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Nioh

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8.7

Great

Game Reviews from around the web

100

Nioh is a better game than what From Software has achieved.

100

Nioh may borrow Onimusha‘s art style, Dark Souls‘ challenging combat, and Diablo‘s loot-farming, but it combine these elements in a way that makes it feel like a unique experience. Everything comes together to create a wholly engrossing action-RPG that’s hard to put down, with Nioh standing as an impressive return to form for Team Ninja after spending a decade in development hell. In short, Nioh is Team Ninja’s best game in years, and should leave fans plenty excited for the next Ninja Gaiden.

100

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.

96

Nioh could well take over 100 hours if you set out to master its many side missions on top of its tough campaign, but it’s a challenge well worth taking. The way it builds on its most obvious inspirations with a highly refined combat system and an unexpectedly charming, yet gritty style all its own allows it to boldly carve out its own identity, standing as a shining example of what action RPGs can be.

95

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

92

Team Ninja has overcome the inevitable comparisons with Souls’ series, with a game that shines on its own right. Diverse and enjoyable combat mechanics, great setting and that characteristic difficulty of the studio’s games, Nioh is a strong candidate for one of the best games of 2017.

92

Nioh makes one of the best action-RPGs ever made. An immense amount of features combined in a challenging game, which will take more than 40 hours of your life. No regrets so far.

91

Nioh is impressive in a lot of ways offering us beautiful challenging levels and a deep customizable experience. Even with the comparisions with Souls franchise, Nioh is a tremendous fun title full of personality, Team Ninja developed a memorable game with a brilliant combat system and solid gameplay mechanics.

90

A perfect accompaniment to the SoulsBorne series, with plenty of unique ideas of its own and some of the best combat of the generation.

90

Nioh is a surprise delight. In a world of clones, it’s great to find a Dark Souls homage that manages to be its own game and stands on its own merits. It’s fast-paced, fun, brutal and full of enough mechanics and gameplay features that you could play it for months. You don’t need to be a Souls fan to enjoy Nioh’sexcellent gameplay. The story is a little thin, and the environments aren’t always great, but if you’re looking for fast-paced samurai action or seeking a challenge, Nioh is the game for you.

90

By taking some inspiration from others, Team Ninja do prove with a rich combat system and solid foundation that they have the ability to surprise and innovate. The vast majority of the game is a pleasure to play, despite the fact that death is around every corner. There’s a lot I’ve not even touched upon in this review, simply because it’s better experienced than told. For Koei Tecmo at least, all the effort was well worth it.

90

If you like the Souls games, you’ll probably enjoy NioH, a title that manages to impress with strong combat, wonderful level design and intriguing lore.

90

While it may not be as ground-breaking as the games it draws its inspirations from, this samurai’s tale represents a return to form for the developer. With precise and purposeful combat, foes that demand your respect, and a world of fantastical folklore, Nioh is a fine action RPG worthy of anyone’s attention.

90

Although inspired by greatness, Nioh is a superb game in its own right. Its test of precision and timing strays from the accessibility of most modern games, reminding us all what the thrill of overcoming obstacle feels like. While not everyone will agree with its hard mode approach to design, its combat system is well-crafted enough to win everyone over. This samurai tale might not be so simple, but it’s a legendary one that won’t soon be forgotten.

90

Nioh creates its own distinct persona with ingenious game design, beautiful art direction, fascinating storytelling, aggressive combat, and enormous amount of content to enjoy.

90

For those looking for a challenge, NiOH is your next step forward. A special kind of hell awaits and you will enjoy destroying all evil which resides within.

90

Team Ninja has taken the Souls formula and refined it… Which it’s not easy to begin with. Great combat and loot systems and superb art direction make Nioh one of the most important action RPGs of the year.

90

One thing is certain: Nioh isn’t just Dark Souls with Samurai and Yokai. It’s more than that. For those up to the challenge, it’s the first essential PlayStation 4 game of 2017.

90

Nioh champions the joy of combat and the fun of overcoming a challenge. It owes a debt to Dark Souls, yes, but manages to step out of its considerable shadow, too.

90

Nioh offers long hours of satisfying gameplay – in very specific form, interesting mostly for fans of the Souls series. Great combat system and constant challenge keeps us engaged, and the adventure is well worth the time, despite lackluster story and lore.

90

Team Ninja knocks it out of the park with their take on Samurai Dark Souls.

90

Ultimately, NiOh is a really fantastic game. It comes with some flaws, and a few elements that are a bit rough around the edges, but it hits almost all the right notes. Team Ninja’s latest labor of love is packed with charm, atmosphere, and one of the best action battle systems that you’ll find across the industry.

90

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 slightly outdated graphics, this is a perfect action game – and one of the best there is in the genre.

90

Nioh will break you down (and note this clearly, this is an uncompromising game that does not mind crushing your dreams) before it lifts you up, but you soon crave the thrill of mastering a new weapon or toppling a titanic boss. Endless optimization and customization, engaging encounters, and unparalleled combat by yourself or with a friend make Nioh an excellent choice for your next dark action/RPG.

90

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.

90

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.

