10 Brutal Games Like Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice takes players on an adventure through 1500s Sengoku Japan. On a quest for revenge, the “one-armed wolf” will stop at nothing to reclaim his honor. This game is incredibly unique, so we’ve compiled a list of games like Sekiro that are sure to test your gamer skill.

Sekiro is considered a “Souls” game. Souls games are incredibly difficult and it isn’t surprising to lose your life at the hands of basic enemies let alone bosses.

Players will need to perfect the combat and movement options in these kinds of games, while also managing health resources. So, if you love brutally difficult games like Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, this list is for you.

10. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is often referred to as a watered-down or diet version of what Sekiro has to offer. This is in no way meant to be a derogatory term, but the gameplay and depth of the combat system in Fallen Order and incomparable to the intricacy of Sekiro’s.

Still, there is a lot of fun to be had with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order combat system. Wielding lightsabers and using the force makes way for a lot of cool combos.

Additionally, Fallen Order has a difficulty setting unlike other From Software games. Grand Master is the highest setting and makes things a lot more tricky (although, it still pales in comparison to games like Sekiro).

Overall Fallen Order’s sword-wielding combat has a lot in common with Sekiro. If you like the gameplay of Sekiro, but found it too hard Fallen Order might just be the game for you.

Additionally, if you prefer a futuristic setting as opposed to one set in the past, Star Ward Jedi: Fallen Order is one of the best space games on Steam!

9. Monster Hunter Rise

Monster Hunter, like other Japanese titles such as Fire Emblem, was a lot more popular in Japan than it ever was in the West. However, the outcry from dedicated fans to release more of these titles globally has thankfully resulted in some of the best Japanese games making their way overseas for good.

Monster Hunter Rise is the latest installment of the series, including even more monsters to hunt, gear sets to equip, and mechanics to master. Several quality-of-life improvements have been added to this franchise over the years, with all of them culminating in a thoroughly entertaining experience.

Parkouring one’s way across the terrain and over a monster’s head to land a critical blow is extremely satisfying. Furthermore, riding your animal companion through the various zones of a specific area alleviates a lot of the tedium of previous games where players had to slowly walk to each new area.

Monster Hunter has always been great at making you feel as though you’re taking on a hulking behemoth. No health bars make the fight that much more intense, as you have no way of knowing whether you’re five or fifty hits away from taking it out.

Like Sekiro and other Souls games, Monster Hunter requires pinpoint precision when dodging attacks and clever resource management in the way of health pots. Both these titles are incredibly difficult yet very rewarding games at the same time

8. Devil May Cry 5

Devil May Cry 5 is a game that is much better than it has any right to be. Coming right after DmC: Devil May Cry, which split the Devil May Cry community, Devil May Cry 5 is a return to form for the series.

Everyone you know is back in this high-octane action thrill ride. Players will make their way through a brand-new story while controlling Dante, Nero, and V, who each have their own unique and intricate play styles.

Devil May Cry 5 has always been about beating up enemies in as stylish a manner as possible. Mastering the game’s combat system and unleashing stylish combos, while difficult, is a key incentive for veteran players.

While Devil May Cry 5’s core combat experience is arguably not as difficult as Sekiro or other Souls games, mastering it most certainly is. Ensuring to keep your combo string active takes a lot of work so get out there and start practicing.

7. God of War

God of War fans were skeptical when they saw the game would be transitioning away from a hack and slash, combo-heavy, action title and more into a third-person, narrative-style RPG.

However, all it took was one playthrough to silence the naysayers. Yes, the new God of War is not the same game as its predecessors. However, those older titles are not going anywhere and you are free to replay them to your heart’s content. This is a new take on the God of War franchise and we can respect the developers wanting to try something different.

When it comes to combat and boss battles, Sekiro is unrivaled. However, the story, world exploration, and other areas of the game leave a little to be desired. While God of War is not a master of any of these things either, it does provide a more engaging story and world to explore.

Add to this the better visuals, more unique content, and great voice acting found in God of War, and you’re sure to have fun on your adventure.

Sekiro is a game that tests the limits of player capability. God of War is more of an overall experience that is entertaining from start to finish.

6. Demon’s Souls

There isn’t much reason to get a PS5 at the moment, other than a few niche games. However, one reason that more than justifies the purchase is the 4K remake of the original Demon’s Souls.

The originator of the modern crazy high-difficulty video game, Demon’s Souls, originally released way back in 2009, is still just as well polished and challenging as it was more than a decade ago.

Demon’s Souls for the PS5 is less of a remaster and more of a remake. After all, the entire game was rebuilt from the ground up. Because of this, several cutscenes, animations, and the user interface has been improved as well.

Souls combat has been steadily evolving with each subsequent game. The meticulously methodical combat of Demon’s Souls is on par with the level of difficulty found in Sekiro.

If you enjoy pushing your dodge-rolling mechanics to the limits, try out the definitive edition of Demon’s Souls.

