Every FromSoftware Game (Ranked By Metacritic Score) (2024)

FromSoftware's history is tumultuous and interesting. Ranking the games by Metacritic shows their trajectory from a niche studio releasing action RPGs and theArmored Corefranchise to one of the most influential developers of the past fifteen years under the direction ofHidetaka Miyazaki.

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Because of the company's age, not every game has a score on the website, but the data goes back to the early aughts, presenting a solid idea of their history. Their story goes to show; one can never tell which studio will create the next big gaming phenomenon. It could be one toiling away in obscurity right now. Additionally, multi-platform games are shown with the highest score they received from the consoles they came out on.

37 2012: Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor (38)

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While releasing after theDark Soulsgames started, few Kinect titles had a worthwhile reception, andSteel Battalionwas no exception.

36 2008: Shadow Assault -Tenchu- (46)

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This downloadable game was more puzzle-oriented than the series' standard fare. The overhead gameplay feels like a mix betweenBombermanand the oldMetal Geargames.

35 2002: Murakumo: Renegade Mech Pursuit (48)

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Give theXbox's small Japanese install base, one should not expect strong sales from this exclusive title. It didn't help that it received lackluster reviews upon release, either.

34 2005: Armored Core: Nine Breaker (57)

The removal of any story mode proved controversial, something reflected in the lukewarm critical response. Without a developing narrative, the gameplay loop quickly grows tiresome.

33 2004: Kuon (57)

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The quirky gameplay of this survival horror title found favor with some gamers. The developer always had a tinge of horror in their games, but this one makes terrifying gamers its ultimate goal.

32 2000: Evergrace (59)

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Evergraceisn't as fondly remembered as other PS2 launch titles.

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Its unique features couldn't make people forget its repetitive and uninteresting combat.

31 2006: Armored Core: Last Raven (59)

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The last Armored Coreon the PS2did not reach impressive critical highs. Complaints were lobbied at its extreme difficulty and reliance on trial and error.

30 2004: Echo Night Beyond (60)

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Some of FromSoftware's output is strange, andtheEcho Nightseries proves this reputation. A science-fiction ghost story following two newlyweds sounds more like a mad libs session than a game concept.

29 2002: King's Field: The Ancient City (60)

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One sees some DNA fromKing's Field in the Souls genre, only this series was in first-person and extremely slow-paced. It has compelling ideas, but the combat is sluggish and uninteresting.

28 2000: Eternal Ring (62)

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Another first-person RPG and PS2 launch title,Eternal Ring failed to impress thanks to some jank from what some reviewers perceived as a rushed development.

27 2008: Armored Core: For Answer (64)

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The thirteenth game in the series received complaints upon release for its online component. Reviewers found it difficult to even find a game or opponents.

26 2002: Forever Kingdom (64)

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The prequel toEvergrace received a slightly better reception than its predecessor, but still nothing to garner any mainstream attention.

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A game which can best be described as awesomely ridiculous,the Japan only Xbox exclusive recently was re-released on consoles. Its gameplay is unrefined, but some can look past it to have the opportunity to play as the president of the USA in a mech.

24 2006: Armored Core 4 (65)

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The title impressed with its visuals and improvements to accessibility for the notoriously difficult series, but some still decried its online component and difficulty. It wouldn't be niche if everybody loved it, right?

23 2013: Armored Core: Verdict Day (66)

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Few games in the series received scores over seventy. Even after the studio's popularity withDark Souls, not everything they released turned out a hit.

22 2005: Armored Core: Formula Front (66)

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The hook of this PSP launch title was the player building a robot which would then fight independently of the player's control. The North American version let players fight as the mech, however.

21 2012: Armored Core V (68)

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This title hearkens back to the series' old days, where tact took precedent over reflexes. Like most of its peers, the barrier for entry is high for newcomers.

20 2009: Ninja Blade (68)

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This action game takes cues fromDevil May Cry andNinja Gaiden, featuring boss finishers and quick time events, elements notable absent from the studio's legendary titles.

19 2002: Lost Kingdoms II (68)

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The sequel retained the same gameplay of its predecessor, but some of the sheen must have worn off, giving it a slightly lower average score.

18 2018: Deracine (68)

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A departure for director Hidetaka Miyazaki,Deracine is a laid back VR fantasy game about fairies. It certainly was not what fans were expecting, though it is hard to say if that contributed to the less than stellar reviews.

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