5 best games like Lies of P to play in 2023: Steelrising, Bloodborne & more

5 best games like Lies of P to play in 2023: Steelrising, Bloodborne & more
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Written by 

Jack Roberts


8th Sep 2023 12:29


If you’re looking for some of the best games like Lies of P to play in the run-up to release, then look no further than our selection of similar titles that offer gothic settings and Soulslike gameplay.

Lies of P, inspired by the classic Pinocchio tale, combines Victorian gothic horror with Soulslike mechanics to make for a wholly unique experience. But for those who are looking for something to whet their appetite beforehand, then this is the list for you.

So, we’re here to break down our picks for some of the best games like Lies of P that take some of the game’s elements and leave you wanting more – so read on.

  • If you're wondering what we thought of Lies of P so far, check out our Lies of P preview

Best games like Lies of P in 2023, ranked

5 – Steelrising

The automatons fight in Steelrising
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Steelrising details & key features

  • Platforms: PC, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5
  • Release date: 2022
  • Key features:
    • Unique robotic abilities
    • Alternative history setting
    • Soulslike elements

If you thought Lies of P was the first Soulslike game to feature malevolent automatons, then think again. Steelrising takes place in an alternate version of the French Revolution, where you, a decadently decorated robot, must put an end to the tyranny of King Louis XVI and his newfound mechanical army.

While not a perfect game mechanically (pun intended), it certainly provides an insight into similar themes of Lies of P, namely the use of automatons in a conflict, the question of what it means to be human, and, of course, some lavish décor.

4 – Vampyr

Jonathan Reid at the Poplar Hospital in Vampyr, one of the best games like Lies of P
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Vampyr details & key features

  • Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
  • Release date: 2018
  • Key features:
    • Gothic setting
    • Semi-open world
    • Moral decisions

While you’ll find plenty of Soulslikes on here, there is also something to be said for the Victorian gothic setting that Lies of P presents. Vampyr is a somewhat underrated title that offers similar choice systems and a vampiric vision.

You’ll be playing as Jonathan Reid, a doctor turned vampire who is forced to choose between his newfound bloodlust and the honour of his Hippocratic Oath. Like Pinocchio grappling with the concept of humanity, Vampyr will have you torn between the light and the dark. The urge to save, and the urge to kill.

3 – Thymesia

The Corvus walks through a plague ridden Forest in Thymesia
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Thymesia details & key features

  • Platforms: PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch
  • Release date: 2022
  • Key features:
    • Indie developed
    • Soulslike mechanics
    • Unique plague-based powers

Perhaps best described as the indie equivalent of Bloodborne and Dark Souls, Thymesia places you in a world plagued with… well… a plague, and will have you taking up the mantle as a mysterious custom character who has harnessed the power of the deadly disease.

While not the most polished experience, Thymesia is one game like Lies of P that offers an ominous setting and a miasmic menace that will surely keep you going until the upcoming Soulslike drops.

2 – Demon’s Souls

A knight confronts the Vanguard demon in Demon's Souls, one of the best games like Lies of P
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Demon’s Souls details & key features

  • Platforms: PlayStation 5
  • Release date: 2020
  • Key features:
    • A remake of a genre-defining title
    • PS5 launch title
    • Dark-fantasy setting

The original Souls title remastered to perfection, the Demon’s Souls remake was a launch title for the PlayStation 5 and demonstrates just what the console can do. With beautiful particle effects, haptic feedback and a beguiling story, it is not one to sleep on.

Substituting the gothic setting for a realm of foggy fantasy, dragons and more, FromSoftware’s original Souslike is still an eerie experience. While it may not outwardly seem like a game similar to Lies of P, the game that started the chain of events that led to Lies of P’s genre origins is surely not one to be sniffed at.

What is the best game like Lies of P?

1 – Bloodborne

A Hunter confronts Ludwig the Accursed in Bloodborne
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Bloodborne details & key features

  • Platforms: PlayStation 4
  • Release date: 2015
  • Key features:
    • Developed by FromSoftware
    • Aggressive, bloodthirsty combat
    • Inspired by gothic literature

It goes without saying that anyone who wants to play Lies of P should also be playing Bloodborne, and it's our pick for the best game like it out there. Hell, you should be playing Bloodborne period. FromSoftware’s unrelenting masterpiece is a gossamer gothic dance of brutality, as you fend off the bestial scourge that has consumed the city of Yharnam.

Bloodborne is the quintessential gothic horror title that delves into so much more than it initially appears. While we may be quite a long way off from getting a PC port or sequel, it is certainly worth playing the original in all its glory on the PlayStation. Do it. Do it now. You won’t regret it.

That’s everything you need to find a selection of great games like Lies of P you should consider picking up in the run-up to release, and whether it’s a gothic setting or Soulslike themes you’re after, you’re bound to find a new favourite.

In the meantime, for more on Lies of P, be sure to check out our Lies of P homepage for all the latest content.

Jack is a Guides Writer at GGRecon. With a BA (Hons) & MA in English and Creative Writing, he was also the Gaming Editor for The Indiependent. When not pondering which game has the best cup of coffee (and drinking far too much of it himself), he can often be found playing Dead by Daylight, Street Fighter or making yet another build in Bloodborne.

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