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omarct said:
Agente42 said:

Hollow Knight is not a souls borne, it's a Metroidvania. The core mechanics is all about Metroidvania like. 

Great list.

The list was about "Souls Like" games. I personally think Hollow Knight was heavily inspired by Dark Souls which is why I mentioned it. If you have played Hollow Knight you will know why I say so. The way the story and lore is told through item descriptions and random NPCs with little dialogue its exactly like the Souls games, just because you cant level up or use different weapons, doesnt mean its not Souls Like.

The lore have inspired in retro games, Dark souls games is also inspired in retro games, where no tell( cinematics focus)  context and more experience context (story imersion in gameplay). Grandpa of Hollow Knight and Dark Souls is Classic Zelda ( The legend of Zelda) and other classics. It's more a ancestry in common than heavily inspired.  The ambience and atmospheric resemble Metroid too. Dark Souls innovation is the focus in stamina based action. Hollow Knight don't have stamina based action.  

great video about Hollow Knight

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ITtPPE-pXE

And about souls like genre

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lx7BWayWu08



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Have added Nioh to my ranking now that I've decided to stop playing it and move onto something else. I just got really bored by the lack of enemy variety and the repetitive areas. It's my second least favourite Soulslike so far. It could've been really good but it's just too bloated; needed the equivalent of an editor to come in and cut whole chunks of filler content out.

I've now moved on to Salt & Sanctuary, which I'm really enjoying so far, somewhat to my surprise because it's a 2D indie and those games rarely appeal to me.



Machina said:
Have added Nioh to my ranking now that I've decided to stop playing it and move onto something else. I just got really bored by the lack of enemy variety and the repetitive areas. It's my second least favourite Soulslike so far. It could've been really good but it's just too bloated; needed the equivalent of an editor to come in and cut whole chunks of filler content out.

I've now moved on to Salt & Sanctuary, which I'm really enjoying so far, somewhat to my surprise because it's a 2D indie and those games rarely appeal to me.

Poor you.

Nioh is freaking amazing.



1. Bloodborne
2. Demon's Souls
3. Sekiro
4. Dark Souls
5. Dark Souls 3
6. Dark Souls 2.

99. Nioh.

Edited - forgot about Sekiro



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BraLoD said:
Machina said:
Have added Nioh to my ranking now that I've decided to stop playing it and move onto something else. I just got really bored by the lack of enemy variety and the repetitive areas. It's my second least favourite Soulslike so far. It could've been really good but it's just too bloated; needed the equivalent of an editor to come in and cut whole chunks of filler content out.

I've now moved on to Salt & Sanctuary, which I'm really enjoying so far, somewhat to my surprise because it's a 2D indie and those games rarely appeal to me.

Poor you.

Nioh is freaking amazing.

I couldn't get into Nioh either. I tried. Added it to my library since it was free this month with Plus. Might try it again if I have time at some point. 



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epicurean said:
BraLoD said:

Poor you.

Nioh is freaking amazing.

I couldn't get into Nioh either. I tried. Added it to my library since it was free this month with Plus. Might try it again if I have time at some point. 

It's such a joy to play.



BraLoD said:
Machina said:
Have added Nioh to my ranking now that I've decided to stop playing it and move onto something else. I just got really bored by the lack of enemy variety and the repetitive areas. It's my second least favourite Soulslike so far. It could've been really good but it's just too bloated; needed the equivalent of an editor to come in and cut whole chunks of filler content out.

I've now moved on to Salt & Sanctuary, which I'm really enjoying so far, somewhat to my surprise because it's a 2D indie and those games rarely appeal to me.

Poor you.

Nioh is freaking amazing.

Nioh, Sekiro and Bloodborne is not a Dark Souls clone, it's begin a deviation. It's good for the genre.



1. Bloodborne
2. Dark Souls 3
3. Dark Souls
4. Sekiro
5. Dark Souls 2

Come on Sony, Demon's Souls Remastered



melbye said:
1. Bloodborne
2. Dark Souls 3
3. Dark Souls
4. Sekiro
5. Dark Souls 2

Come on Sony, Demon's Souls Remastered

Make it a remake and give us the sixth archstone!



Made a bit of a detour from my intended plans recently.

First, I decided to try my first 2D indie Soulslike. I went with Salt & Sanctuary. Had low expectations, because I'm not a fan of 2D pixel indie games, but it was on sale and I had some funds in my Steam wallet, so what the hell. Pleasantly surprised. Enjoyed the atmosphere, the visuals, some interesting enemy designs (in terms of visuals), the music (I'd bet a small amount of money the composer is a Tool fan), and the gameplay for the most part. It's let down by shields being far too overpowered and the final few bosses being too easy as a result. There are also some unnecessarily annoying platforming segments. And unicorn enemies that are totally broken.

Salt & Sanctuary makes it to 5th on my ranking, behind Dark Souls 2 and ahead of The Surge 2.

Finishing that I started casting around for my next Soulslike. I'm not really enthused by any of the remaining options tbh. The major ones are: Code Vein (but I don't like anime so the art style and no doubt cheesy as hell dialogue and story will be wasted on me), Remnant: From the Ashes (combat looks very stiff and slow, and enemy variety lacking, but I'm curious about the idea of a shooter Souls), Sekiro (which isn't the strict Soulslike experience I'm really looking for), another 2D indie, or... Dark Souls Remastered.

I went with Dark Souls Remastered... heh, yes, despite starting the thread saying I wasn't planning to buy it because it looked too dated. And it is definitely dated after coming from Dark Souls III (well, duh), but I really want a proper full-blooded Soulslike, so I thought why not finish the original trilogy is that's what I'm actually after? Purchased it just a couple of hours before Humble ended their seasonal sale. I don't regret the purchase so far (helps the price was hugely cut), but it's definitely my least favourite of the trilogy & Bloodborne; it's very stiff compared to them, and various QoL features introduced in the sequels are absent, and of course it's... well, pretty bloody ugly. But it's proper Souls so I'm enjoying it for that.

Last edited by Machina - on 09 December 2019