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1. Dark Souls 3 - My first full Soulslike experience. I had briefly tried Demon Souls, Bloodborne, Lords of the Fallen, and Dark Souls before committing to Dark Souls 3 and this is the game that really established my love of the genre. To me it's the best combat system, the most appealing world artistically, the most replayed OST, and some great lore. I could see how some would identify it as fan service but for me it was my first dive into the universe so it all felt fresh and impactful. 

2. Dark Souls (Remastered) - I bought the Prepare to Die edition on PC but due to its rough framerate and kinda dated feeling controls I could never really get into it. The difficulty put me off too as I was in a really busy time of my life and couldn't consistently give attention to a single game to get good enough to get through it. Then the Remaster came out and I saw that it fixed the framerate issues. Suddenly the controls felt a lot better too even if it didn't have the omnidirectional motion. In any case, I can see why this game is often regarded the peak of the series. It lays a lot of groundwork for the games to come in its world design and lore. Some of the bosses are kinda bullshit (I'm looking at you Capra Demon and Bed of Chaos) but all in all this game provides heaps of customization in build types and just has so much depth.

3. Bloodborne - 3 main things keep this from being #2 on my list. In a lot of ways it's objectively better than Dark Souls 1 to me. It has better combat, is far more consistent in its quality of areas and bosses, and is more visually striking in its art. But being tied to 30 fps with poor frame pacing, having a story and atmosphere I didn't gel as well with, and crushing me with Father Gascoigne early on in the game (seriously... I was stuck here for years) really sucked a lot of enjoyment out of it for me. Having said that, it's a stellar game and anyone used to console level IQ and performance should give it a shot. 

4. Lords of the Fallen - This one is on the list by default because it's one that I played enough of to add to the list. But all in all it's a pretty meh experience. I bought it for $3 thinking it would be an easier Soulslike to ease me into the game type after my prior poor experiences with Bloodborne and Dark Souls Prepare to Die. But I played it enough (~7 hours) to realize I would love this style of combat if the enemies and environments were more varied and interesting. And they certainly were in Dark Souls 3 from all I had seen... so this was a testbed title for me and I have it to thank for making me confident in purchasing Dark Souls 3 and the IDLCs and I'm so glad t did. 

I have yet to try The Surge and still need to get around to Sekiro and NiOh. 

I'm also really hoping Bluepoint is working on a Demon Souls remake. I briefly tried it on PS3 but can't seem to enjoy these games with poor frame pacing. I honestly think that's why Bloodborne isn't #2 on my list.

Edit: Added more reasoning to my list 

Last edited by trasharmdsister12 - on 20 October 2019

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Haven't played many souls like games but as of now it is:
1. Sekiro
2. DS3 (haven't beaten, may change in the future)
3. Code Vein
4. Bloodborne (haven't beaten, may change in the future)



 

Bloodborne
Demon Souls
Dark Souls
Dark Souls 2

I have not played enough of 3 to rank it fairly, but it is safe to say it would be somewhere below Bloodborne.

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Haven't played any game from the Souls series but I have my eye on the trilogy and if remaster of Demon Souls does happen, I'll grab that too.



I can't get into any Souls like game. Maybe it's because I'd rather grind for hours and get it done at a reasonable amount of tries than just fail and fail over and over again with little to no progress. Slow and steady progress seems more rewarding.



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Only played 1, Sekiro, found it way too hard and gave up.



Darwinianevolution said:
I can't get into any Souls like game. Maybe it's because I'd rather grind for hours and get it done at a reasonable amount of tries than just fail and fail over and over again with little to no progress. Slow and steady progress seems more rewarding.

You won't fail that much.

Also, you can grind levels you want too, though it won't make a huge difference.

Funny that failed nearly 100 straight times in the Nioh beta made me love it, tho, lol.

I finished the first level on normal and went straight to fight Muneshige, but I had just sold all my gear but one very heavy set I had just gotten, and realised I wouldn't be able to leave the fight without losing all the amrita I had... which I refused to.

So I fought him nearly naked, at a very low level (I was supposed to do the hard stage before him too) and would get 1 hit koed to most of his attacks.

I spend two hours dying to him before I could finally take him out. But boy what a feeling.

I was already in love with that game since before it was announced tho, lol, was a dream come true.

But those games are not THAT hard in general, they have hard parts but a mostly doable after some tries.

Have defeated a lot of the bosses from those game in the first time, and I'm not a skilled player.

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BraLoD said:
Darwinianevolution said:
I can't get into any Souls like game. Maybe it's because I'd rather grind for hours and get it done at a reasonable amount of tries than just fail and fail over and over again with little to no progress. Slow and steady progress seems more rewarding.

You won't fail that much.

Also, you can grind levels you want too, though it won't make a huge difference.

If you had seen me play Cuphead, you wouldn't say that. That dragon is horrible...



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Darwinianevolution said:
BraLoD said:

You won't fail that much.

Also, you can grind levels you want too, though it won't make a huge difference.

If you had seen me play Cuphead, you wouldn't say that. That dragon is horrible...

I edited my post with some extra stuff.

Cuphead as a boss rush is harder than those games, because it's basically just hard boss after hard boss.



shikamaru317 said:
Only played 1, Sekiro, found it way too hard and gave up.

Sekiro is 100x harder than Souls.  Don't get me wrong, Souls isn't easy, but fair.  Sekiro is designed to be hard and absolutely nothing about it is fair.  I can beat every souls game solo, I couldn't get half way through Sekiro.  I died more in Sekiro than all souls games combined.