|Release Date||February 25, 2022|
|Platform||PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S, Microsoft Windows|
So, you’ve just become Elden Lord. What now? Obviously, Elden Ring is best experienced in multiple play-throughs, testing out various builds and fully enjoying the multiplayer features. However, some Tarnished may want a change of pace or scenery after spending so much time in The Lands Between. That’s why today, we’ll be showing you guys 16 Games you Should Play After Completing Elden Ring. Before we get into it though, there are a few things that should be mentioned. We won’t be breaking down the list by ranking each game. Rather, games will be grouped into certain categories related to Elden Ring. Consequently, Fromsoftware’s Soulsborne games and other Soulslike games will not be the primary focus. I hope you guys will find the list informative and useful in your search for games similar to Elden Ring. Now, let’s get to it!
Kicking off at our number 5 category is Story.
The Lands Between is a place full of mystery. When players are first thrust into this world, they are met with ambiguous storytelling. However, as you continue your journey, reading the flavor texts, talking to NPCs, and progressing in the main campaign, it becomes evident that George RR. Martin crafted a beautiful and rich lore for players to delve into. And with its numerous endings, Elden Ring can only be fully appreciated in multiple play-throughs. With that being said, if you liked Elden Ring for its narrative and medieval setting, then maybe you’ll enjoy the games featured in this category.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor and its sequel, Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, are high fantasy action-adventure games based on acclaimed novelist JRR. Tolkien and inspiration to George RR. Martin. The games are based on the lore established in Tolkien’s famous Lord of The Rings books. There’s also an upcoming game called Lord of The Rings: Gollum being released sometime this year for various systems and will explore the iconic creature’s adventures and mishaps in Middle-Earth.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War is available on Xbox One, PS4, PC, and IOS.
Already a classic by today’s standards, yet still very relevant in our culture, The Elder Scrolls is a series that has always been known for its incredibly deep lore. In Skyrim, you start out as an unnamed prisoner in a carriage, scheduled for execution in the town of Helgen. Upon arrival, the execution is immediately commenced. But just as the Headsman is about to swing his axe, a dragon appears, ravaging the entire town. As a result, you’re able to escape in all the confusion and begin your journey in the frigid lands of Skyrim.
Skyrim is available on almost all systems, including all current-gen consoles.
Shadow of the Colossus
Of course, Shadow of the Colossus cannot go unmentioned in this list. After all, it is one of the great inspirations for Hidetaka Miyazaki’s games. The game tells the story of Wander, a wanderer with a clouded past, who wanders into the Forbidden Lands. No, not the Forbidden Lands of the Giants. This region features lush landscapes, vast open plains, and the ruins of an ancient civilization. Wander wanders to the Forbidden Lands to resurrect a girl named Mono. A mysterious voice offers to Wander a deal: if you can slay the 16 Colossi that are found across the Forbidden Lands, Mono will be revived. Shadow of the Colossus is atmospherically similar to the Souls-like games, predating Demon Souls by 4 years.
Shadow of the Colossus is a PS2 classic, but its remake can be played on the PS4.
In our 4th category, we will be covering games based on Difficulty.
Unless you’re a god gamer, you’ve probably died a million times in Elden Ring. And if you haven’t, then you’ve clearly not fought Malenia yet. From software titles are notorious for being very difficult. Games that are hard are often compared to Dark Souls, dubbing them the “Dark Souls” of their respective genre. If you enjoyed Elden Ring’s high difficulty, then this category will suit the tryhard within you. Specifically, we will be exploring games deemed difficult by many players, games that are separate from the Soulslike genre.
In many ways, Monster Hunter: World is quite similar to Elden Ring. Without significant preparation, hunts can be punishing. Just like in Elden Ring, you’ll have to learn the attack patterns and habits of each particular monster. And with 48 different Boss-type monsters you’ll need to defeat, in order to complete the game, you’re bound to experience plenty of headaches. Additionally, there are 14 different weapon types to choose from, giving players the opportunity to experiment with different play styles in every hunt.
