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New Release: Week of 2/5/17

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February is for lovers, but there is little love in the first full week of the month. It does continue a trend of giving PlayStation 4 owners reason to fire up the DualShock 4 though.

After some delays, Team Ninja is finally delivering its tough as nails ninja action game, Nioh.

Nioh – PS4 – February 7

It is the 16th century and Japan is in the throes of its Warring States Period. William arrives in Japan in pursuit of an enemy, an alchemist Edward Kelley. Kelley is in Japan to harvest Amrita and plans to assassinate Japan’s leader. The blonde-haired Westerner is enlisted by Hattori Hanzo to stop Kelley and put an end to the yokai.



Japan isn’t a forgiving land, it is not only crawling with samurai clashing but dangerous yokai have popped up causing havoc. William will have to master the katana, a number of other weapons, and stances if he is going to contend with the samurai and deadly yokai. On his journey he’ll cross paths with many famous figures of Japan that will help him or oppose him. The path to track down Kelley will be tough, but with deft handling of the blade William will succeed.


While William mainly wields a katana, he can also employ a wide variety of weapons. Different weapons will grant William different benefits to tackle the score of enemies he’ll encounter. Regardless of the weapon you wield, you will have to master three different stances: high, mid, and low. Utilizing the three stances will help keep you alive when facing dangerous enemies.


Going blade to blade with other samurais will be your chief concern in Nioh, but there are even more dangerous enemies lurking around. The yokai are human’s transformed by Amrita and much larger than your other foes. These enemies are much more ferocious than any samurai. Not only will you encounter normal yokai, but special gigantic yokai, which will put your skills to the test the most.


To help tackle the stronger demons, players can summon a friend or another visitor at a shrine. When playing co-op, both the summoner and visitor get something out of the deal. The summoner gets the extra push to move forward, and the visitor will get special rewards for helping out. The more the visitor helps, the better the rewards.

Nioh’s main draw is its steep difficult and emphasis of skills. The comparison to the Souls series is apt, but it has a flavor all its own.

Kalvin Martinez

Kalvin Martinez

Senior Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Kalvin Martinez studied Creative Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He writes reviews, prose and filthy limericks. While he is Orange County born, he now resides in Portland, OR. He is still wondering what it would be like to work at a real police department. Follow Kalvin on Twitter @freepartysubs
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