NIOH 2: THE COMPLETE EDITION
By Robin "Forerunner" Ritzen on February 5, 2021
The time has finally come, my fellow PC players! Today marks the release of Nioh 2: The Complete Edition in all its magnificent glory. "But wait a minute!", I hear you say. "Hasn't Nioh 2 already been released some time ago?" Well yes, it did. But this time, it is released for PC! And it's not just the game itself, because this collection also comes with all 3 DLC expansions: The Tengu's Disciple, Darkness in the Capital, and The First Samurai. This was actually my very first time playing Nioh 2, seeing as how I don't own a PlayStation. I imagine quite a few people are in the same boat as me, so I'll also explain some of the basic game to you, dear readers, so you know what to expect when playing Nioh 2: The Complete Edition for the first time!
So, let's get this show on the proverbial road by mentioning some of the Complete Edition bonus features before we jump into the actual game. This awesome edition comes with completely customisable key bindings for keyboard, is compatible with the use of a gamepad, has 4K ultra-HD-support, Ultra-wide screen compatibility, and runs at a consistent 60/120 fps, just to name few. The game looks and runs absolutely beautifully. Oh yeah, and I should mention that people who get the game in the first 3 weeks after launch will receive the 'Sohaya Deserter Garb' and the 'Ornate Gold Armour' to aid them on their adventures. Man, there's all this good stuff happening and we haven't even talked about the game itself yet. So, without further ado, here we go...
The game starts of how every good game should start: with Character Customisation. Yes, unlike the first Nioh game, where we played as William, on this adventure we get to build our very own character. This character customisation is very in-depth and one of the best ones I have ever seen. Spending hours in this menu, even if end up playing the entire game wearing a closed helmet, is an absolute must! When our character is finally finished, we can move on to the actual game itself. After a small tutorial you're greeted by a magnificent looking cutscene that sets the stage for the story to come. With that being said; while the story is good and well-written, it isn't actually the star of the show here... that title definitely goes to the combat and its many, many awesome game mechanics.
There are many weapons to choose from, each with a very large and in-depth skill tree. You're only able to carry two weapons at the same time, so choose wisely. Different skills in your character skill tree will also buff with the weapon you are using, so you have to do some planning ahead when creating your character. Luckily, this is not overly complicated and everything is explained nice and clearly. One thing, which I personally love, Team Ninja added to the game are soul cores, dropped occasionally by certain enemies. Bringing a soul core to a shrine and purifying it means you can learn one of that enemy's moves which, in turn, means you can start using their own moves against them! That is one sneaky way of defeating your enemies and a really nice addition to the game.
One thing you have to take into account is that you will lose these soul cores along with your current amount of amrita currency when you die (just like you lose your Souls upon death in Dark Souls). So, what else is there when it comes to battling enemies. Well, a lot, actually. Together with ''burst counters'', which are basically your ability to parry certain special attacks, and of course the three different stances you can choose to do battle in, you have more than enough freedom to experiment and find your own unique playstyle. This might be a lot to take in at first, but mastering these mechanics makes for some absolutely jaw dropping fights, of course presented in a beautiful art style and accompanied by the great soundtrack I already mentioned in my blog post!
As you have undoubtedly started to notice, Nioh 2 is a very deep and immersive game that requires a lot of your attention. One thing I noticed were the insane amount of gear enemies drop. Around every other corner there sits a pile of loot which you have to go through because maybe, just maybe, there is actually a valuable piece of equipment hidden somewhere in that pile. This is probably the only thing I liked a bit less about the game, as it can become somewhat of a chore after some time. But, then again, you don't want to miss out on any cool stuff when battling for your life, am I right? So get your back into it and be sure to rummage through every pile of loot you can find.
Another great feature of the game is the ability to turn into a Yokai for a short period of time. This means you become possessed by the Yokai spirit you chose at the beginning of the game. This mechanic is a lot to take in, but I actually feel like this is one of the more overpowered abilities in the game. It's easy to just keep spamming Yokai abilities at your opponent to get the upper hand. As you can see, the possibilities are endless when it comes to the battle mechanics in Nioh 2. The game just has so much to offer. I mean, I played the game for a good amount of time and I'm still figuring some stuff out. This means the replay value of Nioh 2 is perfect. You will not easily get tired of this game, simply because of the plethora of possibilities when it comes to fighting opponents.
As I've already mentioned, Nioh 2 is already out for quite some time now, but with the launch of this Complete Edition, there really isn't a better time to pick up the game then right now. As far as I'm concerned, Team Ninja really outdid themselves with this one! Be sure to pick it up on February 5th and prepare to never leave your home again. (Which, of course, is perfect for the situation we're all in right now!) So, if you'd excuse me, ladies and gentlemen, I have a few dozen bad guys I really want to introduce my sword to!