Nioh was very first released in early 2017 as a dark samurai fantasy RPG complete of action, bandits, and Yokai (monsters, spirits, and demons from Japanese folklore). The game, which requires location in the wastelands of the Sengoku period, was a hit and sold more than two.five million copies worldwide.
I got to attempt the very first ever hands-on trial of the hugely anticipated sequel, Nioh two at TGS 2019 and it did not disappoint. Although we only had 15 minutes to play the Cherry Blossom Cursed Village mission, it was sufficient to get a glimpse of the sequel’s fascinating capabilities, upgraded battle method and customized character game play.
Here’s a glimpse of what you can anticipate in Nioh two:
Customize Your Personal Character
The very first factor to know about Nioh two is that you get to make and customize your personal character. In the very first Nioh, players took the function of William, an Irish Samurai pursuing the alchemist Edward Kelley. Although the trial version we played only had a restricted quantity of solutions, the complete game will let you to choose or randomize your samurai’s gender, head, hair, make-up, physique form, and voice. You can also set which form of Yokai energy you want at this stage… but a lot more on that later.
Building your personal character truly adds to the immersive feeling of the story. I’m certain persons will commit a lot of time right here and it’ll be fascinating to see other players come up with.
Practical experience New Skills
In Nioh two, your samurai not only utilizes a selection of deadly weapons but is also capable to unleash Yokai powers and rain supernatural fury on your enemies. We can see this brand-new playstyle in the trailer released for the closed Alpha version testing held in Might and June (beneath).
You can see in the trailer how your character utilizes these new Yokai powers in fierce battles with a variety of Yokai. I will get to this a lot more in a bit, retain reading!
Test Your Ability With Familiar, But Difficult Gameplay
As I started exploring the Cherry Blossom Cursed Village, I tested out the mixture of a fast attack with the □ button, and a robust attack with △. I moved along checking the distinction of movements and their effects amongst the 3 distinctive Stances, Offensive Higher-Stance, Defensive Low-Stance, and Balanced Middle-Stance.
The Ki method appears to be unchanged from the very first Nioh. Ki is the stamina you have to have to execute just about every move, and with no it, your character will not be capable to execute any actions. Enemies also have a visible Ki Gauge as effectively, requiring you to strategize when to strike and when to defend. I discovered this element to be one particular of the most enthralling — and difficult — elements of this samurai hack and slash game.
Also, by pressing R1 at just the suitable time right after attacking, the “Ki Pulse” is activated and you can replenish lost Ki (this must currently be muscle memory for skilled players). Moreover, this move can be employed to dispel patches of “Yokai Realm,” the location surrounding Yokai that provides them buffs and can reduce your Ki regeneration price. Ki Pulse comes in handy in Nioh two, so do not neglect about it!
The very first foe that I encountered in the Cherry Blossom Cursed Village was some form of flying Yokai with homing attacks. Due to the fact it was hard to get close to it with my sword, I employed my bow and with one particular headshot, its Ki was gone. Soon after that, it only took a further robust attack to finish it off. Piece of cake!
But by no means let your guard down in this Yokai-filled game: The moment I felt like I had a deal with on issues and that all my knowledge from playing the original Nioh had paid off, I was killed by a Gaki! For these who are not familiar, a Gaki is a smaller, creepy, and ghoul-esque Yokai. My very first error was assuming it was harmless and I could just stroll up to it and hack and slash away. When I attempted to do this, it jumped on me, transformed into a giant creature, and I was, as the game puts it, “freed from this mortal coil.”
When you die, your Amrita (or the knowledge you obtain) and your Guardian Spirit will be left on the spot. If you get killed once again upon restarting, your Amrita is lost for excellent. I discovered this aspect of the game extremely difficult and created the stakes considerably greater.
As I mentioned prior to, by no means let your guard down if you want to survive in Nioh two. Soon after finding out my lesson from my preceding encounter with the Gaki, I ran straight back to the Shrine right after I had recovered my Amrita. When you are at the Shrine, you can use your Amrita to level up your character’s stats.
Even with the brief quantity of game play time that I had, there’s no doubt that the fights in Nioh two are really difficult and that you can quickly die at any moment. But as you level up, obtain new skills, and gather particular weapons and products with exceptional properties, the game tends to make players really feel like fighting the impossibly hard Yokai is doable. On that subject, I was also capable to confirm that there is a “Summon Visitor” solution in the Shrine menu. Although not out there in the trial version I played, the final version of the game will let collaborative multiplayer functionality so you can battle Yokai with good friends on the internet.
Fight Yokai with Yokai powers!
As I continued playing, I faced a spear-wielding Yokai known as an Enki. An Enki is a gigantic monkey-like ogre that flies about chaotically whilst swinging its spear at you. I had no possibility fighting it head on, so I believed I could use a mixture of side dodges with my fast and robust attacks. This didn’t perform, and I ended up spending the majority of my time defending.
That is when I lastly got to attempt out a “Super Attack.” These differ primarily based on which Guardian Spirit form you pick when you very first make your character (I chose Brute). Ideal prior to the Enki was about to execute a major attack (signaled by a light particle that seems suitable subsequent to it) you press the R2 and ○ buttons at the suitable moment, and it transforms your character into a Yokai! Due to the fact I chose Brute, I was transformed into a Red Ogre-like Yokai and it blocked the enemy’s major attack then knocked it down.
This permitted me to land a quantity of consecutive hits on the Enki which also filled my Spirit Gauge. When your gauge is complete, you can then press △ and ○ to use a “Yokai Shift” move which requires wielding a large hammer. The really feel of this new move is close to getting into the Living Weapon of the original Nioh that unleashes the energy of Guardian Spirits. Related to that capability, there is a time limit.
Soon after lastly defeating the Enki, a new path opened, and I acquired an item known as a Soul Shard. When a Soul Shard is set to the Guardian Spirit, you get even a lot more strong Yokai capabilities. On the other hand, prior to you can use the Soul Shard, you have to purify it at a Shrine because it is covered in Yokai Realm. As with Amrita, if you die whilst holding a Soul Shard that hasn’t been employed, you will drop it. Due to the fact death lurks behind just about every corner in Nioh two, I suggest that you head straight to a Shrine right after acquiring a Soul Shard.
I then followed the newly opened path which triggered a video and introduced me to a boss of the Cherry Blossom Cursed Village. It was a giant horse-like Yokai with a extended-stretching saw and it expected my complete interest just to dodge its attacks. Prior to I knew it, I was killed with no a possibility to realize its attack patterns. I felt despair and hopelessness not understanding how to fight back. It reminded me that Nioh’s sequel was back with a vengeance and that it was going to be just as hard as the original one… if not a lot more so.
I couldn’t let issues finish there. The second time about, I got to realize its attack patterns a tiny bit far better and did handle to hit back… till I got caught and was ripped apart by its large saw once again. Soon after my second death, my time was up. 15 minutes was way as well brief to come across out about this boss’s weakness and how to take it down.
The feeling of achievement you get when discovering a way to defeat a robust enemy in Nioh two (like the Enki) is extremely satisfying. Soon after leveling up and upgrading gear, you must begin to see the path to victory against robust bosses that seemed undefeatable at very first.
Each aspect of Nioh two tends to make the most of Yokai powers and how you combine these with distinctive combinations of Guardian Spirit kinds, weapons, and attacks. The outcome is extremely fascinating and builds on the tactical essence of the original game.
From the despair of fighting an impossibly hard Yokai to the satisfaction of lastly beating it, Nioh two has proved to be a rewarding sequel to its predecessor.