10 Best Soulslike Games to Play in 2024

Hand-picked for you by a lifelong gamer!

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With Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree right around the corner, it’s time to brush up on Soulslike games!

Once more, it’s time to get good and slay your foes with the power of sheer grit and determination. These soulslike games will keep you raging but also give you a damn good training regimen to really improve your skills.

Not every one of these will go by the typical soulslike blueprint, but they all give that same sense of difficulty and atmosphere.

Some are even by the creators of the soulslike genre themselves, so you know you’re getting the best games possible.

Ready to get good?



10. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order

The last thing anyone expected EA to do with their Star Wars game back when it was announced was make it a soulslike. Jedi: Fallen Order came along with the story of Cal Kestis though, and the soulslike mechanics translated BEAUTIFULLY to Star Wars. 

Take the role of Cal, a survivor of Order 66 hiding on a scrap heap world. He’ll become embroiled in a conspiracy to help another surviving Jedi, coming up against the fierce Inquisitors of the Empire. You’re limited to a lightsaber for a weapon, but that’s really all you need as you traverse the various planets like Kashyyk.

Seriously, the combat shines so brightly, with the lightsaber customization and variety of dual or single-bladed forms adding amazing depth to the gameplay. The force abilities mixed in help to balance things out, and sending bolts flying back at stormtroopers has never been more satisfying.

Jedi: Fallen Order was only the base for what’s to come too, but it’s an essential building block for the sequel further in the list. While it nails the soulslike combat, Fallen Order really excels with a fantastic Star Wars story completely separate from the tired Skywalker family.

Play On: Xbox One/Series, PS4/5, PC



9. Blasphemous

Blasphemous

The aesthetic of Dark Souls is one of the most defining aspects that led to a rise in the soulslike genre. Blasphemous takes that aesthetic and translates it perfectly into a pixelated 2D platformer style.

Taking inspiration from Spanish gothic and Inquisition imagery, Blasphemous follows the Penitent one, trying to cleanse the land of sin. The gameplay is brutal, requiring thought before approaching foes as opposed to just jumping right in for a hit. Trial and error is the name of the game, with roguelite elements that will keep you grinding until you get it right.

The story of Blasphemous is fantastic, but the atmosphere is really just an excellent vibe on its own. It perfectly combines this soulslike gothic feel with HR Geiger-ish style for some truly horrifying enemies.

The best part of Blasphemous is that it’s often on sale for less than ten bucks. The DLC is all included in free updates too, adding a boss rush mode. Wouldn’t that be cool for mainline Souls games?

Play On: Xbox One/Series, PS4/5, PC, Switch



8. Star Wars Jedi: Survivor

Star Wars Jedi Survivor

Hey, look, a sequel! Jedi: Survivor takes all the successful parts of Jedi: Fallen Order and tunes them up just right. Now, instead of just the basic lightsaber combat with dual or single blades, you get stances just like real Jedi!

Cal Kestis continues his adventures after the events of the first game, trying to seek out survivors of Order 66 like himself. The stance system that takes precedence in battle this time is cool as hell, allowing for different fighting styles mimicking infamous Star Wars characters.

One of the most fun is dual-wielding a lightsaber and blaster, which lets you absolutely destroy entire crowds of Stormtroopers with stupid ease. The story, as always, is the star of Star Wars, but the gameplay here is just stupidly satisfying.

Sure, this might be the better gameplay-wise, but you do still need to play Jedi: Fallen Order first for story purposes. Just know that Jedi: Survivor is one of the best Star Wars games since the original Battlefront.

Play On: Xbox One/Series, PS4/5, PC



7. Ashen

Ashen

Annapurna Interactive is consistently producing thought-provoking little indies that always turn out charming. Ashen is no different, taking the soulslike formula and setting it with a more low poly translation. 

Ashen takes pretty heavily from the Dark Souls playbook of combat, but the real star here is the integration of a crafting system. The story is a huge selling point, too, with a rich fantasy world that’s never quite the same on repeat playthroughs.

While the soulslike gameplay is familiar, it does take a few liberties that keep it feeling different, like a passive co-op element that keeps a partner with you. You’ll meet others along your journey with motivations of their own, and it’s up to your judgment to trust them or not. 

It’s not like Ashen is anything wholly original, but the art style, score, and atmosphere are a perfect Dark Souls-lite of sorts. It’s a great entry point for the genre and a fantastic way to introduce newer players to the harsh, punishing gameplay.

Play On: Xbox One/Series, PS4/5, PC, Switch



6. Nioh

Nioh

Outside of From Software, Team NINJA makes the best in the soulslike genre. Nioh was one of the first examples of that, taking the soulslike gameplay to feudal Japan. It combines really cool samurai-inspired combat with Japanese yokai folklore for some of the most punishing gameplay around.

Nioh might be harder than the basic soulslike, though. It requires changing up strategies often, and no one build will carry you through the entire game. Patient, slow fights with katana-wielding samurai are broken up by fast and fierce attacks with claws and fangs from vicious yokai. Nothing will prepare you for some of the fights awaiting you in Nioh, and you’re going to die so so many times.

This might be one of the few soulslike games I rarely go back to due to difficulty. Also because my original model PS4 sounds like it might explode any time I play it.

