Blood and Gore
Sony Computer Entertainment


Blood and Gore
Sony Computer Entertainment
Nioh is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 324.
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Koei Tecmo and Team Ninja team up to create a brand-new, authentic samurai story exclusively for PlayStation 4. Take control of an experienced samurai who is masterful in his legendary skills.
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Ready your blade – grueling encounters await around every corner of a vast land ravaged by civil war.

To triumph you'll need patience, to learn where each foe – human or demon – is strong, and when to strike at their weaknesses.

Embrace the way of the samurai to master the deep, rewarding combat system and relish every hard-fought victory.

  • Master every fighting style – learn the flow of combat and move with precision. Unleash combinations of attacks and dodges specific to a range of authentic samurai weapons, including polearms, katanas and axes.
  • Explore a fantastical and dark vision of 16th century Japan – fight alongside and against legendary heroes and villains of the Sengoku period.
  • Face brutal and grotesque enemies – standalone against skilled samurai, vile beasts, and demons known as the yokai.


The Soul Of The Samurai
by Daniel Tack

Battle through an unforgiving and demon-infested version of feudal Japan on a quest to find your nemesis


Characters and enemies look great, but environments feel repetitive and drab at times


The clash of steel, voice taunts, and a spectacular (if limited) soundtrack carry the action well


With many systems, mechanics, and features essential to survival, expect to sink hours learning how things work before becoming competent


A dazzling mix of challenging boss encounters, terrifying enemies, and freedom to engage in side-missions and multiplayer create a dynamite fusion of intense fun



Nioh borrows heavily from other games that have inspired it, like Dark Souls and Diablo. Despite the foundation coming from familiar stock, the title manages to differentiate itself with complex combat, a mission system that fosters replayability, and creative customization. Pushing the player into extremely challenging encounters and environments creates immeasurable tension and stress, which can lead to sincere satisfaction and rich rewards for those with the tenacity to carry on through demon-infested lands.

Nioh tracks the story of William, a Westerner who fate brings to feudal Japan. Demons and corruption run rampant in this twisted historical interpretation. It mixes characters from antiquity and murderous mythological monsters, and the combination works well as an outrageous backdrop. Numerous cutscenes tell a mostly incomprehensible story that only gets interesting at the end, but some interspersed and stylish vignettes that tell short character tales work much better to break up the action.

Make no mistake, however – the core of Nioh is action. Unflinching, merciless action that's fast, fluid, responsive, and precise. Attempting to button-mash your way to a win inevitably sends you packing to the checkpoint. You must learn at least one of many other mechanics at your disposal like swapping stances, blocking, parrying, ki pulsing, and dodging. Many of these can be chained together to make battle a highly choreographed dance of death that's breathtaking to behold. Nioh's combat is rich and rewarding, featuring on-the-fly flexibility and adaptation to dazzle your opponents (and yourself) with complex strings of abilities.

Just about every opponent you face can be deadly, but the stronger-than-normal Yokai command fear. You learn respect the first time a one-eyed giant lifts you up and pounds you into the earth, or when a Tengu appears from the sky to lift you away. The pacing of these terrifying creatures and their appearances is amazingly well done – just when you think you've finally figured out how to tackle a certain type of monster, a new, more difficult one is introduced to the family. However, even the Yokai are overshadowed by many of the boss encounters. These clashes run the gamut from forgettable to inspired, with many featuring bizarre or terrifying opponents, from a wisecracking smoking frog to an epic final boss fight that delivers in grandiosity, spectacle, and pressure.

See more of the review at Game Informer


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