Monster Hunter: World is available on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
This may be a surprise inclusion in this list, but you know the saying, never judge a book by its cover. Or in this case, never judge a head by its shape. Its setting and art style are an homage to the many charming cartoons made in the early 20th century, while its gameplay is inspired by classic games like Contra and Metroid. Cuphead is widely known to be one of the most difficult experiences for a gamer and similarly to Elden Ring, features difficult bosses that will require you to learn the different attack patterns each enemy possesses. And if it’s a challenge you’re looking for, then Cuphead will definitely deliver with its fast-paced platforming and intense mayhem.
Cuphead is available on the Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Mac OS.
Upon its release, Sifu was met with glowing reviews for its stellar combat but received numerous complaints for being way too difficult, with many players reportedly unable to clear past Level 2. As such, the developers recently added an easy mode update to allow more players to enjoy the game. However, we hold the opinion that Sifu is best experienced at its original difficulty level (or its Master Difficulty) and is catered to players with the drive and commitment to learn and perfect its layered combat. Sifu adopts an arcade brawler-type system, with multiple levels filled to the brim with enemies. Moreover, when you are defeated in Sifu, instead of a simple You Died quote appearing on the screen, your character is instead immediately revived as an older, more experienced, and powerful, albeit frailer Sifu. This gimmick is part of what makes Sifu so special.
Sifu is available on the PS4, PS5, and PC
For our third category, we will be covering Open World games with wonderful, immersive worlds, varied landscapes, and tons of collectibles.
We won’t be discussing games like GTA and Forza Horizon. Which, let’s face it, has nothing to do with Elden Ring. But hey, if that’s next on your list, then whatever floats your boat man.
Based on the works by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is considered by many to be one of the greatest games ever made. In the Witcher 3, you play as Geralt of Rivia, a mutant with superhuman strength and magical abilities, known as a Witcher. His role, as a witcher, is to vanquish the many beasts and monsters causing mayhem around the world. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt presents a massive open world, featuring areas like Novigrad. The Skelige Isles and the Royal Palace in Vizima. Its amazing graphics, considering its age, is a testament to the capabilities of CD Projekt Red’s very own engine, RED Engine.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is available on almost all systems, including all current-gen consoles.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
You wouldn’t expect a Zelda game to make it into this list, but Breath of the Wild has made a mark as one of the best Open World games ever made. As this is a Zelda game, you play as Link. This time though, he awakens from a 100-year nap, to find that the Kingdom of Hyrule has been overtaken by Calamity Ganon. It’s up to the rowdy Link to stop Calamity Ganon and save the kingdom. What makes this such a great Open World is its non-linear progression path. Instead of overwhelming you with countless quests and icons on the map, Breath of the Wild points you toward the endpoint right from the very beginning. If you’re brave enough, you can technically fight the final boss right away, but you’ll definitely need to clear some dungeons first before you are able to defeat Ganon. This unique approach to the game allows players to forge their own journey. And what a beautiful journey it is. Taking you to breathtaking locations like Satori Mountain, Zora’s Domain, and the vast Korok Forest, all designed in signature Zelda fashion using Unreal Engine 4.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is exclusive to the Nintendo Switch.
First, we had assassins in Jerusalem. Then Italy, and since then, we have had assassins in virtually every culture. I wonder if Mister Worldwide himself, Pitbull, was an assassin in a past life. In this entry, Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, you play as Eivor Varinsdottir, a Viking raider who becomes entangled in the centuries-old battle between the Assassin Brotherhood, who strive for peace and liberty, and the Templar Order, who seek peace through control, while seeking to create a new Viking clan in England.
Valhalla boasts a huge open world, with multiple large areas to explore, such as Norway, England, and even Ireland, from the recent DLC. Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla boasts some of the best graphics in gaming today, thanks to Ubisoft’s very own AnvilNext engine.
Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla is available on the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series, PC, and Stadia.
The Horizon series is well known for its amazing graphics, thanks to its Decime engine, and expansive open world. Forbidden West took this to the next level with its incredible motion capture technology, and probably the most beautiful open world I have ever played. If you’d like to see my in-depth review, be sure to check out our Worth a Buy episode. Following the events of Horizon Zero Dawn, this sequel takes Aloy to the Forbidden West, a land controlled mostly by the militaristic Tenakht Tribe. And there’s a lot to see as you traverse the Forbidden West. It’s truly fantastic, whether you’re fighting robots of all sizes, furious Tenakht Tribesmen, or even finding old-world Relics and gathering the various medicinal plants and wood branches Aloy requires on her journey. There are numerous areas with stunning views, such as Plainsong, The Mountain Valley, and the Underground Ruins of Vegas. Overall, this game really delivers a memorable open-world experience.
Horizon Forbidden West is available on PS4, PS5, and PC.
For our second category, we’ll explore games with intricate Combat, just like Elden Ring.
With Elden Ring being the latest entry in FromSoftware’s Soulsborne-type games, it came as no surprise that its combat is some of the best in the series, learning from past titles like Bloodborne. If you enjoyed Elden Ring’s gripping combat, here are some games you can play right now.
Ghost of Tsushima is widely considered to be a modern masterpiece. With its accurate portrayal of Feudal Japan, Ghost of Tsushima is the closest you can get to living your dream as a full-fledged samurai. You play as Jin Sakai, one of the few samurai who survived the Mongol invasion of Tsushima.
He takes it upon himself to fight off the Mongol invaders and restore sovereignty to the Island of Tsushima. Given how well-represented the game is, it comes as no surprise how good the combat can be. Jin, as a master of the katana, has the ability to switch between various stances. Mastering each stance is beneficial in your crusade, given that certain enemies will be weak or strong against specific stances. There is also the Ghost Stance, which turns Jin from an honorable samurai to a stealthy and terrifying ninja. This stance can strike fear into the hearts of enemies. The variety in Ghost of Tsushima is incredible and its combat never gets stale.
Ghost of Tsushima can be played on the PS4 and PS5.
Based on the many fascinating tales from Greek mythology, God of War tells the story of Kratos, a Spartan soldier who attains Godhood, earning the title: God of War. In 2018’s God of War, we see an older, more stoic Kratos, trying to live a peaceful life with his son, Atreus, in Ancient Norway, the Realm of Midgard. In a surprising turn of events, Kratos is forced to square off against some of Norse mythology’s greatest champions, such as the mighty Thor. Combat can be challenging from the very beginning, since enemies scale to your gear and abilities as you progress through the campaign. Unlike the other entries in the God of War franchise, you can’t simply hack and slash your way to victory. Well, you can, but not without being warier of your enemy’s attack patterns and strengths. Also, Atreus is a valuable ally, who can assist you during combat with his volleys. Kratos, on the other hand, has a wide arsenal of weapons to choose from, such as the Blades of Chaos, Leviathan Axe, and Shattered Gauntlets of Ages to name a few. The much-anticipated sequel, God of War: Ragnarok, will be released sometime this year for the PS4, PS5, and PC.
God of War is available on the PS4 and PC.
Although Devil May Cry 5 is the most chaotic title on this list, it is nothing short of spectacular.
The Devil May Cry series is noted for its frenetic combos and stylish combat.
This latest entry tells the story of Dante, Nero, and the enigmatic V as they attempt to thwart the Demon King Urizen from destroying the human realm.
Each character has their own unique moveset and combos to master. This gives players a welcome variety exceeding other DMC titles. DMC5 even has a training mode with a combo counter, displaying Capcom’s commitment to providing quality combat mechanics.
