Nioh Sub-Mission – The Red Oni of Li (Montage)


A Hack N' Slash Worth Your Time?“Nioh” has a beloved place in my heart.  I cannot quite quantify why it stands out to me in the current pantheon of Soulsborne titles, but…it does…

I am a huge fan of “Demon’s Souls,” which was further compounded by Sony announcing a “Demon’s Souls” remaster via Bluepoint Games during their PlayStation 5 reveal event. However, I never latched onto the “Dark Souls” trilogy or “Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice” (yet), but I do quite enjoy “Bloodborne.” The only ‘x-factor’ that I can determine contributing towards my affinity for “Nioh,” “Demon’s Souls,” and “Bloodborne” is that they are more action and offensive-based, rather than the more defensive and parry-based combat presented in the others.

I digress– one of my main goals for this year (gaming-wise) was to finally finish the first “Nioh” in its entirety. I have played through the first region or two an innumerable amount of times now, but never quite got a round to finishing it.  However, just a few weeks before writing this I accomplished my goal! I finished “Nioh,” dived headlong into the DLC, and quickly purchased the collector’s edition of “Nioh 2.”

ii-naomasaThis video encompasses some of the footage that I gathered, while finishing my run of the original “Nioh.” Later in the campaign, the training room, otherwise known as the ‘Dojo,’ advancing and includes duels that you can partake in with NPCs to help unlock new skills to learn. Essentially, your player-character proves his worth and thus gains new abilities to better equip yourself for the future onslaught of difficult enemy types and bosses.

This is one such battle. I montaged my failed attempts with my successful one to help showcase a small vertical slice of my editing skills as well as how “Nioh” plays and some of the more difficult duels that are present throughout the game.

The combat really lends itself to these encounters, and I think helps accentuate the game’s stellar mechanics, visually.

Enjoy the ride, and hopefully you get a good laugh at my failed attempts and maybe a couple ‘wow’ moments as particular moves are pulled off or the fluidity of the combat in a three-year old game.

Now onto the montage!

Bloodborne – Old Yharnam


I am have not been interested in Dark Souls.  As much as I have tried…the series has never gotten its “hooks” into like it has for so many others.  The medieval mythology and the more-defensive nature of the series never really piqued my interest, which is unusual because the setting and game mechanics seem as-if they would be right up my alley.

To note, I also (in the next room) have the collector’s edition of Demon’s Souls, which is an incredibly similar experience but somehow still cuts its own path and is not quite the same as its successor.  There is a “something” there that differentiates Demon Souls from the Dark Souls trilogy, that I have not quite been able to put my finger on and may warrant further discussion on social media, or perhaps a posting of its own?

I digress.  I may not enjoy what Dark Souls offers, but I do greatly enjoying the fast-paced, frenetic combat of both Bloodborne and its sister companion, Nioh.  I have regularly played both of those titles since they released and always find myself returning to them.  Blatantly, pointing out the difference in the combat mechanics and speed at which they are delivered normally would answer my above inquiry, but–even if it does in part–I still cannot wholly explain why I prefer Bloodborne and Nioh over the Dark Souls trilogy.  Under normal circumstances I would absolutely love a medieval set game and most-likely shy away from a Japanese-inspired setting akin to Nioh.

Like I mentioned, maybe this is a good place to stop and collect myself, and reconvene at a later date to better dissect the differences between these games and seriously get into the root cause.

Without further ado, I give you the ASInquisitor premiere of my ongoing Bloodborne series, while will be featured in rotation on Twitch and YouTube in what will be a long running series only releasing and streamed on the weekends!

 

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