The game does a lot of things really well but it goes completely downhill in some other aspects. What I see is a game with tremendous potential being plagued by choices made under poor judgement.
I enjoyed my time with Nioh, especially after playing it co-op with a friend of mine who is a fan of dark souls so we had a good time messing around with the game. The combat is fun, the weapons all have a unique feel backed up by a deep skill system and souls-like stat building to replicate that comfort zone of dark souls but with more dex weapons over strength.
For all it's worth, Nioh is a must-have for any PS4 collection.
For all of the success of KOEI TECMO and Team NINJA's Nioh it seems too often that it is brushed aside as "Dark Souls with Samurai" which is a criminal understatement given how good Nioh is.
Nioh is difficult and the frantic pace of its combat means that even Soulsborne veterans can expect a challenge. The lack of level variety is an issue, however I enjoyed every single fight thanks to the varied and deep combat. With three stances, five weapon types, skills, ninjutsu, and magic, it’s hard to get bored during a fifty to sixty-hour campaign and you’ll likely jump straight into new game plus without stopping for breath. Team Ninja set its sights high with Nioh, seeking to create a samurai-inspired Soulsborne game, with a distinct personality and combat style. Somehow, Team Ninja pulled it off.
Nioh is a fantastic Dark Souls-styled game that gives players a more accessible way to approach the genre while handily establishing itself as a potent newcomer to watch in the future. Japanese myth, culture, and history are also fun, interesting, wonderfully executed boons to the budding franchise.
Nioh does a lot right, and whilst it's obvious it takes a lot of inspiration from the Souls series, it really does feel like a game of its own. That being said, Nioh filled a gap in my heart of tough but rewarding gameplay whilst I wait for the latest Dark Souls DLC to come out, and I'm also confident that Nioh is a game I will keep coming back to for a long time. If you have a Playstation 4, I will happily go on record with saying that Nioh is an essential game for your library, the stunning visuals, gripping story, and solid gameplay makes the game stand out from a lot of the competition. Whilst I do say it deserves to be merited on its own achievements, for me, it is the game that came closest to encapsulating the feel of the Souls series and Bloodborne, and feels so much more polished than games like Lords of the Fallen. As it stands, Nioh could well be my game of the year.
Nioh is definitely worth the early frustration and the money to play through.
Ni-Oh is the most unpredictable gift for PS4 gamers that fascinates Every Souls-Borne fan and everyone who loves to die a lot! combining Ninja Gaiden's Hack N Slash gameplay and Dark Souls mechansim is something every hardcore gamer should experience in his or her life.
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Nioh is the kind of action-JRPG that we like, and while it’s heavily influenced by Dark Souls and Bloodborne, it has its own charm and original mechanics. Nioh's level design may be rather simple and linear when compared to the sprawling worlds crafted by From Software, but the combat system is dynamic and lives up to the standards of Team Ninja. In short, Nioh is not a simple clone or reskin of Bloodborne as most thought, but rather it combines Bloodborne’s challenging combat with its own mechanics and world-building to form an amazing gaming experience that will entertain fans of From Software games and newcomers to the genre.
Nioh is a very good game of its own right. It doesn't do anything new but it does deliver one of the deepest combat mechanics inside an engaging action-adventure RPG.
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.
The combat is tactile and purposeful and the story is one you’ll want to see through, but the grind to do so is long and frustrating one. It fails to take advantage of the way it successfully alters the formula by failing at others and, in doing so, doesn’t end up hitting the heights of the game it derives from so heavily.
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.
This is an excellent game and a game like this deserves to have a spot in your collection. Whether you're a newbie to challenging games like this or you're a veteran who knows the mechanics too well. This is a game that's worth your money and time. I would happily go back into it to kill another yokai.
Gary reviews the excellent action samurai game (and Playstation 4 exclusive) Nioh [VIDEO DISCUSSION]
Cliche dictates that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Nioh is a game that deserves flattering for years to come.
Despite these minor critiques, Nioh solidifies the status of roguelikes and their relevance in today’s gaming landscape.
Team Ninja’s Nioh is definitely a more stylish, proactive, and traditionally Japanese cousin of the Souls series. The game has definitely defied expectations through being more than the “Souls” game that people thought it would be.
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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