15 similar and unequal games to play after Elden Ring

Elden Ring is massive and dense. It transports FromSoftware’s proven design pillars of difficulty and experimentation into the vast land between. And after 100+ hours of FromSoftware’s magnum opus, you’re either ready for something new or chasing the next one Elden Ring to oversee you until the inevitable sequel.

So where do you go after finishing one of the best games ever made? We can help you with that.

We have divided 15 games into eight unique categories. Each group will give a suggestion that is similar Elden Ring and another that looks nothing like Elden Ring. But each pair will also have a theme that unites them, to better guide your choice of genre or mood.

You’ll never get the perfect 1-on-1 Elden Ring feeling without jumping into Blood-borneDark Souls or Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. But with our list, you can try to keep it high with a different theme but similar game, or gently drive back to Earth with something completely different.

Group 1 – Cute hikers

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Similar: Tunic

Tunic catches some of Elden Ring‘s freedom, complexity and opacity. It is a game about a little fox whose task is to roam around a world and solve puzzles. At times, it’s frustratingly difficult, and it tells you almost nothing about how it works or what to do. But it is also sweet and colorful and bright. Tunic will give you different vibes while creating a natural transition if you are still looking to punish your reflexes and scratch the old noggin.

Odd: Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Tonally, Kirby and the forgotten land is about as far from Elden Ring that you can get. Of course, it takes place in the ruins of a once large country, but that’s the only thing the two games have in common. Kirby is simple, easy and linear. You can deviate from the path, but only in short bursts, and this is usually only for a puzzle that will eventually lead you back to where you are going. If you need something that is “no thoughts, just sweet” or a collaborative adventure with a child or a friend, Kirby and the Forgotten Land is a good post-Elden Ring Collect.

Group 2 – Romance if you are horny

Hugo talks to the father player during a date

Photo: Game Grumps

Similar: Dragon’s Dogma Dark Occurs

Dragon’s Dogma Dark Occurs is like Elden Ring in that it is difficult, archaic and takes place in grim medieval surroundings. But unlike Elden Ringyou can date around in Dragon’s Dogma Dark Occurs. If you’ve always wished you could crumble the NPCs in FromSoftware games and then also crawl around a giant monster for hours, start your post-Elden Ring life of right with The dogma of the dragon.

Odd: Dream father

Dream father is very not Elden Ring. In fact, it may be the least Elden Ring-like games on this list. IN Dream father, you play as a single dad who goes around dating other single fathers. You get to chat, go on dates and try to keep up with your teenage daughter in a new city. It is lovely, sweet and romantic and there are no Elden Lords or terrible torments to be found.

Group 3 – Exploration, with monsters and without

A rocky slope leans against a pillar on the island

Photo: Thekla, Inc.

Similar: The Elder Scroll’s V: Skyrim

While Skyrim‘s mechanics may not have much in common Elden Ring, exploration is part-and-parcel. Part of the fun about Elden Ring goes in a random direction and encounters a new catacomb, city or a giant boss. IN 2012 Skyrim practically boiled that excitement down to a science that gives you mountains of random dungeons and encounters to stumble across while exploring Bethesda’s massive, icy world.

Odd: The witness

If you are eager to explore but want something completely different than Elden Ring, The witness is a great place to start. This is a puzzle game that uses subtle and inexplicable rules to help you draw a line across a series of maze-like tablets. It is mysterious and gigantic, but completely free of battle. It’s about majesty and discovery in a colorful world, and it will help you keep your mind off Godrick’s disturbing dragon arm.

Group 4 – Death and 2D Worlds

The Hollow Knight chops down at a mushroom trampoline

Photo: Team Cherry

Similar: Cave Knight

Cave Knight is an excellent metroidvania with some serious FromSoftware inclinations. It is punitive, its systems are blurred, and errors come with a price. It also has some of the light horror elements seen in Elden Ring, though filtered through a much sweeter art style. While certainly much simpler than Fromm’s latest, and not nearly as far, it’s a great little adventure that will not feel like a whiplash after the punishing Lands Between.

Odd: Spirit danger

Spirit danger may be about death, but it has very little in common Elden Ring. IN Spirit danger, you ferry the souls of the dead through the afterlife and to their final resting place. But instead of being grim and creepy, it’s healthy. You create bonds with each soul and help them embrace eternity comfortably when ready. It is certainly sad, as loss always is, but there is a hopeful plug there. If you need something with a more loving undertone that is still about the final death, Spirit danger is a big leap after Elden Ring.

