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Nioh: How to Defy Death in Team Ninja’s Latest

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Nioh: How to Defy Death in Team Ninja’s Latest
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Taking place in war-torn feudal Japan, Nioh will test your ability to swing a katana against legions of 16th century samurai and otherworldly demons from Japanese folklore. This is a game designed for players who love a challenge — it’s reminiscent of the Souls series.

Nioh is developed by Team Ninja, a studio long celebrated for its fast-paced, challenging, polished action games including Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive. Action fans will find Nioh’s relentless enemy waves familiar, but will notice a number of major, game-defining differences that push Nioh into challenging new territory.

With Nioh, Team Ninja is embracing a deep level of player customization which, when combined with the studio’s legendary action-game prowess, will arm players with powerful new options. Examples include weapon-specific fighting stances, magic talismans that can imbue your arsenal with potent abilities, and guardian spirits that can turn the tide in the heat of battle.

Nioh’s multiple fighting stances bring a great deal of variety and mastery to the game’s melee combat:

  • High stance delivers powerful, slower attacks
  • Low stance delivers faster, but weaker attacks
  • Mid stance allows for a more balanced approach

Nioh features quite a few weapons which, when combined with the fighting stances and upgrades provided by in-game blacksmiths, bring serious depth and customization to the game’s fast-paced combat. It often pays to experiment with different combinations!

Players can also wield more than 50 different types of magic and Ninjustsu, which are powerful abilities that can do everything from deploy projectiles to exploit a specific enemy weaknesses.

Then there’s the in-depth loot system, which rewards players for tackling ever-greater challenges. As with many games of this nature, the stronger the enemy you defeat, the greater the chance will find a highly valuable item. And believe me, there are a ton of desirable items in Nioh: rare, exotic, uncommon, and common weapons; various armor types; consumables; key items; projectiles; even smithing materials. You can buy and sell these items at in-game merchants, or forge weapons and armor yourself from the blacksmith.

Now that you understand a bit more about the game’s mechanics and gameplay style, tell us — what else would you like to know about Nioh?

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  • I can’t wait to jump in thanks PlayStation.

    • psfanatic98

      Is this like bloodborne?

    • ColdIron-v13

      A bit. Its somewhere in between souls and bloodborne the way you can change stance to fight differently and the difference in weapon styles is very much like bloodborne environment and tone reminds me of souls a bit. Overall it is its own thing that stands on its own well enough that I never got tired of it when the demo was out.

  • HakaRyuuGondola

    PlayStation Store needs to be updated to reflect the correct release date because right now it says that the game will be release on 12.31.2017!

  • I cant wait to play this game! I asked for a week off of work just to play as much of this game as possible!

  • Well looks like I have this and Horizon to look forward to.

  • Most anticipated title of 2017 for me. Enjoyed both the alpha & beta. Already have it pre ordered :D

  • BattleSkard

    Is there PVP?

  • nocaptionallow

    Ps4 pro enhancement?

    • iamtylerdurden1

      Oh yes, it’ll probably be the most enhanced PS4 Pro game to date.

      4k displays –

      Native 4k at 30 frames per second

      1080p at 60 frames per second

      1080p displays –

      1080p with high quality anti aliasing & effects at 30fps

      1080p at 60 frames per second

    • nocaptionallow

      @iamtylerdurden1 thank you !

  • I know it’s so close but, I just want another demo. I need this game like right now.

  • GrieverLion-23

    Wow, This game is giving me a serious Onimusha vibe. Looks great!

  • Does the game have only one save file which autosaves right after any significant actions you perform like in souls series?

  • sofa_kindope593

    I wonder how players will gain guardian spirits and how many will be acquired throughout the campaign. Also, how many bosses are in the game?

  • Really, really excited about this game.

  • This is probably my most anticipated title of 2017.

    Can’t wait!

    • @Seluhir OBJECTION! *The song “Pursuit ~ Cornered from Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney plays in the background* They are making Nioh for those who love a challenge that IS reminiscent of the Souls games. And what do you mean “The Souls are extremely easy”? The last time I checked, the Souls games are known to be not just frustrating, but frustrating enough to make players slam their controllers If they’re really easy games, then why do I see Souls death montages on YouTube? Therefore, the fact that the Souls series are actually really frustrating games contradicts your comments stating that they’re “easy”. I rest my case.

    • Sorry @TraderZed I was meant to reply to Seluhir.

    • @gameman15 lol no worries, happy gaming!

  • “This is a game designed for players who love a challenge — it’s reminiscent of the Souls series.”

    That’s a contradiction. Is it designed for people who want a challenge, or is it reminiscent of the souls series?

    The Souls games are EASY games. They’re just incredibly punishing of any minor stepup or failure. That is not the same as making a game actually challenging.

    • iamtylerdurden1

      Nioh is harder than any Souls game.

    • Most games are harder than a Souls game, to be honest…

    • Ralstonizer

      “Most games are harder than a Souls game, to be honest…”

      Weird, because from the look of your trophies, you seem to have trouble finishing any of the piles of easy games you play.

      Looks like you haven’t tried any Dark Souls since you couldn’t get past the first few levels of the first one either. How odd.

    • Ralston, I played it offline so no trophies. Got sick of people with the best gear who intentionally kept their level low so they could gank more easily coming in and making the game annoying.

