29 Games Like Dark Souls

Games Like Dark Souls If the Dark Souls series has captivated you then our curated list of games like Dark Souls offers titles with similar combat that is dark and difficult.

Released in 2011 for consoles Dark Souls was intended to be a spiritual successor to Demon’s Souls. Dark Souls strips down the action role playing genre to it’s roots, focusing on a dark atmosphere and brutal difficulty level that saw countless gamers hooked and craving more games with Dark Souls combat and mechanics.

In Dark Souls you’ll travel the land of Lordran, a somewhat open game world that has countless threats around every corner but also secrets to uncover. Scattered around this harsh environment are the bonfires which serve as the only safe point in this darkness. Paired with notes left by other players will need to take every edge they can.

This lack of safe locations combines with the use of death as a teaching tool to create one of the toughest role playing gameplay mechanics in recent years, a core part of the franchises success in the genre while also giving birth to a whole new "souls-like" genre.

The games like Dark Souls here focus on other action role playing games with similar combat that also emphasise a dark atmosphere and higher than average difficultly level. If you want another challenging RPG adventure you’ll find it below, note this list only includes fully released games.
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Dark Messiah of Might and Magic

Dark Messiah of Might and Magic is a gory action role playing game for Windows and Xbox 360. With some of the most responsive melee combat of its day you’re in for quite the dark adventure. The game is set in a very Lord of the Rings style universe with the game world being ravaged by war between men, elves, dwarves and demons. Now thousands of years after the last great war players join this world as a man named Sareth. After working under the watching eye of a powerful wizard Sareth has gained...[Read Review]

PCXbox 360
9.2 User Avg (34 votes)
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Bloodborne

Bloodborne is a new breed of action RPG for the PS4, following the adventures of the Hunter in a dark gothic setting you’ll be treated to brutal combat, intriguing story and hidden treasures. From the team that brought your Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls the game relies on third person view, melee based weapon combat and exploration. Battles take place against a wide range of beastly enemies and boss monsters that all attempt to ripe the character to shreds in increasingly brutal ways....[Read Review]

PS4
9.1 User Avg (23 votes)
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The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is the sequel to the popular action role playing game and is available on Windows, Mac and the Xbox 360. An Enhanced Edition was released in the following year which added tonnes of new content along with a number of important bug fixes and tweaks. The game is loosely based on the book series with the same name by Andrzej Sapkowski. One of the few games to come out of a book has proven to be a very successful venture with countless reviews citing the mature and ...[Read Review]

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9 User Avg (43 votes)
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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt takes an already impressive franchise and takes it to a whole new level of action role playing as you explore the sprawling open landscapes, make decisions, engage in combat and investigate countless side missions on horseback. Completing the story arc of Geralt of Rivia the game continues shortly after the events of The Witcher 2 as Geralt moves on with his life and takes the next step in his personal mission. The story elements are as strong as ever and with the huge o...[Read Review]

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9 User Avg (65 votes)
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The Witcher

The Witcher is a role playing game set in a dark fantasy world. The game is based on the book series of Polish author Anrzej Sapkowski and features a world filled with grey moral choices. Players taken on the role of Geralt who belongs to the dying breed of Witchers that possess special powers. These witchers act as mercenaries for hire and focus their attention on hunting down evil and dark monsters. Combat in The Witcher definitely has a focus on fast pace and flowing actions with combat being...[Read Review]

MacPC
8.9 User Avg (23 votes)
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Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate builds on the formula perfected from the previous titles with another impressive 3DS game that has you tracking down monsters and battling them in strategic fights as you constantly improve your gear. Jumping into the boots of a hunter players for the first time have an expansive story line to explore which does help bring new players into the fold of the series. This story revolves around your very own Caravan which players join after being attacked at sea and defended...[Read Review]

3DS
8.7 User Avg (7 votes)
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Demon’s Souls

Demon’s Souls is the spiritual predecessor of Dark Souls and features the same focus on providing a high level of game difficulty without relying on cheap tactics. This second game is just as unforgiving and has a great emphasis on character advancement with plenty of skill and gear options. Demon’s Souls doesn’t try to overload you with story providing a simple dark fantasy backdrop for your adventure. If you love your lore and storylines then there are plenty of options to explore that side of...[Read Review]

PS3
8.6 User Avg (17 votes)
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Dragon’s Dogma

Dragon’s Dogma is an action RPG developed by Capcom for the Xbox 360 and PS3. The game shares many similarities to Skyrim and the Devil May Cry series. An enhanced version titled Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen was launched a year later and eventually came to Windows in 2016. Dragon’s Dogma combines a huge open fantasy world with good old hack and slash action to create an epic adventure that also incorporates some horror elements. Just like other action role playing games players can choose f...[Read Review]

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8.6 User Avg (38 votes)
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Salt and Sanctuary

