One of the worst feelings in the world is making significant process in a Nioh level, only to find that hardly any of it saved when you return to it in your next session. The game is already challenging enough, and you don’t need the added challenge of losing your hard-fought progress. This guide will show you how saving works, as there’s actually two ways that it happens.
First of all, the game does have an auto-save feature, which pops up as you make your way through any particular dungeon. You’ll know that it’s happening when you see a spinning circle appear in the bottom left corner of your screen, so you can feel a little safer when you’re making your way through the game’s brutal trials. You can also trigger this mid-mission by bringing up the menu by pressing the PS4 touch pad, and then navigating to the System tab. At the bottom of the System tab is the option to Return to Title Screen, and doing so will save your game at the exact spot that you were at when quitting the game.
However, the second and most common way that most will be saving their games will be through the game’s Shrines. Shrines are sparingly sprinkled throughout each of the game’s levels, serving as a tremendous sigh of relief when you get to one. This is because the Shrine not only saves your game, but it also serves as a checkpoint for the spot in the dungeon that you’re currently in. Seeing as how many times you’ll fall to the game’s brutal enemies, coming across a Shrine in Nioh is just as good of a feeling as coming across a bonfire in Dark Souls.
Saving isn’t only something that can be done while you’re in a mission, either, as this can also be done when you’re on the game’s world map. Just bring up the menu and System tab just as you would while in a mission and select the Return to Title Screen option, and the next time you boot the game up you will be on the map screen.
This should tell you all you need to know about saving your game in Nioh, and hopefully it saves you from the tears that inevitably come from realizing you have to redo a part that made you want to pull your hair out. Happy Yokai hunting!