5. Nioh

Nioh is a game set in late 1500s Japan in which you play as a Western samurai battling against fearsome Yokai. Yokai are traditional Japanese monsters, each with their own lore and backstories that are both explained in-game and expanded upon in the real world.

Nioh is often considered an honorary Souls game. The game’s combat is fairly similar to the games we’ve covered previously. However, Nioh also allows players to summon animal companions to fight alongside them during difficult content.

The main similarities between Nioh and Sekiro are the setting. Both these games take place in a bygone era of Japan, and simply exploring the landscapes in these titles can be entertaining in and of itself.

Despite Nioh not being an official Souls game, some of these bosses can get pretty difficult and require a lot of skill and resource management to take down efficiently.

However, if what you loved most about Sekiro was the setting and influence from traditional Japanese settings, Nioh provides more of what you love in spades.

4. Bloodborne

Bloodborne singlehandedly forced a shift in the naming of Souls games. While these are still colloquially referred to as such, they are now more commonly called “Soulsborne” games.

When comparing Bloodborne to other Souls games, it’s the same but different. Dodge-rolling, health pots, parrying, and brutally difficult boss fights are all par for the course in Bloodborne.

However, the overall aesthetic of Bloodborne leans more into the grizzly setting of 18th Century Gothic horror, as opposed to the more fantasy setting of other Souls games.

Other Souls games require stamina management when fighting difficult bosses. The game places much more emphasis on defensive play as opposed to Bloodborne which is a much more offensive game.

Sekiro and Bloodborne require players to take notice of the timing of an enemy’s attack and react accordingly which allows for much more offensive capabilities.

If you loved the fast-paced and reactive combat of Sekiro, Bloodborne is the game for you. Now, if only Bloodborne would be released on Steam!

3. Dark Souls

What is there to say about Dark Souls? This trilogy of games revolutionized the brutally difficult game genre during a time when hints, skippable levels, and invincibility powerups were starting to become more commonplace in video games.

There are no get-out-of-jail-free cards with these games and only dedicating yourself to mastering the combat will result in victory.

Dark Souls has great levels, great bosses, and a great combat system with significantly improved parrying. Dark Souls 2 is the black sheep of the trilogy, that splits fans down the middle. The game isn’t terrible, but the new director and similarities to the original Dark Souls rubbed some fans the wrong way.

Dark Souls 3 was a return to form, improving on everything that came before it. Dark Souls 3 had much more interesting and layered boss battles and a few quality-of-life improvements that, overall, made combat more enjoyable.

When it comes to difficult games that push you to the limit, none are considered more worthy of your time than the Dark Souls series. Fans of Sekiro’s brutal difficulty will feel right at home in the world of Dark Souls.

2. Ghost of Tsushima

Ghost of Tsushima takes the brutal difficulty of a Dark Souls game, combines it with the aesthetic and worldbuilding of Nioh, and creates a game almost identical to Sekiro!

First thing’s first, Ghost of Tsushima is a lot less difficult than other Souls games or even Sekiro. While it is certainly challenging, the game was not meant to make players tear their hair out like other Soulsborne games. If you found Sekiro a little too inaccessible, Ghost of Tsushima makes for a nice alternative.

Ghost of Tsushima also focuses more on its story and open-world exploration. Similar to games like Assassins Creed, there is more to this game than combat. Exploration is a huge part of this game and it really encourages players to dive deep into the storyline.

Both of these games make players feel like traditional Japanese samurai. While Sekiro’s combat is fast-paced and reactive, Ghost of Tsushima’s combat differs slightly. Here, combat is a lot simpler, but requires switching your stance to maximize damage in certain situations.

The simpler combat works well for a simpler game like Ghost of Tsushima. This by no means implies that Ghost of Tsushima is a dumbed-down version of Sekiro by any means. The two games operate in entirely different gaming spheres and each excels in its own right.

1. Elden Ring

Very rarely do long-anticipated games live up to the hype surrounding them when they are eventually released. Duke Nukem Forever, No Man’s Sky, and Cyberpunk 2077 are a few examples of this.

However, Elden Ring not only lived up to the expectations people had of the game but arguably surpassed them.

While a game like Ghost of Tsushima perhaps embodies more of what fans love about Sekiro (the samurai combat, brutal difficulty, and Japanese setting), Elden Ring is such an amazing experience, we felt it deserved more of a higher placing.

Elden Ring’s characters, creative world, impactful decisions, and memorable moments all make it one of the best games of the decade and a contender for game of the year 2022.

This is all without discussing the amazing boss battles littered throughout the game, which make up the core gameplay experience. Every boss has a unique mechanic that must be studied by you as a player in order to beat.

Each death will likely net you microseconds of learning opportunities for you to study the attack patterns and different phases of each boss. It sounds tough, but that’s what you expect when playing a game like Elden Ring. The internet is currently awash with Elden Ring guides which should tell you just how difficult this game truly is.

Overall, Elden Ring is the premier Soulsborne game. Depending on your preferences for aesthetics, you may favor a game like Bloodborne more. However, there is no denying that Elden Ring has left a mark on the gaming community, and will still be played for years to come.

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