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Nioh 2: The First Samurai

Team Ninja, Koei Tecmo Games
Dec 17, 2020 - PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4

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Critics Recommend

6 / 10
Game Revolution
4 / 5
IGN Italy
8 / 10
PlayStation Universe
6 / 10
Critical Hit
7.5 / 10
69 / 100
7 / 10
RPG Site
7 / 10
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Critic Reviews for Nioh 2: The First Samurai

I have so much love for this game as a complete package, and I'm excited to keep going with next year's PlayStation 5 remaster, but I can't shake the feeling that The First Samurai could've done more.

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The First Samurai is a lovely, if bloody way to wrap up the Nioh 2 saga. From its vibrant levels to its imaginative yokai to its crushing difficulty, this DLC does almost everything base Nioh 2 did but better aside from the superfluous storytelling. Team Ninja may have been honing its craft to get to this level for the final expansion, but in doing so the developer has saved the best for last.

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The First Samurai is the worthy conclusion of a long journey, which reunites (without too many surprises) the beginning with the end in this epic narrative of a cycle of events that seems destined to repeat itself forever. Team Ninja recycles the formula of the first Nioh to bring to the most insatiable players an end-game able to entertain them for some time, without shining for inventiveness, but aiming for a pleasant more of the same.

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The First Samurai is the first piece of content in the entire Nioh franchise that feels underwhelming. Outside of the great boss battles and boss designs, the rest of DLC just feels bland and uninspired. The First Samurai simply doesn't do enough to give the franchise the farewell it deserves .

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The First Samurai doesn't end the tale of Nioh 2 in a satisfying way but it does provide a meaningful and fun loot experience. Bbrutal new enemies and new gameplay modes makes the complete package of this game something truly special.

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Nioh 2: The First Samurai feels like the least complete DLC out of the three, and its not an exciting finale as it should be.

Review in Spanish | Read full review

The First Samurai is a good extension for a very good game, and concludes the aventure in a good way.

Review in French | Read full review

The story of Nioh 2 finally comes to an end with this last DLC, but the results are mixed.

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