Elden Ring is everyone’s favorite Soulslike game right now. It’s getting rave reviews from most major gaming outlets, people can’t stop talking about it online, and it’s reportedly sold more copies than any other From Software game to date.
It’s easy to see why. The beautiful and haunting open-world title challenges players and entices them to explore its vast mysteries and haunted castles. If you’re a dedicated Soulslike fan or a newcomer to the genre, there are plenty of ways to approach Elden Ring.
Once you finish Elden Ring, though, you might be wondering what other games you could try out that share the game’s unique style. If so, you’re in luck! Today, we’re counting down the ten best games to try after you finish Elden Ring. Some of our picks are other Soulslike titles, while others are games that share Elden Ring’s emphasis on exploration and discovery.
Shadow of the Colossus
Shadow of the Colossus defined the open-world genre on the PlayStation 2. Team Ico released this masterpiece in 2005 to rave reviews and solid commercial success. Critics lauded the game’s lonely, stark atmosphere and heartbreaking story.
Players control a young man named Wander who seeks to return Mono, a young princess, to life. Wander makes a deal with Dormin, a mysterious deity that rules over the Forbidden Lands. Dormin tasks Wander with slaying sixteen colossi, bizarre monsters that roam the barren landscape.
The game features no traditional enemies or levels–instead, each colossus serves as a platforming and combat challenge at once. Wander scrambles to climb the towering beasts and struggles to prod their weak points as he fights for his life against overwhelming odds. With each beast he slays, he grows more determined to see his goal to completion. Players who haven’t tried Shadow of the Colossus yet should play the excellent PS4 port, remastered by BluePoint Games.
Nioh is notable for being one of the best Soulslike games not developed by From Software. The game is loosely based on the historical account of William Adams, an English sailor who visited Japan in the 17th century and became one of history’s only Western samurai.
Nioh is hardly historically accurate, though–the real William Adams never fought demons with a flaming sword, as far as historians can tell. That doesn’t stop the game from being a blast to play.
Team Ninja’s stellar action RPG hits a lot of the same high notes as From Soft’s Soulslike titles, so fans of Dark Souls and Elden Ring will feel right at home. Nioh and its sequel, Nioh 2, are exemplary action games.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Breath of the Wild might seem out of place on this list, but hear me out. Elden Ring features a sprawling, mysterious open world brimming with secrets and bloodthirsty monsters. The protagonist is a silent warrior who has returned from the dead to bring the world back from the brink of disaster. Doesn’t that sound like Breath of the Wild?
Sure, Zelda games don’t feature Soulsike combat. Maybe Breath of the Wild is a brighter, more cheerful game than Elden Ring. However, the two have more in common than some players might realize.
If you’ve enjoyed Elden Ring’s focus on open-world exploration and you haven’t played Breath of the Wild yet, now is the time to try it out. The Switch-exclusive title is one of the best video games ever made, so it’s worth playing even if you’re not normally a fan of Nintendo.
Bloodborne followed hot on the heels of Dark Souls 3, bringing From Software’s distinctive storytelling to a pseudo-Victorian setting. The game expertly blends elements of gothic horror with cosmic dread to create a one-of-a-kind setting.
Bloodborne features the same tough-as-nails combat and timing-based gameplay that fans of Dark Souls have come to expect. Other twists make the game unique compared to its predecessors, shifting strategic priorities in combat. For instance, Bloodborne rewards well-timed parries but doesn’t offer the same shield tactics that Dark Souls players usually favor.
Bloodborne’s monsters are also nightmarish creatures with bizarre proportions and hard-to-understand physiologies. This makes reading their attacks a challenge, as they jerk unnaturally into combat. If you love Elden Ring’s precise combat mechanics, you should try out Bloodborne.
Monster Hunter: Rise
Many game reviewers have pointed out that Monster Hunter shares a ton of DNA with Soulslikes. Both series focus on precise, punishing combat against insurmountable foes. Elden Ring carries this connection forward, introducing verticality and exploration-heavy gameplay that makes it feel even more like a distant cousin to Monster Hunter.
Fans of Elden Ring and other Soulslikes should at least try out the latest Monster Hunter title, the formerly Switch-exlcusive Rise. Rise introduces liberating new mechanics like rideable Palamute mounts and a grappling hook-like Wirebug item. These new methods of traversal resemble Elden Ring’s introduction of a mount and newfound focus on open areas.
