The Best Games To Play After Elden Ring

Now that Elden Ring has been out for a while, players are starting to see the game through to the end. At the time of writing, around 30% of Elden Ring’s players have reached at least one of the three-game endings, and that number is increasing by the day. While Elden Ring is suitable for repeat gameplay and post-game exploration, the point is clear: Many players want to pick up a new game immediately.

The bad news is that there is nothing else on the market quite like the Elden Ring. (I imagine we’ll see a lot of imitators in the next few years, but I digress.) The good news is if you enjoy Elden Ring’s tight-knit combat, evocative stories, or secretive open worlds, there are plenty of other games that tick one or two of those boxes. . If you’re done with Elden Ring, here are 10 great games you should try next.

Dark Souls

It might be cheating to put another FromSoftware game on this list. But the bottom line remains: If you’ve finished Elden Ring, but haven’t played From’s previous releases, you’re missing out. Maybe you try Dark Souls and get bounced; maybe it was never really on your radar; maybe the open world of the Elden Ring is what you’re interested in. Even though Dark Souls is not an open-world game, it still presents a huge dark fantasy world to explore, full of secrets and interesting news. Like Elden Ring, it has a high difficulty curve, demanding combat, and nuanced character building. Granted, you could also try Bloodborne, which has some thematic connections to the Elden Ring.

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen came out about a decade ago, but in many ways, it predates Elden Ring. It takes place in a dark, semi-open fantasy world where you get to customize your protagonist and choose from a variety of weapons and spells. You can find it in many games, indeed. What makes Dragon’s Dogma feel like Elden Ring is that the game only gives you vague clues about where to go next — and you’ll often find yourself defeated by formidable monsters along the way. If you like the setting and sense of exploration of the Elden Ring, Dragon’s Dogma has much of the same charm, although it’s not as polished.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Full disclosure: I’m not actually a huge fan of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. But considering how many copies of the game have been sold since its debut in 2011, I seem to be in the minority. I’m also not too proud to admit that this game has a lot of DNA with Elden Ring. Skyrim also lets you create a unique character, experiment with tons of equipment and skills, explore a huge world that hides secrets around every corner, and fight enemies in thrilling real-time battles. Granted, Skyrim’s battles are far less precise, and the main story is as simple as they come. But if you like exploring, you’ll probably like this one.

Ghost of Tsushima

Ghost of Tsushima is much easier than Elden Ring and has a much easier-to-understand narrative. But this open-world samurai adventure still has many of the elements that make Elden Ring work. Ghost of Tsushima features intense technical sword fighting, a large and exciting world, and diverse and distinctive side missions. This historical action game tells the story of Jin Sakai: a fictional samurai who defends his homeland on Tsushima Island during the real-world Mongol Invasion of 1274. The story and characters should keep players hooked to the end, but if they don’t work, there’s also combat. Stylish swords and strategic stealth.

Hollow Knight

Hollow Knight is perhaps one of the more interesting inclusions on this list. It’s a 2D side-scrolling adventure through the ruins of an old civilization, not too different from the world of the Elden Ring. You play as the eponymous Hollow Knight as you search for something in the remnants of the kingdom of Hallowed.

The battles are challenging and when you die you have to run back to your place of death to recover your currency, just like souls or runes. The game takes great inspiration from the likes of Super Metroid, encouraging exploration and backward.

The story is as cryptic as FromSoft’s title and you have little idea of ​​what to do and where to go. You don’t even know why the Hollow Knight is there in the first place — at least the Elden Ring gives you general direction as Tarnished.