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Nioh vs Mortal Shell – The Definitive Comparison

Nioh vs Mortal Shell - The Definitive Comparison

Hi guys! Today I will talk about Nioh and Mortal Shell. 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 stories of both games aren’t something special and are very mediocre, though if I had to choose I would recommend Nioh for the story since I understood a lot more of what was going on and it had some interesting historical figures appear in the game.

I didn’t get much of what was going on in Mortal Shell mostly because the game didn’t make me care enough. Not having a protagonist with character doesn’t help in making the player care for the story.


The biggest difference between these two games is the way they want you to approach combat. Mortal Shell has the hardening system which helps you negate all enemy damage if you time it right, and Nioh has 3 different stances for each weapon available and those stances have different movesets and skills.

Personally, I think, Nioh’s combat system is a lot more fun to use and more challenging to learn and master. Mortal Shell’s system isn’t that hard to learn and the game becomes too easy once you learn it.

Besides the combat, Nioh has a lot more weapon options for the player and the weapons have their own movesets and skills to unlock for them.

Mortal Shell’s weapons although they feel different from each other, they don’t have the depth in their movesets that Nioh’s weapons have.

Mortal Shell has more variety when it comes to the enemies you will face in the different areas but Nioh has a lot more bosses for you to fight, and personally, I think the bosses are the most important part in soulslike games.

Nioh has a lot more content and is also more challenging(if its something you care about), also it has more replayability since there are many different builds you can try in Nioh, choosing between different weapons and different ninja and onmyo abilities.


Both games have good visuals though Mortal Shell looks better since its a newer game. I would recommend Nioh though since it has more interesting locations and it also has amazing character customization.

Nioh has an equipment 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.

This system is truly amazing since being able to customize your character to look the way you want improves the gameplay experience a lot, at least for me.

Final Thoughts

As always let me summarize the things that you should keep from this article.

First, when it comes to the story both games are mediocre at best, but in my opinion, Nioh has a somewhat better story.

In the gameplay department, Nioh wins, cause it has more depth in the combat system and in the abilities and skills your character can unlock. In Mortal Shell you barely need to unlock any abilities to beat the game, and as for the items I never really used or needed most of them. You will only need to use 2-3 items tops in Mortal Shell.

Mortal Shell has more variety when it comes to normal enemies, but it has fewer bosses, content, and has little to none replay value.

Lastly, Mortal Shell has better graphics, but they aren’t that much better to actually matter. Nioh has a lot of customization though, and I can honestly say it has the best customization system out of all soulslike games.

Whichever game you choose I recommend waiting for sale since I don’t believe they worth the full price.

That’s it for my article guys. I hope you liked it. What game do you think is better and why? Write down your opinion in the comments below. See ya in the next article.

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