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  • Summary: Battle hordes of yokai in this masocore Action RPG. Create your protagonist and embark on an adventure through a myriad of locales across Japan during the Sengoku period. Utilize the new Yokai Shift ability to defeat even the most ferocious yokai and be prepared to brave through Dark RealmsBattle hordes of yokai in this masocore Action RPG. Create your protagonist and embark on an adventure through a myriad of locales across Japan during the Sengoku period. Utilize the new Yokai Shift ability to defeat even the most ferocious yokai and be prepared to brave through Dark Realms created by your enemies.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Feb 9, 2021
    100
    Nioh 2 is a refinement of an already great game. The biggest flaw in my opinion of the previous title was that it was difficult to hop into. Truly getting to know a moveset required an investment that wasn’t always easy to recover, and trying to put together a build felt foolish for anything you’d replace down the line. Now it feels a lot more open to experimentation. Everything I loved about the original is still here of course. There’s more stylish moves than ever to learn, and the bosses are more than happy to slam me to the mat any time I start getting overconfident.
  2. Feb 9, 2021
    92
    Nioh 2 runs and plays beautifully. Ever since Dark Souls set the world alight, FromSoftware have had plenty of imitators come for the crown. Often, even the better ones come with the caveat of not being as good. Nioh 2, though, evolves what was already unique about Nioh into something that Team Ninja can very much call their own. It might be operating in the same genre space, but Nioh 2 has its own flavour, and it’s like nothing else out there.
  3. 90
    Nioh 2: Complete Edition carves out its own identity, standing tall as an evolution of the Souls formula instead of a derivative.
  4. Feb 21, 2021
    86
    Nioh 2 is more about refining its core gameplay than making radical changes. By adding extra layers of depth to its well-tempered mechanics, it offers a high-quality Action-RPG which retains its unique identity, despite some technical issues. Last but not least, it's a more inviting experience this time around, but as it happens with all Souls-like games, player's commitment is mandatory to progress.
  5. Feb 8, 2021
    85
    Nioh 2: The Complete Edition does everything that's expected from a sequel. The original game's mechanics remain as tight as ever, with the new additions slotting in perfectly without upsetting the overall balance. The game remains as tough as ever, but the deaths never feel cheap, and while the depth of the various skill trees and mountains of loot may scare away those who aren't used to this sort of thing, it works perfectly for those who want something different in their masochistic action games. Nioh 2 features a ton of content and the ability to play co-op, so Soulsborne fans will likely be playing this one for a long time.
  6. 85
    Our time with the complete edition of Nioh 2 proved to be really positive, an element that leads us once again to praise the care with which Team Ninja tries to involve PC users, offering them an extremely dignified port of their game. The presence of all three additional contents published for the title guarantees not only an almost inexhaustible fun, given the new stories and modes, but also a good and interesting closure for a story that will leave a mark on the soulslike scene. A word of warning: make sure your PC is within the hardware requirements.
  7. Mar 4, 2021
    60
    An enjoyable game, with an interesting premise which is bogged down and held back by an underwhelming PC port. The gameplay does feel great, so if the technical faults are ironed out, Nioh 2: Complete Edition is certainly a title to keep an eye out for.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 69
  2. Negative: 27 out of 69
  1. Feb 20, 2021
    10
    Absolutely amazing game. As someone who was not blown away by its predecessor that was starring William as the protagonist, I immediately fellAbsolutely amazing game. As someone who was not blown away by its predecessor that was starring William as the protagonist, I immediately fell in love with this one after the first mission. There's just something special in being able to make your own character. Also I personally enjoyed more the story of a character local to Japan rather than an Englishman form across the ocean (no hate on William though, he's great but not my cup of tea).

    There is some legitimate criticism towards the PC port, namely the controls on KB+M. But in all fairness, I have tried playing all of the Souls titles that had PC releases (so 1-3, Sekiro, remasters) and honestly none of them were enjoyable on KB+M. Every single time I have ended up switching to a controller, and frankly I believe this genre simply plays better on a controller. So do yourself a favor and grab that x-box or ps4/5 (by the way, dualshock4 has flawless support in this game, it's one of not many games that recognized mine right away and had all the PS4 button prompts). Just don't torture yourself trying to force KB+M on this game.

    DLSS was added in a recent patch and it's stellar. It allows me to run the game at pretty stable and smooth 120fps, while before it would chug a bit when particle effects appear in large quantities.

    The story is fairly simple, but very well executed. I saw some people make an argument that they didn't like "silent protagonist" deal, and that's a valid opinion; in my opinion the protagonist is rather expressive in his/her body language, facial expressions and actions, so you don't really need a voice or lines of dialogue. It's fairly hard to nail a voiced protagonist for a player made character that would please everyone (or even the majority), so a silent but expressive protagonist that leaves some blanks for you to fill is the next logical step and IMO it works well.

    Gameplay is crisp, there is a good variety in weapons and ways you can build your character, lots of stuff to farm and try after the main story is done. To me, Nioh 2 did what I wanted Sekiro to do - which is a punishing and difficult action/RPG set in feudal Japan, with character customization and different era accurate (and completely made up) weapons.