Monster Hunter tasks players with stalking and defeating towering dinosaurs. When Hunters fell these titanic beasts, they carve up their hides and teeth to fashion new weapons and armor to hunt ever-greater prey. This cyclical gameplay loop is satisfying and addictive, making Rise an ideal chaser to the challenging and head-scratching Elden Ring.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Sekiro is another Soulslike-adjacent title developed by From Software. Unlike Dark Souls and Bloodborne, however, Sekiro is set in a fictionalized version of the real world. Players control a disgraced samurai nicknamed “Wolf” by his master, Ukonzaemon Usu. The narrative takes place during the chaotic Sengoku period, as various feudal lords wage war on one another in a desperate bid for power.
Wolf possesses the power to reverse death, though this curse comes at a dire cost. Whenever he revives himself, he spreads a life-threatening disease to NPCs throughout the game’s world. As he battles through Feudal Japan, he crosses swords with mysterious figures from his past who seek to control his life-giving power.
Sekiro’s gameplay focuses on cinematic, fast-paced sword fights. Each character has a “poise” meter that depletes as they block attacks. When an enemy’s poise is depleted, Wolf can land vicious finishing blows that end the fight immediately. This makes each duel a tense battle of wills between the player and enemy NPCs.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is one of the best Star Wars games ever created. It’s also a Soulslike, featuring challenging timing-based combat that rewards patience and pattern memorization. This makes it a perfect follow-up for anyone who has finished Elden Ring.
The game’s narrative follows Cal Kestis, a former Jedi who survived the harrowing Purge at the end of Revenge of the Sith. Cal reveals his origins to the Empire when Inquisitors visit his new home planet and threaten his friends.
The game features a heavy emphasis on exploration, allowing players to freely explore its numerous environments. Several areas require Cal to backtrack with new Force powers to unlock new secrets, keeping players engaged throughout Fallen Order’s gripping story. Fans of Soulslikes and Star Wars alike will love this fast-paced action title.
From Software originally released Demon’s Souls in 2009 for the PlayStation 3, kicking off the Soulslike genre with a bang. Demon’s Souls is a willfully obtuse video game that hides even its basic mechanics from players. At the time, reviewers noted that Demon’s Souls felt like an old-school 80s dungeon crawler wearing a modern-day RPG’s skin.
That ethos has stuck with the Souslike genre throughout the years. While Dark Souls would propel the series to international acclaim, Demon’s Souls quietly became a cult classic title among enthusiasts.
Bluepoint Games recently released a gorgeous PlayStation 5 remaster of the challenging action RPG. Fans looking to experience the history of the franchise after finishing Elden Ring should try it out.
Horizon: Zero Dawn
Like Breath of the Wild, Horizon: Zero Dawn might seem out of place on this list. And, again, it’s here because of its focus on exploration and discovery. Elden Ring allows players to rush in any direction they choose, opening the entirety of its daunting map to brave adventurers from the start.
Horizon: Zero Dawn also allows players to forge their own paths. The game takes place in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, ravaged by war and dotted with mechanical dinosaurs. If the words “mechanical dinosaurs” don’t have you already rushing to buy this game, I don’t know what to tell you.
You can fight a giant robot T-rex with a bow in this game. What else does a game need? Horizon: Zero Dawn and its sequel, Horizon: Forbidden West, are two of the best open-world games of the past decade.
Dark Souls Remastered
Dark Souls isn’t the first Soulslike title, but it was the first game in the genre that most players encountered. The 2011 action RPG took the world by storm and introduced a generation of players to From Software’s brutal brand of dark fantasy gameplay.
The Remastered edition of the game is the definitive package, updating the game’s aging graphics and correcting some performance issues that held the original release back from true greatness.
Dark Souls has everything fans grew to love about the series. It boasts cryptic, impenetrable lore that players discover through item flavor text descriptions and off-handed comments from NPCs. Enemies are swift and unforgiving, defeating the player in a matter of seconds if they let their guard down. And, of course, it features some of the best boss fights to ever grace a video game. If you’ve finished Elden Ring and you’re hungry for more, play Dark Souls Remastered right now.