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  • Summary: Ready to die? Experience the newest brutal action game from Team NINJA and Koei Tecmo Games. In the age of samurai, a lone traveler lands on the shores of Japan. He must fight his way through the vicious warriors and supernatural Yokai that infest the land in order to find that which he seeks.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Feb 7, 2018
    92
    Labelling Nioh as "another Dark Souls clone", just doesn't do it justice. The Complete Edition is a package brimming with content, challenging gameplay, deep combat mechanics, Diablo-like looting and a fun crafting system to boot. It does not stick to its peers' blueprint, but it endeavours to evolve in a different beast, and for the most part, succeeds.
  2. Dec 4, 2017
    90
    Clearly with the focus on combat and challenging enemies, there are similarities with Nioh and From Software’s Souls games, but unlike other games that have built themselves to be copies of the successful formula, the team behind Nioh have added their style into the mix to make it more than another game trying to lure the fans of hardcore action RPGs to it. Those additional ideas build on an already solid foundation, but enable Nioh to standout above the rest of the inspired clones with its hectic, faster paced and varied combat and addictive loot mechanics, to go toe-to-toe with the company that initiated this new wave of challenging combat, going as far as to better them in some areas.
  3. PC PowerPlay
    Jan 6, 2018
    90
    Nioh successfully reinvents Souls with deeper combat and skill trees. [Issue#269, p.58]
  4. Dec 3, 2017
    85
    Nioh: Complete Edition is a great game. That much should be expected as the original release was. However, much like all Koei Tecmo PC ports, this release suffers from some glaring omissions and limitations. Fortunately, Team Ninja have already announced some patches to start improving the release.
  5. Nov 7, 2017
    81
    Captivating and challenging action RPG in the spirit of Dark Souls, but the PC conversion includes bizarre blunders.
  6. Nov 20, 2017
    80
    A fantastic show of force from the long-standing Team Ninja, but one that feels like it didn’t truly understand the mass appeal of the genre. Spruced up with the group’s signature style, Nioh only falters with its less captivating world. We can appreciate the heritage, but it won’t grab everyone.
  7. Nov 9, 2017
    67
    If you have ever praised the sun, or if you have any fear of the old blood, Nioh is an absolute must play. A fantastic and deep combat system, coupled with great boss design and a difficult yet fair effort/reward loop put Nioh right up there with its not so distant brothers in Dark Souls and Bloodborne. If I were to assign a score to the game, simply for its content it would absolutely be a solid “A”. Unfortunately, even though it is the Complete Edition, this is not necessarily the superior version of the game. If you only play games on PC, this game is still a no-brainer to pick up, but if you’re like me and have consoles as well as a computer, I think the PS4 may still be the place to play Nioh.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 89
  2. Negative: 27 out of 89
  1. Nov 8, 2017
    10
    Players with a half-decent computer and a controller will find themselves lost in a game that goes above and beyond what’s expected of thePlayers with a half-decent computer and a controller will find themselves lost in a game that goes above and beyond what’s expected of the genre.The game is great, everything you would expect from a dark souls clone but even better in terms of speed and preciseness. Expand
  2. Aug 31, 2021
    10
    Игра шикарна, она намного сложнее Dark Souls, но по жанру больше подходит под диаблойд, так как лута в игре море. Дизайн хорош, музыка тоже,Игра шикарна, она намного сложнее Dark Souls, но по жанру больше подходит под диаблойд, так как лута в игре море. Дизайн хорош, музыка тоже, но играя на ПК советую использовать геймад, так как на клавиатуре играть не так удобно. Забудьте о багах в этой игре, она вылизанна так досконально что мне не встретился ни один. 10/10 Expand
  3. Nov 28, 2017
    9
    Nioh is a fluid and exciting ARPG. it has a good atmosphere and sense of exploration, and overall your charcater feels less fragile than inNioh is a fluid and exciting ARPG. it has a good atmosphere and sense of exploration, and overall your charcater feels less fragile than in similar games. There is a high skill cap that is to some degree gear and level independent - so a skilled player can do well in bad gear - but gear does play a bigger factor in your character's performance thanin similar games such as Dark Souls and Bloodborne.

    The controls are tight and responsive, and the combat is in true 3D space - where your attack strikes any enemy in your weapon's path - unlike the Batman 'Arkham' series; Shadow of Mordor; and (pre-Origins) Assassins creed, which are more of a '2D fighting engine in 3D' with their auto-facing/turning/locking-on attacks directed at one enemy at a time.

