What does soulslike mean in gaming?

A video game like Dark Souls

Gamers use soulslike to describe video games that are similar to FromSoftware's Dark Souls (and the publisher's other 3D action RPGs). Specifically, soulslike games:

  • Are very, very difficult
  • Punish players for dying, by resetting progress or removing items
  • Reward players for unconventional thinking and highly-skilled play
  • Include dense, open-ended narratives and game maps

What are some notable soulslikes?

FromSoftware released its first soulslike game, Demon's Souls in 2009. Some other notable soulslike games include:

  • Bloodborne
  • Salt and Sanctuary
  • Remnant: From the Ashes
  • Nioh
  • Elden Ring


What's your favorite soulslike?
I'm partial to Sekiro myself
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Updated August 26, 2022

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