      I didn’t quite finish it, but I made it fairly far before I finally tired of the boredom. I didn’t really struggle at any part, but I didn’t enjoy ANY aspect of the game’s mechanics. So I moved on.

      And I frequently don’t finish games due to other games coming out, which is what you’re seeing on my trophy list. If I start a game, and am not loving it, and another game I like comes out… why waste my time? No point really. Well unless I’m streaming it, then I usually finish for the sake of my viewers.

      Mechanically speaking, souls games are EXTREMELY easy. Complexity wise, they’re very easy. The only thing that isn’t easy about them is that the game feels the need to make everything have extremely high penalties. It’s like they KNEW the game was going to be easy but they didn’t want people to complain about it being too easy, so they artificially implemented a method to hold people back. Sloppy development, but that falls in line with everything I’ve seen of the series.

    • @Seluhir OBJECTION! *The song “Pursuit ~ Cornered from Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney plays in the background* They are making Nioh for those who love a challenge that IS reminiscent of the Souls games. And what do you mean “The Souls are extremely easy”? The last time I checked, the Souls games are known to be not just frustrating, but frustrating enough to make players slam their controllers If they’re really easy games, then why do I see Souls death montages on YouTube? Therefore, the fact that the Souls series are actually really frustrating games contradicts your comments stating that they’re “easy”. I rest my case.

  • I would like to know if you could release the game tomorrow so I can play it sooner, because that would be awesome.

    Really though, I can not wait to play this game. I am a huge fan of From Software’s games and really loved Team Ninja’s “Ninja Gaiden” games and “Dead or Alive”. I don’t normally take part in Alpha/Beta tests but I played as much of those versions of this game as I could. While they were definitely hard I feel like part of that was because I wanted to experience as much of this game as I could in that limited time. I’m looking forward to sitting down and mastering this game without having to worry about time.

    Can’t wait for February 7th!

    • David Bull

      Excited to hear! I think you’ll really like the game when it’s out this February. Team NINJA poured a lot of love into it.

  • Can’t wait for this! The weapon and stance variations look cool as well as the variety of enemies.

    • David Bull

      Playing with your stance is a really fun mechanic. When I see a terrifying new enemy, I’ll switch to low stance to get a couple of quick hits in so I can quickly retreat and learn their movements.

  • I want to know everything. The story seems so appealing. What’s the end game here?

  • So excited for this game…can’t wait to get into it after Platinuming BLOODBORNE. Loved the Alpha and Beta!

  • roadster360

    most people dont know an interesting fact about this game is that this game was revealed during the infamous sony E3 press conference in 2005.

    almost 12years in development longer than FFXV and the last guardian.

    kudos to the developer

  • Played the demo. One-hit kills from enemies within the first minute of gameplay. Think I’ll pass….

    • David Bull

      There’s a lot of strategy involved when facing enemies. Take them one at a time, keep your distance, and use block with L1. It can be a challenge at first and totally worth a try!

  • I hope this is good. I love the design style. The setting looks fresh (Been awhile since Gaiden and Onimusha) and I loved the Souls games, played them to death…gonna get this anyway. Has enough that’s appealing to me. Guess I’ll go find some gameplay on YouTube :P

  • Tatanka2007

    I’ll pass on anything by Team Ninja. I used to love DOA. The amount of insanely over-priced DLC they made for DOA 5 LR is ridiculous, not to mention the Capcom-inspired repackaging. Granted it was all stupid costumes, but it’s the principle of not milking your fans. On top of it all they spit in the face of PC gamers by making the PC version a substandard port.

    • Don’t think they’ll do that to Nioh…game does not have a base to be milked and used as a cash-grabber like DoA does.They keep doing those insane overpriced DLCs because of the “fans” who will buy any new costume they release for the women…and they know “fans” will buy it all its appealing afterall.Honestly “fans” dont even have a chance,Team Ninja has them on the palm of their hands with those costumes.I used to play DoA too…but its a shame what the game has become.

  • Did Nioh in US region have chinese subtitle?

  • I know it launches on 9 February 2017. But will the Disk version (physical copy) be available on the same day in India ?
    Because DS3’s Disk version was not available till 4 weeks and I was forced to buy it from PS store.

  • White_JackaL

    Im excited for this game, because it’s fighting system and difficulty are so close to the real thing. I am a samurai martial artist so I can appreciate the finer details the game has. Even the different stances and how to use them.

    • David Bull

      Oh, that’s great! You’ll really enjoy the different fighting stances then. Team NINJA put a lot of attention to detail.

  • Nice I’m looking forward to play the whole thing,loved the alpha…I was surprised in how much this game captivated me cuz I thought it was a typical hack n’ slash (which I love) but then I encountered a very punishing game and I was like “damn whats up with this?”…ha suddenly I found maself wanting to surpass every obstacle the game was imposing,really got addicted to it.Its funny cuz I’m no fan of Souls games but after seeing the game a friend told me Nioh is very much like them Souls games and I was surprised.

    Not gonna buy at launch unfortunately but its a confirmed buy.

    Aaaand I hope Nioh stay a PS4 exclusive forever.

  • It would be great to see a final demo before the release date. I’d like to see how the game has changed since the Alpha before deciding whether or not it will be a day 1 purchase.

  • High stance delivers powerful, slower attacks, defense down.
    Low stance delivers faster, but weaker attacks, defense up
    Mid stance allows for a more balanced approach, defense….balanced.

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