Nioh Reviews

Nioh is ranked in the 98th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
9 / 10.0
Jan 23, 2017

Nioh surprised me in several ways, all of them good. It feels like a bit of a sleeper title at launch that I think is going to catch a lot of people off guard, but if you have any interest in this niche genre or are a fan of Team Ninja's, Nioh is definitely worth checking out.

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9.5 / 10.0
Feb 1, 2017

NioH surpasses all expectations and offers the optimal mix out of the previous Team Ninja titles and the Dark Souls series.

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9.1 / 10.0
Feb 1, 2017

It’s brutally hard, punishing and unforgiving, but man is it satisfying, and pretty.

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8 / 10
Feb 2, 2017

Nioh is an ultra demanding Action-RPG, which comes to draw a lot of its mechanics in the series of Dark Souls. If it manages to compete globally with its elder, the level design remains lower because of its division into independent levels. But the fights are very nervous and dynamic, thanks to the many features included by Team Ninja.

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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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9 / 10.0
Feb 2, 2017

Nioh shines! The fighting system is satisfying, Diablo-like loot and character development motivate you to keep playing, and gameplay mechanisms reminiscent of Dark Souls complete the image of a really good game. It combines well-known elements but in the end becomes something else entirely.

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9 / 10.0
Feb 2, 2017

Team Ninja offers a challenging crossing that you need to know. However, do extra homework, check the character stories, catch the smallest details, because in these scraps the power of the project appears.

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PPE.pl
Top Critic
9 / 10.0
Feb 2, 2017

NiOh fulfills the hopes placed in the game. A bit of Souls seasoned with a large dose of Ninja Gaiden gave us a title that we do not want to leave. For fans of the genre - a premiere must-have.

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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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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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8.2 / 10.0
Feb 2, 2017

Nioh is such a difficult game, especially by his bosses. If you are a patient and skilled player, you will enjoy a lot with this challenge.

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8.7 / 10.0
Feb 2, 2017

Nioh aims to be the best action RPG of this year. Featuring a great combat system and beautifully designed maps and bosses, this game will be a challenge for all the experienced players of this genre.

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8.8 / 10.0
Feb 2, 2017

Not the most polished game, but still the first great soulslike developed by a team which is not From Software.

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9 / 10.0
Feb 2, 2017

NiOh fulfills all the hopes placed in it before the launch and even surpasses them. A bit of Souls-like games, a pinch of Ninja Gaiden and a mass of Japan's incredible 16th century climate. The game is demanding, engaging and addictive right from the start.

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9 / 10.0
Feb 2, 2017

With its emphasis on challenging combat and light storytelling elements that are at times bordering on parody (in a good way), Nioh feels like a true successor to the Ninja Gaiden series and fills a nice void that Souls left behind. Did Team Ninja ever leave? Whatever the case might be, it's back.

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9 / 10.0
Feb 2, 2017

A dazzling mix of challenging boss encounters, terrifying enemies, and freedom to engage in side-missions and multiplayer create a dynamite fusion of intense fun

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8 / 10.0
Feb 2, 2017

While veteran Souls players may find this somewhat Mickey Mouse, the differences between the franchises will still find enough to keep all players engaged. Nioh borrows – and quite liberally, at that — from a number of different franchises, but that combination makes it quite unique. The Dark Souls for those of us who hate Dark Souls, it’s certainly one to give a try. You won’t be an expert instantly, but you’ll certainly want to come back for more.

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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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Recommended
Feb 2, 2017

This delicious blend of Ninja Gaiden and Dark Souls isn't quite a masterpiece, but it's a stirring return to form for Team Ninja.

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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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