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Nioh’s CG intro cinematic is the stuff of legends

by Ron Duwell | February 6, 2017February 6, 2017 6:00 pm PST

Everyone knows I love me a good video game introduction sequence. I’ve written about this many times before, but there’s just something so special about having an explosive introduction there to greet you every time you turn a game on.

Add Nioh to the list of memorable ones from recent memory. Two minutes of brutal, brilliant samurai action, great music, and incredible monster designs. Take a look for yourself and see what I mean.

Onimusha obviously is the first game to come to mind

Capcom used to spare no expense with an incredible introduction video, and all three main Onimusha games came frontloaded with incredible sequences. Nioh is somewhere in that category, and it’s a bit different from the crazy anime sequences found in Tales of Zestiria or the slick and the stylish from the Persona games.

There is more going on here than just CG, which is actually kind of standard for what’s out there now. It’s more about the content, how the video sets up a story with no words and yet focuses more on sizzle reel moments than full-on exposition.

In other words, you watch this, you get the minimal information your brain needs, and you get excited to play because it’s exciting to watch. Somewhere along the lines, such a simple art became lost on many developers. I’m glad games like Nioh keep in alive.

Nioh is available now for the PlayStation 4.


Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...