Dark Souls is one of the most influential video games of all time, and the 2011 masterpiece From Software has found its elements used in a wide variety of other action and role-playing games. Those that use many of the same mechanics listed below are collectively known as Souls-likes:
- Unlockable control points (fires)
- Currency (soul) fell after death
- An interconnected world with locked doors and shortcuts
- Restore enemies after death or rest
A game containing these elements, or most of them, has a lot in common with the Dark Souls series to be considered a Souls-like game, and we’ve put together the top eight Souls-like games if you want to be punished. . Due to the “like” in the title, we excluded From Software’s own games, including all Souls games, Bloodborne, Sekiro and Elden Ring. Speaking of From Software’s latest masterpiece, be sure to check out our summary of the best games like Elden Ring after visiting Lands Between.