    Nioh features the character death mechanic where you drop your 'experience points' on the floor where you die - and have one life to reclaim them before the 'experience points' disappear. This engaging as it emotionally involves the player in the game with minor triumphs and failures. The respawn points are just close enough together so that you don't kick yourself over the futility of a 'retrieval' when you die - unless you missed one of them. Note that (in the tradition of such games), these respawn points restore your health and healing potions, but also cause all but certain enemies to reappear.

    The loot generation is dynamic except for mission rewards, but not at the Diablo and Borderlands level of diversity. in addition to items with random stats, there are armor sets with bonuses for collecting them; and a crafting, enhancement, and modification system. The loot system is unlike in Dark souls or Bloodborne where key loot is placed in locations by design, or needs to be farmed from enemies that 'use' the item you want; and each item is designed (rather than randomly generated). This means you don't quite have the same feeling of 'I will go on a near suicidal dash to get a specific weapon or armor from a tricky location, or tricky foe' that makes playing Dark Souls that more interesting. Nioh does offer some set rewards for its missions; and i assume that may factor into people stretching themselves to get a reward they want; but as a mechanic that feels less organic and engaging than the way Dark souls pushes you to take risks to get better gear.

    You use an over-world map to select destinations for missions; which reuse locations but change enemy types, map layout, and enemy locations - this reuse is similar to Tenchu, but with more enemy-set variety. The use of an over-world map feels less 'clever' and novel than the way that Souls games link their locations together, but in the context of adventuring in a wide range of places across Japan, linking the locations makes no sense.

    I have not tried the co-op yet, but the offline PVP aspect is interesting. As you explore you come across the 'remains' of other players, you can resurrect them as a hostile 'revenant' and if you kill them you can loot a couple of random pieces of the gear they were equipped with.

    Leveling is similar to a souls game, where you collect ever increasing amounts of experience points to upgrade primary attributes (such as health, strength etc..), and upgrading those causes numerous secondary attributes to raise (such as HPs, resistances, damage with certain weapon types). Nioh also features skill trees where skill unlocks may either grant a new 'move' across multiple weapons, or only for the specific weapon type whose tree it appears within. There is a secondary character enhancement scheme similar to Borderlands, where you accumulate 'points' which can be spent on minor cumulative performance enhancements (e.g. 1% more damage to monsters, 0.5% more experience per kill). I don't know if these secondary enhancements apply to subsequent play-throughs with other characters or New Game+ (like Borderlands 2 does).

    Performance on my system is acceptable - running at a steady 60 FPS (capped) at 1080 resolution (an overclocked Xeon X5670 on a 7 year old MB, with a GTX 1070). There are a variety of graphics options, but not quite the level of customization you expect in a native PC Game, but it was still fine for me as i put everything to max, but may be bothersome with people trying to tweak settings at a higher res or weaker card to get a solid 60FPS.

    i cant judge how it would run on a lower end graphics card, and I haven't put in the effort to get it to run at my monitor's native Ultrawide resolution yet (2560 * 1080). I use a wired XBOX controller, and it works perfectly fine, with seamless usage and all onscreen displays showing the correct XBOX controller buttons.

    I would recommend Nioh to people that I would not recommend a Souls game to, as it is fun and rewarding, and falls within my perception of an average player's tolerance for frustration, compared to Dark Souls and Bloodborne - which I believe are a bit too punishing for many gamers.
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  4. Nov 14, 2017
    7
    A bit repetetive 8/10A bit repetetive 8/10
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  5. Nov 15, 2021
    6
    I can appreciate the world and combat system of this game its just not my cup of tea after dark souls and I always hate to see console buttonsI can appreciate the world and combat system of this game its just not my cup of tea after dark souls and I always hate to see console buttons when playing on PC Expand
  6. Nov 17, 2019
    3
    It is not hard it is unfair The most bosses are pain in the ass and most of there attacks one shot you

    If you like hard games play dark souls
  7. Nov 9, 2019
    0
    Возможно, это лучшая игра в мире, но без поддержки формата 21:9 в 2019 году она мне не нужна. Дата выхода: 2017 год, Карл!!!Возможно, это лучшая игра в мире, но без поддержки формата 21:9 в 2019 году она мне не нужна. Дата выхода: 2017 год, Карл!!!

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