8 games with the greatest variety of enemies
Diversity is an essential component of video games. From the environment to the gameplay and the enemies, diversity prevents a game from becoming dull...
Diversity is an essential component of video games. From the environment to the gameplay and the enemies, diversity prevents a game from becoming dull. When it comes to the number of unique enemies in games, there is an optimal point to reach that is not so easily achieved.
Too much of it, and it might feel cluttered and unnecessary; too little, and you could lose interest halfway through the game. Some games manage to achieve a perfect balance, offering a variety of enemies and ensuring that each level is a delight, so that no encounter feels the same.
8 Enter The Gungeon
As a roguelike game with procedurally generated dungeons, no run will feel the same. With over a hundred types of enemies that stop at nothing to take you down, Enter the Gungeon ranks among the more challenging roguelike games in today's market.
Depending on your current equipment and power-ups, certain combinations of enemies can pose real difficulties for you. With so many possible enemy combinations, playing the game is a mix of challenge, fun, and luck. Fortunately, the steepest challenges are usually encountered at the beginning. As you master the mechanics and obtain better upgrades, dealing with enemies later in the game will lean more towards the "fun" side of the spectrum.
7 Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night
A classic Castlevania game from the PlayStation One and the one that coined the term "Metroidvania," Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, presents an impressive bestiary. Each area of Dracula's castle has its own theme and monsters to conquer. Each area has its charm, accentuated by the unique monsters exclusive to specific sections of the expansive castle.
With over 170 monsters standing between you and Dracula, you'll be glad to know that Alucard also has an impressive selection of weapons. This is a true classic from the PS1 era and a game that every Metroidvania fan should play.
6 Shovel Knight
Shovel Knight by Yacht Club Games simply exudes personality and charisma. Each level will have a unique group of enemies that perfectly embody the specific themes of their sections and significantly contribute to the atmosphere.
Although Shovel Knight only has about 56 unique types of enemies, they all contribute to enhancing the charm of the game.
5 Hollow Knight
From one knight to another, we have Hollow Knight. Developed by Team Cherry and inspired by Metroidvania and Soulslike games, Hollow Knight is a successful blend of adorable-looking characters and a rather dark environment. All of this comes together in one of the more challenging 2D action-adventure games in the genre.
It also features a solid number of enemy variations, up to 150 in total. The designs of most enemies are also quite cute and charming, which is not something you would typically use to describe video game adversaries whose sole purpose is to defeat you. However, Hollow Knight accomplishes this with relative ease.
4 Shin Megami Tensei 4
The long-standing dark JRPG series by Atlus, Shin Megami Tensei, is no stranger to having quite wild enemies in the game. Shin Megami Tensei 4 was released in 2013 on the Nintendo 3DS and holds the record for the most enemy variants in the series, with approximately 400 demons that you can encounter throughout the game.
In addition to the overwhelming number of enemies in the game, it also has a quite profound storyline that heavily explores religious concepts. Overall, Shin Megami Tensei 4 is one of the best installments in the popular series and a must-play if you can find it anywhere.
3 Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate
Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate is the direct sequel to Monster Hunter Generations. The game was released in 2017 on the Nintendo Switch and received enthusiastic reviews from critics and fans. The game serves as an expansion of its predecessor with more content and improved graphics. Other changes include a different control scheme to optimize the gameplay experience on the Nintendo Switch controller.
MHGU boasts a total of 93 monsters that you can hunt and currently stands at the top in terms of the number of monsters in the series. For a game centered around hunting dangerous monsters, it's music to the ears of every Monster Hunter fan to hear that Generations Ultimate offers an impressive selection of nearly a hundred beasts.
FromSoftware's interpretation of gothic horror, Bloodborne, is one of the best action RPGs on the PlayStation 4. The variety and design of enemies are also among the highlights of this game. You start with battling classic fictional monsters like werewolves and zombie-like townsfolk, which escalate as you progress through the game.
And soon you will find yourself facing enemies that come from H.P. Lovecraft's imagination. From the twisted and indescribable horror of Ebrietas, Daughter of the Cosmos, to the deadly and maddening Winter Lanterns, Bloodborne has plenty to offer when your nightmare fuel runs low.
1 Elden Ring
One of the best games of 2022 and one of FromSoftware's most successful ones to date, Elden Ring, has met expectations and delivered on its promises upon release. A true labor of love, Elden Ring boasts an astonishing array of enemies, some of which have intriguing backstories.
In Elden Ring, you will encounter a total of 126 different enemies. As is typical for FromSoftware, each of these enemies can easily defeat you if you're not careful. The variety of enemies ranges from typical undead knights, trolls, and dragons to exaggerated creatures like a giant lobster capable of targeting you from a great distance and pottery masters who possess martial arts skills.