Nioh 2 The Complete Edition Review (Steam)

Nioh 2 The Complete Edition Review (Steam)

Battle hordes of yokai in this masocore Action RPG. Create your protagonist and embark on an adventure through a myriad of locales across Japan during the Sengoku period. Utilize the new Yokai Shift ability to defeat even the most ferocious yokai and be prepared to brave through Dark Realms,

Pros:

  • Gorgeous graphics.
  • 76.35GB Download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Steam trading cards.
  • Controller support.
  • Japanese voice with English subtitles.
  • Graphics-fullscreen, display mode, rendering resolution, frame rate cap, shadows, motion blur, dynamic reflection, ambient occlusion, texture quality, effect quality, and Nvidia shadow play highlights.
  • Invert axis and sensitivity sliders.
  • Six control layouts and custom.
  • Can have PlayStation or Xbox button icons.
  • HDR support.
  • Keyboard-can rebinds and plays with keyboard only or keyboard and mouse.
  • Can skip cutscenes and have it set to auto skip seen cutscenes.
  • In depth character creator with male and female models along with a randomize button.
  • Starting weapon-11 to choose from and they are a sword, odachi, dual swords, switchglaive, kusarigama, hatches, fists, splitstaff, tinfa, axe, and spear. Each says what state buff they give and you can practice with them.
  • 3 starting Yokai and they are-harbor the dark phantasm, harbor the fierce wolf, and harbor the swift bird again all showing stats buff.
  • Optional tutorials and pop ups as you play.
  • Ki burst-as you do attacks Ki (blue orbs) flash around you, time your button press to clear Yokai traps and regain some Ki (stamina).
  • Yokai form-build your gauge and bind with your Yokai to unleash powerful moves and change into a badass looking character for a set time. You have 3 different types to choose from and can change them.
  • Stances-3 of them and they affect how attacks happen and the strength them. You can freely swap between them and they are top middle and bottom.
  • World map level select.
  • Main mission levels and optional side missions.
  • Comes with all DLC.
  • Good loading times.
  • Death-you drop everything and have one life to recover it or lose it forever.
  • Summoning Candle-collect these and use them to get everything back after death and your Yokai form.
  • Ochoko cups-used to summon Co op help.
  • Altars-checkpoint/respawn point but is also where you can level up, summon help, do tutorials, manage items, etc.
  • The game revolves around repetition and learning patterns.
  • Can sell items/gear at the altar for Amrita (currency) and doing so regularly rewards extra items or bonuses.
  • Kodamas- find these little guys and equip one for a unique buff, there is five buffs, and then any subsequent Kodamas increase their effectiveness.
  • Lighting fast loading times.
  • Summon Co op help, you see their equipment and level before calling upon them and they are NPC or you can call a friend in via the altar.
  • Can select and bulk sell items.
  • Four quick slot items.
  • Skill trees-you have one for each weapon (earn points by using that weapon) and skill trees for abilities and stances.
  • Massive boss fights and mini-boss fights.
  • Loot has rarity levels.
  • Fast fluid satisfying combat.
  • Levels are dense with a lot of verticalities.
  • Can do drop down attacks.
  • Loot drops look cool as they pop up out of enemies, chests, pickups.
  • Many shortcuts to find.
  • DLC armor gives a huge starting jump on the game.
  • Lore is told to you via top notch voice work.
  • Such a tense atmosphere.
  • Dark realm-controlled by a powerful Yokai, when in the realm enemies are stronger and you regain Ki slower.
  • Loot drops will have a red or green arrow to show if they are good or bad.
  • Gets proper addictive thanks to so many little victories keeping you on a high.
  • Red revenant-appear on the map and like the blue revenants, you can see their level and equipment before summoning. The point of them is to fight them and earn glory and Ochoko cups used for summoning.
  • Can replay levels.

Nioh 2 The Complete Edition Review (Steam)

Cons:

  • The mouse cursor stays on the screen and is always in the center of the screen. (you can manipulate the cursor so it’s off the center by messing around in the settings).
  • The resolution goes by your pc screen resolution setting and cannot be changed.
  • No benchmark test.
  • Very difficult.
  • When selecting your Yokai it doesn’t actually say what it is and why it is important.
  • Takes a short while for the options to unlock.
  • Must learn the ways of the Ki pulse.
  • Bad item descriptions leaving me to go out of the game for answers.
  • DLC armor gives you a huge starting boost.

Nioh 2 The Complete Edition Review (Steam)

  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Sound - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Length - 9/10
  • 10/10
    Fun Factor - 10/10
9/10

Summary

Nioh 2 takes us back into the amazing world of feudal Japan. Its a Japanese themed Dark Soulslike with an emphasis on difficulty and Ki. The difficulty is self-explanatory with Ki being the new word for stamina. It drains with attacks, rolling, and running but the twist is to press a button at the right time to earn your Ki back via a Ki pulse meaning you can just keep going! For me it felt the same overall as the first game except for some unknown reason the Ki system was just a nightmare for me for ages, I don’t know if I equipped something new but the ki system kicked in and it been a blast ever since. Nioh 2 just feels like more Nioh and that is totally fine. Nioh has nailed a new way of combat and made it so goddam satisfying to play! Every kill is a fist pump moment, every execution kill, every aerial kill, hell even a combo kill is just so visceral, brutal, and fun! As items drop out like a neon Pinata dropping its load it’s just a visual treat after all the sweaty palms combat. What I personally like is how it’s a game of little victories like killing a hard enemy or finding a shortcut or it could just be finding a really helpful item, Nioh 2 just oozes style and satisfaction. Being that you get the base game and all DLC including an armor set which sets you up nicely the first time around, Nioh 2 is a complete package, it may not move the needle much but its more of the same, and when the same is amazing combat and style then who the fuck cares, Nioh 2 is awesome. The addition of the Yokai form is far more impactful in single-player than online Co-op but it looks fantastic. Nioh 2 is more of the same but with a lot more polish.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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