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Parents' Guide to

The Nioh Collection

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Wickedly tough, bloody series gets anthology treatment.

Game PlayStation 5 2021
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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Great Remastered Collection of two Complete games that are fun and challenging

The Nioh Collection is a Remastered Collection Pack including Nioh and Nioh 2, as well as all their DLC. Both are amazing, fun, and extremely difficult Souls-like games. Though harder than Dark Souls and more similar to the fast pace of Sekiro and BloodBorne. The enemies you encounter are mostly the monstrous demon-like Yokai, as well as humans that are much less frequent. Enemies can be slashed, stabbed, dismembered and decapitated with unrealistic sprays of bright blood, yellow/gold blood for Yokai and unrealistically bright red blood for humans. No language, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, nudity or sex. Just some suggestive references and somewhat revealing clothes. Overall nothing a 13 year old can't handle, though I recommend 15-16+ due to the sheer difficulty. I'd give it a 9/10. Definitely worth trying.

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Getting the most out of these two games requires a willingness to weather a good deal of battering punishment along the way. The Nioh Collection doesn't alter the design or difficulty of either of its games, so if you tried and were turned off by the originals you'll likely feel the same about these two remasters. Button mashing is simply not effective. Not only must you master a variety of armaments and techniques, you must also know your enemies, their strengths and weaknesses, and how to anticipate their attacks and movements. Those who invest the required time and energy are likely to experience a growing sense of deep satisfaction as they defeat tougher enemies and bosses, while opening up new areas to explore. Then again, just as many players are, understandably, likely to give up out of aggravation before reaching this Zen gaming state.

What may help new players along, if only slightly, are some of the technical improvements (assuming you have a display that can take advantage of them). The quicker refresh rate means players have a slightly better real-time understanding of what's going on, so you can react a bit more quickly -- and these are games where every millisecond counts. Plus, the marginally lower latency of the PlayStation 5 wireless controller could occasionally mean the difference between life and death when it comes to reaction times. And when your hero eventually does die -- and this is unavoidable -- the PlayStation 5's speedier loading times mean you'll be back in the action quicker than ever before, giving you less time to dwell and fret about your previous deaths. The truth is, though, that these games are designed for a specific audience: players who relish a deep and hardy challenge. Getting both games -- plus all of their terrific world- and character-building DLC -- for the price of a single game is a great deal, providing well over 100 hours of entertainment for dedicated fans. If you haven't played them before and you're up for a serious test of your action gaming skills, The Nioh Collection is well worth a look.

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