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Nioh 2 vs Nioh – The Definitive Comparison

Nioh 2 vs Nioh - The Definitive Comparison

Hi guys! Today I will talk about Nioh 2 vs Nioh. 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 great. They have a few good moments but that’s it. If I had to choose though, I think the story of Nioh 2 is a little better. There were scenes where a felt something so I prefer the story of Nioh 2 compared to the first Nioh.

Now, having said that, I don’t believe the story should be one of the major factors that you should consider when choosing between these two games. The storyline isn’t the reason why people buy these types of games, although it is important for a game to have a good story.


Gameplay-wise Nioh 2 has everything the first Nioh had plus more and some changes to a few mechanics from the first game.

Nioh 2 offers a lot more weapons for the players to choose from, it has a new system that uses Anima(a bar under HP and Ki that increases when you attack enemies) which allows you to use Yokai Abilities that you can unlock by killing yokai and collecting Soul Cores from them.

Nioh 2 in general is just a better version of the first game but I believe you have to have played the first Nioh to truly appreciate the changes.

Both games offer a lot of variety when it comes to enemies, though Nioh 2 has more enemy types and more bosses, and some of the bosses in Nioh 2 are from the first game although they are just a bonus, meaning that the game already has as many original bosses that the first Nioh had and a few of the old bosses from the first game.

Finally, both games are equally challenging in my opinion, but when it comes to content, Nioh 2 offers more content and more replayability since it has more weapons and a whole new system(the Anima) that you can use to try unique builds.


Both games have great visuals, but Nioh 2 looks better which is natural since it’s the most recent game. The difference in visuals isn’t that big and the areas look similar in style so there isn’t a significant difference when you play the game.

The real difference is the customization both games offer. The first Nioh didn’t have a character creation system and Nioh 2 offers a character creation system that is detailed and you can also use it again whenever you want for the entire playthrough.

Also, Nioh 2 offers a lot(if not all) of the outfits of the first game and new ones. Additionally, both games offer 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.

Final Thoughts

Let me summarize what you should keep from this article.

First, the stories of both games are pretty mediocre and forgettable though Nioh 2 has a slightly better story.

Second, the gameplay of Nioh 2 is better than the gameplay of the first Nioh since it offers more weapons to choose from, new systems that didn’t exist in the first game, and more content.

Third, the visuals of Nioh 2 are better than the visuals of the first Nioh though the difference isn’t enough to matter. Lastly, Nioh 2 offers a lot more customization.

Personally, I would recommend you get both games at some point since they are both good. I believe you should wait for a sale and buy the first Nioh and then wait for another sale to buy the second. If you like these types of games then playing the first Nioh before Nioh 2 is recommended because I think you won’t enjoy the first Nioh game as much after you play Nioh 2 since it has fewer systems.

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

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Nice review, very useful to know. Thanks!