Because Dark Souls became such a success, it wasn't a surprise that other video game developers started to try and use the formula for their own titles. Some of them actually ended up being really good, rather than just cash-in pretenders.
For example, while Nioh is clearly influenced by Dark Souls, it doesn't change the fact that it is a great game in its own right. It boasts a huge collection of bosses that are always fun to take on, and some that are super difficult! Here's a selection of the toughest.
10 Giant Toad
The 'easiest' of the hardest bosses in Nioh, maybe, but that doesn't change the fact that taking on this Giant Toad is still very difficult if people don't know what they're doing.
There's something about facing off against a toad that makes people feel more comfortable, as they're an inherently silly and clumsy animal. However, if players let this enemy's comical appearance cloud their judgement, they'll soon live to regret it against this formidable foe!
9 White Tiger
We don't know many people that were able to get through to the end of this boss without at least some luck. His tells are so difficult to get a handle on that skill can only take the player so far.
If the concept of taking on a giant white tiger wasn't bad enough, it proves to be elusive and most of his moves deal a huge amount of damage. Don't try to take it on from behind, either, or you'll feel the whip of its tail!
We would go as far to say that this is the first truly difficult boss that players will find themselves coming up against. If you can defeat Nue, you know you have the skills to get them to the end of the game.
It doesn't excel in any one form of combat, but is able to really come at the player with a well-rounded set of skills. Very unpredictable. If there was a loophole or a fault somewhere, you could get in and exploit that, but there's no way of cracking through to Nue's core.
For us, this is the boss with the best design, looking absolutely horrible while also coming at us with a huge amount of strength. At the point in the game where this boss comes along, those who have learnt how to dodge and learn the moves of their enemies will be able to overcome this one quickly.
However, as with many other bosses in Nioh, one mistake can be the difference between life and death, especially with a boss that has attacks with such a huge range. Definitely not one to be underestimated.
Despite being shockingly beautiful, this boss is one of the hardest in the game, and she comes in relatively early on as well. This woman is able to keep the pressure on at all times, meaning that anyone that tries to heal at the wrong time will find themselves falling foul of her long-ranged attacks.
Throw in the fact that this woman gains a lot of speed once she's down to half health, as well as a quick charge attack, and we have a brutal boss that many people struggled with the first time round.
5 Ishida Mitsunari
Quite possibly the most frustrating boss on this list, this guy likes to grab the character. These grabs must be dodged unless the player wants to lose around fifty percent of their health.
It can be enough to turn the player off, making them want to put down the controller and walk away from the game. Don't be discouraged, it's all about learning tells. Trust us when we say that it's well worth sticking with it to learn the boss and take them down!
4 Hundred Eyes
All we can say is that it's a shame that a boss with such a cool design is optional. Still, ultimately, we're happy it's optional, as it's one of the most frustrating bosses inthe whole game. This is down to luck, as the boss will act differently throughout every single attempt, meaning that some players will really struggle to get a handle on this particular boss.
You'll have to meticulously take in the various details of the boss' moves so you know what is coming next. Even then, you won't know.
3 Oda Nobunaga
We don't think there is any other boss in Nioh as willing to constantly change tactic and use all of their different moves as Oda Nobunaga. While other bosses can be frustrating to take apart, this man knows that he has a lot of different tools to take on the player.
Just when we think that we've got a hang of his moves he pulls out something that we had completely forgot about, removing most of our health in the process.
It makes sense that the last boss in the game would prove to be difficult, but believe it or not, it isn't the most difficult boss in the game!
More than anything, this boss is about testing the endurance of the player, grinding them down with a lot of different attacks while expecting them to also hit back from time to time. This is a very difficult balancing act, and slipping up is a real danger. Still, if you want to get to the end of the game, you'll have to go through this guy first.
1 Shima Sakon
While we understand that this is a boss that can be overcome once their patterns have been learned, it doesn't change the fact that a single mistake on the part of the player can end up costing them their life.
Yes, there is a lot of power in this boss's blade, meaning that it is important the player is constantly on their toes. We know that it's possible to beat the guy with practice, but it doesn't change the fact that he is brutally difficult.