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[QUOTE]Yeah, Nioh's got a lot to like about it and a lot that leaves you going "I guess they didn't have time to make this bit better". I really like how fully realized each weapon's moveset is, but because the moveset is tied to you the character and not the weapon, finding weapons isn't exciting as it is in Dark Souls, nevermind the sheer frequency with which you find them.[/QUOTE] A lot of Nioh comes across as if it was built around the item degradation that was in the initial demo. While I'm [i]very[/i] glad they took that nonsense out you end up with more armor and weapons than necessary and your character feels like a bit of a hoarder. It also makes it hard to figure out if I should build my character to specialize in one particular weapon. Not only are all the weapons fun to use but you're given so many of them it's seems a shame not to try them out. The frequency of items means that my character is wearing a very odd mis-match of clothes that follow stats and weight requirements more than fashion. William may be from the other side of the world but he still looks like he got dressed in the dark. Oh, I took your advice and am trying out the spear. The range is quite nice, although high stance eats stamina like candy. I need to learn to switch stances faster. [QUOTE]I just need Ishamel and Spoon to go a few steps further towards putting Nioh in the same category as God Hand of "kind of sucks but also completely rules" to get me interested.[/QUOTE] God Hand is actually a good comparison. While dying and leveling in Nioh is obviously from Dark Souls it isn't the misery walking simulator that From Software specializes in. Rather, you use flashy, customizable attacks to punch through relatively short and straightforward levels until you get to a stupidly hard boss fight. Along the way you will come across plenty of little things that may or may not make sense but were added in the game because someone thought they were cool. The game also looks like it was ported from the PS3 so that adds to the God Hand feel. I also should mention I'm enjoying Nioh's ridiculous plot. It manages to tie a yokai uprising in Japan with England fighting the Spanish armada in 1588. Nobunaga is in the mix somewhere as well because of course he is. In my start of meeting everyone vaguely important in that time period I first met Hanzo Hattori. As we were making small talk he decided to check the time by pulling a full grown cat out of his jacket pocket and looking at the dilation of its pupils. Nioh has its moments.
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