"Nioh 2 - The Complete Edition" is the definitive version of the video game "Nioh 2", recently released on Steam by the publisher and producer Koei Tecmo, which brings the experience of the second chapter of the Nioh action rpg saga to the PC platform complete with all dlc.
Synopsis and history of Japan
Players play the Yokai Hide, a character whose features and genre can be decided in one of the best character creators ever. Hide turns out to be a well-known historical figure in the history of Japan (or at least a part of it), Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and to live in a fantastic way all the rumors, tales and myths about the character. Think you can't build or conquer a castle in one night? You haven't come to terms with the world of the Yokai.
Apart from the most famous historical figures such as Oda Nobunaga and Tokugawa Ieyasu, also known to the Western public, a small study of Japanese history would be appropriate to enjoy the experience of Nioh 2, which allows to contextualize the historical characters and give the right effect of amazement. The development team had a clear understanding of their nation's fictional history and chose to exploit it. The effect is therefore similar for us Italians to playing Assassin's Creed 2, with characters of the caliber of Lorenzo the Magnificent, Leonardo Da Vinci or Rodrigo Borgia.
Unlike the other Soulslike, to which the Nioh saga belongs, the loot of the enemies takes on an importance equal to that of the diablolike, being random but very important. Although the player's skill is essential to complete the areas and all enemies never stop being deadly, as happens in the Blizzard title, the equipment will give important bonuses to the attacks, statistics, defenses of the character, etc ...
Big news of this second title, compared to its predecessor, is the introduction of the Yokai form. Hide is a person who belongs to both worlds and only thanks to his powers as a Yokai can he afford to become so powerful.
Another notable difference with the first title is having a huge variety of weapons available from the beginning of the game. Making players choose a style of play right away, which does not affect character development but encourages them to try and test.
Given the nature of the title, the development team has not chosen to opt for a pumped graphics sector but to prefer performance instead, allowing players to reach even 120 fps on suitable machines. This contrasts with the creation of the characters, who are instead particularly detailed and recognizable. Particularly appreciable is the desire not to get lost behind backdrops or textures destined to repeat themselves in favor of exclusive areas that are very well cared for both from a visual and historical point of view.
The three expansions included in the title: "The Tengu's Disciple", "Darkness in the Capital" and "The First Samurai" deepen both the history of the game and two historical characters known to those who frequent the world of jrpg as "Person”, Minamoto no Yoshitsune and Minamoto no Yorimitsu, a fact that can only enhance the surprise effect in the player who recognizes these two figures.
All three expansions take us back in time by several centuries, moving away from that half of the sixteenth century from which we started, to go back to the history of the archenemy of the game Otakemaru. As if that were not enough, the dlc introduce several new opponents, new missions, new modes after the new game and of course new loot with which to enhance our character.
Who is it recommended for?
If you loved Sekiro and you are looking for a game inspired by feudal japan that will put you on the spot and offer you a good challenge, Nioh 2 will surely be for you. If faced with patience and commitment, this game can give great satisfaction and the possibility of getting help in multiplayer in different ways, not necessarily the classics of the Souls series, allows players to receive a little help without ruining the levels.