I played Nioh second demo released Aug. 23- Sept. 6th. I wish I had more time to play since I was crunching for time, but I did make it a priority. And it was fun! During that time, Pax West, a gaming event was going on in Seattle. I could have bought a ticket in an advance if I wanted to do something during the weekend. But I must confess, I didn’t care that tickets were sold out. I just wanted to play Nioh!
As I was playing Nioh beta, I didn’t realize how immersive and flowly the game feels compared to most modern games (no offense!). It is often compared to Dark Souls because of its difficulty etc. but Nioh, in my opinion is not the same as Dark Souls. It has a meticulous and methodical game-play style that is very different from Dark Souls. No, you can’t just hack and slash and dodge easily. You got to time yourself. Stamina in Nioh is very important. If I can recall, just blocking, dodging, hacking take up stamina easily. And if you are not careful, you are left in a vulnerable position, panting for air. Perhaps this is what made it difficult to fight Onryoki. The area is not as wide and the boss’ attack can easily do serious damage. I guess what I am trying to say is, I really had fun re-learning how to play a game so that I can cautiously time myself to kill my opponent and I died frequently when I am not focused. I welcome this new game-play. I want to play a new game and not play Dark Souls again with a different title. Now I am not saying the Souls games are not difficult games. I am in fact still playing it. I just know that there were a few bosses that I thought were not so difficult because Souls games are fair towards the player if you really know what you are doing. But then again, this is just the demo I was playing and not the final product. I know for sure this is one of the games I will be looking forward to because it really reminds me of the older Ps2 games such as Genji: Dawn of Samurai and Onimusha.