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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Action 22 March 2019

An action-adventure game developed by From Software studio, which takes us the alternate reality of 15th-century Japan. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice focuses on an exploration of complex levels, sneaking and fights that resemble the Dark Souls series. Other features of the game are the grim atmosphere and a high difficulty level.

NiOh 2
NiOh 2

RPG 2020

A sequel to the souls-like game from 2017. It was developed by the creators of the first entry in the series, Team Ninja. In NiOh 2, the players once again assume the role of a samurai who faces hostile men and mythical creatures.

Bloodborne
Bloodborne

RPG 24 March 2015

An action RPG and a spiritual successor to the bestselling Dark Souls series and its predecessor, Demon's Souls. The game was developed by their creator – Hidetaka Miyazaki – and his studio From Software. The plot takes us into a dark fantasy universe presented in a style reminiscent of the nineteenth-century Victorian era. Residents of a bleak metropolis called Yharnam are afflicted by a mysterious plague which turns people into ferocious beasts. The goal of the game is to discover the city's secrets and to determine who or what is responsible for the deadly disease. Gameplay mechanics do not differ from the patterns known from Dark Souls, focusing mainly on the advanced combat system. Apart from parrying, dodging and quick counter-attacks they also include the option of using a firearm. The artwork is remarkable, and the game world is much larger and more open, which was made possible thanks to the potential of the eight generation consoles.

Dark Souls III
Dark Souls III

RPG 24 March 2016

Another installment in the series of dark action RPGs, initiated and developed by Japanese studio From Software. The title is set in the same fantasy universe, in terms of content however, it offers a completely new story in which we visit 12 previously inaccessible locations. At the same time, the game features a more extensive plot, and the gameplay itself is accompanied by over an hour of cutscenes. The production includes as many as 12 character classes, 45 new enemies, 15 challenging bosses, 100 weapons, 40 pieces of armor and nearly 200 other items. One of the most important new features is the possibility of sacrificing the bodies of defeated enemies, which allows us to summon certain characters or haunt another player’s game. New sword fighting techniques were also introduced, and we learn them gradually as we progress in the game. Both the atmosphere characteristic of the series, and the high level of difficulty have been preserved in the sequel.

Dark Souls
Dark Souls

RPG 22 September 2011

An action RPG set in a dark fantasy world. It has been developed by the Japanese From Software studio, known from e.g. Ninja Blade, Demon’s Souls, and the Armored Core series. The story of Dark Souls takes place in a grim universe, greatly resembling the medieval age. The plot in scarcely depicted, and the players take role of an undead character, whose actions will shape the fate of the world. The game is a third-person perspective hack-and-slash. In a manner befitting a sandbox game, players are given a lot of freedom at exploring locations and undertaking various tasks. The game stands out with its high difficulty level and complex multiplayer mode.

The Surge
The Surge

RPG 16 May 2017

An action RPG set in a dark science-fiction world, developed by the German team Deck 13 – the co-creators of Lords of the Fallen. The story shows a dystopian vision of the future, where human technology turned against its creators, plunging the planet into chaos. We play as an ordinary citizen, who, like everyone else, uses the achievements of modern technology and the capabilities offered by fully customizable exoskeletons. The gameplay draws from such the famous Dark Souls series and is characterized by significant difficulty level and melee combat focus. What sets The Surge apart is a unique character development system. It is closely connected to combat, allowing us to seize opponent’s technology and gear, and then mount it on our own exoskeleton.

Lords of the Fallen
Lords of the Fallen

RPG 28 October 2014

RPG action game set in a fantasy universe. Lords of the Fallen is a collective work of Deck 13 and CI Games. The story invites you into a world where the mankind once rebelled against the tyranny of a cruel god and managed to bind him to mountain range. Thousands years later the evil grows in strength again, and the only one able to stop it is a hero who is not clean of vice himself. The character controlled by the player represents one of three classes, following a path of weapon or magic. As befits an action RPG, Lords of the Fallen focuses around spectacular combat against diverse opponents. The game is powered by the Fledge Engine.

