Nioh 2: The First Samurai

Team Ninja, Koei Tecmo Games

Fair Man
OpenCritic Rating
71
Top Critic Average
23%
Critics Recommend
Based on 13 critic reviews
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Nioh 2: The First Samurai

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Based on 13 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

71

Top Critic Average

23%

Critics Recommend

Based on 13 critic reviews
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Available on:PlayStation 5Dec 17, 2020
PlayStation 4Dec 17, 2020

Developer: Team Ninja

Publisher: Koei Tecmo Games

Genre: Action

The thrilling conclusion to the Nioh 2 story and the third and final DLC expansionThe First Samurai. Brace yourselves to take on some of the most challenging missions and formidable foes in the entire series, along with an added difficulty level that will give even the most seasoned veterans a run for their money. A flash of light from Sohayamaru whisks the protagonist back to the past as a Visitor for the third and final time. They are brought back to the place their mother spoke of when they were very young, the land of the fabled youth that defeated an oni. Otakemaru's past, the secret of Sohayamaru, and the truth behind the first samurai. All of these mysteries will be revealed, and the protagonist's long journey will finally come to a climactic end.

Nioh 2: The First Samurai Critic Reviews

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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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