Nioh Reviews

Nioh is ranked in the 98th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
Unscored
Feb 2, 2017

Managing your Ki and your health, juggling all of your attacks, magic, and weaponry, and trying not to get killed for the millionth time is a thrill, full of genuinely incredible moments.

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Feb 2, 2017

Team Ninja took their time to ensure that Nioh was as good as it could possibly be, and that time wasn't wasted. The finished product is a fantastic action RPG that may borrow a lot from the Souls series, but nevertheless adds plenty of great twists to the formula to allow it to stand proudly on its own.

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10 / 10.0
Feb 2, 2017

Nioh got attention for its similarities to other titles, but it deserves to be remembered as its own special game, one that sees and raises the efforts presented by its inspirations. With fast and uncompromising combat, an engrossing economy of loot, and a mesmerizing artistic style, action-RPGs have rarely been this refined or this captivating.

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9 / 10.0
Feb 6, 2017

Team Ninja has put its own spin on the Dark Souls formula, creating a devilishly challenging and deeply entertaining samurai role-playing game

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90 / 100
Feb 8, 2017

Nioh is easily the best action RPG I’ve played in some time. It may take some time to get into the swing of it’s melee combat, and the first level doesn’t make a good impression, but anyone looking for some engrossing hack-and-slash combat should pick this up with Nioh hesitation.

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Feb 6, 2017

Nioh combines the stiff challenge of Dark Souls, the atmosphere of Onimusha, and the loot farming of Diablo to create an intense experience that's hard to put down.

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Guardian
Top Critic
Feb 17, 2017

Team Ninja's unforgiving role-playing action adventure set in feudal Japan owes a debt to the Dark Souls series, but with a tone and narrative of its own

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Feb 15, 2017

Team Ninja's Nioh is the kind of action game that comes along every once in a rare while.

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JVL
Rainbow-Twix
Top Critic
18 / 20
Feb 2, 2017

Nioh is nothing more than the promise of a thrilling, addictive and demanding adventure. With gameplay that will have to be tamed, the title of Team Ninja offers in return a rewarding, tasty and unforgettable experience.

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8.8 / 10.0
Feb 2, 2017

Nioh may not replace the Dark Souls series in our hearts, but it definitely has built a place for itself. Technically a little rough, still without PvP, this new title from Team Ninja could have provided more diversified scenarios, but it sure offers an excellent combat system and a wide and deep offering.

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Feb 10, 2017

Make no mistake, this is a harsh, unrelenting title that will test your skill, and the level of challenge makes it difficult to recommend to everyone. Nioh is never unfair though, with its well-designed systems giving you the tools to survive in its beautifully brutal world. Stick with it, plant your feet and you'll find your persistence rewarded with a thrilling and satisfying adventure.

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9.5 / 10.0
Feb 2, 2017

As close to perfect as it gets. Nioh is a stunning title and is easily an early contender for game of the year.

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8 / 10
Feb 2, 2017

Nioh is about as approachable as a game of this ilk can be, and while that may offend the hardcore sensibilities of some Souls fans, it's a title that will likely appeal to many players who want a gameplay challenge but are turned off by the obtuse nature of Dark Souls' storytelling and the murky explanations of its mechanics. The experience is marred by some unfortunate difficulty spikes and lacklustre bosses, but the rich loot, levelling systems, and fast, often thrilling combat do more than enough to justify Nioh as a worthy contemporary to From Software's efforts – and an impressive return to form for Team Ninja.

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Mar 6, 2017

The thrill of overcoming challenges provided in a game like Nioh simply isn't worth the frustration to me anymore, and I have Team Ninja to thank for finally helping me admit this. It's the ebb and flow of one's life and one's interests, and while I think Nioh is a really solid game that everyone should at least try, it's not the kind of game I want to be playing these days.

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9 / 10.0
Mar 10, 2017

A stunning take on feudal Japan awaits players with a fresh style of leveling, a unique battle system, and a challenge that will make even the most hardened players question what they're doing taking on this game.

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GameMAG
KOZIK
Top Critic
9 / 10
Feb 24, 2017

Now we have a wonderful Action/RPG, able to draw Soulsborne and Ninja Gaiden fans' attention for hundreds of hours and leave tons of positive memories in their souls.

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Wccftech
Top Critic
9.5 / 10.0
Feb 17, 2017

Nioh is among the finest exclusives to grace the PS4, melding samurai action with the framework of the well-renowned Dark Souls series, although its devilish difficulty may send William to an early grave.

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ZTGD
Top Critic
9.5 / 10.0
Feb 17, 2017

Nioh is a culmination of some of my favorite mechanics in video games. The incredibly fast paced, twitch based reflex combat of Ninja Gaiden. The meticulous strategy and sense of discovery of Souls and the loot/equipment upgrade system of Diablo. It's as though this was a game made specifically for me. If that wasn't enough, Nioh manages to become more than the sum of its parts as something truly exceptional with an identity of its own – one that I simply can't put down and it has secured a spot as the top contender in my game of the year list thus far.

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95 / 100
Feb 9, 2017

But know this; Nioh is an incredible action RPG game that should not be missed.

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M3
Top Critic
9 / 10
Feb 2, 2017

It’s hard not to see Nioh as a Dark Souls with Japanese mythology. But as soon as you get used to the mechanics, Nioh has several features that make it unique. Aside from some less inspired stages, and a bit outdated graphics, this is a perfect action game – and one of the best there is in the genre.

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