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Nioh 2 vs Dark Souls 3 – The Definitive Comparison

Nioh 2 vs Dark Souls 3 - The Definitive Comparison

Hi guys! Today I will talk about Nioh 2 vs Dark Souls 3. 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 are pretty mediocre and forgettable in my opinion, that being said if I had to choose between the storylines of these two games I would choose the storyline of Nioh 2.

The reason why I prefer the storyline of Nioh 2 is that there were a few moments that I actually felt something from the cutscenes. This thing never happened with Dark Souls 3.

I don’t recommend that you make a decision between these two games based on the story because for me story isn’t the main reason someone buys these types of games.


There are differences between the gameplay of both games. The main differences can be seen in combat. Nioh 2 has a very deep combat system, with each weapon having each own skill tree and abilities, and there eleven different types of melee weapons. Nioh 2 also offers ranged weapons but ranged weapons don’t have skill trees.

Besides weapons in Nioh 2 you can use onmyo skills and ninja skills and each of them have their own skill tree.

Dark Souls 3 on the other hand has more weapons to choose from but it doesn’t have skill trees with those weapons, meaning the number of things you can do with these weapons are pretty limited. I don’t think there is even a comparison here. Nioh 2 literally destroys Dark Souls 3 when it comes to combat because even if you ignore the skill trees Nioh 2 also has stances(low, mid, and high stance) that you can use with each weapon and each stance has a different moveset and you can switch stances according to the situation you are facing.

Both games also offer a variety of enemies and bosses which are unique and interesting to fight against.

The last thing that is worth mentioning is the difficulty of these two games. Nioh 2 is a lot more challenging than Dark Souls 3, it has more replayability and a lot more content. I believe there is only one thing that Dark Souls 3 does better, and that is the semi-open world element. In Nioh 2 you just pick a mission then complete it and then you return to the map to choose another mission.


The difference in visuals between the two games is noticeable. Nioh 2 has better visuals, which is understandable given the release dates of both games. As for scenery, both games offer a variety of locations for the players to traverse.

The real difference is the customization both games offer. Nioh 2 offers a character creation system that is detailed and you can also use it again whenever you want for the entire playthrough. Dark Souls 3 also has a character creation system but the characters you can make don’t look nearly as good as the characters you can make in Nioh 2. The difference is night and day, Nioh 2 is on a different league.

Also, Nioh 2 offers an equipment transmogrification system(Dark Souls 3 doesn’t have something like that), 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, when it comes to the story both games are mediocre but the story of Nioh 2 will give you some emotion I believe.

Second, Nioh 2 is far superior in every way when it comes to the gameplay and the only thing that it could do better is the way the mission system works. If Nioh 2 was semi-open world like Dark Souls 3 it would make the game even better.

Finally, Nioh 2 has superior visuals and its customization options are on a different league.

I would strongly recommend Nioh 2 over Dark Souls 3 any day of the week. The only real advantage Dark Souls 3 has is the price, since it’s an older game you can get the game and all its DLCs for around 20 euros on a sale. Nioh 2 is around 60 euros since it came out recently and I don’t see the price dropping that much on sale. So if you don’t want to spend a lot of money you can pick Dark Souls 3 since it is a good game and you will surely enjoy it.

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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A lot of brazen ignorance of Dark Souls 3 in this article. Waste of time. Your opinion is worthless.