Nioh 2 Review (Spoiler free)
For the record, I played Nioh 2 with an Odachi for 95% of the entire game, mostly in High stance, poked at Ninjutsu so I could get the extra Elixir capacity but ended up loving Poison Shuriken for their use on mostly everything and ended up dying 197 times by the end of the game. The most I died to a boss was 9 times. I died in Nioh 1 627 times in total, though a lot of that differance between death counts is likely due to experiance since I only beat Nioh 2 at the end of last month.<div class='edited'>(edited by Gin)</div>
Nioh 2 Review (Spoiler free)
Well, I did a first impressions thread for the Open Beta of Nioh 2. Figures I might as well book end it by making a final impressions thread for the whole game. I'll be spoiling Nioh 1 here but not Nioh 2.
As previously mentioned, my relationship with Nioh 1 is love-hate. I like the game as a whole, a samurai souls type of deal taking places in Sengoku era Japan. As a history buff, I'm inclined to love the concept. However, certain factors, such as the ludicrusly unbalanced damage you take from everything made the game a large chore, especially against fast enemies such as White Tiger or the DLC's first boss Date Shigizane. The entire DLC in general can burn in hell for this reason. However, Nioh 2 fixes this issue and adds new mechanics that make the game far better simply by making it more balanced.
The game is a prequel to Nioh 1, featuring Hideyoshi, in the game going by his birth name of Tokichiro, as he rises to the top of Japan and you play as The Protaganist (Yes, that's the name the game uses in it's bios), a fully customizable mute who is half Yokai and, as such, can turn into one for a brief period and utilize Yokai abilities. You also have a shiny knife that is inscribed with the name "Hide", so that's what everyone in the game calls you.
Gameplay wise, the game is far more balanced than Nioh 1. No longer can everything kill you in one combo. You come with a new assortment of skills you can use thanks to being a Yokai. You can use other Yokai's abilties, including bosses, by collecting their soul cores. Using this you can equip your self with 2, later 3, of the cores that can do certain things such as inflicting status effects or doing a lot of damage. You can also counter the strongest attacks certain enemies, Human or Yokai, have when they flash red and use that to stun them for a few seconds if you do it right. Depending on the type of spirit type, you can either perform a hit, dodge or guard to knock an enemy out of the attack. Burst counters also have some other uses, such as actually allowing you to escape from the stun after you get Ki broken. Oh, and the game actually gives you enough exp to not fall behind the level suggestion in late game.
The game still has it's flaws however. Certain side quests are still the same where they throw a bunch of mid tier Yokai into a room and have you fight them all. One room in the game has you fight two large bosses with thankfully lessened damage in a small room and says "Good Luck". There's also the Yokai Form which is Nioh 2's version of Nioh 1's Living weapon except it's completely useless cause of how little damage it does when used but it can still be useful in making you invincible for a 5 second or so window. Finally, certain enemies and bosses are still a chore to fight, sometimes worse than even Nioh 1.
Overall however, Nioh 2 is far and away better than Nioh 1 to me thanks to it's added balance changes and new mechanics. If Nioh 1 was a 6, Nioh 2 is easily an 8 for me.
Now, let's just hope they learn from their mistakes and don't fuck up the game with the DLC like they did in Nioh 1.
Most Bullshit Bosses in gaming
So, Like the last list, I was inspired by Nioh. Cause there is a certain boss in that game that sucks all kinds of balls.
<spoiler>Hundred Eyes aka Sir John Dee is the story modes final boss, coming in a mission after the credits roll in the Tower of London,</spoiler> It's attacks are easy avoid, most them involve him attacking past you if you stick to his side, and leave him very open to attack. But that isn't the problem. He summons eyes. At first, they aren't an issue. <spoiler>Dee</spoiler> is just sitting on the ground like a toddler occupied with a toy while you cut them all down then you can go right back to the same attack. Then he summons them again. And moves while they are active. Which leads to when you will die to this boss. If you don't deal with the eyes, they'll likely hit you with the clusterfuck of lasers while your healing or trying to attack. But try dealing with them will likely end in the boss killing you while off screen due his attacks hitting much harder while the eyes are out. It's an occasion of it not being the <i>boss</i> that's an issue but the annoying enemies he spawns that are the real problem with the fight. Which makes it feel like you've been cheated when the boss kills you.
In fact, all fights in general that distract you with normal enemies in the fight can up here. But that's besides the point. What are the fights you find absolute bullshit?
Adult Confidant AU
Scruffy Turtles is back at it with the Adult AU confidant. Now with added actual story in the form of a Webtoons series.
Forum Game: Guess the Game.
Easy rules. Make a Haiku about a video game. The next person in the thread has to guess it and then make a Haiku of a game and so on and so forth. Ready? I'll go first.
Edge. Edge. Edge. Edge. Edge.
Undo. Undo, Edge, Undo,
Undo. Edge Undo.
Pretty easy one for those who have played the game.
Have You Seen Our House?
Our House. In the Middle of Our Street. Have you seen it?
Happy New Year
Think it's officially New Years everywhere in the world now. Means I can officially post this.
Happy New Years, Everyone.
Well, Team Cherry may not be giving us anything to work with for Hollow Knight: Silksong but Christopher Larkin is picking up the slack with two beautiful new pieces.
Most Hated Bosses in Video Games
What are the bosses you hate the most? Not the hardest bosses or the worst bosses. Just bosses for some reason you just absolutely despise. Like, you look at them and the first thing that pops in your head is just hatred and loathing.
That boss for me is Nioh's Hino-Emna. I realised this after reaching a side quest late in the game where you have to fight her that I not only remembered exactly who she was despite not even seeing her since beating her in the story like a year ago but how much I hated her. I beat her easily in a single fight and felt no emotion whilst doing so. I just hate her. She was the first brick wall in the game for me. I died so many times to her paralysis Fus Ro Da move or her random grab attack or that charge. Now I'm much more experianced in the game, I was able to dodge most of her attacks, Fus Ro Da included, and block the charge since she's stunned for a good 5 seconds after using it. It was easy, which I think made me hate her even more somehow. Like a "How dare you go down like a bitch after all the shit you put me through the first time" sort of thing. So yeah. I just hate Emna. She sucks.
What about you? Any bosses that go beyond annoyance and stay with you as a boss you genuinely hate? I'm curious to see peoples answers.