now and then, something game-changing comes along and completely reinvents the
medium of video games. In these instances, the games in question come to
represent watershed moments, providing a framework which subsequent creators are
able to develop upon and transform into something else entirely. They’re
essentially the archetypes for everything that follows, spawning countless
imitators in the wake of their tremendous success.
Souls is perhaps one of the best examples, which managed to establish its own
sub-genre through its innovative gameplay, unique atmosphere and engrossing
universe, making it one of the most ground-breaking games of its generation.
Understandably then, the game has inspired innumerable copycats – some of which
have evolved the formula considerably – and some which have remained remarkably
faithful to the original framework.
ways, these game are all exceptional in their own way, but they have one thing
in common: they wouldn’t exist without Dark Souls – which not only inspired
them in the first place – but paved the way for their success.
10. Titan Souls
Souls requires a massive amount of patience, requiring players to learn from
their mistakes by treating death as though a learning tool. Each challenge is considerable. The Catacombs for
instance is accessible right from the beginning, and contains skeletons which
reanimate constantly unless the player initially targets the Necromancers, which the game fails to mention.
game refuses to hold the player’s hand, or even communicate vital information.
Instead, players must learn from each encounter, memorise enemy attack patterns
and gradually overcome their opposition.
Titan Souls – a two dimensional, pixelated
adventure game – uses the same concept as a central mechanic, every enemy
capable of obliterating the player in a single, devastating manoeuvre, which encourages
that, the combat is based around positioning and spacing, and most bosses are defeated
through timing and dodging, rather than brute strength.