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Nioh 2 vs Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice – The Definitive Comparison

Nioh 2 vs Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice - The Definitive Comparison

Hi guys! Today I will talk about Nioh 2 vs Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. 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.


I believe there isn’t even a debate when it comes to the storyline. Sekiro has a far superior storyline with characters that will make you care about them to some degree and an interesting plot. Sekiro also offers four different endings based on the choices you made during your playthrough.

Nioh 2 on the other hand, has an average story with some good moments and you maybe feel something at some point but it has nothing compared to Sekiro. The story of Nioh 2 is forgettable and nothing that will have you invested in the plot.

If you are a person who wants a game to have a good story then Sekiro is the better choice in this case.


There are a lot of differences in the gameplay between these two games. Nioh 2 follows a more traditional RPG approach, meaning it has 8 core stats and when the players have enough amrita to level up they choose a stat to put points in. Besides the core stats, Nioh 2 also has weapon skill trees, a ninja skill tree, an onmyo skill tree, a samurai skill tree, and a shiftling skills tree.

In Seriro on the other hand, you can only unlock skills to use in combat and increase your attack damage. There are also shinobi tool abilities but personally, I didn’t use shinobi tools a lot during my playthroughs. Having a limited number of uses makes shinobi tools unreliable.

Combat between those two games has some similarities because both games encourage offensive playstyle and breaking the opponents’ posture in Sekiro or doing damage to the opponents’ Ki bar in Nioh 2.

Nioh 2 offers 11 different weapon types while Sekiro offers only one(a katana), so if you want a lot of options then Nioh 2 is a better choice for you.

Both games offer a variety of enemies and bosses for the players to fight although Nioh 2 has more bosses.

Lastly, Sekiro is more challenging than Nioh 2 on the first playthrough and I can’t really compare them after that because I haven’t played the ng+ of Nioh 2. As for the replayability, Nioh 2 has a lot more since there are a lot of different builds you can try, while in Sekiro

One bonus of Nioh 2 that Sekiro doesn’t have is co-op. Playing with friends is something a lot of players want in these types of games and Nioh 2 offers that.


Both games have great visuals, and I think they are on the same level more or less. The important difference is the scenery. Sekiro has more unique and beautiful locations for the players to traverse.

Just as Sekiro wins when it comes to the areas, Nioh 2 wins in customization. There isn’t even a comparison. Sekiro only has four outfits for the players to choose from and you have to unlock them. Nioh 2 has a detailed characters creation system which is one of the best ones I have seen and a also 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.

An additional benefit of Nioh 2 is that you can return to the character creation whenever you want even after you started the game, so you aren’t trapped with the character you made originally which is great.

Final Thoughts

Let me summarize what you should keep from this article.

First when it comes to the story Sekiro is the only choice, there isn’t even a debate.

Second, both games have amazing gameplay, Sekiro is more challenging on the first playthrough, Nioh 2 has more content, and Nioh 2 also has more replayability.

Lastly, both games have amazing visuals, though Sekiro has more interesting areas. Nioh 2 offers a ton of customization options while Sekiro has almost no customization.

Whichever game you pick between these two I don’t believe that you will be disappointed. Even at full price, both games are worth 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.

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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