With the Dark Souls series over and no sequel to Bloodborne announced yet souls-borne fans have little to look forward to until Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice releases some time next year. So what Dark Souls/Bloodborne inspired games are available right now to tide us over till the release of Sekiro in 2019?
Salt And Sanctuary
“A doomed sailor is shipwrecked on an uncharted island
In fog-shrouded valleys, where grinning, mossy corpses cling to rusted arms, shambling figures begin to stir. Beneath crumbling, salt-worn structures, labyrinthine passageways lead to unspeakable evil, long forgotten by man.
Salt and Sanctuary seamlessly combines fast, brutal, and complex 2D combat with richly developed RPG mechanics. Discover, craft, and upgrade over 600 weapons, armor pieces, spells, and items as you explore a cursed realm of forgotten cities, blood-soaked dungeons, desecrated monuments, and the fallen lords they once celebrated.”
Metacritic Score: 84
Platforms: PS4, PC, PS Vita, Nintendo Switch
“Ancient demons; feudal lands
Take up your sword and travel to Japan’s blood-bathed Sengoku period – an era ravaged by warring states and dark, malevolent forces – and cut a violent path through the land as the masterless samurai, William.
Cross blades in brutal hand-to-hand combat, wielding swords, axes, spears and even war hammers against foes both human and demon. Endure the vicious encounters and learn from your mistakes: each death will bring you resurrection and each resurrection a greater resolve to overcome your foes.
Taking inspiration from the Ninja Gaiden and Dark Souls series of games, Nioh invites you to muster the resilience of a true samurai: the skills and patience to overcome even the deadliest enemies and the courage to remain steadfast even in the face of death.”
Metacritic Score: 88
“DarkMaus is an indie action RPG with challenging, skill-based combat that punishes careless play. In DarkMaus, you play a lonely wanderer searching for what’s left in a corrupted world. The odds are against you – you will certainly perish.
Death Echo: Each time you die, an ally ghost is summoned that retraces your steps, fighting by your side. With time you can collect multiple ally ghosts and choose their weapons for extra strategy opportunities.
A worthy challenge: Combat in DarkMaus is thoughtful and skill based. Enemies force you to be reactive to survive, and punish any greedy moves or mistakes. You’ll start out swearing that it’s impossible, and end up a god among Mäuse.
A dark world to explore: Search for answers and secrets in the desolate land of Hazath, whose inhabitants have gone feral.
Combat style variety: From spears to greatswords and bows to fireballs, DarkMaus has a large number of viable builds and playstyles.”
Metacritic Score: 83
“Set in a heavily dystopian future as Earth nears the end of its life, those who remain in the overpopulated cities must work to survive as social programs become saturated by an ageing population and increasing environmental diseases. As the intelligence of technology incrementally increased over the years, many jobs for the human race had been made redundant, forcing Earth’s citizens to head out into the suburbs seeking labor, aided by exoskeletons to improve their efficiency. The world of The Surge offers a very grim vision of the future, where the evolution of our technology, our society and our relation with the environment led to a decadent state of the Human civilization. The Surge features innovative combat mechanics and an original character progression system based on modular upgrades gained through tight, visceral combat.
Metacritic Score: 72
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
“Dead Cells is a rogue-lite, Castlevania-inspired action-platformer, allowing you to explore a sprawling, ever-changing castle… assuming you’re able to fight your way past its keepers.
To beat the game, you’ll have to master 2D “souls-lite combat” with the ever-present threat of permadeath looming. No checkpoints. Kill, die, learn, repeat.”
Metacritic Score: 91
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
So do you think these will pass the time until the next From Software release? do you agree with our list or do you think there’s some games we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments and as always for all things gaming stay tuned to ABG.
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