8 Non-Souls Games to Play Before Elden Ring

Death Stranding

  • Developer: Kojima Productions
  • Platform: PC, PS4, PS5

All we’re looking for here is moment-to-moment atmosphere. Combat, mechanics, storytelling, aesthetic — Elden Ring and Death Stranding don’t share much.

The apocalyptic, oppressive feeling, though? Pretty spot on. While our review of Death Stranding wasn’t particularly positive, playing it before Elden Ring will nevertheless give you an appreciation for what isolation feels like, as well as show you what a vast, broken world might be like to live in.

Kojima's latest also shares the tone of Miyazaki games. Both titles exude the feeling of true isolation in a world that's both long past its prime and filled with people and creatures that hate you. There's also the pervasive sense that your character is The Chosen One, whether they like it or not.

Published Jul. 6th 2021

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