10 Easiest Soulslike Games to Play in 2024

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I might be in some weird minority, but the crushing punishment of soulslike games is my favorite part. Soulslike games aren’t the easiest to get into, especially if you’re not used to some brutal difficulty.

Once you do get into them, though, the thrill of improving your skills and finding a niche playstyle is something else entirely. Not all soulslikes are that punishing, though, and lately, they’ve started popping up in easier, more familiar stories.

It’s surprisingly easy to get into the soulslike genre these days compared to about ten years ago. The wealth of options offer better alternatives that can slowly get you into the genre.

So, take these easiest soulslike games as something of a first step on your journey, and have fun getting better as you go.



10. Final Fantasy: Stranger of Paradise

Final Fantasy Stranger of Paradise

As a huge fan of both Final Fantasy and soulslike, this one made no damn sense to me on the announcement. The story makes even less damn sense when it’s taken in whole as a prequel to the first Final Fantasy. That said, it’s stupidly fun to play, and Final Fantasy stories have never made total sense anyway.

Stranger of Paradise makes fantastic use of the Final Fantasy setting, blending that sword and sorcery fighting with steampunk aesthetics. The gameplay shines, though, fast and fluid, with an incredibly smooth flow between magic and weapons.

Stranger of Paradise is like a souls-lite in a way, giving the full experience of the strategic combat style without the uber-punishing difficulty. There’s also a really fun progression system in here, probably my favorite since the Node Grid in Final Fantasy X at least.

Go in with no expectations on the story (though it’s like a B-movie in the unintentionally hilarious sense). Just take the time in Final Fantasy: Stranger of Paradise to ease yourself into the soulslike genre and laugh at the JRPG tropes everywhere.

Play on: XBOX One/Series, PS4/5, PC



9. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order

Jedi: Survivor might be the most recent entry in the series, but no sense starting mid-way into the story, right? Jedi: Fallen Order is a fantastic Star Wars tale, totally separate from the Skywalkers and awesomely fun with a soulslike approach.

The only weapon here, of course, is a lightsaber, so it relieves a little of the soulslike burden of constant equipment management. That said, you’ll be making amazing combinations of lightsaber attacks and Force abilities to take down enemies.

The difficulty is still pretty up there for a soulslike, but Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order makes it a lot more approachable with integrated learning segments. Even if you’re struggling, after a couple of mistakes, you’ll start getting the hang of what’s needed for the various enemies. 

Cal Kestis’ story is probably one of my favorites in Star Wars at this point, and it’s a fantastically fresh take on Order 66’s fallout. This is perfect for any Star Wars lovers and even better as an entry into soulslike games with its easier difficulty.

Play on: XBOX One/Series, PS4/5, PC, Switch



8. Code Vein

Code Vein

This might be the weirdest entry here, with a strange premise and even stranger execution. While it might be a little soulslike in performance though, Code Vein ups the crazy factor to a stupid intensity for the story.

The vampire apocalypse is raging, and it’s up to you to stop it. Or something like that because, honestly, the story makes no damn sense at all. The gameplay is fast and furious, though, almost making it a more hack-and-slash type of fighting system.

It takes a more soulslike bent as you go into the story, with more advanced enemies requiring much more strategic approaches than before. There’s a major difficulty curve when it comes to picking up all the game mechanics, but once understood, Code Vein is a damn easy game for the most part.

Code Vein, if we’re being honest, wasn’t really my thing. It combines the soulslike combat with a more meticulous leveling and weapon system I’d compare to Monster Hunter. Nonetheless, it’s a fun game and an easy transition into the soulslike genre for newcomers.

Play on: XBOX One/Series, PS4/5, PC, Switch



7. Darksiders 3

Darksiders 3

Take on the role of Fury, Horse(wo)man of the Apocalypse, as she tries to clear the name of her brother War. Darksiders 3 will need a slight bit of backstory from the previous games, but it plays nothing like they do. 

Instead of the more hack-and-slash genre that the last two Darksiders games took, this one is significantly more soulslike. Initially, Fury’s weapon of choice is a whip, limiting combat a little, but over time, you’ll unlock new abilities and weapons that make you truly feel like a badass.

The story doesn’t necessarily require playing the previous two games either, with a recap included before the story begins. I still highly recommend them, though, as they’re both fantastic staples of the Xbox 360 days.

Darksiders 3 won’t offer anything new or groundbreaking in the soulslike genre, but it’s one of the easiest entry points. Fast combat is more reminiscent of Bloodborne but with a much more linear progression system and world. Overall, it’s an apocalyptic good time.

Play on: XBOX One/Series, PS4/5, PC



6. Dark Souls 2

Dark Souls 2

It doesn’t get more soulslike than a Dark Souls game itself. Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin is basically a remastered version of the original game, but with all DLC included. It’s also the easiest entry point in the Dark Souls series.

You’ll take on the usual role in Dark Souls, being the Kindled One and having to reignite the dying First Flame. This was actually my first intro to the Dark Souls franchise years ago, and I’m glad it was because it’s probably the most approachable.

It’s more linear than the other two, and there will be some points where you’ll get a little stuck on bosses, but when it comes to setting you up for success this is the one. Plus, it introduced the mechanic of powerstancing, which comes back later in Elden Ring and is one of my favorite playstyles. Dual-wielding great hammers for devastating two-hit blows is just satisfying as hell.

