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Lately I've been really into Soulslikes, which is quite a turnaround for me. Some background:

The first Soulslike I bought I hated; it was obtuse, there was no explanation for all the items and features and what they did, there was no knowing where to go next once you hit the main portion of the game so I'd end up getting slaughtered by tackling a high level area far too early, the controls (PC port) were :/, it felt like you needed a Wikia to make any progress, and so on. That game was Dark Souls 2 and I gave up after a few hours and didn't return. I knew the series was supposed to be difficult, but the difficulty - to me, at that time - felt like it was derived not from challenging gameplay as much as just a lack of explanation for everything if you were a newcomer.

It almost put me off the genre altogether, but then The Surge came out and I liked the look of it in gameplay clips and the sci-fi setting was appealing to me. I took a chance on it and... I loved it.

Thus began a long journey of my getting into and coming to like and, in some cases love these AA-AAA (not the 2D indie pixel releases; pixel graphics do less than nothing for me) Soulslikes. Next was Bloodborne, then Lords of the Fallen, then I finally gave Dark Souls 2 a second chance and, armed with my experience of Soulslikes, I came to enjoy it and finally complete it. After that I went on to Dark Souls 3, which I thought was outstanding. Now I'm almost finished with The Surge 2. Next up I plan on playing Sekiro and probably then Code Vein (I'll skip Dark Souls Remastered because it looks so dated to me after having played Dark Souls 3). I have a self-imposed restriction that I won't start a new one until I've completed the one I've started. I also don't allow myself to use player summons.

I was discussing with @Veknoid_Outcast , who is a fellow Surge fan, which Soulslikes we enjoyed the most and I'm curious how other fans of the genre rank the ones they've played. I might also get some suggestions for ones to add to my wishlist in the process. So go ahead and rank all of the Soulslikes you've played!



My ranking so far:


1 - Dark Souls 3

2 - The Surge

3 - Bloodborne

4 - Dark Souls 2

5 - The Surge 2

6 - Nioh

7 - Lords of the Fallen

Last edited by Machina - on 06 November 2019

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I've only played the ones made by From Software.  Here is my ranking so far:

1) Dark Souls
2) Dark Souls 2
3) Dark Souls 3
4) Demon's Souls
5) Bloodborne



The_Liquid_Laser said:

I've only played the ones made by From Software.  Here is my ranking so far:

1) Dark Souls
2) Dark Souls 2
3) Dark Souls 3
4) Demon's Souls
5) Bloodborne

That's interesting. So you feel they're, for the most part, getting slightly worse each time? Is that because you played each one when it originally released? Or boss preferences? Or...?

I basically played Dark Souls 2 and 3 straight after one another, as if they hadn't been released years apart, so the improvements to for example the graphics and atmosphere were really stark to me.



1. Dark Souls 2
2. Bloodborne
3. Dark Souls
4. Demons Souls
5. Nioh
6. Dark Souls 3
7. Lords Of The Fallen
8. The Surge

EDIT: I forgot about Sekiro. Not a game for me, but I can see why people think its great.

Last edited by KLXVER - on 18 October 2019

Nioh (if counts, but tbh it is quite different.)
Dark Souls 3
Demon's Souls
Bloodborne
Dark Souls
Lords of The Fallen

I have Sekiro, Nioh 2, and Elden Ring on my list. Maybe Code Vein for cheap.



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1. Sekiro
2. Dark Souls
3. Nioh
4. Dark Souls 3
5. Dark Souls 2
6. Demon Souls

Sekiro really revolutionized the combat. I haven't played Bloodborne yet. Nioh was a great and fresh take on the genre, but had too much loot and RNG to make it as good as Dark Souls 1.

On a side note, has anybody played Code Vein? The game has okayish to goodish reviews, and I'm a sucker for Souls likes. 

