Nioh - PlayStation 4

  • Publisher: Koei Tecmo America
  • SKU: 5385401
  • Release Date: 02/07/2017
ESRB Rating: Mature
Blood and gore, Violence
$19.99
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  • Nioh Console Video Game

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1492 out of 1526)

Product Details


  • Developer: Team Ninja
  • Publisher: Koei Tecmo America
  • Platform: PlayStation 4
  • Genre: Action and Adventure|Role Playing
  • Release Date: 02/07/2017

Synopsis


Hack and slash your way through Nioh for the PlayStation 4. Immerse yourself in a world of ninja-style fighting and demon-slaying action in this dark fantasy role playing game. Nioh has an exciting campaign mode and a facelift for the PS4 that includes enhanced difficulty and new monsters and weapons for engaging game play for beginners and enthusiasts alike.

Features


Samurai and supernatural creatures from Japanese folklore.

You collect the enemy souls with each kill, and these can then be traded for levels.

Different stances enable unique tactics and a skill.

Research tree contains many of unlockable motion which can augment your chosen discipline.

Opportunities to improve the armor and weapons.

For 1 player or multiplayer support.



Overall customer rating

4.7
98%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Souls-like, but not a clone

    Posted
    SeanS
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    There are a ton of professional reviews, and videos, etc., and definitely a contender for Game of the Year, however, very few talk about all the “little” things. Here are some of the things that make the game cool for me. Yes, stamina is critical (called Ki, and plenty of articles elsewhere on that). Yes, fighting is mechanically almost identical to a Souls game. The game is more claustrophobic with more close quarters combat than recent games. Reminds me more Demon’s Souls in that regard, which I prefer to some areas in the Souls games of Bloodborne. The game also is more aggressive than a Souls games. Notice I said more aggressive and not harder. I think it is about the same in difficulty so far as a Souls game, but I do feel this game is much less forgiving if you try to rush or make an error. Some areas you can do whatever you want with 2-3 enemies around and others, the whole room will come at you (literally. . .I had a wall come after me). This game has traps. . .not just tricky enemy placements, but real traps. When you come to a bend or an opening or a room strangely empty with several Revenants (similar to blood stains in Souls game. . .but read a pro review for that description), you really need to think how to approach before going in. Bats coming out of cave to knock you off a cliff. . .brutal. Another aspect that I love is the verticality and interconnectedness within a mission (another thing not as good in recent Souls games as Demons Souls or DS1). Missions are synonymous with an area in Dark Souls that ends with a Boss. This game just doesn’t jack with how you got there in the first place as they are unlocked and chosen from a map, including optional side missions, and ones on the same map with different enemy placement and goals or cranked up difficulty like New Game plus feel on Dark Souls (times 2). However, in the first village you will spend a couple of hours wandering around a burning village trying to get past lines of fire to progress (hint, you need water). It has you going around buildings, roof tops, falling through roof tops, etc. So far the game makes great use of unlocked short cuts which I really miss in later Souls games. Graphics are good, but not great on standard PS4 (it does have optimization for Pro). However, developers understand gamers and give option to set at 60FPS lock in “action mode” where some areas look a bit bland, but game plays 60FPS all the time. I appreciate that. It also has camera challenges like many 3rd person games like the Souls games. You can get jacked up with an enemy if you target lock-on and are on a ledge or something. I have fought one, "true" boss Onryoki so far. It took about 10-12 times before I figured it out. It was challenging, but played out like a typical Souls boss where you find a gap in the attack pattern to exploit. This particular boss changes attack approach part way through which is typical. However, I found his second attack style much easier to exploit than the first. There is a Diablo loot system (random) and some may not like. I neither like nor dislike and it has not taken away anything from the game that I can tell. There is still blacksmithing when off mission, and option to purchase things out of mission. I am not certain if any NPCs that you really interact with though. More for cut scenes it seems, but I could be wrong. If I didn’t have to work and sleep and say hi to family, I would be playing 24 hours straight. Back to the game!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    If Dark Souls was set in Feudal Japan

