It’s a true test of your gaming skills
Rs. 3,999; PS4
Nioh 2 builds on a reputation of a difficult game and if the original Nioh feels difficult and unplayable, you can safely skip Nioh 2. But if you are up for a challenge, Nioh 2 is the game to play, which is what I did during the lockdown. Playing Nioh 2 is one part satisfaction and many parts frustration. Frustration because the game is unforgiving and one small mistake can cost you everything.
Set in the 1500s in Japan, Nioh 2’s story is a prequel to the first game with a few chapters, in the end, moving the lore forward. Players take control of Hide who is half-human and half-yokai and if you love customising your character, the game offers in-depth character creation to truly personalise the protagonist.
The story isn’t one of the strong points of the game but in fact, it’s the combat. It doesn’t matter how good you are at action games, Nioh 2 tests your gaming skills. Like really test them. It’s not your button-mashing hack and slash skills but your agility, understanding of the weapon you are fighting with and observing enemy moves. Do it right and you are rewarded with satisfaction (albeit short-lived until you move onto the next foe) but make an error and you will be dealing with the same enemy multiple times. For hours, even. Adding to the combat are a selection of weapons and their unique combat style along with the ability to turn into a yokai to deal more damage briefly. No matter how you play, there’s death at every corner in Nioh 2 and while it can put you off but also work as a motivating factor to get rid of the pesky yet vulnerable enemies.
Visually, Nioh 2 is not as appealing as recent PlayStation games that rely on realism but it scores high when it comes to handling fast-paced action combat.
That said, Team Ninja has done an excellent job. Nioh 2 is a worthy follow up to the original game with hours of gameplay and amped-up difficulty.
WE’RE IMPRESSED Combat variety
WE’D IMPROVE Overwhelming for new players
THE LAST WORD Nioh 2 is right in the alley if you are looking for a challenge