Ones I “really liked” (no star), or “loved” (star):
- Dark Souls ★
- The first “soulslike” I’ve played. It has its flaws, and it’s not as relentlessly fun as (say) Breath of the Wild or Super Mario Odyssey, but I found it pretty awe-inspiring, and I can see why it has been so influential. I’m tempted to write at length about what’s so great about Dark Souls, but of course that’s been done hundreds of times since its release in 2011, so if you’re curious I’ll just point you to these four video essays. Dark Souls isn’t the very best video game experience I’ve had,1 but it is probably the one that feels most profound.
- Guacamelee! 2
- Diablo III
- Hollow Knight ★
- One of the best Metroidvanias.
- That honor might go to SMB3, Homeworld, or Breath of the Wild. [↩]