Group 5 – (Kinda) Chill vibes

A group of power washer users wash a truck with a cat on the bonnet

Photo: FuturLab / Square Enix

Similar: The door of death

The door of death is about a cute little crow that acts like the grim reaper, and its fight is often reminiscent of FromSoftwares. It is both punishing and remarkably relaxed, where the world functions as its own low-effort puzzle to be solved. Of course, you’ll have to get into the zone when you reach a boss, but otherwise you can use your little bird legs to explore far and wide in this relaxing adventure. It’s a great mix between the jaw-dropping fight from Elden Ring and a chill frolic around the world.

Odd: PowerWash Simulator

PowerWash Simulator is one of the most “no thoughts” games out there and it has nothing in common Elden Ring. The whole goal with PowerWash Simulator is to use an electric washing machine to clean dirt and grime from various vehicles and places. The more you clean, the more money you get, and the better equipment and soap you can afford. There are spots that will take you longer to defeat than any boss in Elden Ringbut it’s still just an extremely casual game about making the world cleaner.

Group 6 – Play with friends

A group of heroes fight a giant wooden monster

Photo: Gunfire Games / Perfect World Entertainment

Similar: Remaining: From the ashes

Rest: From the ashes is a FromSoftware game turned into a third-person shooter. There’s melee, yes, but it’s mostly about dodging enemies while firing cool weapons. And most importantly, it’s co-op. Rest: From the ashes is lots of fun to play with a buddy, and still quite punishing. If you’re looking for it Elden Ring sense of accomplishment, but you also want to go on the quest with a friend, Rest: From the ashes is a great place to start.

Odd: Golf with your friends

Golf with your friends is exactly what it sounds like: You play online digital mini golf with your friends. You can also run special courses with skulls and pirate ships and try to get a hole in one while talking slap over Discord. If you need something to get your mind off Radhan or Godfrey, Golf with your friends is the perfect distraction.

Group 7 – Limp Bizkit, of course

a pirate boss in Alien of Paradise.  apparently he is the mayor of the city

Photo: Koei Tecmo / Square Enix

Similar: Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin

OK, no, Limp Bizkit’s music is actually not included Stranger of Paradise, but it’s the joke that goes around and honestly I can not see the difference. (And if you can, keep it to yourself). If ever a game scream Limp Bizkit vibes, that is Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin. Even better, it actually shares a lot of DNA Elden Ring, so hear me out. Jack – the rejected Abercrombie model who acts as the ass-rock-listening protagonist – raises money from enemies to level up. This allows him to emerge victorious from tightly balanced combat encounters that require a lot of focus to survive. It may not have the gothic vibe, but it does have the classic FromSoftware frustration / performance vibe. So if you played Elden Ring and, like the rest of us, thought “this is missing something and that something is Limp Bizkit,” Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origins is as close as you get to fulfilling that dream.

Odd: Rockband 4

Fine, you got me. I put in the first place Rockband 4 here to make the Limp Bizkit joke work (though Limp Bizkit is) actually in this game as long as you are willing to pay for DLC). But the more I think about it, the more I’m sure Rock Band belongs on this list. It’s a cathartic hunter after Elden Ring, so let’s go with it. Rock Band just lets you throw yourself into the music (Bizkit or something), channel very different emotions and help you forget about all the horrible plague dogs and dragons that gave you so many problems in The Lands Between. You do not even have to use a real controller, which is especially useful if you have destroyed yours while playing Elden Ring. And when you include Limp Bizkit Pack 01 (unfortunately there is no Limp Bizkit Pack 02), it’s the perfect way to re-center your mind.

(Note: I never intentionally listened to a Limp Bizkit song.)

[Editor’s note: Let’s not lie to our readers, Ryan.]

Group 8 – Breath of the Wild and Breath of the Wild

Link in a match with blue Bokoblins in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Image: Nintendo EPD / Nintendo

Similar AND Odd: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the most common point of comparison for Elden Ring, and for obvious reasons. It is massive, built for exploration and has tons of secrets to reveal. But The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is also serene, colorful and sweet. It’s low-effort exploration, and it’s a match against the Guardians.

To everyone Elden Ring‘s flexibility, it’s still a punishing FromSoftware game that’s about hitting your head against some fight. The wild spirit also have some of it, but with the ability to play with a physics puzzle for a while, or climb a mountain and just look out over the view. For every great boss, there is a quiet moment waiting right on the other side of a hill, and it does The wild spirit the perfect chaser after playing Elden Ring.

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