Nioh isn't a masterpiece then. It's not quite fresh or original enough to be. But it is a return to form for Team Ninja, a studio many feel had lost its way after the departure of its founder Tomonobu Itagaki in 2008. Nioh's loot-heavy hack and slash doesn't fire on all cylinders - though to be fair its aims seem more singular than that of its competitors - but it's a refreshing reminder of just how thrilling a solid Team Ninja combat encounter can be. Primarily single-player games are on the decline right now, but Nioh is a strong argument for the merits of this withering form.
Game Informer [9/10]
Nioh will break you down (and note this clearly, this is an uncompromising game that does not mind crushing your dreams) before it lifts you up, but you soon crave the thrill of mastering a new weapon or toppling a titanic boss. Endless optimization and customization, engaging encounters, and unparalleled combat by yourself or with a friend make Nioh an excellent choice for your next dark action/RPG.
Nioh could well take over 100 hours if you set out to master its many side missions on top of its tough campaign, but it’s a challenge well worth taking. The way it builds on its most obvious inspirations with a highly refined combat system and an unexpectedly charming, yet gritty style all its own allows it to boldly carve out its own identity, standing as a shining example of what action RPGs can be.
Nioh is Koei Tecmo and Team Ninja taking a more measured approach to what they do best, and is a surprisingly feature-heavy and battle-focused heir to the Soulsborne method. But it ultimately stands on its own, and is a worthy addition to any Action RPG library.
With its emphasis on challenging combat and light storytelling elements that are at times bordering on parody (in a good way), Nioh feels like a true successor to the Ninja Gaiden series and fills a nice void that Souls left behind. Did Team Ninja ever leave? Whatever the case might be, it's back.
Jim Sterling [10/10]
Nioh got attention for its similarities to other titles, but it deserves to be remembered as its own special game, one that sees and raises the efforts presented by its inspirations. With fast and uncompromising combat, an engrossing economy of loot, and a mesmerizing artistic style, action-RPGs have rarely been this refined or this captivating.
Attack of the Fanboy [4.5/5]
Team Ninja took their time to ensure that Nioh was as good as it could possibly be, and that time wasn't wasted. The finished product is a fantastic action RPG that may borrow a lot from the Souls series, but nevertheless adds plenty of great twists to the formula to allow it to stand proudly on its own.
Next-Gen Gaming Blog [9/10]
A more accessible yet still challenging take on the tried and tested Souls-like Action RPG, Nioh adds enough nuance and depth to the formula to make it feel fresh and provide a new challenge for players coming out of the back of last year’s Dark Souls 3. With a compelling story, bright visuals and new and interesting locales to visit, Nioh is a must have for Action RPG fans.
Nioh n’est rien d’autre de plus que la promesse de vivre une aventure palpitante, addictive et exigeante. Doté d’un gameplay qu’il va falloir apprivoiser, le titre de la Team Ninja offre en retour une expérience gratifiante, savoureuse et inoubliable. Un voyage à parcourir seul ou en compagnie d’un ami, dans l’univers fantastique d’un Japon féodal mystique qui manquait cruellement depuis quelques années sur console. Tout simplement un incontournable sur PlayStation 4.
NDTV/Gadgets 360 [8/10]
On the surface, Nioh is a compelling take on a sub genre of role-playing games created by the Souls games and its ilk. However by putting stamina at the core of its combat and thoughtfully borrowing mechanics from other titles, it results in a game that’s greater than the sum of its parts. Whether you’re a Souls veteran or have a passing interest in such games, Nioh is well worth checking out.
It’s an absolutely engaging game that’s soul-crushing, yet addictive and satisfying. It’s still early days, but if it manages to keep up this pace, and the story doesn’t completely fall flat, then we could be looking at one of the best games this year and Team Ninja’s explosive comeback.
Eye Eye [8.5/10]
Nioh è un’esperienza brutale, intensa e appagante, che sfida il giocatore ad attraversare panorami altamente suggestivi, colmi di pericoli letali. Sebbene il gioco di Team Ninja sia forte di uno dei migliori combat system mai visti nel panorama di genere, permangono alcuni piccoli dubbi sul bilanciamento generale del gameplay, cui si aggiunge la delusione per l’occasione sprecata di una storia senza mordente e per un comparto tecnico piuttosto claudicante. Malgrado tutto, però, il soulslike di Koei Tecmo ha personalità da vendere e sa come picchiare duro per far felici gli appassionati di genere. Per questo, non possiamo che consigliarvi di insonorizzare le vostre stanze da gioco e lasciarvi trascinare - nel sangue - dall’atroce spasso offerto da Nioh.
Toegegeven is het verhaal niet altijd te volgen en worden na verloop van tijd de vijanden nogal vaste kroeggasten, er is een enorme lading aan features die dit goed maken. Nioh is verplichte kost voor iedereen die de genres een warm hart toedraagt. Dit is namelijk de levensweg van de samoerai zoals het bedoeld is.
Trusted Reviews [4/5]
Nioh can’t match the gothic grandeur of a Dark Souls and the boss battles may give you nightmares for all the wrong reasons. All the same, by merging aspects of From Software’s classics with elements of its own ninja hits, Team Ninja has crafted its finest game in years. Nioh is every bit as compulsive and challenging as its inspiration, but is smart enough to add some interesting new twists. Love Dark Souls? Love samurai, ninjas and weird oriental fantasy? Jump onboard and prepare to die, cry and experience the magic in-between.
If you approach NiOh with the right mindset, all the frustration due to the ruthless level of challenge will turn into satisfaction when you overcome each obstacle. If you want to feel like a true samurai mastering the complex ways of or Japanese warfare, and you’re willing to pay the blood price for it, this is your game.
PlayStation Universe [9.5/10]
Nioh’s development began in 2004. After having to scrap the game once and start development from scratch, it's amazing to see Team Ninja deliver a near-perfect title. Everything that Nioh does is masterfully crafted and balanced exactly the way a video game should be. If you’re a fan of action/adventure games, Nioh is a must-own. Hell, if you are a fan of video games, I can’t recommend Nioh enough.
While this reviewer is only just cutting his teeth on the Nioh stage, it’s pretty easy to predict that this will be a huge contender for Game of the Year 2017. It’s definitely way too early to announce such a sweeping prophecy, but there is almost literally nothing in this game to complain about. The combat is tight, fast, and incredibly deep. The game runs at a wonderful clip, if you so desire, and there was little to no hiccups, stuttering, or screen-tearing. There is a long and rewarding solo campaign on top of Souls-like invading and summoning to keep those bloodthirsty multiplayer warriors happy. Nioh is exactly the game to reinvigorate those players who felt a bit fatigued and tired of the traditional Souls formula, with a splash of Tenchu-style level design and hints of old-school Ninja Gaiden combat to spice things up. Either way, Nioh is highly, highly recommended.