Analysis of Ni-Oh. The soul of the samurai, now on PC

Written by Kamran Haider

Eight months later, NiOh reaches computers with a complete edition that includes all the downloadable content released to date for the exclusive PlayStation 4. In this analysis, we focus on the version for compatible: How is the port for PC made by Koei Tecmo?

A scant month ago we learned that NiOh would stop being exclusive to PlayStation 4 and would also reach the world of computers, through Steam. Everything obeys to a new strategy of Koei Tecmo , that as it has assured recently, wants to bet strong by the platform of Valve, reason why more than safe NiOh will be the first of many editions of consoles that we see in PC and will follow games to him like Attack on Titan 2 and future Dynasty Warriors.

For the game of Team Ninja, we find a complete edition of the title, which includes the original game plus the content of the season pass, formed by three new chapters: The Black Dragon, Honor Revolt and The End of the Massacre. This same edition has been launched in PlayStation 4 at the same price for those interested players who did not buy at the time. For the Steam version, a new helm has been added with the store’s characteristic valve, while the bonuses obtained by those players who enjoyed the Alpha, Beta, and Last Chance demos are also included in the package.

Although the DLCs are some of the most difficult that we have found in this type of games, which demand a much higher level than you have at the end of the main campaign and a character build very well, having these contents from the beginning is an experience more complete for the novice player, since he can adapt his style of play to the new weapons that have been included: the Odachi and the Tonfas . The first is perfect to keep distance and break the guards of the enemies, and the second also to break guards, weaker but much faster and focused on the close combat.

Being able to use these new weapons from the beginning will allow you to progress in your tree of improvements without having to grind by levels already traveled to upload your statistics and movements, allowing you to adapt to them from the first moment and, above all, expanding the variety of weapons that in the original NiOh it was relegated to Katanas, Double Katanas, Spears, Axes and the spectacular Kusarigama.

The samurai code on PC

The port of Ni-Oh that we have found for PC is not, at all, the one that we would have liked, although that does not mean much less than it is unplayable (not far from it is the horrendous work that was done at the time with Dark Souls). However, we find many things to improve if Koei Tecmo really wants to bet heavily on its catalog for Steam.

Before starting the game we can adjust the graphics options, which are somewhat limited. Instead of encountering the typical structure of options Low, Medium, High and Ultra, here the team wanted to transfer what they already did with the PS4 version, offering a quality of Action, to improve the frames per second and Cinematic, to Maximize graphic options by limiting the frame rate to 30 fps. These options are accompanied by one of Maximum Quality and another of Minimum Quality.

It is not the best letter of introduction, because the PC does not behave like a closed console system and each player can have very specific circumstances, being able to make the most of the frame rate with different graphic configurations. Fortunately, we can customize each of the values ​​by choosing the quality of the shadows, the environmental occlusion, the level of detail, the dynamic reflections and the motion blur.the warrior

Options that clearly seem insufficient and that some of them do not have degrees of detail, but are simply activated or deactivated. Much is missing some key, such as antialiasing, which would allow us to play much more with the scalability according to the power of our computer. In addition, the frames are limited to 30 or 60, so those players who have a monitor with a refreshing capacity higher than these rates can not take advantage of them.

It was a great game on PlayStation 4 and it still is on PC.

The resolution options are a little more careful. The game is ready to play in 4K and do downsampling if you have a lower resolution monitor. It has also included the increasingly classic Render Resolution, which allows you to adjust the overall quality to get a better performance in your native resolution. Bad news, however, for those with ultra-panoramic monitors, since Nioh is not adapted to the increasingly frequent 21: 9 aspect ratio, and in the words of Koei Tecmo herself, “there are no plans to adjust it in a near future”.

