With October almost done, it’s time to gaze yonder into November, where another batch of PlayStation Plus games await eager subscribers, this time in the form of Team Ninja’s acclaimed action game Nioh and Red Barrels’ gruesome first-person horror sequel Outlast 2.
Nioh initially launched on PS4 in 2017, and its melding of light RPG elements and extravagant hack-and-slash action – which saw players donning the mantle of real-life western samurai William Adams – managed to draw comparisons with From Software’s celebrated Dark Souls series, as well as Team Ninja’s own Ninja Gaiden games.
“While the combat system and bosses offer a worthy successor to Souls and Gaiden fans,” wrote Jeffrey Matulef in his Eurogamer Recommended review, “there are a few ways that Nioh falls short of the modern masterpiece it strives to be. The most troublesome problem with Nioh is its repetition. For all it does right, its padding is obvious and often obnoxious.”