    In the 2020 - February 2021 draught of good video games Nioh 2 is a lush oasis, with lovely story, characters, amazing gameplay and co-op (and I know it came out a while ago on console, but I don't currently own one, the review is for the PC version). While other sequels and new entries in the latest history have been anything in-between extremely disappointing and criminally unfinished, Nioh 2 surpassed it's predecessor and didn't need microtransactions, lootboxes or other scummy practices to excel.

    The review above is my personal opinion. I definitely agree to some of the criticisms and am opent to discuss them, but I strongly believe that the "lack of DLSS" (false as of right now) or "bad graphics lol" are a valid reason to rate the game 0/10. If you are that immature that you gonna throw a temper tantrum over nothing and rate an otherwise with a score that would put it alongside the likes of Cyberpunk, Anthem, Andromeda, Battlefront 2 on release, etc. you have no business posting reviews.
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  2. Feb 9, 2021
    10
    Legit 10/10 for me, up there with Bloodborne.

    I tend to agree with negative criticisms on here, but I am having an absolute blast with this
    Legit 10/10 for me, up there with Bloodborne.

    I tend to agree with negative criticisms on here, but I am having an absolute blast with this game. The last game I had this much fun with was Bloodborne years back. Performance wise, I have a 1070 GTX and my game is on an SSD, I've had no performance issues whatsoever and have kept a consistent 60 FPS graphics on high—looks exceptional to me on my 1440p 144hz monitor. I have an Xbox elite controller and the controls have felt intuitive and fluid, better than 99.9% of games and I am not exaggerating, they nailed it. Games like this are never intended for keyboard controls, and most of the time that is fixed by modders soon after anyways. Look at DS3, terrible keyboard controls until modders fixed it. This isn't something to rate the game a 1 for when they literally designed the game, from top to bottom, with controller players in mind.

    Gameplay wise, the only thing I'll say is that if you are coming from Dark Souls, as I was, you'll want to learn the game mechanics as the combat has essential features that aren't what you'll be used to. Once you get the hang of it, this game is the same level of difficulty as Dark Souls. Until then, you are going to think the game is difficult and unfair. To be specific, you'll want to figure out burst counters and ki pulsing from the get go, without these down you will die a lot, since the stamina system heavily punishes players who don't ki pulse. Another thing is blocking, it gives 100% damage reduction in this game, unblockable moves will overlay a white or red glow over the enemy to give you ample time to react accordingly. Don't give up on this game until you beat the first few bosses, also, don't be afraid to use everything the game gives to you, guns and bows are something you should be using all the time—the game throws money at you that isn't needed and you can stock up at the blacksmith. This game is awesome!
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  3. Feb 7, 2021
    10
    The negative reviews for this game are absolute crap. This game is amazing. The biggest complaint I see is the controls. Get a game pad. ItsThe negative reviews for this game are absolute crap. This game is amazing. The biggest complaint I see is the controls. Get a game pad. Its not meant to be a keyboard and mouse game. Don’t knock a good game over something so petty. Other than that some people are complaining of FPS drops (imagine that!). Im playing on a 9700k, with 32gb of ram, and a 1080ti. Maxed out settings no issues. I am not sure but it seems like the newer series cards are supposedly experiencing this issue. Although nowadays PC players get their panties in a wad if they experience ANY frame rate drop. They can’t just simply enjoy a game. Because a 5-10fps drop is completely unplayable. (Sarcasm). Anyway. The game is excellent. The difficulty has been upped from the first game definitely. New weapons, new skill tree. Same base game with some additions. Its samurai souls with lots of loot and gorgeous levels. Expand
  4. Feb 13, 2021
    8
    I would give a 8,5/10. It's perfectly playable with XBOX One Pad on PC. Gameplay is addictiv as ****
    It would give a 9/10 but the PC port is
    I would give a 8,5/10. It's perfectly playable with XBOX One Pad on PC. Gameplay is addictiv as ****
    It would give a 9/10 but the PC port is not optimized and the graphics are exactly the same as Nioh Part 1. Gsync compatible is not working on my LG OLED. It has bad frametimes above 60FPS and the ingame FPS limiter is terrible and buggy. Also i only get a good HDR picture when i use borderless windowed mode. Fullscreen is washed out as hell, even in SDR. And i can't set 2160p ingame without disabling the fullscreen optimization in the exe.
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  5. Feb 20, 2021
    4
    Not understanding all the hype.Gamplay is mediocre ,poor dodge frames ,artificial difficulty with bosses and enemies dealing either too muchNot understanding all the hype.Gamplay is mediocre ,poor dodge frames ,artificial difficulty with bosses and enemies dealing either too much dps or have too much hp even though you can be way above their level .Graphics and animations are super dated for a relatively recent release. Boss fights are nothing to remember since they all have repetitive attack moves and lazy level design .Nioh 1 was great ,this just feels like a recycled version of nioh .I'm not even sure why this was compared to dark souls or sekiro for that matter since they had memorable boss fights with interesting lore and fair difficulty. Expand
  6. Jul 22, 2021
    0
    This game has really bad controls if you can just get the playstation or xbox version.
  7. Feb 6, 2021
    0
    a beautiful game totally ruined by awful controls and awkward mappings for the PC version

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