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    TrophyJunkie
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    So, the title of this review says it all in what someone should expect when playing Nioh. Now before I get into the actual review I want to say that this is by no means a bad thing. Dark Souls, Bloodborne, and so forth are some of the best games of any generation because they are actually challenging. They are not games made for casual players because they require patience and dedication to get good enough to not only beat them but to even play them well. One other thing I should clear up is that Nioh was not made by From Software (the creators of the Dark Souls and Bloodborne games), instead this game was created by Koei Tecmo of Ninja Gaiden fame. Because of that, anyone who is thinking of purchasing this game must understand that it is not an easy game. Alright, now for the actual review. I will say that I never go too deeply into story details during my reviews. Nioh takes place during the 1600s and you follow an Englishman named William. The game starts out with conspiracy theories about supernatural things involving different real life countries and political figures, like Queen Elizabeth. So long story short you were hired to perform a task and once you completed your task you were to be disposed of in order to not share anything you may have discovered; then you pretty much just start. The rest of the game finds you traveling to different lands in order to help resolve a far reaching conflict. I will say that the story is much more fleshed out when compared to Dark Souls or Bloodborne; you don't just start and try to figure everything out for yourself. The game itself is slow, methodical, and challenging. You start with the bare necessities only to unlock stronger weapons (axes, spears, swords, bows, and flintlocks), armor, and tools by defeating enemies, bosses, and remnants of other players. When I say remnants I mean AI versions of players who have died. When a player dies you will see a grave that states their name, rank, equipment level, how they died, and how much of a challenge they would be if you were to fight them. Fighting them and beating them unlocks very good gear as well as a much better chance of getting the item you need for coop play. One difference between Nioh and Dark Souls is, as of my personal experience, there are no invaders. This is something I am personally happy about because after awhile human invaders became more annoying than threatening. But that comes down to personal opinion. Also in a fashion similar to Dark Souls you will collect a kind of currency that can be spent at points along the way in order to upgrade yourself. Also in Dark Souls fashion, if you are to die, which you will, you must get back to that spot in order to retrieve your lost currency. If you die again, it's all gone. What follows is a wide assortment of enemies and a large number of bosses. I'm not joking about the boss number, there are a lot of them. Also in Dark Souls fashion, you can summon other players to help you by offering an item that is found in the world. The one thing that people should know however is that in order for you to summon someone they must have already beaten the area, boss and all. This is different from the beta where anyone can be summoned at anytime. This is also the only problem I have with the game because the beta was designed differently and the coop functionality was changed at literally the last minute. However, this is literally the only problem I have with the game. Nioh is a challenging game with perfect controls, superb visuals, not too bad of a story for something like this, rewarding gameplay, and enough extras to keep people coming back for awhile. Now I compared this game to Dark Souls a lot because it really is like it so if anyone reading this does not like Dark Souls then I would look for another game to play. But if someone is looking for a challenging game that fills the genre void that Dark Souls 3 has left, then I would give this game a look.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent PS4 Exclusive

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    Buhpuh
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    There’s something special about a game that gets you to stop what you’re doing to admire the setting and atmosphere. The first time I began a nighttime outdoor level with rain pouring down on a 1600s Japan setting, I was in awe of what I was experiencing. The sights and sounds of Nioh, from the characters and enemies to the backdrops, are just part of what make this an excellent addition to the Playstation lineup. The gameplay is fast, unforgiving, and precise. This is not a game where you can button mash, else you will deplete your stamina (Ki) quickly. However, it is also immensely satisfying when you complete an area or beat a boss. My main complaint is probably that the enemies are somewhat repetitive, even if they get stronger as you go. Unlike Dark Souls where you encounter different enemies in different areas of the game, Nioh tends to repeat enemy types throughout, occasionally adding one more model into the mix. However, the boss variety was great and I found myself eager to see what the bosses looked and moved like at the end of each area. Second to character models, there came a point in Nioh where I unlocked certain abilities and moves that were quite effective on almost all enemies. This caused me to repeatedly use these moves on nearly every enemy encounter since they worked. I would say that this makes gameplay repetitive, but you have a variety of weapons, magic, and ninjutsu at your disposal, so you can approach each situation in a number of ways depending on what you unlock in the skill trees. After finishing my first playthrough, I was ultra satisfied with the experience and value this game offers. It was challenging, beautiful, rewarding, and memorable. It is something to celebrate if you are a Playstation owner.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A masterpiece of great big awesomeness

