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Nioh vs The Surge 2 – The Definitive Comparison

Nioh vs The Surge 2

Hi guys! Today I will talk about Nioh and The Surge 2. I will do a comparison between them and I will let you be the judge of which game is better. First I will talk about the storyline of those 2 games, then I will talk about the difference or similarities in their gameplay, and lastly, I will compare the visuals and tell you my final thoughts. Now let’s begin.


The storylines of both games aren’t anything special in my opinion and shouldn’t be considered when you decide which of them you should pick.

I have said this in other comparisons, but I will say it again here. When I played The Surge 2 I really didn’t feel anything. I just cleared area after area and I heard some audio logs but I really didn’t care.

The game doesn’t try enough to make you care about what’s going on. There is barely any cinematic and most of the story is explained through audio logs.

Nioh’s storyline is equally uninteresting though I have to say I personally like it more than Surge 2’s storyline, maybe it’s because I like samurais and fantasy stories more than dystopian future stories.

There are some cool moments in Nioh’s story but ultimately fails to give you an unforgetable experience.

If you want deep and interesting story then I wouldn’t recommend either game.


The main difference between Nioh and Surge 2 is the combat system.

Nioh’s combat is all about stances. There are three stances available (high, mid, low) and each stance has different moveset and skills. You should judge the situation and pick the right stance depending on your enemy, your weapon’s stats, and your playstyle.

The stance system in Nioh sets it apart from other souls-like games and it’s a nice mechanic that can make combat even more interesting.

Surge 2 also has a combat system that is unique. In Surge 2 you aim at specific enemy body parts and you can choose to either go for a body part that has armor equipped in order to get that armor schematic or you can go for a body part that hasn’t any armor equipped in order to kill the enemy faster.

Also, there is a lot of variety in both games when it comes to weapons and armor, so you won’t be disappointed by the options you have to choose from.

Now let’s talk about the enemies, difficulty, content and replayability of both games.

Both games have a lot of variety in enemies and bosses for you to fight through Nioh has a lot more bosses and enemy types than Surge 2.

This also means that Nioh has a lot more content than Surge 2. However that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s better than Surge 2, it just has more content.

As for the difficulty, I believe Nioh is a lot more difficult than Surge 2 and that I believe is a small problem of Surge 2. Surge 2 for me isn’t as challenging as other souls-like games, some fights can be hard but I never felt frustrated about not being able to beat an enemy.

It never took me more than an hour to beat a boss in Surge 2. The longest I kept trying to beat a boss is probably 45 minutes but I will say an hour to be sure.

Lastly, Nioh 2 has a lot more replaybility than Surge 2 in my opinion since it has a more deep RPG system.


The visuals of both games are pretty good. Nioh is older but it still looks very good even by today’s standards.

Surge 2 has cleaner looking graphics, but it doesn’t show those graphics through cinematics cause there are very few of them.

Comparing the graphics of those 2 games, I believe Surge 2 has better graphics but the difference isn’t great enough to impact the decision-making process of which game to choose.

As for the customization, I will go with Nioh since the character creation in Surge 2 isn’t great and Nioh has a transmogrification system(meaning that you are able to change the appearance of any armor or weapon you have to the appearance of another weapon or armor you have gotten in the game and keep the item’s stats) which is something that I always want in an RPG.

Final Thoughts

Finally let me summarize what you should take away from this article.

When it comes to the story both games are at the same level for me. They both have uninteresting stories and you probably won’t feel anything by playing through the story. I believe Nioh has a somewhat more interesting story but really the difference is minimal.

Now for the gameplay, both games have different combat systems so you have to choose what do you prefer. Of course, besides the combat, you have to consider difficulty, content, replayability, etc. If you don’t consider the combat then I believe Nioh is superior to all the rest.

As for the visuals, there isn’t much difference in how good the graphics look in both games. In the customization, though Nioh wins too.

This is it, guys. I hope you found the article informative and that I helped you decide which is the best game for you.

Write in the comments below if you agree or disagree with what I said and if you think I forgot something. See ya in the next article.

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