FromSoftware have garnered quite the reputation over the past few years. Beginning with Demon Souls, (which is soon to get a remaster) each title afterwards has only increased in popularity and mainstream interest, due to their trademark style of firm but fair gameplay.
And with Elden Ring (Probably? Hopefully?) around the corner, it doesn't look like FromSoft has any intentions of abandoning their signature formula.
What makes this formula so great, besides the feeling of triumph after finally beating that one area on the 373rd attempt, is the skilful way the Soulsborne games manage to blend fear with sorrow.
The bosses are big, and scary, and well designed, but you could say that about Cuphead. For it to truly be a SoulsBorne boss, it needs a backstory so glum it'd make even the bleakest Tim Burton film look like Fall Guys by comparison.
From forgotten kings to lonely dogs, FromSoft loves to swipe at the heartstrings as they swipe at your health bar. So get those tissues ready and that stamina metre recharged, as we dive into the saddest denizens of Dark Souls and beyond.
Because the best bosses in SoulsBorne are the ones you feel sorry for. Even if you still end up smashing their faces in.