It’s safe to say that Elden Ring was a smash hit. FromSoftware’s highest-selling game to date, Elden Ring is by far one of the biggest achievement in the company’s existence. Elden Ring brought crushing difficulty, a non-linear narrative design and a ton of action RPG goodness to casual gamers, and that’s what makes it such a masterpiece. However, if you’re feeling that void after finishing Elden Ring’s NG+7, here are a couple of games to check out. We’re not going to mention any FromSoftware games here, so this is a safe space if you’re looking for a more relaxing experience!
1. Code Vein
Code Vein is built in the same vein as Elden Ring. A difficult game with a huge emphasis on exploration and combat.
However, what separates Code Vein from your typical FromSoftware game is its fantastically anime art style. This game is 100% anime and we’re all here for it! Code Vein has a much more linear story to back it up and the difficulty spikes are quite randomized.
The game hits hard and makes you work for that sweet taste of victory!
2. Middle Earth: Shadow of War
If you’re absolutely in love with Elden Ring’s setting, but tired of the crushing difficulty, Shadow of War is for you!
Set in the ICONIC Tolkien Universe of Lord of the Rings, Shadow of War is an open world game that lets you play the role of an Elven war lord. You must fight orcs, command them and create your own storylines with their nemesis system.
The game is vast, and offers a fantastic story with lots of branching narratives!
3. Monster Hunter World
The long running bosses are what makes Elden Ring and Monster Hunter World so similar.
The game is an action adventure RPG set in a fantasy world where fantastical monsters are found. Your goal is to kill them all and become stronger with the resources you find in each kill. Monster Hunter World will satiate the dragon boss fights that made Elden Ring so iconic.
If you’re craving the lengthy boss battles of Elden Ring, fighting the mythological creatures, then Monster Hunter World should be the go to game on your radar.
If you’re looking for a game that is as punishing as Elden Ring, look no further than Ashen.
This action RPG throws you into an unknown world with little to no hand holding, and forces you to fend for yourself. Ashen’s main selling point is its beautiful art style, and crushing challenge.
This action RPG will become a mainstay in your library once you’ve gotten around to learning it!
5. Hollow Knight
Hollow Knight is the one and only 2D Soulslike that we’re adding to this list.
Hollow Knight is a beautiful, sorrowful, grueling and difficult action platformer that forces you to think on your feet. This game will not just push you to master your reflexes, but also its high risk high reward combat mechanics and gameplay loop.
This game also has one of the most challenging boss gauntlets ever made so check it out for sure!
6. Mortal Shell
Initially written off as a Souls clone, Mortal Shell has made its way into being a fan favorite.
This Soulslike has the essence of Elden Ring deep rooted within it. The atmospheric level design, the elaborate combat sections, the beautiful vistas and hardcore gameplay all make it worth a try.
Mortal Shell is a game that will challenge you to your highest potential, so make sure you’re ready for some finger muscle tension!
7. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is CDPR’s biggest accomplishment.
This action adventure role playing game is based on the books of the same name. You play as Geralt of Rivia and go through a questline that will not just excite and engage you, but make you cry and even rage!
The Witcher 3 is way more cinematic than the FromSoftware games with lots of cutscenes. However, it has some fantastic monsters and enemies to fight, along with lots of exploration to do!
8. Nioh 2
Nioh 2 is when you combine Sekiro and Elden Ring into one.
This hardcore Soulslike set in a feudal Japan will challenge you, and push you to your absolute limits. Nioh is a game that forces players to learn its core mechanics before getting so much more difficult than you’d ever expect it to be.
It also has lots of fantastical creatures, lots of gruesome enemies, and some very high difficulty spikes that will satiate your Elden Ring thirst.
9. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
What could be more iconic than a Soulslike that is set in the Star Wars universe?
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is exactly what you’d expect from that above sentence, and boy is this game fun. It’s much easier than the Soulslike games, yet it has that same sense of interconnected levels, dodge and hit combat along with some new tweaks such as a parkour system, force powers and its very own unique storyline to back it up!
If you make it to the end of the game, your Star Wars fan fiction dreams will come true!
10. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild had a huge effect on Elden Ring’s open world.
Elden RIng takes a lot of elements from Breath of the Wild, and adds its Dark Souls spin on it. Breath of the Wild is a much more relaxing experience, made for those who wish to traverse a sandbox world with as much creative open mindedness as possible. You can do essentially anything you want in this game, only halted by its stamina system.
If you’re looking for a beautiful world to explore like the Lands Between, Hyrule in Breath of the Wild is the closest thing to it!
So, Tarnished, will you give any of these fantastic games a chance? If your thirst for Elden Ring has been quenched, then make sure to check these games out. Each and every one of these games have their own charm to them, along with their own gameplay tweaks that make them stand out!