Just be warned that this is the black sheep of the Dark Souls series in terms of difficulty. I was in for quite the shock moving to Dark Souls 3 after this and having my ass handed to me in the starting area. Nonetheless, this is the best entry point, and will teach you all the basics you need to start the soulslike journey.

Play on: XBOX One/Series, PS4/5, PC, Switch



5. Bloodborne

Bloodborne

So, whereas DS2 was my entry to Dark Souls, Bloodborne was diving headfirst into the soulslike genre before knowing what it even was. It’s a little different from the mainline series, focusing on more aggressive gameplay, but it makes you an infinitely better soulslike player in time.

Bloodborne trades in the sword and sorcery for a gothic, cosmic horror setting. You’re a Hunter, the Blood Moon is rising, and the hunt is on. You’ll take on enemies here in a vicious dance of death, regaining health after taking hits by taking your own risk and counterattacking.

Bloodborne rewards being rather reckless in your attacks, encouraging fast, bloody combat to slay the terrifying beasts within. The combat is incredibly fun, though, and teaches the basics of soulslike with an approachable parry system that translates well to mainline games. 

When it comes to soulslikes, Bloodborne might not necessarily be the easiest, but it’s one of the best to improve your soulslike skills. There’s a slight learning curve, but the allure of Bloodborne’s atmosphere easily makes it fun instead of frustrating while you learn the basics.

Play on: PS4/5



4. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Hellblade Senua’s Sacrifice

Ninja Theory is mostly known for its hack-and-slash gameplay, but Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice takes some soulslike-lite approaches. There’s a focus on strategic fighting, but to be honest, this is a game you’re coming to for story, not gameplay.

That makes it fantastic as an easy soulslike, though, because the gameplay, for the most part, is relatively easy. You’ll play as Senua, a young Viking woman who struggles with psychosis. She’s on a journey to rescue her beloved from Hela, Goddess of the Underworld, after she finds him sacrificed by another tribe.

The story of Senua overcoming her own tribulations, coming to terms with the death of her loved one, and reconciling her past with who she is now is ridiculously touching. The combat is basic, down to a basic parry/attack system, but it takes the bare-bones approach to soulslikes without inventory management.

Again, you’re coming to Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice for the absolute beauty of the story. I recommend playing with headphones because the sound design and focus the developers put on accurately representing Senua’s illness is just amazingly well done.

Play on: XBOX One/Series, PS4/5, PC



3. Remnant: From the Ashes

Remnant From the Ashes

It’s definitely not the most traditional when it comes to the soulslike genre, but Remnant: From the Ashes differentiates itself in interesting ways. It’s also significantly easier because it doesn’t rely as much on the sword and shield combos of others. Nah, instead Remnant gives everyone guns!

You’ll take on an interdimensional threat that’s been wiping out humanity around the world. Make your way to bring the remnants of humanity back from the ashes (self-explanatory), but you’ll be using some soulslike combat combined with cover mechanics.

It’s a surprisingly fluid combat mechanic that works out great with the progression system, never quite making you feel like you’re totally at the mercy of everything around you. Remnant: From the Ashes might make it seem like the interdimensional threat is overwhelming, but it makes for a surprisingly easy twist on the soulslike genre.

Not to say it translates well into other soulslikes because you’ll have a pretty rough time transitioning. That said, it’s a good, easier take that mixes in some fun resource management and tactical aspects that make it interesting.

Play on: XBOX One/Series, PS4/5, PC



2. Ashen

Ashen

I’m a sucker for anything from Annapurna Interactive, and Ashen is one of my favorites they’ve made. It’s like soulslite, with a more indie art style and somewhat simpler combat to go with it. What sets Ashen apart is a focus on cooperative play, though it’s in a strictly offline sense for the most part.

You’ll roam the lands, meeting plenty of odd characters on the way who can join you in your quest. Take down terrifying creatures in the sunless world, trying to find a home as you adventure. Instead of the stark realism of Dark Souls’ decay, Ashen provides a more cel-shaded, indie look that makes it a little bit of a warmer take.

The combat shines, with soulslike mechanics given a more light twist focused on patience and finding openings. It’s not nearly as punishing, and the progression doesn’t involve grinding so much as hunting down equipment. 

Think of Ashen like a more approachable soulslike for younger players, or those who just want a less rigorous experience. It’s fantastic to get your feet wet in the genre, giving you a basic grasp of skills needed while not quite throwing you to the wolves.

Play on: XBOX One/Series, PS4/5, PC, Switch



1. Elden Ring

Elden Ring

Look, I know this sounds weird, being it’s the most recent soulslike and has some majorly difficult bosses. That said, Elden Ring is also accessible as hell and the easiest soulslike to “get good”, as the kids say.

The core idea of Elden Ring is that you’re the Tarnished, the one destined to reforge the Elden Ring and bring the Erdtree back to life. Or burn it, whichever is first. The biggest thing that makes Elden Ring one of the easiest soulslikes is the completely open world.

There are so many ways to play available from the very beginning, and you can choose to ease yourself in with a relatively smooth learning curve. This works, too, from firsthand experience. A good friend could never get into soulslikes, even the easiest ones, but Elden Ring was the turnaround. Now he’s destroying Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice after finishing Elden Ring, finding love for Soulslikes on the way.

I recommend a sorcery or incantation build to start, but if you’re bent on going physical, dual-wielding knives are fantastic. It’s the closest I’ve found to the Bloodborne playstyle, but the weapon variety as the game goes on is insane and caters to every playstyle.

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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