Nioh gameplay is extremely similar to Dark Souls. There is a stamina mechanic, big bosses, summoning friends, character development, a “die and leave souls (or Amrita) behind to pick up next time” mechanic, and so on. Some unique aspects of Nioh gameplay includes various stances for each weapon, no invincibility frames when you dodge, and more robust combo capabilities. Still interested? Read on!
Nioh gameplay is not fantasy, it’s historical-fiction Japan
Team Ninja‘s Nioh is a soulslike game where you become a part of a fictional Feudal Japan full of monsters and unique characters. One thing unique about Nioh versus others that copy the Dark Souls recipe is Nioh actually has a well-told original story. Nioh’s plot revolves around samurai William Adams who is actually a real-life historical figure.
Graphically, Nioh is nothing short of amazing. Nioh’s levels are masterfully created. Every region comes with its fair share of secrets. Of course, you will also have a vast range of enemies that will be there to put you down. But that’s the thing to love in the game, the fact that you can always push the boundaries and that challenge creates a real sense of accomplishment when you finally succeed.
How is Nioh not like Dark Souls?
Many players complain that Nioh gameplay has a lack of enemy variety. While it is true that many enemies are humanoid (typically human or skeleton) they can use various kinds of weapons and each weapon has several stances, which varies the enemy attack patterns considerably.
For PVPers, there is no invasion mechanic. Instead, when players die they leave a bloody grave behind. If you activate a bloody grave you will fight an enemy phantom that has all the weapons and armor that the player that died had. Enemy phantoms are computer-controlled unfortunately.
Another difference between Nioh and Dark Souls is there is no vast open world. Instead, each region is split into maps, and it comes with specific requirements and tasks that you need to complete.
How is Nioh similar to Dark Souls?
Back on track with what you would expect. Nioh bosses are exciting and unique and right up there with some of our favorite bosses from the soulslike genre.
The combat in this game is crisp and sophisticated. Each attack has a weight to it which make it feel more soulslike, and less like a hack and slash game.
Nioh has weapon variety like Dark Souls, but it works a bit different. There are only 5 weapon types to choose from. You find many of those weapons with varying stats as loot drops. This works much like Borderlands and how guns are dropped. Weapons use a high, medium, or low stance. Players can change tactics on the fly strategically.
Much like Dark Souls you have multiple weapon slots in Nioh. But you must have 2 melee and 2 range weapons
Overall, this Nioh is awesome!
If you love Dark Souls, you will find a pretty similar experience here. The game does an excellent job at offering you some pretty impressive moments, but in the end, Nioh gameplay just a whole lot of fun. Playing as a ninja is very appealing, and it also offers a unique set of opportunities for people that love titles like this.
While challenging and at times frustrating, Nioh is still a great example of how a souls-like game needs to be. Intense, fun and full of new elements. This game borrows the soulslike idea, but it makes the gameplay very fun and with its own spin. Don’t hesitate and give Nioh a shot if you like games like Dark Souls, you will have a blast with this one!