Death’s Gambit vs. Salt and Sanctuary: Which Is Better?

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Death’s Gambit and Salt and Sanctuary

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There are tons of Souls-like games out in the wild right now, but at the moment, there are two games in particular that stand at the forefront of discussion when people ask about games they should play if they like Dark Souls. There’s Salt and Sanctuary, which released two years ago and just got a Switch port this month, and Death’s Gambit, which just launched this week.

The reason why we’ve decided to take a look at these two games specifically is because they’re similar in ways that aren’t applicable to other Souls-like titles like Nioh. Both games play out on a 2D plane (though with different art styles), and both were developed by independent developers who are clear fans of From Software’s games, but are determined to provide a fresh spin on the Souls formula we all know and love.

For today, we’ll be examining and analyzing both games in four different categories: combat, level design, character customization, and lore. We’ll pick a winner for each category before crowning an overall victor when all’s said and done. So, let’s get to it.

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Zhiqing Wan
Zhiqing is the Reviews Editor for Twinfinite, and a History graduate from Singapore. She's been in the games media industry for nine years, trawling through showfloors, conferences, and spending a ridiculous amount of time making in-depth spreadsheets for min-max-y RPGs. When she's not singing the praises of Amazon's Kindle as the greatest technological invention of the past two decades, you can probably find her in a FromSoft rabbit hole.