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.