NiOh
NiOh

RPG 07 February 2017

A third-person action game developed by Team Ninja studio (known from titles like Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden) under the supervision of Koei Tecmo company. We play as a samurai fighting against various enemies, among which we will find both humans and monsters. We cut our way through the enemies not only with conventional weaponry, but also with special abilities of our hero and the magical power enchanted in his sword. Gameplay is a mix of games like Onimusha and Dark Souls. This means that the difficulty level is high and it forces the player to make use of different tactics, dodges, blocking and powerful, complex combos. Interestingly, game has been announced as early as 2005 and was supposed to be one of the launching titles for PlayStation 3. However, due to a few complications, the developed has been postponed, and the final game will make it now to next generation of consoles.

Dark Souls: Remastered
Dark Souls: Remastered

RPG 24 May 2018

A remastered edition of 2011 Dark Souls. The game offers improved visuals allowing players who own Xbox One X, PlayStation 4 Pro, and PC Windows to enjoy 4K resolution and stable 60 FPS.

Ashen
Ashen

RPG 07 December 2018

An original role-playing game, in which you traverse a grim, sunless world, where the only source of light are the erupting volcanoes, spitting out ash. The production features a nonlinear plot and an open world, both of which can be shaped freely by your actions. Thanks to a passive multiplayer system, each NPC is based on a character created by another player and has their own distinct characteristics and aspirations.

Lords of the Fallen 2
Lords of the Fallen 2

RPG TBA

A sequel to the successful action RPG created by CI Games - a Polish team behind the development of such franchises as Sniper Ghost Warrior or Art of Murder. Tomasz Gop took part in production of the game as well. He is an experienced gamemaker who had previously worked in CD Projekt RED as a senior producer of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. The Lords of the Fallen series is set in a dark fantasy world, where humanity is forced to face the armies of a fallen god. A group of warriors who have a lot to answer for themselves is sent first to the fight against the tyrant. The player assumed the role of one such fighter in the first installment. Contrary to its predecessor, Lords of the Fallen 2 offers a more extensive plot that aims to spark the interest of a wider group of players. In terms of the mechanics, the sequel is still an action RPG focusing on exploration and arcade combat. Combat itself was additionally extended however, in order to make it feel deeper. As a role-playing game, Lords of the Fallen 2 allows us to choose a specialty and develop the protagonist in our preferred direction.

Code Vein
Code Vein

Action 2019

A dark action-RPG from the Japanese studio Shift, known from the God Eater franchise. The story of Code Vein takes place in the near future, when vampires with supernatural powers live on the ruins of our civilization. The bloodsuckers live together and try to discover the mysteries of the post-apocalyptic world, while also making sure they don’t turn into grotesque monsters due to lack of blood. The game emphasizes exploration of smoothly connected locations and fighting with various types of melee weapons. Sucking blood also plays a major part in the game, being used to unlock new abilities, as well as the system that allows exploring the world with a companion. Code Vein is based on Unreal Engine 4 technology.

Demon's Souls
Demon's Souls

RPG 05 February 2009

A dark and brutal action RPG developed by the Japanese From Software studio in cooperation with Atlus. The story is set in the kingdom of Boletaria. The realm's overambitious king wished to obtain even more power and attempted to make a deal with dark forces. As a result, powerful evil has awakened. The player-controlled character is the land's only hope now, for the protagonist is the only one capable of defeating the hordes of demons that were set free by the king's greed. The game offers ten character classes, each having their own different skills and equipment. The game emphasizes combat with different kinds of weapons - each has their own special attacks and character animations. In combat, the player can cast spells and use miracles, based on the faith attribute. Whether the protagonist becomes a better warrior or a mage depends on the development choices made by the player. A prominent feature of the game is the multiplayer mode allowing players to leave tips and warnings for other players.

Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin
Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin

RPG 02 April 2015

A complete, improved edition of the best selling action RPG created by From Software, released at the start of 2014 on PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. The game once again takes place in a gritty fantasy world. The main protagonist is trying to find a way to lift his curse. During the journey he will participate in challenging duels during which he will use both traditional weaponry and an arsenal of magical attacks. As the game progress, the character gains experience and he can be developed in various ways. The new edition contains all story DLCs, depicting his search for the three crowns of legendary rulers. The developers expanded the story of the basic game, added new NPCs, improved the item descriptions, and balanced the character progression system. Additionally, the owners of PCs and eighth generation consoles can enjoy improved graphics that fully utilize the power of their hardware.

Immortal: Unchained
Immortal: Unchained

RPG 07 September 2018

A 'souls-like' action RPG developed by Toadman Interactive, known for creating Bloodsports.TV. The game described herein resembles the Dark Souls series in many ways, however, in Immortal: Unchained the players use firearms instead of melee weapons in combat. One assumes the role of a being called the 'living weapon', released from the eternal prison, as it is the only one capable of stopping the cataclysm at hand. The gameplay is very demanding - when exploring the fantastical world the player's character is bound to die very often, and it is up to the player to draw conclusions from each death. A system known from the game developed by From Software introduces a facilitation into the game - after death, the player loses all their items, however, they can reclaim them by reaching the place of their death. On their adventure, the player gets to visit multiple locations connected with a network called Stream. The game is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC Windows.

The Surge 2
The Surge 2

RPG 2019

Expanded, focused primarily on fighting and characterized by high difficulty RPG action, maintained in a dystopic climate of science fiction. The player controls a man equipped with a heavy exoskeleton, the modification of which is one of the most important elements of the game.

Eitr
Eitr

RPG August 2019

Eitr is an action-RPG based on the Norse mythology. It's the first game developed by the British studio Eneme Entertainment. Game's plot focuses on Yggdrasil, the world tree, that connects all of the nine worlds. When it was infected with a poisonous substance, the plague began to spread all over the nine realms. We play as a redheaded female warrior bestowed with powerful abilities by Loki, the trickster god. With those powers, she will try to stop the incoming darkness. We will spend most of our time exploring the game's world, gathering treasures, leveling up our hero, and eliminating hordes of enemies. Combat system in Eitr is much more complex than in other hack'n'slash games. In order to be victorious in battle, we have to perfectly time our attacks, blocks, and dodges. We will also have to pay attention to our hero's positioning and use her abilities wisely.

Salt and Sanctuary
Salt and Sanctuary

RPG 15 March 2016

A dark 2D platformer with RPG elements, developed by the team of Ska Studios, known for its original and equally brutal productions The Dishwasher and Charlie Murder. In Salt and Sanctuary we take on the form of a pirate whose ship crashes near a mysterious island inhabited by hordes of drowned and their powerful masters. By eliminating hordes of enemies and bosses the protagonist gradually discovers the secrets of the island, and thanks to the raw materials he acquires, such as gold and salt, develops his equipment and skills when visiting safe enclaves (titular sanctuaries). The hero has a considerable range of weapons and magic skills at his disposal, and the key element is the proper selection, because too much unnecessary equipment negatively affects the protagonist's mobility and special abilities. The game features an extremely gloomy atmosphere and hand-drawn artwork, typical for the studio's early productions.

Bloodborne: The Old Hunters
Bloodborne: The Old Hunters

RPG 24 November 2015

The first big expansion to an action RPG that combines elements of fantasy and horror, created by From Software (i.e. the creators of the bestselling Dark Souls franchise). The Old Hunters expansion pack offers a brand new story campaign telling of the legendary hunters who used to guard the secrets of Byrgenwerth. The players unveil the previously unseen face of Bloodborne’s universe, meeting new characters, fighting new opponents and mighty bosses (including the newest addition to the roster - Ludwig). In addition to significant expansions to the story, the creators decided to implement a whole lot of minor novelties, such as weapons (e.g. Simon’s Bowblade), spells, and clothes. The add-on requires base game to run. It is offered in digital distribution, as well as in a bundle with the special edition of the game, titled Bloodborne: The Old Hunters Edition.

Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption
Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption

RPG 16 October 2018

Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption is an action RPG developed by Chinese developer team Dark Star Games. The game enables the player to assume the role of an amnesiac knight who travels through a dark fantasy realm in search for a way to regain his memory and find redemption. The action is presented from a third-person perspective and the gameplay focuses on exploration and combat. The battle system is highly action-based and very hard to master – it requires the player to analyze opponent’s movement and find weaknesses in their defenses. The player dies frequently, but each death is an opportunity to learn the gameplay mechanics and to have greater chances for victory during the next attempt. A unique trait is the necessity to sacrifice one of the statistics before each boss fight. Because of that, as the game progresses, the player’s character becomes weaker, instead of growing in strength like in typical role-playing games. Because of that, the player must use their own skills to make up for weaknesses of the main character.

Dark Souls Trilogy
Dark Souls Trilogy

RPG 19 October 2018

A collection of three cult RPG games, set in the dark universe of fantasy and characterized by an extremely high level of difficulty. All productions have been developed by the Japanese company From Software.

Titan Souls
Titan Souls

Adventure 14 April 2015

A two-dimensional retro action platform game inspired by typical cRPGs and the cult PS2 title Shadow of the Colossus. Titan Souls was developed by the independent, three-person studio Acid Nerve and it is an expanded, commercial version of the application created during the Ludum Dare competition. The game takes place in ancient ruins in which, according to a legend, the souls of titans were placed. These souls are the source of all life, but they were shattered into many pieces and access to each of them is protected by a legendary golem. As a young warrior, the player will face the golems, each of which is challenging in a different way. The monsters have their strong and weak points and learning about them is the key to victory in the duels. The fact that the protagonist is equipped with a bow with only one arrow makes things even more complicated – in order to attack the opponent again, one must first pick up priceless projectile.

Dark Souls III: The Ringed City
Dark Souls III: The Ringed City

RPG 28 March 2017

The Ringed City is the second and final DLC to Dark Souls III, a well-received action RPG developed by From Software. Gameplay mechanics in The Ringed City remain unchanged. The DLC introduces a new mini-campaign in which we are chasing the Slave Knight Gael, who is searching for the Dark Soul of Humanity. It takes place in a new location where we will find new challenges, NPCs, and enemies. Just like in every Dark Souls game, we will have to face powerful bosses when playing The Ringed City. There are also new pieces of equipment and magic spells available. Dark Souls III: The Ringed City is available for the Season Pass owners, but can be bought separately. Along with the Ashes of Ariandel, The Ringed City is included in The Fire Fades Edition, a game of the year edition of Dark Souls III.

Hellpoint
Hellpoint

RPG 2019

RPG action game reminiscent of productions from the famous Dark Souls series. The action of this title takes place in a dark universe, combining elements of science fiction and fantasy genres. Hellpoint is characterized by a high level of brutality.

Eldest Souls
Eldest Souls

RPG TBA

A two-dimensional RPG game with a gameplay model reminiscent of the Dark Souls series. The action of Eldest Souls takes place in a dark fantasy world that is on the verge of total destruction. The title boasts a pleasant pixel-art design, which was created by the developer Fallen Flag Studio.

Dark Souls III: Ashes of Ariandel
Dark Souls III: Ashes of Ariandel

RPG 25 October 2016

First major DLC expansion for the fantasy action RPG Dark Souls III, created by From Software studio. When it comes to mechanics, Ashes of Ariandel doesn’t introduce any major changes to the base game, focusing on complex combat system and clashes in which every encountered enemy can be a major hindrance to our hero. The expansion introduces a completely new, snow-covered location – Ariandel – in which we discover further secrets of the game world, taking on a number of new quests and fighting a whole new set of diverse enemies, including the series trademark – powerful bosses. An additional highlight is a special map for PvP encounters, called Hollow Arena. This set of additions is complemented by new weapons, armors, and spells, absent from the base game.