stay on your feet for more than a couple of minutes. With monsters and infected people lurking all around the city of Yharnam, it seems almost impossible to conquer everyone and everything.
Even if you've mastered the Dark Souls series, Bloodborne's combat style will take some getting used to. The most likely scenario will be you getting whooped time and time again, especially in the beginning. Be a little patient, however, and Bloodborne becomes a less hellish ride, still rigged with unfair challenges all across the map, though with lesser surprises up its sleeve.
For most of your journey, you'll be on your own. You're no superhuman warrior; you're just a loner whose only mission is to survive the wrath of all these bloodthirsty creatures. The world sure is doom-laden, but it's hauntingly beautiful, welcoming you with open arms, only to crush you every chance it gets.
Every time you think you've gotten a hold of the game, Bloodborne compels you to take a step back or two, showing you who's the real boss.
4. "God of War" (Reboot)
God of War holds a special place in my heart. I still remember playing the first one on my PS2 and being amazed by how wonderful it looked and played! Nothing felt more satisfactory than beating those larger-than-life Gods and demi-Gods.
Over the years, GOW has changed a lot, but at its core lies the same fun hack and slash gameplay we all love. Things, however, had started getting a little stale as we were getting tired of beating up Gods over and over again. No one knew it better than the guys at Santa Monica Studios, the developers behind this series. So, they changed the formula a little by bringing Kratos' son into the mix.
An older, grubbier Kratos teaming up with his son and going on an adventure doesn't really sound much fun, considering God of War is a ruthless hack-and-slash game where the story is a mere shorthand for its endlessly fun combat. Given the nature of this series, balancing the storyline and gameplay must have been a challenge, but they've handled it so well that it's unbelievable.
5. "Devil May Cry 5"
Developed and published by Capcom, this Japanse hack and slash title might not have that steep difficulty Souls games are known for, but it will certainly win you over with its stylish and engaging combat design. It should prove to be a welcome change of pace, a breather for those on a spree of games developed by FromSoftware.
DMC 5 is the part of the reason why Capcom is killing it right now. Coupled with the success of Resident Evil 2 remake, 2019 is going to be another big year for this publisher, probably bigger than the last one, thanks to a noticeable improvement in the quality of their recent games.
Right from the get-go, DMC 5 feels like a well laid out game, a love letter to its fans who have waited so long for a well-deserved sequel. With one of the best combat systems ever, it's sure to keep your intrigued throughout its run. Essentially a kill-everything-that-moves, the story surprisingly holds up. It's much more than a shorthand for all the delightful chaos and mayhem.
Though the game starts a little awkwardly, it eventually stumbles its way to remarkable consistency afterward. You might feel disoriented for a little while before getting the hang of everything. Give it some time as things heat up soon enough.
Before we begin, let’s address the elephant in the room. Yes, Nioh borrows a lot of elements from Dark Souls, so much so that it feels like a distant cousin of the latter. Thankfully, Nioh manages to carve out its own distinct identity despite lacking originality in some areas.
It's not a bad thing. In an era where video games, even the niche ones, are leaning towards the casual audience, the more we get this kind of heavy-handed whooping, the better.
It’s as brutal as you would expect it to be. Though the story is not so memorable, the combat is where all the fun lies. Combining the slow-paced combat with precise movements makes for an enthralling experience, one so addictive you’ll be spending hours on it. If you have played Dark Souls, you’ll feel right at home here. Although, some adjustments to your playstyle will be needed before you get your feet wet.
Though Nioh is pretty to look at, it suffers from performance issues on PC. Even after a year from its belated launch on this platform, there’s still no fix, which leaves you with only one option: play it on PS4.
7. "The Surge"
Developed by Deck13, The Surge might be the most underrated game on this list, primarily because of its sneaky launch. People barely knew that something like this existed, thanks to a clumsy marketing campaign. Thankfully, gamers discovered this hidden gem by word of mouth, which in turn guaranteed a sequel.
This hardcore RPG adds its own spin on the genre, adding to the mix some new elements while adhering to the tried and tested formula of games like Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and Bloodborne.
As far as the main storyline goes, it's the usual you're-stuck-in-a-precarious-situation-with-no-way-out, but that's not necessarily a hindrance to enjoying this game. Combat is what matters, and The Surge excels at that. Hacking and slashing enemies might not feel as challenging at times, but it still needs precision and skill - something you'll have plenty of by the time you get to the heart of the game.
Throughout my 20 hour run (I'm yet to finish the game), I slashed hundreds of foes to pieces, but none of them was remarkable enough to leave a mark. Though I'm enjoying my time with this game, I don't have any particularly memorable encounters, something the Dark Souls series archives with almost no effort.
I saved the best and probably the easiest of the lot for the last. Developed by PlatinumGames, Bayonetta is an over-the-top hack and slash RPG with only one goal: to find as many innovative ways as possible to hack your enemies to pieces. There are so many permutations, combinations, and combos that it's mind-boggling at times. You'll easily be spending hours into the game perfecting your newly invested combos and finding different ways to kill your enemies.
While casual players will have their fair share of fun, dedicating yourself to master it is how Bayonetta is meant to be played.
Though this game is easier than the rest, it's by no means a cakewalk. You'll still have to be precise and accurate in your combos and movements. The infuriating camera angles might prove to be a hindrance in enjoying this masterpiece at times, but those moments are few and far between.
If you enjoy this game, maybe try its sequel, which is exclusively available on Switch.
Did I miss out on any games like Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice? Let me know in the comments section.
© 2019 Rahul Parashar