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  • Summary: Take up your sword and travel to Japans blood-bathed Sengoku period an era ravaged by warring states and dark, malevolent forces and cut a violent path through the land as the masterless samurai, William. Cross blades in brutal hand-to-hand combat, wielding swords, axes, spears and evenTake up your sword and travel to Japans blood-bathed Sengoku period an era ravaged by warring states and dark, malevolent forces and cut a violent path through the land as the masterless samurai, William. Cross blades in brutal hand-to-hand combat, wielding swords, axes, spears and even war hammers against foes both human and demon. Endure the vicious encounters and learn from your mistakes: each death will bring you resurrection and each resurrection a greater resolve to overcome your foes. Expand
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  1. Positive: 97 out of 100
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  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Mar 18, 2017
    100
    Hellishly challenging and entertaining tribute to the From Software games. The authors didn´t copy the originals – on the contrary they weren´t afraid of many drastic changes. So, the overall experience was pushed in a big way in a different direction. [Issue#272]
  2. Feb 15, 2017
    95
    Saying that Nioh is a “Souls clone” not only doesn’t do justice to a superb game, but can be quite misleading. Nioh stands on its own as a masterpiece from Team Ninja that reminds us the Ninja Gaiden glory days of the studio.
  3. Feb 2, 2017
    90
    Ultimately, NiOh is a really fantastic game. It comes with some flaws, and a few elements that are a bit rough around the edges, but it hits almost all the right notes. Team Ninja’s latest labor of love is packed with charm, atmosphere, and one of the best action battle systems that you’ll find across the industry.
  4. Edge Magazine
    Mar 8, 2017
    90
    This is a game that takes the foundations of one of the most intoxicating RPGs around and builds them into a fast, fluid, simply enormous action game as good as anything Team Ninja has ever made. [April 2017, p.112]
  5. Feb 24, 2017
    87
    Nioh has a lot to offer with its deep combat system, and it's an overall addicting action game for fans of Ninja Gaiden and Dark Souls.
  6. Feb 17, 2017
    84
    Nioh is a very impressive offering from Team Ninja, mostly thanks to the excellent combat and well-crafted main missions. From Software finally have some serious competition in the sub-genre they invented.
  7. 60
    The game’s grindy premise has been exhausted for what seems like decade and will leave you feeling more defeated than anything else. The combat mechanics are certainly worth noticing, but the environment restricts them, making it a wash. Do yourself a favor and pass on this compilation of recycled concepts and frustrating gameplay.

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  1. Negative: 58 out of 490
  1. Jun 24, 2017
    10
    I have really only dabbled in Dark Souls type games (30 hours spent is probably close), but immediately I realized that this game is a massiveI have really only dabbled in Dark Souls type games (30 hours spent is probably close), but immediately I realized that this game is a massive improvement over those. The combat is just off-the-charts better than anything you will see in the Souls series, including Bloodborne. If I remember right, there's 5 types of weapons, and three different stances for each. Each stance has its own light and heavy combo, so flat out you've got 30 different ways to attack, and then the upgrades give you even more. If you want to get hooked on Dark Souls style games, this is the game that will do it. I've gone back to Dark Souls purely as a way to make use of the skill level I've developed in Nioh.

    This game is a rather apparent improvement over the Souls games, and if you had any interest in those games, this game will fit very well with you.
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  2. Feb 8, 2017
    10
    In the current dark age of gaming, during the reign of soulless Ubisoft-like open world tower-capture simulators... This game is a shining rayIn the current dark age of gaming, during the reign of soulless Ubisoft-like open world tower-capture simulators... This game is a shining ray of hope! A masterpiece! Something actually worth your time and cash! Love it! Embrace it! Accept the challenge! Expand
  3. Feb 7, 2017
    10
    Firstly I leave clear that nioh is amazing, but why? the answer depends on who is being questioned, therefore not be fooled into with gamesFirstly I leave clear that nioh is amazing, but why? the answer depends on who is being questioned, therefore not be fooled into with games perfect, because there are no.

    Nioh is a hard work to define because the gaming industry is so generic that sometimes good titles are judged as copies (unfairly.) But if on the one hand Nioh is called a copy, on the other it is called a renewal. I prefer to consider Nioh as a renewal because there are so many different ways of playing, it is difficult not to identify with a specific type of weapon or even the combat position.

