Nioh Review
Nioh  Cover Art
System: PS4
Dev: Team Ninja
Pub: Sony
Release: February 7, 2017
Players: 1-2 Player
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Blood and Gore, Violence

The boss fights are too complex and will leave you mentally and physically drained. After the 15th or 16th time trying to defeat the final boss, you’ll either take another stab or chuck your controller at the wall in a rage. The most infuriating part comes from the fact that almost all bosses have one special move that will destroy you in a single blow. You can have the old bugger on the ropes, but get killed in an instant if you can’t dodge one of their powerful swipes. In essence, players literally must toe the rope of video game perfection for upwards of 20 minutes in order to defeat a boss and progress to the next stage. Sadly, when you do beat them, you’ll have more questions around why you’re still playing this wretched game, rather than be excited about progressing onto another chapter.

Nioh Screenshot

The final straw that broke the camel's back is, without a doubt, the lack of detail presented. The cutscenes look fantastic, but the actual gameplay and environments looks like something from the PlayStation 3 era. Adams appears to be plopped into his environment with a pair of sloppy wet feet, as the physics don’t quite match up. To make matters worse, the resolution bleeds and flexes at points it shouldn’t, which results in a lack of immersion and difficulty fighting complex enemies. In short, the presentation is lackluster at best and feels a like an unpolished indie title, rather than a highly-touted PlayStation 4 exclusive.

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Nioh is defined more by its inability to truly connect with gamers looking for a creative challenge, rather than its desire to be placed within the ranks of titles like Bloodborne and Diablo. The game’s grindy premise has been exhausted for what seems like decade and will leave you feeling more defeated than anything else. The combat mechanics are certainly worth noticing, but the environment restricts them, making it a wash. Do yourself a favor and pass on this compilation of recycled concepts and frustrating gameplay.

By
Patrick Tretina
Contributing Writer
Date: 2/8/2017

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
2.0
Graphics
The visuals are poor, with a serious lack of continuity.
4.0
Control
Near perfect controls, with the exception of a few Team Ninja flaws.
4.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The sounds blend nicely with the rigid visuals to create an interesting experience
2.5
Play Value
The game seems to offer at least 75-100 hours of replay value, however, getting past the first few bosses will chew up those initial 25 hours.
3.0
Overall Rating - Fair
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Master every fighting style - learn the flow of combat and move with precision. Unleash combinations of attacks and dodges specific to a range of authentic samurai weapons, including polearms, katanas and axes.
  • Explore a fantastical and dark vision of 16th century Japan - fight alongside and against legendary heroes and villains of the Sengoku period.
  • Face brutal and grotesque enemies - standalone against skilled samurai, vile beasts, and demons known as the yokai.

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