Other minor things:
First, you have character customization ala Dark Souls but without the ability to choose a name and your also now voiceless as a result unlike William and his lovely Irish accent.
The game has a few issues with hit detection. There's a mini-boss Yokai that has a jump attacks sometimes hit 3 times for 400 damage a hit and the boss of the first stage has a move that it spams that sometimes hits where you were standing before you dodged and also has a combo that stun locks you due to the lenient recovery time Nioh has. Hoping that's just a Beta thing.
There's a new mechanic that allows you to enter the Yokai realm where all the demons are even stronger in certain parts of the level and you need to kill a certain Yokai to dispel it. The boss summons this in the second phase and spawns shadow clones to try and make you dodge and catch you with it's own attack when your recovering.
Also a fun fact for the first level of the beta. There are only two enemy types that are repeats from Nioh. The random bandits that appear in literally every stage of Nioh in one form or another and the small Umi-Bozu. Rest are new. Look forward to that.
And that's my thoughts on Nioh 2. I'm actually enjoying it way more than I thought I was. Also, I've seen footage of the Nioh 2 Alpha from earlier this year and I can confirm that the first mission is not any of the missions available in the Alpha. So that's neat.
(edited by Gin)