The primary Nioh made a gigantic impact on players with its cool samurai backdrop and unrelenting problem. Nioh 2 isn’t converting up the system; it remains true to the insurmountable problem, however it’s also leaning extra into the yokai (Eastern spirit) parts for extra memorable strikes to defeat the larger-than-life bosses. Whilst at Tokyo Recreation Display, I went hands-on with the sport and attended a presentation to be told extra about it. It temporarily turned into my favourite recreation of the display.
Manufacturer Fumihiko Yasuda showed that Nioh 2 is a prequel going down quite prior to the origInal. Set within the past due 1500s, you play as your individual custom designed personality who is a component yokai. “The large historic storyline goes to be that [Toyotomi] Hideyoshi, one of the vital biggest Eastern warlords, was once in reality two folks – that comes with you and Toukichiro, and also you two might be Hideyoshi in combination and that form of ties into the core of the tale,” Yasuda explains. Toukichiro is any other major personality within the recreation, and Yasuda mentioned he was once in response to a historic determine, connecting the dots Hideyoshi at one level went by way of a identical title.
Out of doors of navigating being one part of the person referred to as Japan’s “2nd nice unifier,” you are also a lot more than only a samurai combating evil this time round; you’re going to change into a demon by way of darkness, thank you for your yokai ties. This implies you’ll be able to shift right into a yokai shape and feature particular assaults. Actually, any yokai you defeat will drop a soul core, providing you with the power to equip one in every of their giant strikes. Yasuda mentioned the objective with the primary recreation was once to make a Sengoku loss of life recreation, this time across the workforce sought after to make a Sengoku and yokai loss of life recreation.
Additionally new to Nioh 2 is a spot referred to as the Darkish Realm, which is the place yokai stay. At sure issues, yokai will drag you down right here because the Darkish Realm complements their powers. This brings out one of the vital harder enemies however defeating them steadily rewards you with high quality pieces. Actually, some chests can’t also be opened until you’re taking them down first.
Whilst there’s no simple mode, there are a couple of tactics to get lend a hand. Identical to the unique, Nioh 2 has co-op, however this time it’s increasing its real-time multiplayer to as much as 3 avid gamers. You’ll be able to additionally glance to “Benevolent Graves.” As soon as activated, those permit A.I. variations of human avid gamers to seem for your recreation for help. When you set this type of graves down, you’ll be able to even have an A.I. model of your personality lend a hand out any other random participant.
This all sounds promising, however then I am getting to look it firsthand in a hands-on demo. Nioh 2 follows the similar philosophy as its predecessor: survey the world and defeat enemies to get well tools so that you stand a greater probability at no matter giant unhealthy is anticipating you on the finish. Tools and guns nonetheless display up cosmetically to your personality, providing you with a brand new search for each instance.
After looking round in my demo, I to find the twin hatchets, a brand new weapon within the recreation, they usually temporarily change into my go-to, as they really feel weightless and speedy, however too can do a just right quantity of wear and tear. Plus, one of the vital combinations are simply undeniable cool to look in motion. You’ll be able to additionally discover a new yokai, very similar to Kodama, that gives beef up. On this case, should you to find the lovely cat-like creature in a degree, it’ll observe you round and regens your meter to turn on yokai strikes.
Because the demo progresses, I slowly get again in my Nioh groove, defeating more difficult and more difficult enemies. Stances are nonetheless necessary, relying on how you need to play: top for offense, mid for cover, and coffee for dodging, and it nonetheless comes right down to learning assault patterns and ensuring you don’t put your self in a susceptible place. Avid gamers of the primary recreation know there’s no worse feeling than operating out of stamina and sitting there not able to transport, seeing the incoming hit and understanding there’s not anything you’ll be able to do. And from time to time you’ll be able to do so much proper and nonetheless fail, as I see first hand in my first giant boss combat towards a vicious horse-faced baddie with a large cleaver. His large swings take in such a lot area that lacking a dodge and getting swept up in an uncongenial combo is one of the simplest ways to a game-over display, which occurs 3 extra instances prior to the timed demo expires.
And but, it’s probably the most amusing I’ve had on the display. The adrenaline rush of slowly working out methods to take down an enormous boss that to start with simply totally wipes the ground with you is simple. Each and every loss of life will get you a bit of nearer to victory, as you be informed the patterns, make higher choices, and in the long run land a type of counters or combinations that stun an enemy. Nioh 2 doesn’t reinvent the wheel, however throwing in some cool yokai strikes to make use of towards those menacing foes makes the victories the entire sweeter.
Nioh 2 launches in early 2020 for PlayStation four.