Hi guys! Today I will talk about Nioh 2 vs Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin. 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.
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The storylines of both games are pretty average and forgettable, but if you want my personal opinion on which of the games’ storylines I prefer I would say that Nioh 2 has a somewhat better storyline because there were moments where I actually felt something from the story.
I wouldn’t recommend picking either game for the story. The reason for someone to buy either of these two games is the gameplay and I will talk about that in the next section.
The gameplay of these two games has a lot of differences when it comes to combat. Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin has a straightforward combat system without a lot of versatility. The best thing about Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin’s combat system is the dual-wielding.
The dual-wielding of that game is innovative and the best dual-wielding system implemented in the franchise. Nioh 2 on the other hand has a more versatile combat system with a lot of depth to it that you don’t see often in soulslike games. Each type of weapon(except for ranged weapons) in Nioh 2 has its own skill tree and also three different movesets based on the stance the player uses(high, mid, low).
In Nioh 2 besides weapons you can also use ninja and onmyo skills which are very distinct from one another and offer a lot of different ways to approach a fight.
As for the enemies, both games offer a variety of enemies and bosses for the players to fight and they are equally entertaining to fight against.
One of the important things when it comes to these types of games, what players want is a challenge, and it’s important to know which of the two games is more challenging.
The answer is not that simple, unfortunately. Nioh 2 surely offers a lot more challenge in ng+ playthroughs but on the first playthrough, the answer isn’t clear. If you haven’t played the first Nioh then Nioh 2 can be very challenging because there are many things you need to learn like which skills are good, which are bad, where to distribute stat points etc. Once you understand how the game is played, then the first playthrough of Nioh 2 is as challenging as the first playthrough in Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin.
Also, Nioh 2 beats Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin when it comes to replayability. Lastly, in both games, you can play co-op with friends but only in Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin you can play pvp.
The difference in visuals between the two games is significant which is understandable if you consider the release date of these two games. As for scenery, both games offer a variety of locations for the players to traverse, but I believe Dark Souls 2 has a somewhat better scenery.
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 2: Scholar of the First Sin 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 2: Scholar of the First Sin 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.
Let me summarize what you should keep from this article.
When it comes to the storyline Nioh 2 has a somewhat more interesting story but both games stories are nothing great.
As for the gameplay, Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin has a more traditional combat system while Nioh 2 has more depth to its combat system. Nioh 2 is equally challenging(if you have played the first Nioh) with Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin on the first playthrough but after the first playthrough Nioh 2 is a lot more challenging.
Visually Nioh 2 looks better but Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin has more interesting scenery. As for the customization, Nioh 2 wins easily since it has a lot of customization options an amazing character creation system, and an equipment transmogrification system.
If you pick Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin I recommend waiting for sale since I don’t believe it’s worth the full price.
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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