We might be getting a Souls-like that doesn’t suck

What you should know

  • From the people who published Dave the Diver and MapleStory comes a Souls-like game entitled The First Berserker: Khazan.
  • The developer, Neople, previously created Dungeon Fighter Online.
  • The First Berserker: Khazan is based on the Dungeons & Fighters franchise and takes place hundreds of years before the DNF franchise story begins. 
  • Revealed prior but previewed at the Xbox Partner event, another trailer dropped showcasing combat.
  • No release date or price was revealed.

More from the Xbox Partner Preview

I should preface my title. Tons of Souls-like games do, in fact, rock, but there are so many games in the genre that it feels like the majority are lousy. Games like Remnant 2, Dead Cells, Sifu, Lies of P, and more have all found welcome places in the genre, if not redefining the genre in nifty and unique ways.

However, with every fantastic addition to the genre comes a Mortal Shell. Then there’s the Lords of the Fallen series, with the initial entry falling below 70% on Metacritic and the reboot not scoring much higher. Sure, there’s an audience for these games, but amongst the community of Souls-like fans, many find them sub-optimal. Even browsing a Reddit thread, where I read through people’s favorite and least favorite games, I saw something like Hellpoint mentioned by both people who liked and hated it—a total split.

I hope effects like this translate as well as they look in the trailer onto my OLED. (Image credit: NEXON)

I was watching the Xbox Preview Partner Event today when, out of nowhere, The First Berserker: Khazan came on screen. My coworker Zachary Boddy commented on how bloody it looked, and I couldn’t have agreed more. It looked like one of the best-looking stylistic choices I’ve seen in the genre since Elden Ring.

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