Nowadays, it seems like any challenging, tactically deep experience is automatically labeled as "the Dark Souls" of its respective genre. But with Bloodborne, the comparison just makes sense. The spiritual succesor to From Software's most famous series hits all the gloriously difficult high notes that Souls fans live for. Bloodborne foregoes high fantasy, shields, and skeletons for the Victorian age, guns, and infected townsfolk, but the combat is just as demanding and the exploration just as captivating. Its boss fights--like one against a colossal, mutated wolf--feel like edge-of-your-seat deathmatches. Even the smallest enemy will test your ability to simultaneously plan ahead and think on your feet (because your plans WILL go to hell). If you like a game that makes your heart race and your palms sweat, this gothic PS4 exclusive can't come soon enough.
Runner-up: Lords of the Fallen Always wondered what Dark Souls would look like if it was developed by Germans for new-gen platforms? No? Well, here's your answer anyway. The core premise is the same as Souls--try, die, and try again--but combat in Lords of the Fallen mimics the fast pace and fluid combos you'd expect from a fighting game.