Former PS4 exclusive Nioh made its way to the PC three weeks ago complete with all its previously released content. Otherwise known as Nioh: Complete Edition, the highly acclaimed action RPG made a lasting impression on PC gamers, though not necessarily for the best of reasons. While the port was seen as being overall pretty solid at launch, it did lack a number of features that PC gamers have come to expect. By far the most obvious oversight was the lack of mouse and keyboard support, which meant that Nioh could only be played with a controller. Until today, that is.
The highly anticipated patch announced earlier this week by Nioh publisher and developer Koei Tecmo was recently made available and brought with it proper mouse and keyboard support. Well, almost. The default key bindings aren’t the most intuitive ones out there and the game continues to display controller prompts even when played with a mouse and keyboard. It’s worth pointing out, however, that the majority of keys can be remapped. In other words, the game is definitely playable with a mouse and keyboard. You may need to tinker a bit with the options, though. It’s not the best effort, but Nioh is certainly better than a lot of Koei’s previous ports.
Koei Tecmo has shown more interest in this port than a lot of other Japanese developers so props to them for putting in the effort. Compared to something like Square Enix’s Nier: Automata PC port for example, which still hasn’t been patched eight months since launch, Nioh is doing a lot better when it comes to post-launch support. In addition to today’s patch, the game already received two other small updates earlier this month, which were mostly centered around bug fixes.
The port is still plagued by a number of technical issues that have yet to be addressed at the time of this writing. However, if Koei Tecmo continues to provide support, Nioh has the potential to become a very strong PC port in the weeks and months to come. As evidenced by the very positive reviews on Steam and PS4, the gameplay itself is excellent so the technical problems are the only thing preventing it from becoming a great PC game. We’ve seen time and time again that most PC gamers are willing to put up with technical issues if the gameplay is worth it, but it would still be nice to see better ports in the near future.
Nioh: Complete Edition currently sits at 82% on both Steam and Metacritic, with mostly favorable critic reviews. Users have been less kind with their scores on Metacritic, although a lot of the complains seem to be targeted at the lack of mouse and keyboard support at launch. Now that that particular issue has been addressed, hopefully Koei will move on to work on further improvements. Preferably sooner rather than later.