Every Game In From Software’s Soul Series, Ranked
When it comes to difficult video games it’s hard to look past From Software. The studio has consistently produced some of the most challenging and rewarding single-player games of the past decade.
While From has been producing games since the 90s, it was in 2009 when they released Demon Souls from the PS3 that they would become synonymous with difficult gameplay. Since then the studio has launched a handful of similar games including the massively successful Dark Souls series and standalone hits Bloodborne and Sekiro.
If you’re looking for a challenge but want to play something quality then From Software is the studio for you, however, where should you begin? What are the best titles? We’ll be breaking all that down to determine the perfect game to attempt.
After a huge success with Dark Souls, from software returned with its sequel Dark Souls II which brought most of the aspects of the first game players loved, along with plenty of enemy spam. Out of character for the franchise, Dark Souls II used the volume of enemies as a tool to increase the difficulty which is something that wasn’t taken to kindly by fans.
Despite this, Dark Souls II is exactly what you’d expect from a title in the franchise boasting fun challenging boss fights, an ambiguous yet engaging narrative, and enough challenge to keep you stuck for days.
When the initial Dark Souls game launched for the Xbox 360 and PS3 the style of gameplay hadn’t reached mainstream gaming popularity yet, but this would be the game to propel it into the limelight.
Boasting the trademark difficulty that makes players want to tear their hair out, a variety of different combat styles and unique areas, and most importantly plenty of impressive and challenging bosses. With a greater emphasis on story than its predecessor Demon’s Souls, Dark Souls looked to define the genre and spawn a variety of titles to come.
The first “souls-like” game to hit stores, Demon’s Souls wasn’t something first-time players were expecting and due to this cemented its own within the console gaming community.
The game is punishing from the getgo and one of its more unique factors comes in the healing system which players need to find items rather than already having a healing item on hand. This makes the early goings of the game quite challenging, but later on, it makes the game even easier after collecting the items in abundance.
The boss fights in Demon’s Souls look great and are enjoyable to play, but in comparison to later From Software games they lack the multiple phases to spice up the action mid-fight.