The wait is finally over, and players are ready to brave FromSoftware’s much-anticipated Elden Ring. If you need a similar game to pump you up first or something to play once you’ve explored the Lands Between, there are fortunately plenty of options.
You won’t find Elden Ring’s open world and focus on exploration echoed in Sifu. What you will find is tough-as-nails combat that can prepare you for FromSoftware’s newest game, or fill the void left once you finish it.
Shadow of the Colossus is a far more meditative experience than Elden Ring, but its moody open world captures a similar feeling. Both games are about exploring the unknown with your trusty horse as you track down mighty beasts.
Like Elden Ring, The Witcher 3 has a massive open world to explore, but with a much stronger emphasis on story. Other important similarities include a customizable character build and one very good horse.
If you’re a fan of Elden Ring’s co-op, Children of Morta expands it in a very satisfying way. The game’s characters are all family members with complementary skills and the best way to play is teaming up to explore its fantasy world with a friend.
At more than a decade old, Risen can be tough to get into. Punishing combat, a vast world, and plenty of obtuse mechanics make it one of the closest matches for Elden Ring’s brand of difficulty.
Nioh and its sequel put Soulsborne combat in a fantastical feudal Japan setting. With multiple fighting styles and unlockable special abilities, its combat may feel more like Elden Ring than even Dark Souls does.
Hollow Knight looks nothing like Elden Ring at first glance, but there are a lot of similarities under the surface. They both feature precise combat and a fascinating, ruined world to explore, but only one lets you experience it as a cute little bug.