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    Shaunh21
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    I'm not very good at games. I'm 47 and have played them since I was about 8 years old when I began gaming on the Atari 2600. I write a lot about games. I read a lot about games. But I'm not very good at games. And Nioh is somewhat hard. But make no mistake about it. I'm glad I bought it. I had pondered if I should even buy it since these games are sort of known for their difficulty being high and there is no way to adjust it. But I kept my preorder because I thought the game looked cool. And I'm really glad I did. First of all the graphics and sound are phenomenal on the PS4 Pro. I chose the 60FPS and it's silky smooth. I have played the game for about 30 hours since release day and only recall one time when I saw any hint of slowdown and honestly am not sure if it was my imagination. The sound is superb. One odd choice though is it blocks Spotify from playing in most areas. While I usually put on Spotify while I game the music in this game is really good so I don't mind but I hope this isn't a trend in new games to cut out Spotify. Anyways, yes the game is difficult but you are always progressing, getting better equipment, learning new tactics, etc so you will never get frustrated, or at least I haven't. And I tend to get easily frustrated when I die. But don't worry, even if you get stuck and are at the end of your rope Nioh has a genius feature that will allow you to call in a friend or a random stranger to fight along side of you and finish whatever you are having trouble with. So all in all I whole heartedly recommend this game. It's unbelievably addictive, very in depth and yes it reminds me a lot of one of the best games ever made: Diablo. That is because you get all kinds of sweet loot and can have a lot of ways to play the game depending upon your style of game. So if you are on the fence about this run don't walk to your nearest store and pick it up, you will love it, it's just a phenomenal game and if you're a PS4 Pro owner you definitely will want it to show off the graphical power of your new beastly machine.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sleeper hit of 2017

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    JayDee
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    Nioh is my sleeper hit of 2017. My expectations were a game similar to Dark Souls/Bloodborne aka “Soulsborne” but set in feudal Japan. Bloodborne is one of my favorite games, and after the mediocre Lords of the Fallen, I was eager to find something similar to the tight gameplay and rich lore of a “Soulsborne” game. As expected, I died in the first few minutes. It is difficult yet fair, and anyone who’s played a “Soulsborne” game will understand. What makes Nioh stand out is it’s deep combat system, Japanese setting, and mission-based gameplay. You can customize the fighting style and armor of your character in more complex ways than other games in this genre. You can stick to swords and standard plated armor like a samurai. Equip heavy armor and an axe to play as a tank/bruiser. You can even play like a ninja by using stealth and light armor to sneak up on your enemies. It felt like I was playing a cross of Bloodborne/Ninja Gaiden/Onimusha. Nioh gave me the nostalgia feels when it reminded me of the latter two games, especially Onimusha. It’s more story driven than the other “Soulsborne” games which explains its focus on mission-based gameplay rather than a cohesive world like Bloodborne. I’ve put in roughly 40 hours into the game, and I still have side quests to finish, weapons to upgrade, and dlc to play. I bought this on sale, but it’s definitely worth full price. Nioh is in my top 5 PS4 games of 2017. It may be difficult for players who are new to the “Soulsborne” genre, but those who give it a chance will discover Nioh’s fun combat system, customization, and Japanese lore a very rewarding experience.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nioh is another fine game from Team Ninja

