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Nioh 2 (2020) is a role-playing game that spans a period both before and after the original Nioh game. It's set in the devastated locales of Japan during the Sengoku period The novelty is the supernatural setting and thrilling horror of taking on hordes of fearsome yokai. Like Dark Souls, these battles are tough and unforgiving, only here the focus is on summoning other spirits and honing your supernatural forms.

Play involves creating your character and working to equip them with a wide range of weapons such as odachi and kusarigama. Cut down enemies with the transforming Switchglaive, versatile hatchets, or many of the returning weapons from Nioh. Each weapon can be customized to offer different counters, move-sets and playstyles.

As you explore and battle through the world you earn new skills that enable you to defeat hostile yōkai. When beaten they drop a Soul Core that enables you to access yōkai abilities. You can also find Benevolent Graves to use magic to summon other computer-controlled characters who assist you in combat. Nioh 2 also extends the original game with the new Yokai Shift ability where you take on powerful forms to defeat even the most formidable yokai in battle.

The result is a game that creates a beautiful and brutal vision of Japan's early Sengoku period. As you explore the tense, sprawling environments the challenge combines with the desire to get to the bottom of this broken world that combines real-life historical figures and the supernatural spirits of Japan's rich folklore.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Nioh 2 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 16 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Fighting and Role-Play game with Action and Adventure elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 3-player online game. The game also features a three-player cooperative multiplayer mode.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 35 hours and 40 hours to complete. It will take considerably longer to complete the game and see everying.

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Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18 due to depictions of graphic violence towards human-like characters. Not suitable for persons under 18 years of age. This game contains depictions of graphic violence towards human-like characters. Some of the more powerful attacks cause dismemberment and decapitation, with large amounts of blood flowing from wounds. Bodies fall to the floor with severed body parts lying around the torso. During combat, blood effects are shown and characters can be heard grunting and screaming in pain. Substantial attacks will cause characters to lose their balance and topple to the floor where they are temporarily incapacitated. The player's character can obtain and drink various alcoholic beverages throughout the game. Consuming these drinks grants temporary boosts to stats.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Mature Accompanied (MA 15+) for Strong Fantasy Themes and Violence.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.


Nioh 2 usually costs £49.99.

Nioh 2 – The Complete Edition

Steam Store PC £49.99

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There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.
Nioh 2: Complete Edition includes all of the content from Nioh 2 along with all 3 DLC expansions, The Tengu’s Disciple, Darkness in the Capital, and The First Samurai.
  • The Tengu’s Disciple takes the protagonist to the end of the Heian period, where the Genji and Heike clans were competing ruthlessly with one another. Experience the battle that acts as a prologue which reveals how the story of Nioh 2 came to be.
  • Darkness in the Capital takes place during the middle of the Heian period, a point in history where evil spirits and yokai ran rampant throughout Japan. The protagonist is brought back to this period and ventures to the capital where they will uncover the connections between an even more distant past and the present time period from which they came.
  • The First Samurai brings the protagonist to the Suzuka Pass during the beginning of the Heian period. In the climactic 3rd expansion of the Nioh 2 saga, the protagonist will once again confront their arch-nemesis, Otakemaru. 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 12/03/2020

Out Now: PC, PS4 and PS5

Players: 1 (3 online)

Genres: Fighting, Role-Play (Action and Adventure)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D Third-Person

Developer: Team Ninja Studio (@TeamNinjaStudio)

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