8 Non-Souls Games to Play Before Elden Ring

Hollow Knight

  • Developer: Team Cherry
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch

Hollow Knight will teach you the value of exploration and lore-finding. Like Elden Ring, or indeed any of Miyazaki’s masterpieces, you won’t find all the answers to Hollownest’s mysteries in one playthrough. Your first go-around also won’t be as welcoming if you try to barrel through without seeking alternate routes and hidden treasures. 

The storytelling of Hollow Knight takes a few cues from the Souls series, too. As such, understanding the world of Elden Ring’s Lands Between will be easier if you’ve taken the time to decode this entry on our list even a little bit.

The process at least will be more familiar: finding a trail of breadcrumbs and seeing where it leads, guided by bits of lore here and an NPC's cryptic sayings there.

Published Jul. 6th 2021

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