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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
  2. Negative: 0 out of 100
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 63 out of 512
  1. Mar 22, 2017
    10
    This is my first foray into the genre of extreme difficulty action rpgs and boy did this game kick my ass at first. I had grown accustomed toThis is my first foray into the genre of extreme difficulty action rpgs and boy did this game kick my ass at first. I had grown accustomed to the casual format of these types of games and my initial experience with Nioh was overwhelming. At one point I erased the game thinking that it was not humanly possible for me to beat an early boss. But I couldn't get the game out of my head so I went back in...and boy am I glad that I did so!

    This game is 100% about combat and it does it better than any game I've ever played. To like Nioh is to immerse yourself into the complexity of its combat mechanics which are brilliant. Its not about reactions (quick dodges) or coordination (slinging complex combos)!!! It is about studying your opponents, understanding their attacks and weaknesses and being able to devise a winning strategy. This aspect of the game encourages you to learn and master different weapons and different stances. This even applies to the armor your wear. Sometimes its good to have the extra protection of heavy armor...sometimes its better to have the agility and stamina of light/ninja armor. The numbers of layers of complexity to the fighting mechanics are really the star of the game and what keeps you coming back for more.

    Level design is decent enough although fairly linear. Story is not really a strong part of the game.

    In terms of the RPG aspects, leveling skills and getting new gear are satisfying although not game changing. There will be small improvements and cool new weapons at times, but ultimately they have limited effect on the outcome of your battles.

    I am very surprised to have taken such a liking to this game because I typically like action RPGs that are also very strong on story and RPG elements.
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  2. Feb 8, 2017
    10
    To me, Team Ninja has always had very impressive art direction in their titles and Nioh is no exception. The breathtaking vistas are a sightTo me, Team Ninja has always had very impressive art direction in their titles and Nioh is no exception. The breathtaking vistas are a sight to behold, backed by an excellent musical score and terrific voice acting, both in English and Japanese, that never broke my immersion. 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. Mar 2, 2020
    9
    I love Souls games and this game nailed it. I love the story and background. The gameplay is good and progressing is fun.

    Story: 9
    I love Souls games and this game nailed it. I love the story and background. The gameplay is good and progressing is fun.

    Story: 9
    Gameplay: 8
    Graphics: 8
    Controls: 9
    Replayability: 5
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  5. Feb 8, 2017
    8
    Before I start this review, it’s important to note that I did not beat this game, its insanely difficult, but I decided to review it anyway,Before I start this review, it’s important to note that I did not beat this game, its insanely difficult, but I decided to review it anyway, because I still feel I can offer valuable information for those on the fence about this game.
    There are 20 bosses here…
    I put 12 hours into this game and only managed to see 2 of them
    That’s how difficult this game was for me…
    And my issue with this game isn’t that it’s too challenging
    It’s that its needlessly difficult just for the sake of it.
    Nioh is a great game and it’s a fun game, if you’re a glutton for punishment and if you love dark souls buy this, because nioh is just as good and combat wise is miles better
    The combat here is swift...
    But is more about managing your energy than it is anything else
    You basically play as the most out of shape character in video game history.
    2 swings of a sword and they are gasping for air
    its insanely frustrating at first because they sit there and just let the enemy kill them
    If it came down to just skill of timing your attacks and dodging, the gameplay would be much more bearable.. But it’s not...
    you have to keep an eye on your Ki gage, because it might as well be a health gage
    this is the first indication the game is out to test your patience rather than your skill
    its out to annoy and frustrate you rather than challenge you
    because you become almost paralyzed if you try to attack too often
    I eventually got it down…
    hit and run…
    You can block attacks, change your fighting stances... use bows, guns, and bombs…
    I could lure away 1 enemy at a time and pick them apart easily
    the hunted became the hunter…
    I became aggressive...
    I became comfortable with the combat and it finally felt learnable instead of just cheap…
    But the moments of my character just freezing up because a block or swing took too much energy or because they got back up off of the ground was just as cheap feeling and frequent as it was from the start…
    I was killing enemies, collecting their amrita which works like souls… it’s the currency you use to level up and boost a stat of your choice…
    and much like the souls games you have to recollect them if you die…
    I was picking up new weapons and gear, finding kodama to increase drop rates…
    I was genuinely having a blast running around and engaging in the satisfying and challenging combat…
    This game also features checkpoints which are nice, they refill your health but respawn enemies and generally there’s a shortcut you’ll eventually open near a checkpoint in case you die going to a new location of these well designed and interesting maps…
    And then I have my first real boss fight…
    And this is where I decided to peace out…
    You do have ways to increase your chance of success…
    You have a guardian spirit that makes you invulnerable for a short period of time
    and you can even call on an online player to help you…
    There’s an issue though…
    to call a random online player you need an ochoko cup..
    to get an ochoko cup you have to challenge a fallen warrior at a blood grave…
    these characters are insanely tough but that isn’t why this is frustrating…
    it’s frustrating because you get 1 shot and 1 shot only.. If you die you’re disconnected from the player and you have to get another cup to summon another player...
    there is no respawning and trying again which makes the grind to trying to defeat a boss even worse…
    The bosses are insane difficulty spikes that don’t fit with the rest of the level…
    I got to a point trying to beat the first real boss that regular enemies were warm butter to me… but the main boss was killing me almost instantly…
    I got insanely close to defeating them and they just picked me up with no warning and bit my head off and that was it.
    My partner was still alive but that didn’t matter
    instant disconnect, and no revive option
    There’s a massive lack of balance here and to me killed everything this game had going for it
    It went from skill to luck.
    I got to a point where I was over running down to the beach over and over again trying to get lucky….
    And the game frustratingly remembers items you use in battle but not the damage you do.
    Meaning you get none of your consumables back but the boss has all of their health again Its backwards and discourages experimenting with items... I never felt like I was progressing in combat with the boss… they even implemented a system where the game will create areas against bosses that you can’t evade at all in exchange for higher damage… no thank you after the 1000th try it just stopped being fun for me.. If the boss battles felt fair and progressive this game would be near masterpiece status… But they’re just roadblocks to the good stuff. instead of crafting an 80 hour journey full of challenge and strategy… you get an awesome world to explore that you have to suffer through cheap boss battles to experience… 8.5/10
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  6. Nov 15, 2021
    8
    It's not Dark Souls, but it's the best soulslike game on the market together with Nioh 2.
    It took me a lot of time to get hooked to it, the
    It's not Dark Souls, but it's the best soulslike game on the market together with Nioh 2.
    It took me a lot of time to get hooked to it, the first 3 times I tried I left it there.
    But once I got hooked, it's very fun and rewarding.
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  7. Jul 26, 2020
    0
    The dumbest game ever. Im stuck with last enemy on the map and its impossible to kill him, instant attacks, bugged counters, kills you in maxThe dumbest game ever. Im stuck with last enemy on the map and its impossible to kill him, instant attacks, bugged counters, kills you in max 2 hits. Basicly all the bosses ive killed i had to use bugs and glitches - no, its not a matter of a game lvl but idiots who made them impossible to kill by tactic, tracking moves, coordinated attacks or whatever just bugs, bugs and glitches. Gj team ninja Expand

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