Set in the quieter periods of the Sengoku period and prefacing the first game, Nioh 2 offers an opportunity to witness how the struggles began.
Nioh 2 Review: published in 2017, Nioh can be considered one of the most successful titles among Soulslike genre games. Nioh, who was exclusive to Playstation 4 and met with PC users after a while, was highly praised for its world-including real names and locations in Japan’s history, as well as for its combat system, which offers a completely different experience with each weapon.
When Team Ninja announced that it would be making a sequel to Nioh at E3 2018, a lot of questions had arisen in our minds. What period will the game take? Are we going to play William, who looks like he’s from The Witcher again? Will we be able to tell the story of the game this time? How much can they improve the fighting system, which is already quite successful? Nioh 2, but they did make little add-ons on top of the previous one, such as the DLC Pack Bring? Welcome to our review, where we will answer these and similar questions.
Nioh 2 Review
The first Nioh was in the late 1600s, the Sengoku period. In this game, we go a little further back, to the year 1555. Set in the calmer periods of the Sengoku period, Nioh 2 offers an opportunity to witness how the struggles began. Our main character, the child of a human father and yokai mother, is a samurai who lives hunting evil yokai. Yokailer, a generic name given to beings possessed by spirits in Japanese culture, is the type of enemy we will see most in the Nioh series. The story continues with us entering into the service of Oda Nobunaga, who wants to gather Japan under one roof in the following chapters, partnering with a merchant named Toukichiro and working as a mercenary.
One of the weakest parts of the first Nioh could be called storytelling. Although it offered a beautiful alternative world with a cast of real people, almost all of whom took part in history, it was really hard to understand what was happening because of the disconnect between the decals and the play. In mind “ ” we were just having tea, why am I chasing creatures in the rain?”the fact that he created such questions was one of the most criticized sides of the game. 2. The story of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, known as Japan’s great unifier, is decidedly smooth and comprehensible, with the help of both intermediate videos and NPCs in the game. So, yes, we can definitely follow the story this time!
The story takes place about 50 years before the first play.Starting before the birth of William Adams, the main character in the first play, a new name is featured in the story; Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Hideyoshi, which has a very important place in Japanese history, is mentioned as the common name of two different characters in the alternate world of Nioh 2. Our self-created character and partner Toukichiro take the name Hideyoshi as the story progresses. Together with our team, we gather different kinds of people to serve our Lord, while also trying to find the person responsible for what happened to our family. The game’s character creation screen is quite detailed. We are able to create our character in a way that suits the style of the period. Since it is also semi-yokai, we can also choose how we can take shape when we change form. It is possible to arrange the hair and horn shapes of every form we have. If we consider that the game has a detailed armor and weapon-looking replacement option, it is possible to customize the character we are playing in a serious way. ” I don’t want to create characters, I wish it was William, ” the cast thought. If you have a Nioh recording file on your console, it is also possible to play with William view. In addition, Hidden Teahouse is added in later parts of the game, we can buy the appearance of the characters we see in the game.
What about the gameplay?
Put aside the concerns that it looks like the first game. There is much more to Nioh 2 than the first game.
One of the biggest factors in Nioh’s success was its gameplay. The game, which struck a balance between Bloodborne and Ninja Gaiden, offered a lot of options for the player with many different weapons and techniques. My biggest concern with Nioh 2 was the prospect of coming across the first game without putting too much on it. Although it has a successful system, we don’t want what we’re sitting on because it’s the second game to be the first game presented with a different story. Team Ninja managed to frustrate my concerns about it.
If you played the first game, you can get used to the second game very quickly. There are still attacks that vary according to the way you hold the weapon, “Ki” defenses that are used instead of stamina, and abilities that you can learn more from as you use them. In the first game, we could say that we had a very satisfying talent tree, but with the new game, this tree has reached another level. Aside from 11 different weapon trees, ninja techniques, magic abilities to be developed, there are different ability trees for our Samurai and yokai powers.
With the newly added yokai forces, the number of items to be collected has increased considerably. 11 types of weapons, each weapon 5 different rarity level with dozens of versions, different weight and features of armor, set pieces, yokai essence you lose yourself when you say. There’s so much to collect in the game, and so it’s possible that you find yourself doing the grind. It is not wrong to say that the game is close to Diablo-style action-RPG games, rather than Soulslike type of items to be collected. It’s a loot Paradise.
Is the game difficult?
