Nioh Remastered Collection – Review

Nioh is one of the best franchises in the Soulsborne genre outside of those developed by the genre’s creator, From Software. After the PlayStation 5 launched, fans found that neither the original game nor its sequel was available on the console via backward compatibility, and they lacked fans of the style of play. Now Nioh Remastered Collection is being released to fix this bug. Is the remaster impressive?

As you can imagine, Nioh Remastered Collection has everything that was already released for both games in the franchise in one perfect package for those who were veterans in games or who are starting everything from scratch.

Although the name suggests that these versions have received graphical improvements, nothing has changed drastically from what we previously had available on PlayStation 4, where both games were previously released.

The great novelty of the graphics are the three game modes, one in which the game is played in 4K at 30 frames per second, another in which the game operates in a dynamic resolution that guarantees 60 frames per second and a definitive mode that promises 120 frames per second if you have a TV that is compatible with this technology.

The first of the modes is certainly the most beautiful, but also the least fun. Since the games haven’t improved that graphically compared to what we’ve already seen on PS4, this mode is unlikely to impress you that much.

The next mode, which increases the game to 60 frames per second, is played by most gamers. Since soulbound games require precision, a larger frame rate makes life easier, and this is evident when you switch from 30 to 60 frames.

The last game mode could not be tested because I still do not have a 4K TV with 120 frames per second. However, if you follow technical analysis like that of Digital Foundry, you can find that this mode still needs improvement in future patches as the PlayStation 5 cannot keep both the Nioh and Nioh 2 at a constant rate of 120 frames per second.

In addition to these improvements, the game also gained very fast loading times thanks to the PS5’s SSD. Dying and returning for another round is common in Soulsborne-style games, and being able to do so at the speed of light is very rewarding as you spend less time staring at the loading screen and more time dying.

No changes were made to the games. Therefore, below I will publish the summary of our analysis when you launch it, as well as the link to the full analysis.

Nioh

Team Ninja had a huge challenge: to show that Nioh wasn’t a cheap copy of the Soulsborne franchise, and they made it very successful. The game takes advantage of the best that the competition has to offer and presents a game full of personality, developments and innovations interesting for the genre, a good story and a lot of content. You are unlikely to like Nioh, although the game doesn’t explain what beginners need to do in order not to die as much.

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Nioh 2

Nioh 2 brings everything that the first game did best, but also adds a ton of unreleased elements. This title is considerably easier than the first game due to its numerous new features and a great choice for fans of the saga and fans of the Soulslike style.

Despite less frustrating issues, Nioh 2 stands out from other games of the same scope and gives the original 2017 title a worthy sequence.

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But what’s up, is Nioh Remastered Collection worth it?

Nioh Remastered Collection offers the final versions of both games with no additional additions. The frame rate and load time upgrades are very interesting, but the game hasn’t seen as many graphics improvements. So this is a package that is only worthwhile if you’ve played the original games on PS4 or are dying to play them again on PS5.

Summary for the lazy

Nioh Remastered Collection offers the final versions of both games with no additional additions. The frame rate and load time upgrades are very interesting, but the game hasn’t seen as many graphics improvements. So this is a package that is only worthwhile if you’ve played the original games on PS4 or are dying to play them again on PS5.

Final grade

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benefits

Two great games in the Soulsborne genre. Play at 60 frames per second for hundreds of hours of content

disadvantage

No additions compared to the original games. The 120-frame mode must be more stable