The three positions of the warrior

The tests we have done in three configurations in NVIDIA graphics cards have given the expected results (unfortunately, we have not been able to perform tests with an AMD card). The game ensures a GTX 1060 as recommended and a GTX 780 as a minimum. To play Nioh in the optimal conditions, we have planned to play at a minimum of 1080p and 60 frames per second. Although the game is manageable with 30 fps, the speed of the confrontations makes the high frame rate more recommendable. Based on this bar, from a GTX 970 and adjusting some parameters we have achieved this goal without any problem. With a GTX 1070, the game is perfectly capable of moving fluidly to the maximum in this standard and even force playing with the options a somewhat higher resolution, reaching the native 4K in a locked frame rate at 30 frames per second. With a GTX 1080, the results only reach 4K and 60 images per second, improving the quality of resolution to medium, remaining at 50 for the maximum quality and needing a 1080ti if we want to move the whole game in 4K. It is not difficult, since Nioh is not the most pointer game in graphic complexity, using fixed light mapping for its environments, in order to achieve the greatest possible fluency.

The game also makes use of the latest ShadowPlay technologies. Ansel, to be able to pause the game and take a picture moving around us with total freedom, applying filters and high resolutions to the final rendering of the capture; and Highlights , an option that we did not know until now, that allows you to directly capture moments of the game automatically, for example, if we finish with a final enemy or die against it. The thing that will happen a lot in NiOh, so you can already prepare for a good collection of capture files.

These results may not differ much from what is achieved with a PlayStation 4 Pro, which in its Action mode reaches 1080p60 while in the Cinematic it is positioned with about 1440p30. Where the version for compatible gains enormously is in the drawn distance. Nioh greatly reduced the quality of the distances in its console version, being able to easily see the enemies with a considerable decrease of fps before approaching them and a substantial drop in the graphic details of the backgrounds. In the PC version, we have observed a very clear and completely clean image quality, which helps to better locate the targets and position in some labyrinthine environments. It really is a pleasure to be able to navigate the dangerous environments of this magical feudal japan with this performance that allows us to remain more attentive to everything that surrounds us.

We recommend it mainly if you have a command to play.

With everything, the port of NiOh by Koei Tecmo complies, but hardly. It has enough to be able to enjoy the game without problems, but it is far from the number of details and parameters that the PC community would demand any videogame. In addition, the behavior of the game is irregular in some occasional starts, in which we had to restart the PC to recover a frame rate that inexplicably fell. In addition, we have found that the full-screen mode works much better than the window without borders, which can lead to some problems. Once in the game, yes, we have not had major incidents that some small fall of 5 or 10 frames very, very occasional.

The worst news for those heroes who want to enter this game without a command. Nioh is originally intended to play with a pad between hands, and although the keyboard responds, its configuration is unalterable and very, very coarse. We dare not say unplayable, because we have seen things that you would not believe, but given that it does not even use the keyboard + mouse combination, for example, Dark Souls, we see ourselves in the situation of recommending it mainly if you have a command to play.

NiOh was a great game on PlayStation 4 and it still is on PC. We believe that if Koei Tecmo really wants to turn its future catalog into a PC, it has to invest more in it with more options and facilities for the players of this platform. What they have done with this port barely meets and you can play perfectly, but let you want many extra options. We would not be surprised to see several fixes created by the community in the coming months that improve the graphic options and adapt the aspect ratio. For the moment, if you were waiting for the opportunity to play NiOh on PC, you can launch and for him, as long as you keep under control the sybarite graphic that is in you.

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A complete edition of the samurai game that surprised on PlayStation 4 and works correctly on computers. Of course, do not expect many graphic options or a good adaptation to the keyboard. Koei still has to work hard to improve his ports. Although it is a perfectly playable version of NiOh whose image quality and draws distance far exceed its namesake in console, it could have been adapted with greater scalability and better result.

  • Drawn distance and image quality widely superior
  • All the contents that have appeared so far include
  • Few graphics options to configure and without adapting to ultra-panoramic monitors
  • Poor adaptation to keyboard, without the use of a mouse and without being able to configure the keys

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