Nioh fans have plenty to look forward to on February 5, 2021. Team Ninja will be releasing four different versions of Nioh related games on the PlayStation 5 in February in addition to the third and final DLC for Nioh 2 on December 17, 2020.
What is Nioh?
Nioh is the souls-like game that helped fill the void for me after finishing Bloodborne. Developed by Team Ninja, the same developer for Ninja Gaiden, Nioh was a Soulsborne game experience that provided plenty of hack-and-slash combat. Where this game takes its twist on the Soulsborne genre is the “Ki” players must take note of and the ability to use three different sword stances (Low, Medium, and High) against enemies. You can also change up your Guardian Spirit, who serves as a Living Weapon and imbues you with special passive abilities (shoutout to my favorite, Suzaku, for preventing my death many times in Nioh).
The first game was released in February 2014, taking place in a fictionalized world during the year 1600. Players control William Adams, who is inspired by the real man of the same name that became one of the only Western samurai. Blending fiction and reality, William is on the hunt for the sorcerer Edward Kelley and often finds himself up against yōkai, supernatural beings, who are causing a ruckus during the war.
Nioh 2 was released in March 2020, and this action RPG allows the player this time around to create their own character. The story, which mostly takes place before the events of Nioh, follows the half-yōkai referred to as a “Shiftling” nicknamed Hide, who befriends the Amrita merchant Tōkichirō and the demon hunter Mumyō. The three must face off against a mysterious being from Hide’s past, Kashin Koji.
Both games were critical successes, which makes it no surprise that they’ll be transitioning to the PlayStation 5 system in a big way.
“The First Samurai” DLC
Before the February remaster editions and complete collection, Team Ninja will be releasing the third and final DLC expansion pack for Nioh 2, “The First Samurai,” on December 17, 2020. According to Team Ninja on the PlayStation.Blog, “Brace yourselves to take on some of the most challenging missions and formidable foes in the entire series, along with an added difficulty level that will give even the most seasoned veterans a run for their money.”
The Four Games
The four games coming to consoles include Nioh 2 – The Complete Edition ($49.99) for PlayStation 4 as well as Nioh 2 Remastered – The Complete Edition ($49.99), Nioh Remastered – The Complete Edition ($49.99), and The Nioh Collection ($69.99) on PlayStation 5. The complete editions of these games include not only the base game but also all of their DLC. For the efficient collector, The Nioh Collection includes both games and all the DLC.
The PlayStation 5 versions of Nioh include 4K visuals. They will also support 120fps, which Team Ninja says is “for silky smooth combat.” The ultra-fast SSD storage creates load times that are only seconds long. Nioh Remastered will also have a Photo Mode, a feature not included in the original PS4 and PC versions.
For players who don’t want to give up their PS4 version of the game but want to play it on PS5, Nioh 2 – The Complete Edition can be upgraded to the PS5 version for free. You can also transfer your data from the PS4 to the PS5 versions, losing none of your progress. The remastered and complete editions can currently be pre-ordered on the PlayStation store.
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