Lies of P is an upcoming third-person action-adventure game that takes Carlo Collodi's best-selling children's novel Pinocchio, and essentially crams it into a Soulslike universe, a place in which nightmares and childhood escapades merge into one all-encompassing sandbox of horrors. Much to our surprise, the kind-hearted puppet we've come to know and adore has taken a sharp decline down the rabbit hole, and Lies of P will, of course, shed light on this plummet into the abyss.
As this is a Soulslike game, fans of the cult genre can expect plenty of nitty-gritty combat, ravenous bosses, and a whole lot of tainted worlds ravaged by darkness and vengeful spirits. And if none of these defining features ring any bells for you, then you should definitely spend some time honing your skills with these five games before sacrificing your soul to the puppet and his many, many toys.
5. Elden Ring
Elden Ring, stemming from a long line of brutally difficult action role-playing games, sports an iron skin with pores that are so impenetrable, that you'd have thought they were forged from the very fires of hell. Although many will happily argue that the FromSoftware game is highly accessible for newcomers to the Soulslike world, a lot will, in a frustrated tone, tell you otherwise. But learn to adapt to its harsh learning curve, of course, and you'll be invited into one of the most compelling action stories ever conceived.
Elden Ring does of course adopt a feature that past FromSoftware games haven't dared to touch with a barge pole, which is guidance. Or at least, a helping hand for newcomers, which comes in the form of messages left behind by other players. Don't get us wrong, Elden Ring is an incredibly taxing experience, but having an extra pair of eyes watch over you definitely gives it a more approachable feel. And anyway, harsh difficulty set aside, Elden Ring is beyond worthy of making anyone's list.
Bloodborne is as close to an alternative to Lies of P as you're going to get, especially if you're on the prowl for a post-apocalyptic setting with deep gothic roots and what have you. And if you're hunting for a challenge that doesn't let up on the brakes from the moment you hit start, then you're sure to find sanctuary in the darkest alleys of Yharnam and its many nooks and crannies.
Bloodborne hurls you into the deepest depths of a gothic wasteland, a place in which you must learn to adapt to the foulest beings that call the cracks and crevices of Yharnam home. As a blood-borne disease ravages the city and claims the lives of the few remaining survivors for its own, you must work to unravel the mysteries that cloak the city and locate the source of the plague. Between nightmare and reality, however, idles a community of bestial beings, all of which long for The Hunt and, above all, your soul.
3. Remnant: From the Ashes
Remnant: From the Ashes is a third-person shooter with a heavy helping of familiar Soulslike infusions glazed over the top. Unlike its sibling entries, the Gunfire Games-led RPG incorporates wall-to-wall gunplay, which deviates from the usual hand-to-hand combat that other Soulslike games have previously squeezed to the bone.
Remnant: From the Ashes presents you and two other friends the opportunity to journey through its action-heavy campaign, a story in which you wonder a post-apocalyptic world in search of the Root, an interdimensional evil that threatens to conquer the final fragments of earth. As survivors, you must learn to run with the wolves that harness the power to change the fate of the planet.
2. Lords of the Fallen
Lords of the Fallen brings a smooth blend of satisfying combat to a rich and immersive god-run world, where demonic foes and collosal bosses go hand-in-hand. From the moment you plunge into its treacherous waters, you will discover the hideous beings that shroud the remnants of earth in shadow and fear. It is there that you, the final bastion of humanity, will look to seize control of whatever's left behind.
Lords of the Fallen employs a close-quarters combat style that can be tailored to suit the player's needs. Over the course of a nonlinear campaign chock-full of high-class enemies and hard-hitting bosses, the character can mold themselves into an all-powerful asset of war, a pawn who possesses the power and decorum to turn the tide of any presented battle, regardless of the parties involved. It's rich and immersive, and it's definitely worth checking out if you're looking to broaden your horizons.
1. Dark Souls Remastered
Dark Souls retains its spot as one of the most visually appealing and mechanically enduring video games on the planet, with features that continue to inspire countless Soulslike worlds to jolt to life. Besides being the hub for diehard fans of the subgenre, the saga also provides developers with a textbook example on how to conjure award-winning experiences, complete with sturdy combat mechanics, and chilling yet harmonic atmospheres.
Dark Souls isn't for the fainthearted, that much is true. It's physically and mentally taxing, and it often takes every fiber of your being just to slug through some of the most elementary tasks. But endure the trials and tribulations it holds dear, and the skills you pick up can be applied in almost anything that comes within spitting distance of the Soulslike nexus. Its challenges are great, but its payoff can be monumental, to the point of giving you the tools and techniques to conquer just about anything from the FromSoftware basket. For that alone, it's worth running — if only once.
So, what's your take? Do you agree with our top five? Will you be picking up Lies of P? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below.