If you’re not yet a fan of the masochistic recipe that has changed the way we view video games (and FromSoftware’s credit for that), Nioh Collection it can be a good opportunity for redemption.
The collection brings together the two titles in the franchise with all the expansions and additional modes that aim to improve the look and performance of the journey on PS5. So, if you are not yet a member of Koei Tecmo’s “fan club”, known for the age-old series Dynasty Warriors, the compilation can be a generous gateway.
Here at Voxel you can check the analysis of the first Nioh and its sequence. In this regard, I will speak specifically of the additions that the remasterings brought to the new Sony console, such as faster transition screens, 120fps mode and more. There is no rule for choosing your favorite mode, but there is a consensus that must be taken into account: each choice is a waiver. Let’s go to the details.
Check out the video analysis below:
Clarifying the three technical settings
Basically, each game has three technical settings: the 4K mode, the 120fps alternative and the “default option for the PlayStation 5 console” – yes, that is the name of one of the modes. Even more tricky is the description: it does not elucidate exactly what kind of benefit it brings in relation, for example, to 4K mode.
Distinguishing each of these specifications, what we have is the following: the 4K mode optimizes the resolution, aiming to stabilize it in the 2160p, without oscillations, making the background renderings clearer, noticeable when zooming the image – after all, the pixel count is higher. It is a natural effect of increased resolution.
The “standard for the PlayStation 5 console” alternative, which would be a kind of “quality mode”, improves details such as shadow and light, giving a more full aspect to these elements in the image panorama, especially shadows. This leap, however, only occurs at the cost of resolution. Therefore, the pixel count is reduced, but other nuances of the visual gain filling, especially the shadow silhouette. Kind of hard to decide, right? Observe the following captures:
4K zoom modeSource: Voxel
Standard mode for the zoomed PS5 consoleSource: Voxel
120fps zoom modeSource: Voxel
Finally, we have 120fps mode, which boosts games at 120 frames per second at the price of appearance. It is an option highly focused on performance, not on the graphic character, since this jump in performance happens at the expense of resolution and visual refinements. A less flashy and faster or less fast and more beautiful game: what do you prefer?
Premium image vs. performance: eternal struggle
After splurging on both PS5 remasters, my indications are as follows: the first Nioh, as this is a 2017 game that never had, say, its greatest countenance in the graphics, the resolution may be somewhat sacrificed in favor of performance. In it, the 4K and “standard modes for the PlayStation 5 console” dropped by 60 fps.
Therefore, the best cost-benefit is to opt for 120, since the look is not the big match here. Experiencing the journey at 120 frames per second is a path of no return. The movements are fast, the combat is smoother and it seems that the game becomes easier, such the fluidity of animations. It is possible to sacrifice a little of the image without generating visual noise.
Nioh on PS4 Pro, movie modeSource: Voxel
Nioh on PS5, 4K modeSource: Voxel
Nioh 2, on the other hand, follows a different path: here, the “standard mode for the PlayStation 5 console” proved to be more interesting. The setting improves the rendering of shadows, reflections, mirroring and does it all at 60fps, at the cost of some drops in resolution. Basically, it reduces the pixel count to deliver other image-focused improvements.
4K mode and the 120fps option highlighted more drops in the frame rate per second, so the best cost-benefit in image balance and performance in the Nioh 2 it is, again, the “standard mode for the PlayStation 5 console”. Here, putting a razor on the visual is no longer so interesting because it is a game from 2020. There is a graphic postcard better than the first title. Putting it in check can leave the image with the uncomfortable washed out aspect.
Regarding the cross-save, which would be “cross-rescue” in Portuguese (as it is in the game menu, inclusive), you have the possibility to transfer all your progress from PS4 to PS5. I faced some problems with the feature in the first Nioh, right after importing my save from the PS4 platinum game.
The screen crashed a few times when I tried to enter any phase. I closed the game instance, restarted and it worked, but then it crashed again. Koei Tecmo has released updates that seem to have fixed the problem, but here’s a friendly warning from my experience.
Another absurd leap to be idolized is the speed on the loading screens. It is a matter of a few seconds between selecting a stage and actually playing in that scenario.
Loadings are extremely fast thanks to the PS5’s data storage technology in harmony with the rest of the device’s circuits. The system is responsive in proportions that do not give a breather and allow the pace not to drop the shuttlecock.
–Source: Disclosure / Sony
It is worth it?
Nioh Collection it is a valuable set when viewed in isolation, especially for first-timers. Both games, tasted with their expansions and post-game content, quietly reserve more than 300 hours of gameplay.
As for those who are revisiting the experience, all progress is carried over to the remastering – and get ready to collect a few more trophies, see? Even though it has platinum Nioh 1 and 2 on PS4, the supreme trophy does not automatically sprout when you download the save, but almost everyone else pops up on the screen (even the worst ones, yes).
You will only need to redo a few things to platinum both games on the PS5 version. If you are new to the formula, set aside more than 400 hours of your life – and every minute invested will be worth it.