6 best games like Stellar Blade to play after you beat it

6 best games like Stellar Blade to play after you beat it
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Written by 

Jack Roberts

Last updated 

3rd May 2024 12:14

 

If you’re hunting for some of the best games to play once you've beaten Stellar Blade, look no further than this handy list with some exceptional titles to try.

For this list, I've looked at some of the key features of Stellar Blade’s combat, gameplay mechanics, and narrative and selected titles that offer a similar experience to the game - from stellar Soulslikes to intricate combat systems.

Great games like Stellar Blade

6 – Vanquish

The play fending off missiles in Vanquish
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Image via PlatinumGames

  • Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
  • Release date: 2010
  • Key features:
    • Intense firefights and fast-paced combat
    • A story as bizarre as it is epic
    • Fast and fluid movement

This won’t be the only Platinum game you see on this list, but it is certainly one of the most underrated. This third-person shooter will have you sliding into action to engage an army of enemies who are completely unrelenting in their pursuit of taking you down.

If you want to pick up Vanquish, you can purchase it in a collection with the next game on this list, demonstrating the exquisite amount of love that goes into Platinum’s games.

5 – Bayonetta

Bayonetta stares up at an angel boss
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Image via PlatinumGames

  • Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, WiiU, Nintendo Switch
  • Release date: 2009
  • Key features:
    • Unique combat and abilities
    • Beguiling story
    • Mother

It would be remiss of me to miss out on the mother of all mothers herself. Bayonetta is one of the most iconic female protagonists in all gaming and, by far, one of the most deadly with her array of witchy abilities.

Bayonetta is the epitome of cool, with combo-heavy combat keeping the player engaged at all times, and with a sultry story of biblical proportions that will take players to the furthest reaches of heaven and hell.

With it primarily bundled alongside Vanquish, now is the perfect time to dive in and experience the baddest witch in town.

4 – Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon

A mech battle in Armored Code VI: Fires of Rubicon
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Image via FromSoftware

  • Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
  • Subscription Service: N/A
  • Release date: 2023
  • Key features:
    • Huge, sweeping battles with unique combat
    • Weapon customisation
    • Big mechs are the best

FromSoftware’s mecha masterpiece is one of the most underrated games of the last year and demonstrates the sheer scale of the studio’s versatility. With Stellar Blade’s story set in a grandiose planetary war, it has echoes of the mecha title that made it onto many a Game of the Year list… including ours.

AC6 is on this list for its outlook on a devastated universe, and the sheer scale of the close and ranged combat that makes it one of the most immense experiences you’ll find today. There are even plenty of games like Armored Core 6 ready and waiting for you, should you decide to follow that rabbit hole as well.

3 - Lies of P

Key art from Lies of P
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Image via NEOWIZ

  • Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
  • Subscription Service: N/A
  • Release date: 2023
  • Key features:
    • Bloodborne-inspired twisted fairy tale
    • Fluid combat and weapon customisation
    • Excellent Soulslike game

While its eerie Victorian setting and Bloodborne-inspired roots may be a far cry from the futuristic setting of Stellar Blade, Lies of P's combat is where it shines, with weapon mastery at the forefront of the game's mechanics. Even games like Lies of P can offer further options to explore.

Lies of P allows you to witness a dark adaptation of the classic Pinocchio tale, and with an arsenal of weapons at your disposal, you'll be hacking and slashing through some of the fiercest enemies. While the two may not seem similar at first glance, once you complete Stellar Blade, the game sense you pick up will transfer over to Lies of P.

2 – Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Sekiro deflecting a boss's attack in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
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Image via FromSoftware

  • Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
  • Subscription Service: N/A
  • Release date: 2019
  • Key features:
    • Incredible, fluid combat
    • Parrying mechanic is incredibly satisfying
    • Difficult but rewarding bosses

While often considered one of FromSoftware’s most difficult games (and that’s saying something) a pivotal mechanic of Sekiro’s combat is its precise parrying techniques, which have their way into Stellar Blade in some form.

Sekiro has a particular cadence you need to recognise if you’re going to master its difficult combat, but once you do, you’ll feel like the most powerful swordsman around. 

What is the best game like Stellar Blade?

1 – NieR: Automata

2B in NieR: Automata
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Images via PlatinumGames | Square Enix

  • Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
  • Subscription Service: N/A
  • Release date: 2017
  • Key features:
    • Beautiful, sombre soundtrack
    • Fast-paced, flowing combat
    • Will send you on an existential spiral questioning what it means to be human

NieR: Automata is one of the most beguiling, intriguing and downright powerful gaming experiences you will ever have, as it merges existential themes with some incredibly fluid combat that feels like a gossamer dance.

Yoko Taro’s masterpiece will have you take on the roles of androids 2B, 9S and A2, you’re embarking on a quest to rid the world of machines so that humanity can return to earth. However, it’s of course never that simple, and the journey in this game is a long and spiralling one that isn’t for the faint of heart.

While EVE may be an android exploring a world following its destruction, it comes very close to NieR: Automata's own journey.

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That’s it, six games that you should be playing once you've beaten Stellar Blade. Be sure to check out our Stellar Blade homepage where you’ll find plenty of guides on its semi-open world and how to collect every Can in the game.

Jack Roberts
About the author
Jack Roberts
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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