Go to Nioh for the hardcore challenge. If you’re a casual soulslike player, this one might be a little bit too much with the difficulty curve. That said, once you do master it, it can be stupidly rewarding to fell a boss finally–After cursing at them for hours.

Play On: PS4/5, PC



5. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Sekiro Shadows Die Twice

FromSoftware is constantly taking different directions with its original soulslike combat. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice was just one of those, taking out weapon variety for a tale of revenge in feudal Japan. 

Play as Sekiro, revived from death mysteriously after a rebellion in his kingdom. Fight through the new regime to try and rescue the surviving members of the family you serve, with only your sword at your side. Well, you do get a fancy new prosthetic arm that can have some tricks installed in it, like a giant hammer and fireworks.

The main change to the soulslike battle system here, though, is the focus on blocking and parrying, leading the slow, methodical dance of the samurai as you fight. Against normal enemies, that is, because sometimes there are giant snakes or apes that will just wreck you with no hesitation.

It’s not my favorite of FromSoftware’s soulslike entries, but it’s still a great game that has shining combat. That stupid headless ape can go right back to hell where he belongs, though. Screw that guy.

Play On: Xbox One/Series, PS4/5, PC



4. Remnant: From the Ashes

Remnant From the Ashes

Don’t you just hate it when Lovecraftian evil suddenly emerges from another dimension, wiping out humanity? Me too, and so do most of the survivors in Remnant: From the Ashes. Cthulhu monsters invading the world are a real buzzkill.

Remnant: From the Ashes takes the soulslike combat and gameplay but adds one simple twist- guns. You’ll fight through the worlds of Remnant using guns, makeshift weapons, and whatever you can to take down the invaders and bring humanity back.

It’s not going to be easy, but Remnant focuses most on using team tactics to take down the terrors from another dimension. Play with AI or others, team up on enemies, and take them down while scavenging to upgrade weapons. 

Customization in Remnant is wild, and the main draw of gameplay. By about the halfway point of the game, you’ll have everything upgraded enough to blow enemies away with ease.

Play On: Xbox One/Series, PS4/5, PC, Switch



3. Lies of P

Lies of P

When everyone clamored for a Bloodborne sequel, we weren’t expecting a spiritual successor based on… Pinnochio? Hey, it might be one of the weirdest ideas, but it works way too well to question the results.

Lies of P puts you in the shoes of Geppetto’s puppet, except the world around you is in shambles. During the Victorian Era, a strange plague has left your city in ruins, with strange steampunk automatons roaming the streets.

The game taps into the best of Bloodborne’s dancy, flowy take on soulslike combat with a cool steampunk twist and morality system. It wouldn’t be a Pinnochio game unless you had to choose your lies, after all. Sometimes you’ll feel bad, but remember that sometimes lying is the more merciful option for some questions. 

The gameplay in Lies of P is smooth and probably one of the best around for a soulslike not made by FromSoftware. There’s a lot of potential here, and hopefully, a sequel eventually takes shape because I need more.

Play On: Xbox One/Series, PS4/5, PC



2. Bloodborne

Bloodborne

I have no regrets in saying I replay Bloodborne almost yearly. This game comes back to me like a recurring illness, and I have to get a taste of the Hunt regularly to keep going. It’s one of the best you’ll find for souls, with a setting that hasn’t been attempted since.

Bloodborne takes a Lovecraftian twist to an old, Victorian Gothic-esque setting. Yarnham has been overtaken by beasts on the night of the hunt, and you’ve awakened with no memories. Slay your way through the fearsome creatures using trick weapons and a sidearm gun, with the Rally system granting health back for taking risks after being hit.

I can’t get enough of this game, and the soulslike combat becomes a flowing dance of blood in no time as you tear through the werewolves and otherworldly gods of the Old Blood. 

If you enjoy it, pick up the Old Hunters DLC. It adds some of the best weapons of the game, as well as probably the best boss fight of any soulslike with Lady Maria. Just prepare to die a lot.

Play On: PS4/5



1. Elden Ring

Elden Ring

This feels like the epitome of all soulslike games that FromSoftware worked on over the last decade and a half. Everything is here, all mashed together masterfully in one sprawling package.

Elden Ring offers variety in gameplay over everything else. There are hundreds of weapons for every playstyle, and the massive open world allows exploration the soulslike genre has never seen.

I’ve been replaying before Shadow of the Erdtree drops, and the combat is so fast, fierce, and addictive that you can’t help but keep trying. Even after a devastating loss, you’ll learn some new take on how to defeat the toughest bosses. You may spend hours fighting some of them, but when the eventual triumph comes, it’s a rush like no other feeling you’ve felled some ancient strength.

I’ve never felt satisfaction from a video game like I did finally defeating Malenia. Dodge rolling my way all around her arena, barely evading her Waterfowl Dance, and landing that final hit is one of my greatest gaming accomplishments.

Play On: Xbox One/Series, PS4/5, PC



About Ross Tyson 22 Articles
Ross is a writer, gamer, parent, and tired adult. They’re from the Southeast US, and have been gaming since their first Sega Genesis as a kid. A parent, they often find themselves playing kids games these days, but makes time for plenty of RPGs, Roguelikes, and anything with the Kingdom Hearts name on it. They’re experts in Final Fantasy lore, and will try any anime game no matter how bad it may be.

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