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
Sifu’s storyline isn’t something you haven’t seen before or something that will be unforgettable. It’s a storyline that gives a reason for all the fighting and the power of the protagonist. There wasn’t a point in the story that made me feel something more than any other similar story.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that the story is bad, the story is just unimportant in my opinion. You shouldn’t get this game for the story anyway since there is very little dialog and very few cutscenes. There is a board with clues that you find while exploring the different areas but the game never made me care enough to try to find every single clue.
To summarize, if you want to play a game that has an amazing story before anything else then this game isn’t for you.
Sifu has the best hand-to-hand combat system I have seen in a game. It’s hard because unlike other games there isn’t an indicator for when to press the dodge or counter button(like in Arkham Knight), but at the same time, it’s fair because once you get used to it you feel more rewarded when you beat a lot of people without them hitting you once.
In the game, you can also use weapons that you find in the environment or that you can steal from the enemies you fight. The weapons break from the use so you can’t use the same weapon for the entire playthrough. This is a good thing because the game forces you to think and choose what is the best weapon to use in each scenario.
You can also unlock abilities with the experience you get by beating enemies, but before I explain more about that I have to talk about the main system that the gameplay revolves around and that is the aging system. Each time you die your character ages and the more times you die fighting the same enemy the faster you age with each death. When you reach a certain age(above 70) the next time you die you lose. If you lose you have to start over from the last stage you completed or if you haven’t beaten any stages from the beginning. Basically, you have to beat the game in one lifetime of a human.
You don’t have to worry though since each time you beat a stage your progress is saved so you don’t have to start all over again when you lose. Also, you can beat a stage multiple times if you want to start the next stage with fewer deaths.
Also if you buy a certain ability 5 times before you lose then you get to keep it forever., that is a good way to keep some of the progress even after you lose.
Finally, let’s talk about the difficulty of Sifu. Sifu has a steep learning curve meaning you will die a lot at the beginning until you get used to the fighting system. Also having only one lifetime to beat the game means that you will have to replay the stages in order to beat them while remaining as young as possible.
The average time someone needs to beat the game is around 10 hours depending on how fast you learn the game.
The art style of Sifu is something you don’t see very often and it’s rather unique in its own way. It isn’t something that will blow your mind but I personally like it and I believe it fits the general aesthetic of the game. The areas of the game are all intriguing and have their own style.
You will see some amazing areas while playing the game and I believe you will feel satisfied with your experience. As for the customization, there is none. The only thing you can decide about your character is gender and that’s it. As you age your character changes in appearance but you have no control over the changes.
Let me summarize what you should keep from this article.
First, the story is ok but nothing you haven’t seen before, so don’t get this game if you absolutely want an amazing story, this isn’t that kind of game.
The main reason to get this game is the amazing and innovative gameplay it brings to the table. I haven’t seen such a smooth combat system in a while and you can tell the developers put their hearts into it.
The visuals are unique and certainly fit the aesthetic of the story and the gameplay, but there is, unfortunately, no customization for your character.
Now the final question. Is it worth 40 euros? The answer is it depends. If you are looking for a game with amazing combat and you don’t care about the story or customization then possibly and the little time it takes for the average player to beat the game then yes. If you want every single euro you spend to count then personally I would wait for 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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