Story - 91%
Graphics - 90%
Audio - 91%
Gameplay - 89%
Replayability - 92%
Nioh is set in the late 1600 feudal Japan era, where you as William (an Irish Samurai….) must navigate japan to catch his enemy Edward Kelly(famed for making the supposable Philosopher stone and all round bad guy, also I think might be Irish too).
When you escape London the game actually starts, here you get your first taste of…..death, yes death(in my case) as the Oni/soldiers that you fight aren’t used to your Irish charm. You get 3 stances(High, mid, low) that you can use in combat, each stance gives you a bit better leverage in combat. My preferred fighting stance is low, this is a quick and most of the time deadly stance that will lower a soldier’s life quickly. When you get to Japan, you get to pick your Main and secondary weapon that you would be more proficient in(you have a choice of single Katana, Dual Katana’s, Axe, Spear and Kusarigama). The game isn’t an open world game when going to your next mission, but you do have different routes that you can take to get to your final destination. You only get a few save points in the game and this you do at prayer shrines when you die you get respawn back to the last Shrine you visited.
Now, this mechanic of the game reminds me to allot of the old DOS(Prince of Persia) and 8/16-bit games, where if you die(running into a pit of spikes) then you have to do everything over! I love it and hate it at the same time. I have also read online that this is also allot like the Dark Souls series(Which I must confess I have not played yet), where if you die you get to start again….until you get it right. One thing that I also like is that if you open doors the first time and you die then they are kept open when you respawn, this means that you don’t have to go past all the bad guys again that killed you. The game uses Amrita as your experience points(levelling up your Character) and to use with your Guardian spirit. Now your Guardian Spirit(you get to pick one at the beginning of the game) is based on Water, Air, Fire(almost a Captain Planet) and each one gives you different stats to your ultimate weapon.
When you use the Guardian spirit in combat your Life bar and Ki bar becomes one and you don’t take damage, but the more you get to hit the faster the Alt bar depletes. This comes in handy when you fighting Yokai(not the cute ones from Nintendo) but real bad……ones. You can also change your selected Guardian at your shrines as you see fit. Now your Ki bar is basically your stamina bar, your armour affects it, fighting, running/sprinting. In a fight, you can recover Ki but your have to be fast and try and back away from the other character so that you can get some back. If you don’t then you get vulnerable very very quickly and then….you die or in Nioh’s terms “Your mortal coil has been freed”, that sentence you will see Allot!
Overall I love the game, even if it makes me want to scream and throw the remote at my tv, I still love it and would recommend it to anybody that Loves action RPGs, the Dark Souls series. The game has(to me) a lot of replayability and I love the Dark fantasy theme. It has an awesome soundtrack and even environment sounds. This is your local mad scientist signing out….where is that Nuke when I need it most
Reviewed on: PS4
Available on: PS4
Genre: Action RPG
Age Rating: 18
Publisher/Developer: Sony Interactive Entertainment/Team Ninja
Estimated RRP: R899
Release Date: 28 February 2017
- Love the Japanese Samurai feel of the game
- Graphics is awesome!
- The way the gameplay is like the olden days of Prince of Persia (the dos version) and any 8/16-bit game…if you screw up you start again
- I Die Allot