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Games like Elden Ring that you can play now

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These are the games like Elden Ring that we recommend:

  • Dragon's Dogma 2
  • Nioh2
  • Demon Souls
  • Monster Hunter World: Iceborne
  • Skyrim
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  • Blood transfused
  • Dark Souls Remastered

If you want something that can do a little of what Elden Ring can do, but not everything, games like Elden Ring are a good alternative for you. While Elden Ring has a lot of problems – pacing being the most important – it's still a decent open-world game with a lot of customization options for your playstyle. It's difficult to make a game like Elden Ring without being another Souls game, so keep in mind that these similar games aren't necessarily on par.

Dragon's Dogma 2

  • Release date:
    March 21, 2024
  • Platform(s):
    PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S
  • Genre(s):
    Action, Action RPG, Adventure, Role Playing

Dragons Dogma as a series has a sort of “love it or hate it” effect on people. The combat in Dragon's Dogma 2 is incredibly fun and the medieval setting is absolutely stunning. When you compare it to the exploration in Elden Ring, we think Dragon's Dogma 2 pulls it off very well, especially when you come across a hidden cave that you absolutely have to explore. All in all, Dragon's Dogma 2 is a fantasy epic in many ways; unfortunately, the story sucks and the gameplay can be unforgiving or just flat-out bad. That's part of its charm, though, as was the case with the original Dragon's Dogma game from 2013. Actually, play the first Dragon's Dogma, which arguably did some things better compared to the sequel.

Nioh2

  • Release date:
    13 March 2020

    • – 01 January 2019 (PlayStation4)
  • Platform(s):
    PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5
  • Genre(s):
    action

While Souls games have stagnated and used the same combat mechanics and encounters as most of those games, Nioh 2 is a refreshing change of pace. Yes, there's still a stamina system and no, it's not open world, but it's one of the best third-person action games out there with endless build customization options. Team Ninja struck gold with Nioh 2, offering a fantastically fun and fresh take on the Souls formula that improves on and surpasses it in every way. If you want similarly tough gameplay and ways to flesh out builds, this is the next game for you. Nioh 2 also has a pretty detailed character editor that beats the one in Elden Ring by a long shot.

Demon Souls

  • Release date:
    24 June 2010

    • – 24 June 2010 (PlayStation 3)
  • Platform(s):
    PlayStation 3
  • Genre(s):
    role playing game

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If you want a Souls game from FromSoftware, you'll want to start at the very beginning. Demon's Souls is the first true Souls game released by FromSoft before Dark Souls. That game set the foundation for everything Souls games would be for the next 10 years, and the formula hasn't changed much since that version, for better or for worse. Create your character, upgrade your stats to perfect your build, find new gear, and enjoy the best version of any Souls game. Even better, if you have access to the PS5 remake, that version is much easier to play than firing up your PS3, and the graphics are stunning.

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne

  • Release date:
  • Platform(s):
    Unknown
  • Genre(s):
    Unknown

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We'd like to qualify this entry by saying that Monster Hunter World actually doesn't compare to Elden Ring at all, and we think World surpasses Elden Ring in every way. However, some people play Elden Ring for the sheer amount of build customization and combat, which is why we think Monster Hunter would be a fantastic alternative to play. You create a character, hunt giant monsters, acquire materials, and craft better gear and weapons, all while exploring amazing and large locations. There are so many monsters and gear combinations that your builds are nearly endless, and that helps make the gameplay incredibly fun, surpassing many third-person action games whose combat is designed around endurance and increasingly difficult fights. World is phenomenal, and there's a reason it's Capcom's best-selling game of all time.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

  • Release date:
    11 November 2011

    • – 11 November 2011 (Xbox360, PlayStation 3, PC)
  • Platform(s):
    Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • Genre(s):
    Action, Roleplay

There's little denying that Skyrim is one of the best open-world games out there, if only because of its reputation – or rather, its memes. The Elder Scrolls games understand that you want a journey that's epic and full of fantastical moments, and you'll find all that and more in Skyrim. Skyrim offers a fabulous experience as you create your own character and take on the role of the Dragonborn. What you do with that power is up to you, and you can meme your way through the world as you please. As you adventure, you'll get involved in politics, wars, and guilds as you take on quests and explore the vast world and all its treacherous dungeons. There are plenty of copy-and-paste moments in Skyrim, so if you're looking for a similar experience to Elden Ring, you should feel right at home.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

  • Release date:
    22 March 2019

    • – 22 March 2019 (PC, Xbox One, PlayStation4)
  • Platform(s):
    PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • Genre(s):
    Action, Action-Adventure, Role Playing

FromSoftware finally did something different with the release of Sekiro. This game reuses a lot of ideas and systems you'll recognize from other Souls titles, but it arguably offers the best first playthrough of any other Souls game. There's no build variety, so it's different from Elden Ring in that regard, but it offers a lot of meaningful exploration and the combat is extremely fun if you like precise, timing-based gameplay. The characters are excellent and the writing is some of FromSoft's strongest, going far beyond ridiculous NPC monologues and manic laughter that we all know and tolerate.

Blood transfused

  • Release date:
    24 March 2015

    • – 28 March 2015 (PlayStation4)
  • Platform(s):
    PlayStation4
  • Genre(s):
    Action, Roleplay

While it's a bit of a stretch to keep naming other FromSoft games, there aren't many games that are truly like Elden Ring. Bloodborne is similar enough in that FromSoft doesn't change much between each game released, making it a great alternative. Bloodborne has an interconnected rather than open world, with large regions that flow into one another. As you'd expect, you can customize your character and preferred build to your heart's content, and take on the challenging enemies and bosses that Souls games are notorious for. Some praise Bloodborne's story as the best of the best, but that depends on your taste. It tells a particularly depressing story from start to finish, so it can be a tedious read through.

Dark Souls Remastered

  • Release date:
    9 March 2021

    • – 25 May 2018 (PC, Xbox One, PlayStation4)
    • – 01 June 2018 (Nintendo Switch)
  • Platform(s):
    Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • Genre(s):
    Action, Platform, Roleplay

If Elden Ring was your very first Souls gaming experience, then the first Dark Souls game is absolutely worth playing through. It has been re-released for PC and consoles, making it readily available and playable in good quality. Dark Souls is often hailed as From's best game, and while there's plenty of room for debate – we say Demon's Souls is – there's no denying that Dark Souls is uniquely brilliant in almost every way. While Elden Ring has more to offer, Dark Souls is more focused and holistic in its design, offering an incredibly engaging narrative and setting that you won't find anywhere else in Elden Ring or anywhere else.