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Hi. I am searching for some good indie games with controls and battle system similar to Dark Souls series. I don't really care about "dark" atmosphere or collecting souls feature, just controls and battle system. More precisely:
It must be a fully 3D third-person action, not a platformer or 2d isometric game.
It must be an indie game, up to $15.
It must focus on one-to-one battles with relatively slow gameplay. I definitely don't need a beat 'em up game.
Example: NECROPOLIS: BRUTAL EDITION.
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Thanks, very original idea with player's "downgrade".
How about: https://store.steampowered.com/app/414340/Hellblade_Senuas_Sacrifice/ ?
Thanks, I've forgot about it.
That looks pretty good! I wishlisted it for now, but since it was Epic timed exclusive I'm not sure I want to buy it out of principle, we'll see.
The game is out of OP's budget though, with its price tag of 40$ while OP would only go up to 15$, albeit to be fair his asking price for this kind of game is quite unrealistic.
Could you please explain, why $15 price is unrealistic? I am not asking for a long game, or for a game with with a complex rpg system like in Dark Souls, or for high-quality AAA-graphics. Just for controls and battle system.
I must say, that I am currently searching for competitors. It is not just like I want to play some great game and I don't have money. Right now I am making an indie game https://store.steampowered.com/app/1179220/Gaijin_Troubles/ And I am planing to release it in Early Access for $10. Obviously, games like Ashen are too good to be my competitors. I am searching for smaller and simpler games.
Because these types of games usually cost more, even when it comes to indies. Unless you're talking about current price during the steam sale.
Can you please explain how is your game related to Dark Souls type of games and why was it relevant to mention it?
Hmm, nowadays indie games are really cheap. I know some decent games for $5 or even for $2. And honestly, I don't see a reason why 3D third-person action must be more expensive then an 2D platformer, as example.
Gaijin Troubles has nothing in common with Dark Souls aside from battle system and controls. Battle system is based on stamina management and 1-to-1 battles, with abilities to block and dodge attacks. Controls are very similar: two buttons for attack, slots to assign weapon and items and etc.
I am not sure, I understand, you are making a game and you don't know why a 3D tps game is more difficult to make than a 2D platformer?
Yeah, 3D tps is more difficult to make then 2D platformer, and much more difficult then a visual novel or an quest game.
But people are paying for fun, not for efforts that developer had put in his game. Someone is making a simple arcade game with 2 bit graphics that is very fun and people are buying it. And other is making a fully 3D game with AAA-quality graphics and advanced rpg system, but it is not fun and nobody needs it.
True, but the effort devs make usually does show when it comes to making games, and customers will notice it. So however fun a 2D block moving puzzle game is no-one is going to pay for it as much as they would for a 3D tps game. I think effort does equal fun. The more time someone takes to polish a game and playtest it and iterate it, the more "fun" it will become.
In my opinion, efforts does not equal fun. In gamedev there is a common mistake to put efforts in the wrong way. As the result, nobody will notice those efforts. Actually, I sometimes see those mistakes in AAA games too. And it is totally possible to buy an expensive $60 title, play it for 30 minutes and close it.
But I agree that polishing and iterations are very important for fun.
Yes, mishandled priorities are an issue at game development, mainly for really small dev teams, but that is a question of iterations, playtesting the game should solve that to some extent. I think some devs are just afraid to change their game after player feedback.
This. They are like "go away, this is MY BABY." You see that in all of the creative industries. People get attached to their creations and don't want to change them to please others, usually leading to downfall.
Oh. Must be something of the local Store. The price here in argentina is 9.99
For Argentina, Russia and Turkey regional prices are very low. For citizens of those counties $15 game = $5 game, or something like that.
Of course, I am talking about normal US price.
Lords of the Fallen
Outward (but its a little more expensive)
Vampyr (also 2-3 bucks more expensive)
Not indie, but worth mentionning in case of...
DS clone with guns
Is not it an old JRPG game with non-realtime gameplay. And I think it is not available on Steam.
+1 for Vampyr and The Surge
There's one more game you can put under your radar: https://store.steampowered.com/app/759570/Decay_of_Logos/
It's $1 more than your budget though
Thanks, it looks very nice. The game is very complex and has a lot of content. Probably, this is why it is relatively expensive.
Decay of logos wasn't good, I got it free from the dev to stream and had consistent issues with the game working.
The game worked fine for me and I streamed it as well, but that is not to say the game doesn't have its issues, plus I'm not sure if the dev fixed any of the issues yet.
Well, I am not picky. If the game is somehow enjoyable, not boring and does not crush repeatedly, then it is good for me.
We are talking about under $15 games. They can't be as good as $60 AAA titles.
I am not saying its bad I am just saying it was designed poorly
Yes, it does look nice :) But a word of warning - the game seems to be a hit or miss for many and that's why the game has a Mixed rating. Might be best to check out some gameplay vids before purchasing.
This seems right up your alley
Thanks! This is exactly what I am looking for.
By the way, this game is really unpopular. Maybe, people don't like that simple art style.
Well for sales only:
DS 1-3, NIOH, The Surge and NIOH, Lord of the Fallen all have been below 15$.
You could get a copy of Demon Soul and emulate it, it should be close to that price.
If you have a friend with PS4 you can get BB below 15$.
Now more expensive: Code Vein, The Surge 2, Jedi Fallen Order.
you may want to use steampeek.hu to find your similar games that you would like to play...i hope this is helpful http://steampeek.hu/?tagid=306528#quickresults
prince of persia series might suit your taste as well...that's my suggestion
Both very indie and seem similar to DS combat.
Thanks, this is exactly what I was searching for.
This one is "souls-like" although i played most of them above i haven't tried this so not much i can tell about it;
Second one is not really "souls-like" but it's 1v1 or 2v2 slow combat with really interesting mechanics. You can try it;
Also another one to consider it's like Devil May Cry on combat but also you need to be careful how you approach fights. I really liked this one;
Maybe Darksiders 3? Is 20€ but I can say that is an amazing fun game and its kind of soulslike too