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Souls-like

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Top 150 best Steam games of all time tagged with Souls-like, according to gamer reviews.

Rank, title, date, tags, platforms and price Score Rating
8.47
98% 8,626 votes
8.41
93% 860,405 votes
8.06
93% 3,794 votes
8.00
96% 710 votes
7.92
93% 1,218 votes
7.84
90% 3,425 votes
7.78
90% 2,028 votes
7.74
91% 1,050 votes
7.51
86% 3,675 votes
7.48
85% 6,405 votes

Correlated tags

Correlation is how often another tag appears together with this tag. If one in every five games tagged with Souls-like is also tagged with a correlated tag, the correlated tag has 20% correlation. 100% correlation means the pair of tags always appear together.

Tags most frequently applied to the same games as Souls-like, with at least 15% correlation.

  1. Action 80%
  2. Adventure 61%
  3. Singleplayer 53%
  4. RPG 46%
  5. Action-Adventure 44%
  6. Action RPG 37%
  7. 2D 37%
  8. Indie 37%
  9. 3D 34%
  10. Fantasy 32%
  11. Atmospheric 31%
  12. Dark Fantasy 31%
  13. Hack and Slash 30%
  14. Difficult 29%
  15. Third Person 29%
  16. Exploration 27%
  17. Pixel Graphics 25%
  18. Platformer 23%
  19. Combat 22%
  20. Story Rich 21%
  21. Colorful 17%
  22. Metroidvania 16%
  23. Casual 16%
  24. Medieval 16%
  25. Dark 16%
  26. 2D Platformer 15%

The Souls-like tag refers to a genre of games that are heavily inspired by the gameplay mechanics and design principles of the Demon's Souls and Dark Souls series, developed by FromSoftware. These games are known for their challenging difficulty, intricate level design, and deep combat systems.

In a Souls-like game, players typically navigate through dark and atmospheric environments filled with tough enemies and hidden secrets. The combat demands precision, timing, and strategic thinking. Success in these games often requires patience, perseverance, and mastery of various gameplay mechanics.

Some key characteristics of Souls-like games include:

  • Difficult Gameplay Souls-like games prioritize challenge. Enemies can be formidable adversaries that require careful observation and analysis to defeat. Mistakes often come with punishing consequences, making death a frequent occurrence.
  • Rewarding Progression Despite the difficulty level, progressing through a Souls-like game brings a sense of accomplishment. Overcoming challenges by learning enemy patterns or mastering combat techniques offers a satisfying feeling of improvement.
  • Bonfire CheckpointsThe presence of bonfires or similar checkpoints is common in this genre. Bonfires serve as respawn points where players can rest to replenish health and refill limited resources like healing potions or magic spells.
  • Mysterious LoreSouls-like games often feature deep lore and storytelling elements that are not explicitly revealed through cutscenes or dialogue. Instead, they encourage players to piece together fragments of information from item descriptions or environmental cues to understand the world's history.

The success of FromSoftware's titles has led to the development of numerous other popular Souls-like games from different developers. Some well-known examples of Souls-like games include:

  • Bloodborne Developed by FromSoftware, Bloodborne builds upon the challenging combat mechanics and atmospheric world design of the Souls series with a gothic horror theme.
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Also developed by FromSoftware, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice introduces a new setting inspired by feudal Japan and emphasizes precise swordplay and stealth mechanics.
  • Nioh Developed by Team Ninja, Nioh combines the difficulty and dark fantasy aesthetic of Souls-like games with fast-paced combat inspired by samurai warriors.

In summary, Souls-like games offer intense challenges, layered world-building, and rewarding gameplay for players who crave deep exploration and mastery in a hostile gaming environment.

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