It's been 4 years since Team Ninja's acclaimed samurai Souls-like Nioh released and we now have a brand new iteration for PlayStation 5.
When I first played Nioh 4 years ago, I mostly enjoyed my time with it yet it still paled in comparison to the Souls games that it clearly took much inspiration from. Now that I've played it again via a brand new iteration for everyone's favourite next-gen console, I must say that I had a much better experience this time around. I'm not sure if they balanced things more or tweaked the gameplay in this way or that; I just know that I had a great time and that's really all that matters, isn't it? With that being said, there are some issues that remain from the original such as the stage-based campaign setup which I still think is kind of a bummer compared to something like the massive interconnected world of the original Dark Souls. The enemy AI can be kind of dumb, too, but you can read all about that in my review.Nioh Review
Without yammering on about the same game that we all know and most of us love, let's get to what's Remastered about Nioh in this PS5 version. For starters, it looks absolutely fantastic running on a PlayStation 5 complete with a steady super-high frame rate and Ultra HD® 4K Supreme™ resolution. Also, the load times are so fast that the loading screens are rendered completely redundant. For example, you load your save file then just tap X to play. Why even bother having them? I wish next-gen games would just take out the loading screens entirely which some have done already; trust me, I notice. Finally, the DualSense is used in that firing arrows and such utilizes the adaptive triggers and it feels awesome. Needless to say, if you love Nioh then this newfangled iteration is an absolute must-play.
My only quibble is that there are some visual quirks from time to time such as rock face textures popping in as you run towards them and fighting in tight spaces can still result in awful camera placement. These aren't big issues at all but worth mentioning nonetheless.
The Complete Edition
For whatever reason, I skipped Nioh's DLC back when I first played it so thankfully, Nioh Remastered - The Complete Edition contains all of it. The primary pieces of content are the story-based expansions Dragon of the North, Defiant Honor, and Bloodshed's End. To be honest, I don't personally care much for Nioh's story but its characters can be quite exciting to watch and these DLC packs definitely have some strong characters. Whether you're encountering the malicious Masamune Date, exploring the enormous Osaka Castle, or facing off against the powerful Yodogimi; you're bound to love playing through these expansions after you complete the main campaign.
I should mention that you also get some cool weapons and armour that you can claim at any shrine. Levelling up these equipment pieces might become exceptionally expensive but I stuck with them for a long time because they make William look very cool.
Whether you're a fan of the original or merely want to experience the origins of the series after enjoying the fantastic Nioh 2, Nioh Remastered - The Complete Edition is a jam-packed and refined samurai action RPG that'll keep you hooked for dozens of hours.
- + Same great game that manages to be more refined than when it initially debuted
- + Performs brilliantly on PS5
- + Contains oodles of great content
- - Not all downsides from the original have been remedied
- - Some texture pop-in and other minor issues