Nioh 2 Is A Prequel And It’s Extra Of What Followers Need

The primary Nioh made an enormous impression on avid gamers with its cool samurai backdrop and unrelenting issue. Nioh 2 isn’t altering up the method; it stays true to the insurmountable problem, however it is usually leaning extra into the yokai (Japanese spirit) parts for extra memorable strikes to defeat the larger-than-life bosses. Whereas at Tokyo Recreation Present, I went hands-on with the sport and attended a presentation to study extra about it. It rapidly grew to become my favourite sport of the present.  

Producer Fumihiko Yasuda confirmed that Nioh 2 is a prequel going down barely earlier than the origInal. Set within the late 1500s, you play as your individual personalized character who is an element yokai. “The massive historic storyline goes to be that [Toyotomi] Hideyoshi, one of many best Japanese warlords, was truly two individuals – that features you and Toukichiro, and also you two can be Hideyoshi collectively and that form of ties into the core of the story,” Yasuda explains. Toukichiro is one other primary character within the sport, and Yasuda mentioned he was primarily based on a historic determine, connecting the dots Hideyoshi at one level glided by the same title. 

Exterior of navigating being one half of the person often called Japan’s “second nice unifier,” you are also rather more than only a samurai preventing evil this time round; you’ll develop into a demon by darkness, due to your yokai ties. This implies you possibly can shift right into a yokai type and have particular assaults. In truth, any yokai you defeat will drop a soul core, supplying you with the flexibility to equip considered one of their large strikes. Yasuda mentioned the purpose with the primary sport was to make a Sengoku loss of life sport, this time across the crew needed to make a Sengoku and yokai loss of life sport. 

Additionally new to Nioh 2 is a spot referred to as the Darkish Realm, which is the place yokai dwell. At sure factors, yokai will drag you down right here because the Darkish Realm enhances their powers. This brings out a number of the more durable enemies however defeating them usually rewards you with high quality objects. In truth, some chests can’t even be opened except you’re taking them down first.

Whereas there’s no simple mode, there are a number of methods to get assist. Identical to the unique, Nioh 2 has co-op, however this time it’s increasing its real-time multiplayer to as much as three gamers. You may as well look to “Benevolent Graves.” As soon as activated, these enable A.I. variations of human gamers to seem in your sport for help. When you set considered one of these graves down, you can even have an A.I. model of your character assist out one other random participant. 

Whereas this all sounds promising, I get it out firsthand in my hands-on demo. Nioh 2 follows the identical philosophy as its predecessor: survey the realm and defeat enemies to get higher gear so that you stand a greater probability at no matter large dangerous is awaiting you on the finish. Gear and weapons nonetheless present up cosmetically in your character, supplying you with a brand new search for each event.

After looking out round in my demo, I discover the twin hatchets, a brand new weapon within the sport, they usually rapidly develop into my go-to, as they really feel weightless and quick, however can even do a very good quantity of injury. Plus, a number of the combos are simply plain cool to see in motion. You may as well discover a new yokai, much like Kodama, that provides help. On this case, should you discover the lovable cat-like creature in a stage, it would observe you round and regens your meter to activate yokai strikes. 

Because the demo progresses, I slowly get again in my Nioh groove, defeating tougher and tougher enemies. Stances are nonetheless vital, relying on the way you wish to play: excessive for offense, mid for protection, and low for dodging, and it nonetheless comes all the way down to finding out assault patterns and ensuring you don’t put your self in a weak place. Gamers of the primary sport know there’s no worse feeling than working out of stamina and sitting there unable to maneuver, seeing the incoming hit and figuring out there’s nothing you are able to do. And generally you are able to do lots proper and nonetheless fail, as I see first hand in my first large boss battle in opposition to a vicious horse-faced baddie with an enormous cleaver. His large swings take up a lot house that lacking a dodge and getting swept up in a nasty combo is the simplest technique to a game-over display screen, which occurs three extra occasions earlier than the timed demo expires.

And but, it’s essentially the most enjoyable I’ve had on the present. The adrenaline rush of slowly determining methods to take down an enormous boss that in the first place simply totally wipes the ground with you is simple. Every loss of life will get you a little bit nearer to victory, as you study the patterns, make higher choices, and in the end land a kind of counters or combos that stun an enemy. Nioh 2 doesn’t reinvent the wheel, however throwing in some cool yokai strikes to make use of in opposition to these menacing foes makes the victories all of the sweeter.  


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