I use to be a hardcore gamer that played anything that I could get my hands on, but life happened and I had some kids. This meant me becoming more selective on the games I buy as I had less time that could be dedicated to gaming. Nioh is not a game I would have bought of the shelf.
From my time in the game I can tell there is a good story here to follow, which is gently unfolded. This helps propel the user to play more.
It’s the classic tale of an English Samurai thrust into the world of global domination and forces of the supernatural. The protagonist must forge his ways through demons and humans in a bid to restore peace and dispel the evil. Pretty standard game stuff but why mess with a working formula. The story gets more interesting but you will have to play to find out more.
The game feels open world but that is only and illusion, as some well placed rock or wall will prevent you from roaming. However it is a rich world witch takes you back it time. It is also very dark and gloomy which is perfect for the games aesthetics but totally hinders the players ability to see further than his weapon.
The character design is solid, and even after swinging by battle axe a few times I could see the blood of my fallen victims stained from the blade up.
The mystic creatures at your command are beautifully rendered and bring this Final Fantasy-esque feel to the game. I don’t mean they ripped of Square Enix but rather took that concept and made their own thing and it works.
The controls feel clunky, it either moves to quick or too slow, If you haven’t used the R3 function to focus on your opponent then even the weakest generic minion is going to take you the **** out.
I actually enjoyed the upgrade system, here you will find all types of upgrades from weapons to armour and elixirs. You do have to discover them in game, as and if you kill some AI. They menu is pretty easy to get use to.
The is quite a different selection for weapons. At anytime you can carry to melee weapons, for me this was my personal favourite; the battle axe. This allows you to obliterate your opponent (SIC) or swords which can be single or double. Then you projectile weapons like arrows and guns. These are uses for those long distance relationships. (yeah you know what I am talking about) But each weapon also has different fighting styles, Offensive, Defensive and a Hybrid of the two. While I haven’t mastered this yet, they seem to have varying effects and I believe once mastered can help you stop Dying (this is currently my highest priority).
However I feel there is a lack of combo’s, being able to switch weapons mid way through an attack can help add some dynamic and amp up the antics.
This game is hard. How hard? I have found new colourful ways to swear my console. Kid I do not, having gone 15 seconds into the game and I died just as many times. The best part is the tutorial only comes after you navigate your way out of the Tower of London. This was done with no map. (because realism).
The health bar is a joke, it has no bearing as a few swings from an enemy and you starting from scratch.Restarting, yes you will have to reface all opponents right from the start (save point) which is usually a life time away.
Noih is a brutal game that will demand your full concentration. It will push your limits and take your to new walks of frustration leaving no margin for error. Nioh will spit in your face and call you a pansy. But heres’s the funny thing, I kept going back for more. And that is the point. If you a gamer, a real gamer then you have to beat the game. The is no try… only do do do till you overcome the doodoo and beat that dude.
When it comes to games this is a critical review point. like I said earlier this games is evil adn sadisticly seems to woo you back everytime. I think this game will stand the test of time, but for the worthy.
The Final Verdict
When I started playing the game I had already made up my mind to slate the game. But after my many, many (you have no idea) I found this growing addiction to see this to the end no matter how long it takes. So consider this part 1. The initial review is it s a great game for serious gamers who want a challenge. There is no difficulty setting. So you all in or all out. But if you want a game that not just rewards you with trophies but also the insatiable feeling of winning then this is most definitely a pick up. And watch for the follow up review in 6 months.
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