Nioh 2 | Review PS4


Published on Mar 23, 2020


Write a review that makes justice to the Nioh 2 is complex and requires a large amount of time, almost as much as playing it, but I could not be happier.

I'll be honest with you, as always, for the rest: I have not liked so much Nioh, which I found unnecessarily complex and the boss made me feel as if I were Candy's against Broly. Although you love the Souls and the Soulslike, the first chapter of the saga of Nioh not convinced me, almost for nothing, so I gave up after a few hours.

However, when I was presented before the opportunity to be able to engage with Nioh 2 to write this review, I decided to take advantage of it. As far as I'm thrilled and I can't express it.

Set, like its predecessor, in feudal Japan, Nioh 2 tells of the events that are chronologically for the most part before those in the Nioh, and this is already the first fascinating element: each mission is introduced by a presentation that blends together events and real historical characters, japanese mythology, and the plots original, written specially for the title.

Read the information related to the descriptions of the missions and the items that you will find during the missions hidden in each of the 7 maps (yes, I own 7, an overwhelming number if you consider that in each there are different sub-missions), listen for the echoes of the voices of the inhabitants of the Japan that was and the stories of those that you will encounter on your journey to better appreciate narrative full of events, information and weaves so masterfully orchestrated to offer us players a gaming experience is absolutely immersive.

But this is only one of the many facets of this remarkable title, in which the systems of personalization of the gaming experience itself-have been further implemented with respect to the Nioh.


The options at our disposal to customize the experience of individual play are countless, starting with the creation of the character: if this, on the one hand, it may intimorirvi, on the other hand offers a huge variety of choice, so you can play in a manner as close as possible to your style of play.

Let's start with the graphics settings:

Regarding the language, Nioh 2 is available with original audio in japanese or English, but menu and subtitles are in Italian.

Unlike Nioh, the protagonist of which could not be created, Nioh 2 there is a rich editor that will give you a great freedom of choice. A detail that I was very impressed with is the search for realism inside the editor itself, based not only on the physical characteristics of your PG, you can also choose the sex, but also on a depth of story that reveals itself immediately: for each of the physical characteristics of your protagonist, in fact, there are comments from the parents, who will wonder how that son or that daughter will be an adult a small accessory that adds a tender emotional element that enriches the editor of a dimension of love and family.

Once you have created your PG, you can start your (dis)adventure with a comprehensive tutorial, in which you can choose your weapons (two, a primary and a secondary), and your Spirit Guardian initial.

One of the most interesting new features compared to the Nioh is the origin of the hero: the son of human father and mother Yokai, this half-breed will have the possibility, once they have loaded enough of the appropriate circular indicator in the top left next to the bars of Life, Ki (stamina) and the Soul (which allows you to use the special abilities inherited by the Yokai defeated in battle by seizing their Nuclei of the Soul, which recharge fully in your system and Soul), to transform itself briefly in the shape of Yokai pure.

In this regard, there are 3 different types of Yokai: Brutus, Spectrum, and Fierce, each of which is equipped with specific characteristics that distinguish one from the other.

Once you learn the basic commands, you can start exploring this vast game world inhabited by Yokai.

As for the skill trees, you will discover the vastness of customization options at your disposal, because you can learn for each of the many weapons available, other, more generic, and the skills Metamorfo, related to the ability Yokai. You will discover, then, that some of these are initially blocked because they are linked to the completion of certain missions, some of which are represented by training in the Dojo, which is available at the Starting Point of each map.

Fundamental will be the Counter-Explosives, which can be activated when enemies perform certain actions announced by a specific sound and a sort of red aura, and the correct use of the Rhythm of the Ki: pressing time R1, you can recover part of your Ki; do not underestimate this option, if you want to remain dry-Ki and paralyzed for a couple of seconds, make the shop so the brutal enemy attacks.

The eye, however, with the weight of your equipment! If you exceed that permitted, the Rhythm of the Ki will be disabled!

Fear not: even in Nioh 2, there are Missions to Twilight, especially hairy, that can be addressed only during the twilight and that you will update as you continue on in your adventure.

Of course, there are, as in Nioh, 3 different grips for every single weapon: high, medium and low, and each of them have different special shots can be activated by pressing specific keys. Not only: thanks to the skills customizable, you can implement different effects to each individual shot special, such as effects, elementals, potenziandolo further.

Being a Soulslike, not only the game saves your progress automatically, but are available to the checkpoint, the Temples, resting at which ricaricherete life, ammo and potions in exchange for the re-emergence of every enemy that killed up to that time (except for some specials); also the various shortcuts that are unlocked will stay there.

In this regard, I wish to emphasize a detail in my opinion very important: you can at any time choose to abandon the current mission using the Branch Divine, but if you do you will lose not only all the Amrita (the amount of Souls in the Souls, for instance), but also any progress made as a miniboss defeated and shortcuts to open, so do it with full knowledge of the cause.

In the Temples there is a menu (some items of which are not available immediately) that allows you to:

Sometimes you will notice the areas in which any indicators disappear, and the colors are altered, with the preponderance of gray scale: this is the Dark Kingdom, a section altered by the presence of a certain Yokai, defeating the purificherete.

Inside of the Dark Kingdom your movements and the recovery of the Ki will be slowed down considerably, and the situation can deteriorate further by entering into the darker areas generated by the Yokai, the Kingdom Yokai, skills, this, that can also enable out of the Dark Kingdom), but that you can purify by running a rate Ki.

In addition, bringing forward certain evidence, making you evoke, directly or indirectly, by the Tombs of the Mercy and defeating other players thanks to their Graves with Blood on them you will get Prestige Points and Titles.

Redeeming those accumulated thanks to the Titles, you can improve permanently some of the features, at your discretion, which will change often, since each time you choose an enhancement to his voice will be replaced by another;


Each mission is accompanied, not only by its history, by the rewards that you will receive once the project is completed successfully and the recommended level: initially, you may have the impression that the level suggested is a bit of a plug for the bottoms, because think that a couple of levels more or less do not change anything. And instead...

Do not give in, but try anything like that again, maybe with a small (or large) outside help!

Nioh 2 presents a series of options that differ also with regard to the collaboration:

The Tea House is Hidden is an option that will be unlocked as soon as you have completed the first main mission of the third map: thanks to it, you can participate in online competitions, so to say, “indirect”.

The Glory acquired by donating your items to the Clan allies can be traded inside of The Tea House, Hidden objects, scrolls to decorate your hut, gestures, weapons and equipment random rare or unique, and also to change the appearance of your character making it appear as another character in the story, or even a Yokai.

In this section, you will be the protagonists of a feud centuries old which takes place in an alternate version of Japan, this in the Dark Kingdom.




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