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    LoneWolf
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    Nioh is amazing. It's easy to pick up and play, while being extremely challenging at times. You can customize how you want your gaming experience to be: 60fps@720p (60fps@1080p on Pro) 30fps with high end visuals or a mixture of both. no matter what system you have Nioh runs like a dream! I just go ahead and say it. I don't get a Dark souls, Bloodborne vibe when I play Nioh. I actually get more of an Onimusha vibe which is awesome because those are some of the best action games of yesteryear and with this whole "HD remake" resurgence that the industry is currently on I'm actually quite amazed how not even talk about remaking those hasn't come up. That being said of course there are some similarities: lost progress if you die and fail to retrieve your body, enemies that have a certain pattern/ weakness to learn, areas to explore to find secrets and new paths/ shortcuts. Weapons and gear is what makes Nioh the game I will be constantly playing throughout the year. Its set up like Diablo and if you have ever played that game you know what to expect, farm, farm, farm! luckily this isn't a negative because Nioh is so fun and so much to do that you wont get bored trying to farm for that best possible spec. also like diablo you can craft and reforge weapons and gear to your liking. In short Nioh has it all: the difficulty of Dark Souls, the addictiveness of Diablo, the overall awesomeness of Onimusha you just cant go wrong! Of course it looks, runs better on ps4 pro but this is one of those games that had Pro in mind from the beginning. if your not a pro owner no worries! Team Ninja did an amazing job on both platforms so no matter how you play it, you will have an wonderful experience! Go out and get it now!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Dark Souls meet Ninja Gaiden

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    Xenu
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    What my titles reads, it will definitely appeal to fans of either genre+cosplay souls fans as well. The ability to both kill and loot what would be considered an invader in this game also makes it more palatable. Not to mention that the combat doesn't force you to switch between melee and ranged weapons to use them simultaneously. They're permanently designated to seperate buttons. The melee system is compromised of the high-mid-low style you would find in a Ninja Gaiden game with the high attacks dealing slower, heavy damage and low being faster with less output. Risk-and-reward play out less here because unlike Dark Souls, you don't have to NG+ to get more amrita(exp) and avoid the difficulty spike by paying little collectible frog spirits at the shrine(bonfire spawn) for more exp permanently. To add, stamina management isn't as worrisome because holding r1 at the end of attack animations restore enough stamina to add another attack to the combo. That means some enemies who are easily stunned present no challenge at any difficulty to the rythmically inclined. To differentiate the game even more(read: make easier) You get to choose a guardian spirit that gives you a supercharged mode with infinite stamina and heightened for a time. Usually reserving it for emergencies or boss fights. The game does let choose between different render modes that prioritize resolution, framerates, and both via checkerboard. I can't think of more to mention right now.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Like Darksouls but japan version

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    Oscar85Cedeno
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    Dark souls is more one continunous world, Nioh is more rigid with it's mission system and each mission being a map that may or may not be unique to that mission, in most cases not. You can't kill any boss that isn't part of that mission and there's no way to go from one mission to another without going to the mission select screen. The game has diablo style loot. You can't easily finish the game with your starting gear. Gear has levels and rarity and a lot of random bonuses. Bosses are overall easier even when trying to avoid skills that kill the balance. If you use skills like sloth however the difficulty hits the easy point. A far departure from Dark Souls where there are very few cheap skills. Bosses however are generally fun to fight require a decent amount of skills, have not so obvious weak points and are fast paced. Dodging is necessary and worth it. No shield blocking or switching from one handed to two handed stances. Weapons can block most damage so there isn't a need for shields but it also takes a unique character style out of the game. With that said the game has a lot going for it, health potions, elixirs, are limited but not terribly limited. You won't find many 1 hit kills or cheap kills to annoy you. Basically all damage can be avoided. The story line is pretty good but overall combat is the focus of the game. It's fast paced, offers many choices, and is really player skill based. It's one of those games where you should be prepared to die but where death was your fault and not cheap.

    I would recommend this to a friend


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