Last edited by Cerebralbore101 - on 18 October 2019

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Demon's Souls > Nioh > Bloodborne > Dark Souls > Dark Souls 2 > Lords of the Fallen
All platinums.
Demon's Souls and Nioh both are masterpieces. Both are extraordinary.
Demon's Souls is still my favorite, every bit of it makes you feel like you ain't shit, and nothing feels like putting a shield up and just surviving attacks on that game... the pressure, the atmosphere, the music, everything...
Nioh was a dream come true and have BY FAR the best gameplay from any of the those I played. It's stunningly charming, interesting and challenging. The 2x1 fights in the end of the game are priceless. I can't make it justice, go play it.
Bloodborne is almost there, but the random chalice dungeons and lack of cool armor/shield made it drop a bit.
Dark Souls is a great game too, with the best level design, but it was not that enjoyable to play as the others.
Dark Souls 2 is actually more fun to play than 1, and it's also a great game, but it was far too easy overall (Darklurker tho).
Lords of the Fallen had such cool looking gear, but was nowhere near as interesting in any other aspect compared to the others.



This is one of my fav series. I dont know what constitutes a "soulslike game" cause I see that term being thrown a lot even with games that dont really feel that much alike (at least to me) like Code Vein or Remnants of the Ashes, so Im gonna stick with the classics.

1 - Bloodborne

2- Dark Souls

3- Dark Souls 3

4- Demon Souls

5- Sekiro

6- Nioh

7- Dark Souls 2

For me, Bloodborne is the peak of both gameplay/lore of these games. The fast paced gaming mechanics beats  the  other Souls games every day of the week. The lore is fantastic and the victorian setting and design is just amazing. Not only do I consider it the best of the series but also one of the best games of the generation.

Dark Souls and Dark Souls III follow cause to me they are the standard of the series. Quality boss design, mechanics, good world building and scenario design. Im just edging 1 over 3 because the characters/bosses involved have more importance for the lore. Demon Souls follows them because I feel it it didnt  age as well and the gameplay does feel rough.

I didnt like Sekiro that much solely because its way too rigid with its gameplay, something I dont particularly appreciate. Fromsoft had me accostumed to be given options instead of forced to play a certain way. I didnt like the inclussion of skills in the way it did. And Also i felt many bosses didnt really have the same lore weight as others. Fighting Owl and Isshin is great. Fighting the headless gorilla twice or the corrupted monk twice? Ehhh... Not so much

Nioh is a subpar experience. Many enemies feel exactly the same. The main story didnt really grab me. But some bosses are great. I loved Nue for one, that was my first wall.

I have similar opinions of Dark Souls 2, the lore didnt feel as interesting. Has too many bosses that are irrelevant or shitty. Way too many bosses in general. Not a bad game, but its def. The one that stands out the least for me. 

Dont @ me



Souls 3

Souls 1

Demon

Souls 2

Bloodborne

And Sekiro is utter ****ing trash.

Souls is my second favorite franchise, second only to Zelda.



Machina said:
The_Liquid_Laser said:

I've only played the ones made by From Software.  Here is my ranking so far:

1) Dark Souls
2) Dark Souls 2
3) Dark Souls 3
4) Demon's Souls
5) Bloodborne

That's interesting. So you feel they're, for the most part, getting slightly worse each time? Is that because you played each one when it originally released? Or boss preferences? Or...?

I basically played Dark Souls 2 and 3 straight after one another, as if they hadn't been released years apart, so the improvements to for example the graphics and atmosphere were really stark to me.

I did play all of these games not too long after they were released, so part of it is the impact they had when I first played them.  But it is also more than that.  Demon's Souls is a game I really loved when I first played it.  But then Dark Souls came along and I was like, "Wow, this is amazing".  It was just a huge step up from Demon's Souls in every way.  Especially in that, Demon's Souls felt like a game with interesting combat and levels, while in Dark Souls I felt like I was on a journey through a fantastic and diverse world.  Dark Souls was greater than the sum of its parts.  When I went back and played Demon's Souls it just couldn't hold a candle to Dark Souls.

When I played Dark Souls 2 and 3, they were both games I really enjoyed, but they also kind of felt like the same type of experience I got from Dark Souls 1 (maybe slightly worse).  So they get a minor ding against them for not being too ambitious.  I might have to go back and play #1 again, but I do remember liking it the most, at least when I first played it.  

Bloodborne is the only game on the list I didn't finish.  I just don't like the gameplay of it.  One of the biggest reasons I play Souls games is all of the character/combat options and Bloodborne takes a lot of that away.

Last edited by The_Liquid_Laser - on 19 October 2019