    I'm not an expert in composition of art (animation and soundtrack.) But I would like to register my passion for Team Ninja's work in this part of the game, I really shivered whenever I heard new music while exploring the missions. As for graphics, I have nothing to complain about since I'm playing in action mode that works at 60 frames per second (I recommend doing the same, it's great.)

    I have not finished the game yet, but what I have seen gives history is excellent. It is incredible to be able to tell a story so rich in subtle scenes. The only flaw of the game so far are a few bugs I've witnessed, but that have not affected my experience with this excellent work at all.

    Finally, I leave here a maximum recommendation to those who love challenging games. Play this game as it will be one of the best experiences of your life within the game universe. For those who just want to relax, I strongly recommend that you do not buy because you will only stress more (unless you are a deity of difficult games). Everything in the player instigates me to improve, something that I consider obligatory in games of the type. Remembering that no one needs to take this review as a basis, I'm just a player leaving their opinion on a game.

    I wish good luck to those who buy, but be prepared not to do anything else until the end of the game.
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  4. Feb 22, 2017
    9
    Nioh is a beautiful take on a well worn formula.

    I've played nearly every soulslike game for hundreds of hours each and I must say I was
    Nioh is a beautiful take on a well worn formula.

    I've played nearly every soulslike game for hundreds of hours each and I must say I was pleasantly surprised by Nioh. I thought it would be a hard sell because of the limited weapon selection and all the armor is Japanese lore/samurai inspired and that's not really my thing. However Nioh proved that even without a graphics style/setting that resonates with me, a game can be enjoyable just through the expression of how it is played.

    Nioh is so much fun to play, the game is full of huge combo trees you can unlock for weapons, tons of guardian spirits to collect which give different bonuses. There is high, middle, and low stance for every weapon which produces a different move-set and combat style affecting how your character moves significantly. Switching stances on the fly and reacting perfectly to whatever you are fighting is incredibly satisfying, and although it is not expressly necessary, it lets you play with as much or as little complexity as you feel like.

    Despite the fact that Japanese lore and samurai armor don't stand out to me at all, Nioh has managed to make it stand out through brilliant combat mechanics, high impact effects and animations and a uniquely told story. On top of it all I love the soundtrack, the first time I heard the boss music in the Warrior of the West's fight was intense.

    Slicing up a horned demon into 20 pieces couldn't be more satisfying. If you have a ps4 and like action focused games you would be absolutely stupid not to pick this up.
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  5. Mar 27, 2017
    8
    Nioh is a Soulslike game, but it doesn't just copy the acclaimed FROM Software's series, it adds its own ideas and has its own identity.Nioh is a Soulslike game, but it doesn't just copy the acclaimed FROM Software's series, it adds its own ideas and has its own identity.

    What sets Nioh apart from the Souls series is a much better and more robust combat system, which can be tailored to your style. The gameplay rhythm is similar to Bloodborne, if not even faster, thanks to the 60 fps of the action mode. There are no bugs and glitches. The art style focuses on Japan's Sengoku period. Enemies are quite repetitive after many hours, but the various boss fights are well balanced and fairly challenging and innovative. Particularly human bosses are the most difficult because they are fast and nimble, but you can always summon another player to help you out. Unfortunately there is currently no online PvP mode (aside from summoning AI-controlled Revenants with equipment based on players who got killed online), but Team Ninja have promised such a mode will be available as a free update in the near future.

    However, Nioh doesn't have the mystery and sophisticated lore of Dark Souls, nor a unified map. It's got a story with cut-scenes, loosely based on historical events, but the plot is nonsensical and just an excuse to slay demons. The game has many self-contained levels that are pretty expansive in all axes, full of traps and loot and enemies, but they are not united. On the other hand the lack of an open world makes loading times much faster than the Souls games. You will be cut down and in 5 seconds you are ready to go, whereas in Dark Souls you may have to wait for up to a whole minute. Menus are a bit difficult to decipher at first, but you will get used to them.

    Nioh is Team Ninja's first attemp at making a Souls-like game, and they succeeded in their goal. I hope they make another game in the future, after finishing Nioh's DLCs. My 8/10 score reflects the current state of the game. I 'll update when the online PvP mode is released, and may give the game another point in the final score depending on the PvP mode's quality.
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  6. Jul 20, 2021
    8
    Simply put this is the best soulslike not made by FromSoftware. Although I have a lot to b*tch about it I really liked Nioh experience andSimply put this is the best soulslike not made by FromSoftware. Although I have a lot to b*tch about it I really liked Nioh experience and already put the second game in my queue.