Converting the Dark Souls formula into the fabulous world of 2D is Salt and Sanctuary a title for both console and PC gamers. With several classes to maser (including the interesting chef) you’ll have plenty of tools to dispose of the darkness. After customising your ideal character visual features from a reasonable offering and choosing said class with their own unique looks, styles and starting items you’ll be thrown into the 2D adventure that awaits. For future playthroughs player...[Read Review]

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8.6 User Avg (7 votes)
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Titan Souls

Breaking down the gameplay of impressive titles such as Dark Souls and Shadow of the Colossus is Titan Souls, a 16-bit style adventure about uncovering the best approach given the situation at hand which generally involves a large and unique boss battle. Set between planes of existence you’ll explore the spiritual world that lies between Earth and the world beyond. Within these surroundings lie the titans which lie idle amongst the ruined setting. Playing as a young lone hero armed with on...[Read Review]

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8.6 User Avg (5 votes)
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Hyper Light Drifter

Hyper Light Drifter is a fast title available across popular platforms that will rekindle memories of the likes of the Zelda franchise although features combat more in tune with the difficult Dark Souls series. Presentation of story is minimal through words instead the game uses other methods to set the stage for your wandering adventure. The gist is you’ll play as a Drifter, a collector of lost knowledge who is plagued by an unnatural illness and on the hunt through ancient locations to f...[Read Review]

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8.6 User Avg (10 votes)
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Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning offers similar gameplay to the Elder Scrolls series but also incorporates a number of combat quick events that players will recognise from the popular God of War series. The game is a single player focused action RPG released in 2012 that is available on multiple platforms (Windows, Xbox 360 and PS3). Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning offers a good amount of game customisation with 4 unique races for the player to choose from. Like other games in the genre these races h...[Read Review]

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8.5 User Avg (70 votes)
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Clive Barker’s Undying

For paranormal adventures that involves the occult and plenty of horror few games have been able to capture the same level of atmosphere as the 2001 release, Clive Barker’s Undying. Primarily a first person shooter but also involving lots of magic, the game is a classic in the video game genre. Set in the 1920s the game follows Patrick Galloway an Irish paranormal adventurer who decides to investigate the mysterious occult happenings that are taking place at his friends (Jeremiah Covenant)...[Read Review]

PC
8.5 User Avg (6 votes)
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Shadow of the Colossus

Shadow of the Colossus will take you on an action adventure in a game world that is linked to that of Ico (a previous game from the same developer). Originally launching in 2005 for the PlayStation 2 the game was re-released with Ico in a bundled HD version for PS3 in 2011. The game is set in a strange fantasy world known only as the ForbiddenLand. This area is void of people although several ruins do suggest there once was life here. You play as Wander who travels into this realm with his horse...[Read Review]

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8.4 User Avg (20 votes)
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Shrouded in Sanity

Gritty horror and blood is the focus of Shrouded in Sanity, a game inspired by titles like Dark Souls, Resident Evil and also Bloodborne. This ensures countless deaths lie before you as you try to master combat and uncover the secrets of the game world. Taking players back to 1897 and an alternative timeline players sign a contract to find out the mysterious reasons for the unnatural fog that has previously risen and overrun the manor grounds of the Berelai Manor. In addition to creating an eeri...[Read Review]

PC
8.4 User Avg (7 votes)
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DarkMaus

Handing you control over a mouse in top-down perspective is the amazingly difficult DarkMaus, a game from an independent developer that captures the Dark Souls experience through a skill based combat system while adding their own flair into the mix. Taking place in the dark world setting of Hazath players lead their solo mouse across a land of corrupted inhabitants which includes fellow fallen mice in some instances. Facing archers, warriors, spiders, various bosses and traps the world is one wh...[Read Review]

PC
8.3 User Avg (7 votes)
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Shadow Warrior

Shadow Warrior (2013) remakes the highly popular original game which was released in 1997 and shares the same name. While the game is a first person shooter the melee combat is very impressive and often the most effective. In this demonic adventure players will assume the role of Lo Wang, a Japanese assassin. After a deal to purchase an ancient katana turns bad he finds himself captured but escapes when a realm of demons opens up and consumes the compound he is caged in. At this point he allies ...[Read Review]

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8.2 User Avg (10 votes)
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Soul Sacrifice

Soul Sacrifice is a unique and dark action adventure game for the PlayStation Vita that launched in 2013 that introduces a unique premise onto the standard action RPG hack and slash experience. In the game players will sacrifice parts of themselves (or items) to unleash powerful and reckless attacks on their enemies with a finite self sacrifice ability and the build up of scars on the player’s body. In addition to these unique ideas Soul Sacrifice is definitely not short on story elements ...[Read Review]

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8 User Avg (11 votes)

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor puts you in the middle of The Lord of the Rings universe as you combat orcs with a deadly ranger that also possesses unique wraith abilities. With strong sword combat, stealth mechanics, a large open world and a unique nemesis system Shadow of Mordor offers a high quality Lord of the Rings action adventure with 30-40 hours of gameplay for completionists. Set during in The Lord of the Rings universe a basic understanding of the lore will definitely be a great asset ...[Read Review]

