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Nioh 2

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: Koei Tecmo
Developer: Team Ninja
Release Date: March 13, 2020

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20. 'Nioh 2' (PS4)

by Judy on Jan. 27, 2019 @ 12:00 a.m. PST

Prepare to be overwhelmed with intense action and experience the ultimate sense of accomplishment with the Sengoku masocore title, Nioh 2!

Chris Barnes: While everyone else was raving about dolls, hunters, and something about wet nurses, I was glued to my screen defeating Imps, Onis, and creepy-looking treasure goblins.  Nioh is my number one overlooked gem from this generation, and I'll continue to climb the highest mountain and sing the praises it deserves.  If the developer can incorporate more diversity in the enemies and environment while maintaining the fantastic boss designs, loot collecting, and flawless combat system, then I'll be a happy gamer for years to come.

Chris "Atom" DeAngelus: The original Nioh was an engaging take on the Dark Souls formula, with a samurai-inspired aesthetic and fast-paced gameplay. Nioh 2 is still tightly under wraps, but the developers have promised that they learned a lot from the development of the original game. They've promised an evolution in both design and difficulty, so fans are salivating. Considering how exciting Nioh was, it will be interesting to see if Tecmo-Koei can challenge From Software at its own game.

Cody Medellin: We don't know too much about Nioh 2's new features. The only new thing is that character customization is in play this time, so we should be getting a fresh story arc. There is word that a demo will be released, but we're also hoping for a confirmed PC release to go along with the PS4 version.

Andreas Salmen: In the continuous onslaught of Souls-like games, some of them definitely stand out, such as the original Nioh on the PS4. Offering engaging and punishing combat in a samurai setting was not only fun but also incredibly well implemented. Nioh 2 has yet to show us what it's all about, but judging from the first entry, there won't be much to worry about. With a bit of luck, it may even be one of three potentially excellent samurai games in 2019, alongside Ghost of Tsushima and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.


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