Nioh 2

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Nioh 2
Unleash the Inner Yokai.
Genre: Action
Platforms: Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 4
PlayStation 5
Release Date: March 12, 2020 (PlayStation 4)
February 5, 2021 (Steam)
Developer: Team Ninja
Publisher: JP: Koei Tecmo
WW: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Made in: Japan
Franchise: Nioh
Previous Game: Nioh

Nioh 2 is a Souls-style Action RPG developed by Team Ninja and published by Koei Tecmo. It is the sequel to the 2017 game - Nioh.


The game is a prequel to the first Nioh storywise, you take the role of Hide, a half-human, half-yokai being whose mother dies protecting them at a young age. The only known trinket left to them is a dagger that glows golden and has a mysterious power to kill Yokai far easier than conventional weaponry. After being saved by Tokichiro after going berserk, they travel together during the age of the warring states.

Why It Rocks

  1. Complex, yet rewarding gameplay with a lot of ways to approach thanks to build variety.
  2. In depth character creator that lets you revisit anytime without worry.
  3. Wonderfully eerie soundtrack for some parts.
  4. The game tries to portray the more sympathetic parts of Oda Nobunaga as opposed to an outright villain.
  5. It introduced the popular Switchglaive weapon that scales off magic, a stat that did not have any general weapons that scaled with it in the first game. The DLC added the splitstaff, a nunchuck/staff hybrid and the fists.
  6. A badass Imagawa Yoshimoto, whose usually depicted as an incompetent fool and loser in other media; He's voiced by Ryusei Nakao, who is better known as Frieza in Dragon Ball Z.
  7. Near the end, William, the playable protagonist from the first Nioh, makes an appearance following a timeskip, revealing the game is a prequel/sequel hybrid.
    • Speaking of which Lady Maria, an antagonist from the first game's DLC, finally gets her comeuppance.
  8. Your Mileage May Vary, but the overall presentation of the game isn't significantly different from the first game, being more of the same goodness fans may enjoy.

Bad Qualities

  1. Some of the boss fights can be unfairly difficult at times, especially Enenra and Yatsu-no-kami.
  2. Difficult early game, thanks to some of the stronger skills being locked behind some annoying challenges.
  3. Tokichiro becomes rather unlikeable later on.
  4. Your Mileage May Vary, but the overall presentation of the game isn't significantly different from the first game, not having evolved much from the predecessor.