Fantasy includes many genres. If you feel like something dark, check out the games below.
Dark Fantasy is one of the most unique and creative subgenres. It includes both horror and epic stories. Dark fantasy has an oppressive atmosphere and sometimes gothic elements. Traditional games of the genre are more cheerful in spirit, and almost always the main character is trying to save the world.
Dark fantasy can take many forms, from RPG to action-adventure. While the subgenre is not often talked about at conferences, there are many decent projects that offer a dark version of the familiar fantasy.
Styx: Shards of Darkness
This adventure game takes place in the fantasy Elven City. You control the goblin Styx, the master of stealth. Ghost towns, creepy mansions and other locations emphasize the style of dark fantasy.
This is a classic stealth game where you have to hide in the shadows and eliminate enemies from a distance. Although Styx can fight, his strong point is secret infiltration. Styx: Shards of Darkness will definitely appeal to fans of stealth adventures
Diablo 3: Reaper Of Souls
This action RPG takes place in a dark setting in which you have to save the remnants of humanity. Playable characters include a plague doctor, a barbarian, a demon hunter, and even a monk.
Diable 3: Reaper of Souls incorporates elements of not only epic fantasy, but also horror. Spooky graveyards and wilderness are common in this game. The action is very dynamic: defeat enemy minions to get loot and improve your character.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines
It’s not just that this game is considered a cult classic. The traditional RPG is complemented by gripping first-person or third-person action, vampiric abilities and thoughtful dialogue options that can change the outcome of the story and decide the fate of the characters.
The action takes place in an alternative, gothic version of Los Angeles, where vampires live side by side with people, but are forced to disguise. The game is very similar to horror. It will appeal to fans of vampires and other mysticism.
Perhaps this is the best representative of dark fantasy in this top. The reason for this is the beautiful and at the same time ominous city of Yharnam. You play as a hunter, and your task is to save the city from evil spirits.
Locations and monsters of Bloodborne seemed to come from nightmares. You will meet grotesque swamp monsters and meaty big guys. This game is primarily a strategic action game. But thanks to the elements of mystery and RPG, this difficult game is very exciting to play.
Hunter: The Reckoning
The game, released on the original Xbox, is all about vampires, werewolves, ghosts and other creatures. You have to get rid of them by any means, saving the townspeople along the way. Hunter: The Reckoning uses an isometric perspective. Within the combat system, an impressive arsenal of weapons is available to you.
One of the main features of the game is unbearable boss battles. Although the events take place in the modern world, magic and fictional creatures resemble dark fantasy.
The protagonist of this game is Dr. Jonathan Reed, who finds himself in a quandary. The famous transfusion doctor turned out to be a vampire. The action takes place in London at the end of the 19th century. Vampyr is a real treat for fans of the genre. You will not find elements of epic fantasy here. The emphasis is on the paranormal and the gothic setting.
The game features a huge number of vampire abilities. In addition, you yourself influence the course of the plot. Will you suck the blood from the townspeople or will you embark on the righteous path? The choice is yours.
Of all four games in the series, the second can be considered a real dark fantasy. You control Death, one of the horsemen of the apocalypse. Explore different locations: from snowy peaks and fields to eerie castles. Darksiders 2 is capable of amazement.
The gameplay is incredibly addicting. The loot system opens up access to various types of weapons: swords, scythe, axes, hammer, etc. Even the musical accompaniment is performed in the fantasy style.
Alice: Madness Returns
An underrated masterpiece from the Xbox 360 and PS3 era. You control Alice, who lost her parents in a fire. As a result, she lost her mind. Alice: Madness Returns turns Alice’s personality upside down. The classic plot has become darker.
Local monsters are incredibly scary. And familiar characters are revealed from a new, darker side.
Mass Effect 2
It’s not really a fantasy, but rather a science fiction adventure. But in essence Mass Effect 2 is a Dark fantasy in the sci-fi setting. The game world surrounding Captain Shepard and Normandy is infused with elements of the genre, but with a darker atmosphere.
Fantasy is at the heart of the exploration and combat of Mass Effect 2. In unusual locations, you will meet insane and eccentric characters, some of whom may join you. The combat system pleases with a wide selection of weapons. All in all, a very decent dark sci-fi fantasy.
Dark RPG horror of the PS2 era. The main character Yuri finds himself in unusual fantasy locations, trying to save his love. But don’t jump to conclusions: While Shadow Hearts is a horror RPG, it has plenty of traditional fantasy clichés.
The ring of justice is the most notable element of this game. By choosing a slot, you can increase or decrease the effectiveness of your attacks and abilities.