Now that we've enjoyed Nioh again via a swanky new Remastered edition, let's check out its arguably superior sequel and all of its DLC.
Some may prefer the original but I think Nioh 2 is a wonderful sequel that took the first game's formula and expanded on it in awesome ways. First, the amount of customization options can make your head spin but putting effort into equipping the best gear and enhancing the correct elements to suit your play style makes for one exceptionally rewarding and personalized demon hunting adventure. One thing that I didn't quite realise before playing these Remastered editions back-to-back is just how much more difficult Nioh 2 is. In the first Nioh, I can run through stages while chopping up enemies as if they're onions but in this, even the most common-seeming foe can end your life in an instant. Plus, it's actually quite scary when human enemies temporarily unleash their inner demon only to deploy some sort of devastating attack. Thankfully, you can ally with AI-controlled partners. If you want to read more then here's my full review.Nioh 2 Review
Although I found Nioh Remastered to be a substantial step up from the original release, Nioh 2 Remastered definitely isn't as much of one. For starters, it initially released less that 1 year ago and it looked amazing on PS4 right out of the gate. Don't get me wrong, though; Nioh 2 Remastered looks fantastic and runs as smooth as butter on PlayStation 5. In fact, its realistic lighting and high frame rate mode particularly stand out as gorgeous. I also appreciate the adaptive trigger use for the DualSense and wish more PS5 games would take advantage of these hardware features as firing arrows and cannon blasts feel just awesome. With that being said, there is some texture pop-in just like there is in Nioh Remastered but it's not all that noticeable as it primarily affects faraway scenery. In the end, it's a step up for sure but not a huge one. Oh, and the loading times are so short, they're nearly unnoticeable which is refreshing.
The Complete Edition
Along with getting a PS5 remaster of the core game, Nioh 2 Remastered - The Complete Edition includes all 3 DLC expansion packs. First, The Tengu's Disciple has you traverse the seaside locales of Yashima as you go back in time which helps to tie some story elements together in a clever way. Next, Darkness in the Capital is another mini-adventure set in the past yet this one takes place within the intricately-designed city of Kyoto. Finally, The First Samurai is a mind-bending tale that contains some of the most challenging situations in the Nioh universe so if you really want to test your mettle, you're sure to love this expansion. On top of all this, you get plenty of new gear and abilities such as Splitstaff and Fist weapons which add some variety to the gameplay that's worth experimenting with. However, I preferred the DLC armour in the first Nioh so I didn't hang onto it for quite as long in Nioh 2 but it's a nice option nonetheless.
It may not be a huge step up from last year's PS4 release but Nioh 2 Remastered - The Complete Edition is a great edition of a fantastic game that fans and newcomers alike will love. That is; if they can handle its high degree of challenge.
- + Same excellent sequel that tops the original in clever and unique ways
- + Runs great on PS5 with no load times
- + Includes 3 full expansions
- - Not much of a step up from the PS4 version
- - Has odd texture pop-in sometimes
- - Similar issues to the original