Brushed off by many as a mere "Souls" clone, Nioh offers more intrigue and character with its cast of real historical figures, wealth of Japanese folklore, a simple yet complex combat system, beautiful music, and captivating setting. You play as the first Western Samurai, William Adams of England, who was the first of his country to reach Japan in 1600 during its Warring States Era. You encounter rogue bandits and Ronin of varying arms and styles, and none should be taken lightly. Button mashers be warned: a depleted stamina bar spells, "Good night, nurse" as your movement is completely exhausted, and you're tucked into bed with a drenched, warm blanket in preparation for your extended stay. Your stamina (known as "Ki") is not that difficult to maintain, however, and there is an ingenious way of restoring it immediately following an attack combo. An aura will emanate around your character and will dissipate after a few seconds. While it is still visible, you'll want to tap (R1) to perform a "Ki pulse" replenishing enough stamina to chain a number of combinations of attacks at once! Should you encounter anything supernatural, run! Known as Yokai and Oni, these bastions of ancient lore inhabit their own realm, but have found their way to Earth and can be identified by their primordial pools from which they spawn. Later on, you'll be able to visit this realm yourself should you possess the courage. These ghastly villains should be taken with the extreme caution as they are the deadliest foes in the game. You need not face all of them, though. Be on the look-out for paths that meander around these death traps. You'll want to master at least two different weapon types; you may choose from katanas, dual katanas, spears, axes, or hand-to-hand Jujutsu. Make sure you're also comfortable with the three different fighting stances: High - concerning slow but devastating attacks; Mid - a balanced stance that favors blocking; and Low - for quick, weak attacks and dodging. There are also several guardian spirits of different elemental capacities from which you may choose to keep as your "living weapon" potential. Conjuring this potential yields a lot of errr potential so be sure to make use of it when its gauge becomes full. Go download the Beta and try it out! It will be available until September 6th. If you manage to beat the first and second stage, you will earn a "Mark of the Conqueror" "Mark of the Warrior" respectively. These marks will grant you some kind of exclusive DLC when the game releases, oooh!