Hi guys! Today I will talk about Nioh 2. As always, the review will have four parts, firstly I will talk about the storyline, then about the gameplay, afterward, I will talk about the visuals and finally, I will tell you my personal thoughts and give you a rating for the game from 0-10 (10 being the best).
Table of Contents
The story of Nioh 2 is set prior to the story of the first Nioh. You create the protagonist of the story and because of that the protagonist never speaks. I prefer the story of Nioh 2 compared to the first Nioh because there were moments it made me feel something.
Even though the story of Nioh 2 is somewhat better, it still is forgettable and has nothing memorable. I wouldn’t recommend this game if you want a game with a deep story that will make you care about the characters. There are plenty of reasons to get this game besides the story.
Nioh 2 builds upon the first Nioh adding new features and weapons. One important feature that was added is Anima. Anima is a bar that you see below your Life and Ki points. Attacking enemies fills that bar and once you have enough Anima you can use different Yokai Abilities (you can unlock different Yokai Abilities by killing Yokai and collecting Soul Cores) depending on which ones you have equipped.
There are also new weapons that were added with unique playstyle and their own skill trees. Personally, I am the type of person that only likes to use one weapon and I never switch for the entire game. I only used dual swords so I have no experience playing with other weapons but from what I have seen and heard they are all great in their own way.
I think the phrase “if something ain’t broke don’t fix it” describes Nioh 2 perfectly. The developers were careful while making this game since it has everything we liked from the first game plus some nice new additions that improved upon the original formula.
I think I can say that if you liked the first Nioh you will also like Nioh 2, there isn’t a doubt in my mind about that.
There are new types of enemies in Nioh 2 plus some enemies from the first game. When it comes to bosses there are a lot of them and a few that returned from the first game.
You will never feel like you are fighting the same enemies again and again. Each area has its own types of enemies for you to fight.
Finally, let’s talk about the difficulty of Nioh 2. Personally, I didn’t find the game harder or easier than the first Nioh. The difficulty in Nioh 2 is in a nice spot and I believe there will be no complaints from the hardcore soulslike game fans.
As for the content, it has a lot more content around 50 hours of main story, and around 80 hours if you add the extras. This game takes a long time to beat and it is worth it.
Nioh 2 also offers co-op functionality with up to 3 players playing together.
The visuals of Nioh 2 have improved compared to the first game while the areas you visit throughout your gameplay are similar in style and feeling. There are some beautiful areas but they are few because of the tone of the game which is dark and gritty like most soulslike games.
As for the customization, Nioh 2 has a detailed character creation system with a lot of options to choose from and one nice addition that I personally haven’t seen before is that you can return to the character creation system whenever you want even if you already started the game which is truly amazing. It also has an equipment transmogrification system(just like the first Nioh), 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.
If you like customization in RPGs then this game is for you. There isn’t a single soulslike game that has more customization than Nioh 2.
Let me summarize what you should keep from this article.
First, the story is ok but nothing special, so don’t get this game if you absolutely want an amazing story, this isn’t that kind of game.
When it comes to gameplay, Nioh 2 has one of the best combat systems out there, is challenging, and has a lot of content.
The visuals are great and it has a ton of customization options from character creation to equipment transmogrification system.
I don’t say this often but this game is worth its price if you are a fan of these types of games. If you aren’t a fan and just want to play an action RPG then you can wait for a sale.
General Rating: 9
That’s it for my review guys, I hope you liked it. If you liked the game leave a comment down below and tell me what you liked the most about this game. See ya in the next article.
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