Sekiro is currently the talk of the internet, punishing players all over the world with its tough as nails combat and sweet ninja moves. And while it definitely shares a lot of its DNA with other From Software games, it’s a new beast entirely. Boasting a gorgeous semi-open world set in feudal Japan, Sekiro is a new direction from the storied studio. The combat too, flips fan expectations on their head, favoring perfectly timed deflections over dodge rolls or stun parries.
Sekiro is definitely oozing with originality, but there are a handful of games that you’re sure to enjoy if you had a good time here. Whether it’s titles that share a similar setting, or those that offer a glimpse into how a game like Sekiro came to be, there’s plenty to dive into once you’ve rolled credits.
5 Games Like Sekiro If You're Looking For Something Similar
We’ve pulled together some recommendations for games similar to Sekiro, all of which are well worth checking out if you were left wanting more at the end. We’ve kept the list geared towards games which are easily accessible on modern consoles because while games like Tenchu obviously heavily inspired Sekiro, not every one has an old PS1 lying around to try it out. Without further adieu, here are 5 games like Sekiro if you’re looking for something similar.
1. Dark Souls Remastered (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch)
Let’s start with the armor-clad war elephant in the room, Dark Souls. In the lead up to Sekiro’s release, it became evidently clear that we were dealing with a very different type of Souls game than what we’d seen previously. In fact, Sekiro isn’t really a Souls game at all, emphasizing an entirely different kind of traversal, combat and story structure. There are a lot of systems that are shared between Sekiro and Dark Souls though, and it’s easy to see how Sekiro functions as an evolution of the core mechanics presented in the original Dark Souls. If Sekiro is your first From Software game, it is absolutely worth picking up Dark Souls Remastered, if only to see where the seeds of what would eventually become Sekiro were planted.
2. Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
A huge part of what makes Sekiro’s moment to moment gameplay so exciting, is the way it mixes high-action boss fights with tactical stealth segments. It's the latter that is represented in Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun, a strategy action game where you lead a band of warriors through a series of exquisitely designed stealth scenarios. Choosing which enemies to dispatch, and when, is the main draw here, alongside the arsenal of ninja gadgets and weapons that you’re given access to. Shadow Tactics also shares themes with Sekiro in the way it tells its story. The tale is one of revenge and honor (and gigantic evil generals of course).
3. Nioh (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
If we’re talking about games that are similar to Sekiro, we’d be remiss not to mention Nioh. Not only does it take place in a similar setting, share Sekiro’s propensity for brutality, and feature a sword-wielding protagonist, it also treats its careful swordplay with the same level of importance. You’ll need to learn several different stances here, across a bunch of different weapons. There’s definitely more character customization and role-playing elements at work than in Sekiro, but there’s still plenty of suped-up baddies and Kobayashi-esque samurai action to keep you busy.
4. Onimusha: Warlords (PS4, Xbox One and PC)
If you’re looking to play games which are likely to have heavily inspired Sekiro, you’ll want to check out Onimusha: Warlords. Warlords is the remastered version of the first Onimusha, which adds updated controls and HD cutscenes. Onimusha definitely feels like a game made in 2001, but don’t let that put you off. If you enjoyed the adrenaline rush of Sekiro’s risky combat, you’ll definitely enjoy a lot about Onimusha. It’s a little more horror-focused, sharing a lot of DNA with the Resident Evil series, but there’s some clever leveling mechanics which are well worth checking out. After killing an enemy, you can suck in their souls by holding a button, this takes time, so is risky to do in the middle of a fight. The souls don’t hang around for long, though, and they’re extremely valuable, presenting a risk/reward scenario which Sekiro fans are bound to enjoy.
5. For Honor (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Finally, we have For Honor. Ubisoft’s historical weapons-based online fighting game features warriors from a wide range of eras. There’s shoguns, vikings, and knights, each with their own weapons and fighting style. It’s the combat that Sekiro fans will enjoy here, as it’s hugely strategic. You need to make split-second decisions against other players, blocking, attacking and dodging to come out on top. Mastering each character takes a long time, and a lot of patience. Though if you’ve made it through the Blazing Bull in Sekiro, you’ve probably got patience to spare.