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How to Play the Soulsborne Games in Chronological Order

FromSoftware's genre-defining library of modern classics, listed

The Soulsborne RPG has taken the world by storm since the genre first came to fruition in the late 2000s, forever changing the landscape of gaming. With a combination of fast-paced combat, brutal difficulty, and environmental storytelling, the Soulsborne genre has won over gamers thanks to the efforts of FromSoftware, an acclaimed game developer at the forefront of revolutionizing RPGs. The developer’s success has increasingly inspired droves of newcomers to flock to FromSoftware titles, as well as challenging an increasing number of competitor studios to develop their own Soulslike games in order to capitalize on the popularity of the Soulsborne genre. However, the many imitators have yet to dethrone FromSoftware as the kings of the genre, and for that reason, this guide will pay homage to the triumphant Japanese videogame developer by showing the chronological list of Soulsborne games including their release years, gaming platforms, and Metacritic scores.

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Demon’s Souls (2009)

Platform: PS3

Metacritic Score: 89%

Dark Souls (2011)

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One

Metacritic Scores: Nintendo Switch: 83%, PC: 84%, PS3: 89%, PS4: 84%, Xbox 360: 89%, Xbox One: 86%

Dark Souls II / Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin (2014)

Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One

Metacritic Scores: PC: 91%, PS3: 91%, PS4: 87%, Xbox 360: 91%, Xbox One: 89%

Bloodborne (2015)

Platform: PlayStation 4

Metacritic Score: 92%

Related: Thymesia Review | “Bring Out Your Dead” for a New Soulslike Adventure

Dark Souls III (2016)

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Metacritic Scores: PC: 89%, PS4: 89%, Xbox One: 87%

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (2019)

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One

Metacritic Scores: PC: 88%, PS4: 90%, Xbox One: 91%

Demon’s Souls Remake (2020) – Developed by Bluepoint Games

Platforms: PS5

Metacritic Score: 92%

Elden Ring (2022)

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S

Metacritic Scores: PC: 94%, PS5: 96%, Xbox Series X|S: 96%

Related: Elden Ring Review | Unshackled Glory

Unannounced Game (202?)

Platforms: ?

Metacritic Score: ?

While not much is presently known about FromSoftware’s upcoming Soulsborne title currently in development, you can always count on Prima Games to inform you of everything you need to know about the Soulsborne genre and gaming in general.

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