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8 User Avg (30 votes)
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Blade of Darkness

Blade of Darkness is a brutal role playing game that features close quarters hack and slash combat. The game launched in 2001 only on Windows. Players will explore a number of realistic environments that have similarities to locations throughout Europe and Africa. This game world is dominated by the powers of sword and magic with four playable classes available to the player. Unlike most games the differences between these characters extends beyond visual and skills with each character starting ...[Read Review]

PC
7.9 User Avg (15 votes)
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Nioh

For PlayStation 4 and PC Nioh explores the Sengoku period of Japan and pairs it with a dark difficultly setting akin to that of the Dark Souls series. As you fit your way through the chaotic civil war period of Japan you’ll fight both fantasy creatures and men throughout your adventure. For those unfamiliar with the Sengoku period of Japan this was a time of great civil war between the clans that occupied Japan which Nioh takes and adds a fantasy like element through the introduction of yo...[Read Review]

PCPS4
7.9 User Avg (13 votes)
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Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (MH3U), belongs to the third generation of the Monster Hunter series and is a new and improved version of Monster Hunter Tri adding new monsters and maps. Like the previous games, you’ll be joined by two companions named Kayamba and Cha-Cha. Simply put, MH3U is about, hunting monsters. You’ll venture through several maps completing monster hunting quests within an allotted time. Quests can vary from slaying to capturing monsters with each monster an extremely varied exp...[Read Review]

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7.8 User Avg (11 votes)
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Lords of The Fallen

Set in a dark and gritty game world Lords of The Fallen brings hardcore action role playing to the latest generation of consoles with a rich fantasy. Explore both the human and demonic worlds in this richly diverse game world. Set in a world where the Gods have all but abandoned the human race players will assume the role of Harkyn who stands against the approaching supernatural force to give mankind hope once more. With one of the richest game worlds released this year your adventure as Harkyn ...[Read Review]

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7.1 User Avg (25 votes)
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Enclave

Enclave is an action orientated game in a fantasy realm that lets players fight on behalf of good or evil with totally separate missions based on their approach. The game launched back in 2002 for Windows, Mac and Xbox eventually coming to the Wii in 2012. The game takes place 1000 years after the high wizard Zale erected a dome of protection around the town of Celenheim to protect it from the dominating armies of the evil demon Vatar. Because 1000 years have passed the citizens of Celenheim hav...[Read Review]

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7 User Avg (14 votes)
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Bound by Flame

Play as a hero overcome with a demonic influence in Bound by Flame, a fantasy role playing game. Choose if you’ll succumb to these powers or reject it inside, a decision that alters both story and your abilities. This interesting choice in Bound by Flame plays you as the victim of demonic influence. The game does a wonderful job of pushing you towards evil as increasingly touch enemies will tempt you towards the dark powers. Story wise the game covers your assault on the palace of the ice ...[Read Review]

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7 User Avg (7 votes)
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The Surge

Mixing in science fiction to the popularised Dark Souls like formula The Surge is an action role playing title that also serves as a spiritual successor to Lords of the Fallen video game albeit in a sci-fi setting instead. Set in a dystopian future where our relentless use of resources has lead to exhaustion of resources which has put intense strain on the social and environmental elements of the world. It’s a grim future as players awake in an exoskeleton within a destroyed complex of the CREO ...[Read Review]

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7 User Avg (15 votes)
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Necropolis

Opting to lean heavily on the action role playing framework established by games before it Necropolis mixes the likes of randomisation, loot and varied equipment to create a randomised Dark Souls like Adventure game with rouge-like undertones providing ample challenge. Following it’s original release and player feedback a Necropolis: Brutal Edition version was released expanding further on the game world with a new character, biome, AI and loot. Something that stands out early on in your N...[Read Review]

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7 User Avg (15 votes)
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Zeno Clash

Zeno Clash is a game that focuses on hand to hand combat in a truly wacky game world. The game first launched on Windows in 2009 with a Xbox 360 release the following year. In Zeno Clash you’ll be exploring the fantasy world of Zenozoik as Ghat. Ghat is running from his siblings after killing their creator after discovering a dark and twisted truth. Banished from his family and now on the run Ghat will team up with a female companion known as Deadra as he fights his way to safety. Zeno Clash is ...[Read Review]

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6.6 User Avg (11 votes)
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Malebolgia

Merging horror designs with the Souls formula Malebolgia offers an interesting and dark adventure through an old palace which has been overcome with demonic forces. Focusing on the atmosphere of horror players pick up the sword of Leopold, a battle weary fighter who finds himself forced to battle demons inside the palace which is over run by the minions of Hell. Inspiration is vast with mechanics coming the Dark Souls franchise while mood and enemy design come from the likes of Inferno and Ars G...[Read Review]

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6 User Avg (15 votes)