The PlayStation 5 has had one of the strongest console launches in recent memory, and a big reason for this is its launch lineup. Bluepoint Games’ remake of FromSoftware’s classic, Demon’s Souls, has made the strongest case for owning a PS5 at launch. With players looking to put their shiny new console to the test, more eyes are on Demon’s Souls than ever before.
For many PS5 owners, Demon’s Souls may be their first foray into Souls games. If and when all demon’s have been vanquished and the Old One is lulled back to its slumber, where do players go next? The experience Souls player may suggest that second playthrough, which is all well and good. However, if players are looking for the next step in their Souls journey, we have some recommendations.
The original Demon’s Souls was a critical success for FromSoftware, so it seemed like a no brainer to continue to build on the formula with future entries. There was one little wrinkle, however. Demon’s Souls was a first-party title for Sony, and FromSoftware couldn’t just outright make a sequel without their approval. So with the help of Bandai Namco, FromSoftware released Dark Souls in 2011.
Out of all the titles in this list, Dark Souls is truest successor to Demon’s Souls. Players can pick from a number of classes from the start, such as the melee-focused Warrior or go with a magic user like a Sorcerer.
Dark Souls, like its predecessor, very much a defensive game. Parrying and performing a riposte are still great ways to gain massive damage, and magic abilities are still used by way of catalysts or talismans.
Checkpoints are handled a bit differently than Demon’s Souls by just the sheer number of them. Bonfires are the archstones of the game and can be found through any given area. So no longer do you have to hold your breath until you’ve vanquished the next demon to gain another checkpoint.
The world of Lordran echoes the dark and grotesque high fantasy setting of Demon’s Souls, albeit with more areas to explore. The Undead Burg or Undead Parish are reminiscent of the Boletarian Palace, and Blighttown shares some DNA with the Valley of Defilement. Needless to say, if you found yourself enthralled with the land Boletaria, you’ll feel right at home in underbelly of Lordran.
Of all the Souls-like series, Dark Souls has received the most entries. The latest, Dark Souls 3, was released back in 2016.