    Even though this is Dark Souls set in an Onimusha-esque world, Nioh differs in some key aspects. First of all: stats don’t really mean much in the long run, most people tell you to put every stat at level 20 first and then you specialize your build since the weapon scaling is not very strong. The caveat is to prioritize the stats required for the type of armor you’ll be using since Nioh is all about armor.

    Each piece of equipment has some random perks. Let’s say you’re using the Brawler Armor Helmet with a “Toughness +2” perk, you kill an enemy that drops the same equipment however his is 4 levels higher and comes with “Omnyo Magic +10,7% (for the Fire Shot Talisman)” and “Damage against electrified enemies +5,3%”; this happens constantly and by the end of each level it’s mandatory to go through your equipment list and sort what to keep and what not because there is a limit. I f*cking hate this mechanic! Leave this sh*t for Diablo or something! The looting is way too much; is not uncommon for a regular enemy to drop 4 or 5 items and 90% of them are pure garbage! Oh and for the effects used as examples: I’m not making those up, this is how specific they are; needless to say most of them are useless, just keep an eye for the more general damage buffs.

    Imagine equating all those perks (midgame gear can have 6 perks per piece alone) for 5 pieces of armor plus the 2 melee weapons and the 2 ranged, the Spirit buffs and the useless statuses (I don’t know wtf is Tenacity and I couldn’t care less)… it makes up for a deranged math game. The only sane thing to do is ignore everything except the chosen few effects that matter, namely Close Combat increase.

    It sure is a mouthful and getting your ass kicked left and right surely doesn’t help. The beginning of the game is freaking insanely hard, bosses are absolute sponges and 4 out of the first 6 have a one shot kill move (Nue’s lighting storm OHKs… so much fun!). You’ll bang your head against the wall until you reach Region 2 and gain easy access to breaking the game with the Bonus Set Armors. These armors gain passive boosts most of the good ones give you flat out 20% attack boost for 4 pieces equipped; so it’s a no brainer! There is absolutely no reason to wear a non-bonus set armor, throw 90% of game’s equipment in the trash right away. Warriors of the West is prominent in Region 2, giving you f*cking 25% close combat damage increase for the full set; you can easily use it to beat the game only shifting the pieces to the higher leveled ones you end up looting along the way.

    Nioh revamped the Bloodstain mechanic from Souls (AKA let’s see how this idiot died) letting you summon the dude to fight him as an NPC, succeeding yearn the chance for looting his equipment and since everybody and their grandma is using the aforementioned Warriors you’ll easily complete the set. The game also shoots itself in the foot by favoring the most popular playstyle, you’re more likely to fight Katana phantoms than Axe ones for example. Katana is heavily favored offline too since most bonus sets and special weapons are for Katanas.

    With Bonus Set Armors by my side and better understanding of the Guardians the game becomes a breeze and I defeated most bosses first try. I had little to no trouble until the final boss but it never felt like I became a helluva lot better as a player (as it happens in Dark Souls) but rather I was proper geared.

    The repetitive nature of the game doesn’t help either. There are only 22 different enemies in a 40-50 hours long game for NG alone. Yes, tongued Yokai was hard but after dealing with him 50 times I kind know his tells. Most sub-missions happen in a section of a main mission map; maps used solely for sub-quests are reused further on in other sub-missions even though you are in another geographic region. The game is repetitive. Period.

    After b*tching this much I must say: I loved the game. The flow of the combat with the amazing Stance Change mechanic that cleverly synergizes with the Stamina Recovery move is fantastic! Weapons have different skills for purchase, there are only five yes (plus 2 more types in the DLC) but they feel very different and there is a lot of thought with each one. You can make a mage ranged build specialized in Omnyo Magic, a Glock build (guns and bows are powerful af) or the lackluster Ninja one. There is even the journalist mode abusing the Sloth Talisman but we don’t talk about that; “I pLaY GaMeS fOr tHe sToRy” players item only.

    What really seals the deal is the atmosphere. The graphics are so beautiful and so colored playing through most main levels is a joy. Despite its problems Nioh is way worth it for soulslike aficionados.
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  7. Jul 13, 2020
    0
    if you want spend your time in the loading screen dying a hundred times this is the game for you

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