89

Nioh really managed to hold up to its promises and turned out into a great product. It has solid fight mechanics and a branching story. Its main and side quest variety offers a long lasting experience.

88

Quotation forthcoming.

88

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

88

Quotation forthcoming.

88

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.

87

Nioh is more than a Souls based game. It has a solid, deeper and versatile combat system, it’s full of content and offers great final boss battles. A balanced game between action and RPG, but not a legal heir of the Ninja Gaiden formula. However, has an irregular level design.

87

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.

85

Beside some technical and balancing issues, Nioh is a demanding and intriguing soulslike that knows how to follow its own style while creating the base for a new series.

85

Much like From Software’s Souls games and Team Ninja’s previous Ninja Gaiden efforts, Nioh was clearly designed with a very specific sort of gamer in mind, namely a very patient one who doesn’t mind having to constantly learn from their mistakes. If you find enjoyment in the punishing difficulty of such games and you want to delve into a title which could easily suck up hours upon hours of your gaming time, Nioh will certainly not disappoint.

85

Despite its ugly visuals, NioH is quite an appealing game thanks to it’s incredibly hardcore difficulty. Clearly aimed at masochists, the game will delight gamers in search of the toughest challenge, but it won’t impress with its story.

85

Quotation forthcoming.

82

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

82

Nioh borrows from other games, yes, but it does it in a way that feels unique and personal. If you like its concept, don’t miss it.

80

Though it doesn’t outshine Dark Souls, Nioh’s distinctly Japanese setting, thoughtful level design, and demanding difficulty lead to some supremely satisfying payoffs.

80

Quotation forthcoming.

80

Quotation forthcoming.

80

There’s no denying Nioh is easier than Dark Souls – as evidenced by the fact that I could not only get to bosses, but beat them – and that’s okay. As someone who is constantly frustrated by Bloodborne and Souls, Nioh is, at the very least, accessible.

80

Nioh can’t match the gothic grandeur of a Dark Souls and the boss battles may give you nightmares for all the wrong reasons. All the same, by merging aspects of From Software’s classics with elements of its own ninja hits, Team Ninja has crafted its finest game in years. Nioh is every bit as compulsive and challenging as its inspiration, but is smart enough to add some interesting new twists. Love Dark Souls? Love samurai, ninjas and weird oriental fantasy? Jump onboard and prepare to die, cry and experience the magic in-between.

80

Nioh is a must have for all Dark Souls fans.

80

Nioh is Koei Tecmo and Team Ninja taking a more measured approach to what they do best, and is a surprisingly feature-heavy and battle-focused heir to the Soulsborne method. But it ultimately stands on its own, and is a worthy addition to any Action RPG library.

80

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.

75

Nioh is a game of highs and lows. It’s a tremendous blast when the combat gets to shine, but it often gets the spotlight after hours of tedium. Instead of crafting a tight 20-hour experience like Ninja Gaiden, Team Ninja has opted to create a title that had me constantly grinding. It’s a flawed experience that really has no respect for the player’s time, but one that I’m ultimately glad to have experienced.

75

Nioh is a really challenging game. Sometimes, maybe even too much so. You have to be at the top of your game just to keep your head on your shoulders. So it’s also the perfect example of whether a game’s difficulty is just enough to announce the title as a “successful” one or not. Also, that’s the reason that we can only recommend Nioh to the biggest hardcore gamers out there.

65

Quotation forthcoming.

Game Reviews from around the web

Nioh makes no bones about standing in the shadows of giants, but it extends and polishes the Dark Souls formula so much that it manages to shine just as brightly. Buy it.

It’s an absolutely engaging game that’s soul-crushing, yet addictive and satisfying. It’s still early days, but if it manages to keep up this pace, and the story doesn’t completely fall flat, then we could be looking at one of the best games this year and Team Ninja’s explosive comeback.

Given the varying degrees of hardships I’ve encountered up to this point, I can’t wait to see what devious tricks the remaining bosses have up their sleeves as I forge through the rest of the game.

One of Nioh’s coolest features is the revenants. These are scattered throughout the levels and are graves of real players and NPCs. When you approach one, it’ll give you the level they were when they died, and what you’re likely to receive if you bring it back from the dead, and then kill it again. You could stumble across a stranger’s grave and fight them as they were when they died; it won’t be you fighting the actual stranger, but it’s a great feature and can get you some decent gear.

In our time with Nioh so far, it’s a constant push and pull between those moments of satisfying triumph and abject, frustrating failure. Challenge is good, but we’re not yet convinced that Nioh handles its devotion to difficulty well at all times. It remains to be seen where the overall balance of these choices will fall when credits roll — whether we’ll be overjoyed at our skills in finishing such a tough title, or just relieved that we can put down the controller and let our blood pressure drop.

To call Nioh a copycat would be doing it a disservice. Combat is tight and layered with options, levels are gorgeously rendered and ooze atmosphere, and the story is entertaining enough to keep me interested yet can still be set aside when I’m more interested in perfecting my ki pulses.

Summary

Nioh makes no bones about standing in the shadows of giants, but it extends and polishes the Dark Souls formula so much that it manages to shine just as brightly.
8.7

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