One of the points complained about in Nioh was the difficulty of the game and that it was very difficult to progress without doing the grind. If you want to move forward without going into side missions, just doing the main tasks, it was inevitable that you would have quite a difficult time in the later parts of the game. Nioh 2 has made some improvements in this regard. In some parts of the game, members of your team join you and you can move forward together. In addition, with 2 to 5 “Ochoco cups” to give to Graves named “Benevolent Grave” left by other players, a copy of the player’s character joins you as an NPC and helps you defeat a certain number of enemies. Especially in the face of crowded groups or “Dark Realm” areas polluted by yokai are very useful.
The game also has the option to play co-op for up to 3 people. Although I haven’t had the opportunity to try the co-op option because the game hasn’t been released yet, I would say it has a system like the one in the last game. Where 1 samurai’s strength is insufficient, you can summon other players in exchange for an” Ochoco cup ” and continue on the road as 3 Samurai.
We’ve written so much, and there’s nothing wrong with the play? Unfortunately, I do. Just above I mentioned “easy gameplay” continues only to a place. Later in the game there are troubles such as enemy placement, opponents becoming seriously immortal. In the Dark Realm, high damage, too many lives and that owner is surrounded by enemies, while you can not find a yokainin removal of the dead players in the environment, such as sections can cause you to question your preferences in life.
Dark Realm is a new addition to the game. Our character’s mobility is severely restricted in these areas, which have been contaminated by a powerful yokai or spirit stones. Although the negative effects of the field disappear when we switch to Shiftling form to move comfortably in these areas, it does not help much because we have a limited time. That’s why we need to develop capabilities. The Shiftling Ability Tree features passive abilities that reduce the effects of the region, while in the Omnyo it is possible to find spells that completely remove the effects.
One of the most important parts of the game is boss fights. Although boss fights in the first game were generally balanced, the balance of difficulty along with the DLC packs was completely eliminated. I met a similar situation in this game. Although I was above the level suggested by the game, I had to deal for about 4 hours with a boss with a high life bar, who could finish my life in 3 strokes. The artificial intelligence of the NPCs that we can call to our side is at the level of standing in the fire and watching the fight, so the support they provide works to a certain extent. Another boss fight becomes more difficult due to problems such as the camera losing itself because the enemy is too big. Of course, we kept saying,” ultimately, dying is part of this game, ” but not everyone can be so patient. (I’m not either, 4 hours stuck in the same place had to decimate the game one day)
I would say the game satisfied me in terms of graphics. The decals are already visually quite beautiful. It is possible to see the effects of the last years on the characters. It’s obvious that character designs and environments are being worked on. Especially when you see the cherry blossom trees in Japan’s distinctive gardens, you’ll understand why I’m impressed.
Graphs at a satisfactory level
The game has two different options for performance. You can choose between visual beauty or fluency by selecting “Action Mode” or “Movie Mode” in the menu. “Action Mode ” allows you to see 60 FPS in both the regular PS4 and PS4 Pro. It features 1080p resolution on the PS4 Pro, while on the regular Playstation 4 it offers 720p dynamic resolution. “Movie Mode” allows both consoles to play at 1080p resolution of 30 FPS.
Although Movie Mode offers a smoother picture, remember that you’re playing a game where instant reactions are crucial. Although I play on a regular Playstation 4, I have never been bothered by much of the game. Only the souls who joined our team self-promotion videos seem to be prepared with a low FPS in a way that I can’t make sense of.
In general, Nioh 2 is a game that has managed to take all the good parts of the first game and add a lot of new things to it. Sometimes he says,” it’s the same as the first game, ” but you keep playing without getting bored. Our progress by choosing tasks over the map instead of an open world was also a point of complaint in the first game. It is necessary to acknowledge that choosing a task is a fairly sensible method, as time also progresses throughout the story. Recurring enemies can be annoying from time to time. You might get a little upset when the skeleton that scratched your armour two episodes ago put the same spear through your head.
Nioh 2 comes across as a carefully crafted game in terms of design as well as fast action structure
If you love Dark Souls – Bloodborne-style games and enjoyed the first game, Nioh 2 will surely please you. If you’re not familiar with the Souls series, but want a smooth action game, surely give Nioh 2 a chance. I finished Nioh 2 a bit quickly for this review, without getting too hung up on side missions, in like 60 hours. Aside from the Troubles I mentioned above, I enjoyed the majority of this time too much. I even plan to play again soon with different weapons and techniques. The game features an adventure that will last at least 100 to 150 hours, exploring hidden areas on maps, pursuing different weapons and armor, side missions, more challenging missions called “Twilight Missions”.
With Bloodborne, it may be hard to say the best action game on Playstation 4, but Nioh 2 is already on my list of the best games of the year, with the innovations and fluid battle mechanics that the first game brings.