Devil May Cry 5 is available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series, PC, and Amazon Luna.
For our final category, we will simply sum it up in one word. Souls
FromSoftware’s incredible success with their souls like games has cemented itself in videogame history. Ever since Demon’s Souls release in 2009, FromSoftware has improved on its formula with each new entry in their ever-expanding library of Soulsborne games, giving birth to an entirely new sub-genre in gaming. Obviously, if you enjoyed Elden Ring, then it’s a given that you’ll enjoy the entire Dark Souls Trilogy, Sekrio: Shadows Die Twice, Bloodborne, the recent Demon’s Souls Remake, and by extension, Code Vein, which was produced by Bandai Namco. All these games are widely available and can be played on various consoles and the PC. However, there are many titles heavily influenced by the genre worth mentioning. So here is our final category, the soul like games.
Probably the most futuristic entry in this list, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order borrows a lot of elements from the Souls genre. For example, it features items similar to flasks, checkpoints like sites of grace, grueling dungeons, creeping enemies, punishing bosses, and of course, it isn’t a Soulslike game without poison swamps. The story takes place 5 years after the film, Star Wars episode 3, and follows the story of Jedi Padawan Cal Kestis, who is targeted by the Galactic Empire. Cal’s primary goal is to complete his training and rebuild the Fallen Jedi Order. The main difference here, compared to the soul like games, is that instead of using magic, you have the FORCE. And the force is certainly with Cal Kestis, granting him numerous combat abilities, such as Force Push, Jedi Flip, and Force Pull. These abilities are needed in your quest to restore the Fallen Order.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is available on the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series, Stadia, and PC.
Hollow Knight draws plenty of inspiration from Fromsoftware’s Soulslike genre. The way Hollow Knight’s narrative unfolds is not dissimilar to that of Elden Ring, where the protagonist begins their journey in an eerie world, full of mystery and fraught with perils. Hollow Knight borrows some other elements too, like checkpoints that respawn enemies and a currency similar to Runes, known as Geo. If you are slayed, just like in Elden Ring, you’ll lose all your currency. Except, in this case, defeating the enemy that killed you is required to retrieve your Geo. And you will be dying a lot, as its combat is notoriously difficult, especially boss fights.
Hollow Knight is available on PC, Switch, PS4, Xbox One, Mac OS, and Linux.
Perhaps the game that borrows the most from FromSoftware’s formula is Nioh and its sequel, Nioh 2. Similarly to Sekiro, The Nioh games take place in feudal japan. Nioh 2 is both sequel and prequel to the first, introducing new mechanics and an incredible amount of content. The story follows Hide, a half-Yokai referred to as a “Shifting”, as he fights powerful yokai in the Sengoku era. Along the way, you’ll meet historical figures like Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Honda Tadakatsu in this supernatural retelling of the Sengoku period. Similar to Elden Ring and Dark Souls 3, Nioh 2 offers players fearsome bosses, intense build customization, and great level design. Don’t be fooled by the many similarities this game draws with the Soulsborne games though. The Nioh franchise narrative has a lighter tone, faster-paced combat, wider customization, and in some cases, tougher boss fights.
Both Nioh and Nioh 2 are available on the PS4, PS5, and PC.
Phew! That’s certainly a lot of games. I’m sure there were many unexpected entries here, and I know some were unmentioned, such as Ashen, Salt and Sacrifice, Knights of the Fallen, and The Surge, to name a few. However, we wanted to do something different with this list. Breaking down each of Elden Ring’s best elements, since many players enjoy Elden Ring for different reasons. I, for one, loved the lore and difficulty of Elden Ring. What do you guys think? Do you have any other games you’d like to recommend? Let us know in the comment section below, we really wanna hear from you. And remember to check out our website, where you can find all the games mentioned here at great discounts.
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I think after consuming endless Elden Ring content and covering souls-like games, I need to detox with some Animal Crossing. This is Arihead, signing out!