12 games to play if you love the Elden Ring

Elden Ring turned out to be a giant in terms of popularity. Justified hype and acclaim have shed light on the RPG genre as a whole, including FromSoftware’s older titles.

If you love Elden Ring, but find yourself running out of things to do, each game from this list might be your next project.

1. The Dark Souls Trilogy

Platforms: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, and Nintendo Switch (DS1)

The Dark Souls trilogy refers to Dark Souls (2011), Dark Souls II (2014), and Dark Souls III (2016). The series that put FromSoftware on the map, the original Dark Souls is one of the best single-player RPGs ever.

If you love Elden Ring, there is no doubt that you will feel right at home with the Souls series, which has almost identical combat with the same mechanics of backstabbing, dribbling, jumping and attacking. While the combat at times may seem more difficult than Elden Ring, it is still simple enough to give you an enjoyable and challenging experience.

2. Mutation / Mutation 2

Platforms: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows

While the theme, setting, and time period couldn’t be further from Elden Ring, you’ll find that The Surge plays quite similarly and offers a similar level of immersion and challenge. Set in a post-technological catastrophe world where robots roam the streets, you will have to slowly but surely upgrade your equipment and armor as you slash through bosses and mobs.

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If you like the RPG genre but are also a big fan of science fiction, The Surge and its sequel, The Surge 2, have everything you could want. If you enjoy The Surge, you can rest assured that The Surge 2 is better, with a cleaner user interface, smoother battles, and general overall improvements across the board.

3. Sifu

Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Microsoft Windows

While it is an action hit game rather than an RPG, there are some similarities between Sifu and Elden Ring. Both games are constantly challenging and simply punishing for dashing, requiring you to spend time learning enemy attack patterns.

Customization and more in-depth exploration of the Elden Ring; Instead, Sifu takes a more bone-chilling (but no less punitive) approach.

So, if you are a gamer who doesn’t mind difficulty but doesn’t like getting bogged down in the many customization modes and want a more linear experience, then you’ll probably really like Sifu.

4. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Platforms: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Series S/X, PlayStation 5, Microsoft Windows, Google Stadia

Jedi: Fallen Order has earned a lot of praise from both critics and fans alike, and is one of the most important Star Wars game releases of the late 2000s.

A very Souls-lite experience, you travel around the galaxy to unravel the mysteries of the ancient Jedi, help previously created rebel characters, and battle the Inquisitors as they hunt you down on behalf of the Empire.

Jedi: Fallen Order is similar to the battle of Elden Ring with its dodging and rolling mechanics. And if you’re playing on a harder difficulty setting, you’ll find the same fighting principle you’re used to from Souls and Elden Ring – to stay out of your reach and study the enemy’s attack pattern before delving into it. Also, there are “meditation points” scattered around the planets you visit, and mobs reset every time you use them, just as with the grace sites.

5. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Wii U

Hidetaka Miyazaki has always been open about his love of Zelda series, including Breath of the Wild. Therefore, it is not surprising that Elden Ring and previous titles from FromSoftware were inspired by these games.

Breath of the Wild is a highly immersive and non-linear world, giving you complete control over which parts of the story you participate in and when. Despite the map’s size, it is densely populated. This means that no matter where you go, you will have something to do and find and fight in many cases.

You probably won’t find Breath of the Wild to be too challenging after you offer to play Elden Ring, but you will be just as immersed.

6. Nioh / Nioh 2

Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Microsoft Windows

Nioh games delve into Japanese history, while offering a sharper design with a more linear experience than Elden Ring, you’ll find fighting mechanics quite similar to FromSoftware’s Soulslike games.

Nioh Games’ focus on the combat stamina mechanic clearly draws comparison to other Dark Souls and FromSoftware games, and is generally considered online as a natural leap for Dark Souls players to start playing.

Chances are if you have fun with Elden Ring but want a more streak experience steeped in history, then Nioh and Nioh 2 are the games for you.

7. Bloodborne

Platforms: Playstation 4

Bloodborne has proven to be very popular, being ranked as one of the greatest games of all time according to a Wikipedia article that takes game ratings from over 34 different publications. Made by FromSoftware, it’s not hard to see why this game is worth playing if you like Elden Ring, with the fighting mechanics having similarities between the two titles.

The main difference between Bloodborne and Elden Ring, apart from the narrative, is Bloodborne’s more linear game design. Elden Ring transports you into a world and lets you explore pretty much any of it in any order you want. With Bloodborne, the game usually leads you through different areas depending on your point of view on the story.

While Bloodborne’s map is great, exploring it comes from playing through the story which might suit you best if you’re a player who prefers linear experiences.

8. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Platforms: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows and Google Stadia

Sekiro was hugely popular when it came out and saw FromSoftware trying to get out of the box the Soulslike series had put it in. With a greater focus on boss fights and stealth, Sekiro gives you hours of fun as a shinobi exploring the world and killing anyone who stands in your way to rescue your kidnapped master from the samurai clan.

While there are far fewer role-playing elements in Sekiro than in Elden Ring, you’ll likely enjoy them if you’ve enjoyed FromSoftware’s other titles.

Elden ring finished? Try these games

There are many games you can go to if you have completed Elden Ring and liked it. While quite a few games are made by FromSoftware as well, there are a few different developers that feel similar enough to Soulslike games while still giving you something new.

Elden Ring is a great example of how developers can create experiences with authentic video game difficulty rather than relying on boring easy-medium-hard “modes”. We hope you learn the broader game industry from this.

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