10 Best Soulslike Games Released In 2023

2023 is one of the biggest years in gaming for a ton of reasons, but one of those is also the variety of RPGs and Soulslike games that launched within the 12-month period. Starting as early as February, the Soulslike titles lined up one after another, giving you an excellent and soul-crushing assortment to choose from—if you haven’t played most of these already.

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Whether you prefer 2D or 3D art styles, Gothic or mythological settings, more straightforward storytelling, or more lore-based storytelling, 2023 is guaranteed to have a Soulslike fit to your playstyle. Oh, and also lots of sequels. Here are some of the most noteworthy.

1 Wild Hearts

Wild Hearts is a Soulslike Monster Hunter mashup from developer Koei Tecmo and Omega Force, which seeks to reinvigorate the genre with some very new ideas. The best part of the game is the kemono creature designs, which are massive beings based on real animals and come dressed in a mix of elements like earth, fire, or ice.

The other new aesthetic Wild Hearts brings is its use of Fortnite-style building mechanics for springs, towers, traps, and other obstacles that can help you in battles against the kemono, called Karakuri. You can also ride through the gorgeous scenery of Azuma on the Roller Karakuri as though it’s Death Stranding.

2 Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty

Koei Tecmo had yet another Soulslike game launch in 2023, this one sticking closer to the traditional formula than Wild Hearts. That’s because Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty comes from Team Ninja, the developer behind the Nioh games, and it takes you back to ancient China during the Han Dynasty period.

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This once again fuses cultural mythology and Soulslike combat to deliver some of the most unique boss battles, even including the use of Divine Beasts to summon against enemies in the gameplay. You can also take on Wo Long’s relentless beasts and demons with friends in co-op.

3 The Last Faith

The Last Faith

Released
November 15, 2023

Developer(s)
Kumi Souls Games

Publisher(s)
Playstack , Playstack Ltd.

A new entry in the expanding 2D pixel-art metroidvania Soulslikes came with The Last Faith, presenting the most atmospheric Gothic Castlevania-like atmosphere you can get while, at the same time, being yet another contender for being a close copy to Bloodborne.

As is common with the narratives in these types of games, you’re Eryk, someone with no recollection of how you ended up in the creature and boss-infested world you find yourself in. However, in addition to the wide variety of melee weapons at your disposal, your character also has a ranged pistol.

4 Lords Of The Fallen

Lords of the Fallen
Platform(s)
PS5 , Xbox Series X|S , PC

Released
October 13, 2023

Developer(s)
HEXWORKS

Publisher(s)
CI Games

2014’s Lords of the Fallen received a glorious and complete redesign with the 2023 follow-up of the same name by developer HexWorks. The all-new game expands the map to a much larger scale than before, and the boss designs even rival those in Elden Ring.

If you’re looking for the next Soulslike world to get lost in after Elden Ring and Demon’s Souls, Lords of the Fallen is as brutal as it is gorgeous. The other unique design element here is you get to travel the parallel worlds of the living and the dead called Axiom and Umbral, like in The Medium, just not split-screen.

5 Clash: Artifacts Of Chaos

In a year where major Soulslike hits were plentiful, this lesser-known indie gem feels like it may have gotten lost among them. With a different kind of 3D art style not normally seen in games of its genre, Clash: Artifacts of Chaos is a refreshing option if you’re looking for something different yet just as engaging.

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The bestiary is super imaginative as if it belongs to the fantasy worlds of Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy or Pan’s Labyrinth. It is in the same universe as the past Zeno Clash games. Your character has some Kratos vibes and even a cute companion named Boy, an odd little creature in your care. There’s also a bit of Sifu influence since the combat pertains to martial arts and the use of your fists.

6 Blasphemous 2

Blasphemous 2

Released
August 24, 2023

Developer(s)
The Game Kitchen

The Game Kitchen’s sequel to Blasphemous arrived in 2023, and it puts you back into the role of the Penitent One in a world where scary gigantic beings tied to religion want to bring you closer to your Judgement Day. But plenty of new changes are added to ‘the scripture’ this time.

Though the boss fights remain as tough as you might remember, you get lots of new features, like choosing from multiple starter weapons and getting extra perks from altarpieces, prayers, verses chants, and, of course, rosary beads. With the Miracle also comes new life into the combat.

7 Star Wars Jedi: Survivor

The highly anticipated sequel to Jedi: Fallen Order, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor arrived with an all-new story following a time jump for Cal, Cere, Greez, Merrin, and company. You get to explore some new planets not seen in the first game, and there’s much more freedom when roaming around open areas. They even come with hidden rooms and an overhaul of new enemies, creatures, and bosses.

On top of the expansion of side quests and new lightsaber stances, such as even letting Cal have a blaster, Survivor also delivers a richer, more emotional, and lengthier story with unexpected twists and more complicated obstacles for Cal than just the tough bosses.

8 Remnant 2

Remnant 2

Released
July 25, 2023

Developer(s)
Gunfire Games

Publisher(s)
Gearbox Publishing

Yet another Soulslike sequel that launched in 2023 is Remnant 2, Gunfire Games’ follow-up to the third-person shooter genre blend Remnant: From the Ashes. Remnant 2 keeps the mechanics largely the same as its predecessor in terms of combat and character creation, with the new change being the implementation of the Archetype system.

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As in the previous game, you can travel between many different dimensions solo or with your party (co-op available here, as well) that are host to grotesque monstrosities known as The Root. The giant goddess Nimue is also an excellent new character added to the Remnant universe.

9 Armored Core 6: Fires Of Rubicon

While Elden Ring didn’t see any further expansions in 2023, FromSoftware launched the next entry in their acclaimed mech shooter series. Sure, Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon may be a linear mission-based single-player design defying the rules of Soulslikes, but the customization systems and difficult mech bosses have FromSoftware’s recipe all over them.

You get to pilot and fly your iconic mech across areas to deal damage and dodge projectiles being launched at you, and there’s a ton of creativity and strategy that can go into making your mech stand out. There’s also an additional arena mode, where you can have PVP-style matches with other players’ AC units.

10 Lies Of P

Lies of P

Released
September 19, 2023

Developer(s)
Neowiz Games , Round8 Studio

Publisher(s)
Neowiz Games

Out of all the big Triple-A Soulslike games to get published this year, Lies of P drew all the hype due to its comparisons to Bloodborne, and it ended up capturing as close to that feeling as it could without the FromSoftware logo attached to it. Not only does it have an immersive original world, enemy, and narrative design, but it’s a pretty close adaptation of The Adventures of Pinocchio and full of references.

Blending the body horror of Petrification disease, fantasy, and puppetry, Lies of P invites you to the grim landscape of Krat, where Pinocchio must save everyone from the rogue puppets wreaking havoc in every corner of the environment along with Petrification-mutated monsters. You’re in for some very tough challenges.

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