With the DLC “Darkness in the Capital”, the second of three planned additional packages for the tough Souls-like Nioh 2 is now available for download.
The new DLC is intended to expand the story of Nioh 2 and, in addition to other main and side missions, also offer new weapons, items and enemy types. You can find out in our detailed test whether “Darkness in the Capital” can outperform the first DLC “Students of Tengu” and whether it is worth buying the second expansion.
The Kyoto of the Heian period is threatened
At “it’s dark in the capital” the story revolves again around the mysterious Sohayamaru pipe. To finally clear up the secret of this pipe, the player travels to Kyoto and comes across a shrine that houses an old box. When the player examines this, the whistle lights up again and transports the player to an old and long-forgotten version of the capital Kyoto in the middle of the Heian period.
During this dark time, Kyoto was haunted and terrorized by dozens of terrifying yokai. But at that time there were already many brave fighters who stood in the way of these dark creatures. One of these brave fighters was the greatest demon hunter and wizard of the time and at the same time the only hope of Kyoto.
To defy the sinister Yokai and free Kyoto once and for all, the player joins this heroic demon hunter. On his journey, the player learns more and more details about the connections between his own history and the past into which the mysterious Sohayamaru pipe has put him.
New missions, items and enemy types
In terms of gameplay, the second DLC “Darkness in the Capital” relies on the typical Nioh formula. You fight your way through some new missions, you have to clear all kinds of demons out of the way and one or the other boss is waiting to be dismantled by you.
In addition to the new main missions, there are also one or the other new side mission, new weapons, new items and new magic features. Another new addition is the stone of penance. This new item makes the already very strong opponents even stronger, but in return gives you better items as a reward after you have killed the opponent.
One or the other new enemy type has made it into the game with the now second DLC and thus expands the already very versatile and imaginative ranks of enemy types in Nioh 2.
New weapon class loosens up the fighting
»The new class of fistfighting weapons deserves special mention. With this it is now possible to kill the yokai with your bare hands. “
In any case, the new class of fistfighting weapons deserves special mention. With this it is now possible to kill the Yokai with your bare hands, or with a kind of claw fist, as you know it from the Ninja Gaiden titles. This new weapon class brings a whole new dynamic to the Nioh combat system and makes the fighting a whole lot faster.
»When it comes to the locations of the missions, you have to question the somewhat unimaginative choice of the developers. Aside from a cave and an old temple, “Darkness in the Capital” unfortunately doesn’t have much to offer. «
When it comes to the locations of the missions, however, you have to question the somewhat unimaginative choice of the developers. Aside from a cave and an old temple, “Darkness in the Capital” unfortunately doesn’t have much to offer. The first DLC was much more convincing here.
The level cap has now been raised to an absurdly high 550 with the now second DLC. So there is a lot to do here until you have reached this enormously high level limit.
A neat look rounds off the overall package
Here, too, the latest DLC for Nioh 2 is typically solid. Like the main game, we get a lot in addition to decent textures and beautiful light and particle effects. The look is consistent and fits the game perfectly. Nioh 2 is technically at a high level and leaves nothing to be desired apart from the occasional flickering of the edges.
On a regular PlayStation 4, Nioh 2 can only be played in 720p with 60 frames. On PlayStation 4 Pro you can enjoy the title with 60 frames in 1080p. If you want to focus more on the optics and accept a frame lock of 30 frames, this option is of course also available.
With a Souls-like, however, you should always put a fluid presentation above the optics, as lightning-fast reactions are required especially in this genre. These are much more difficult to execute with 30 frames than with much smoother 60 frames.
Sound technically at the usual high level again
As you are used to from the main game, “Darkness in the Capital” is not naked when it comes to the sound. As usual, in addition to beautiful Asian sounds, we also expect powerful sound effects, which make the already brutal and impressive battles appear even more impressive.