Nidhogg 2 Review
I swear to all the holy gaming gods that you will not stop me from getting to that side of the damn map. I do not care who you are or what weapon you are carrying…I will get to my destination and I will succeed! This is the determination you need when it comes to a brutal tug of war face off getting through the opponent to reach the other side. No this is not the, “Why did the chicken cross the road…” scenario because that is a dark meaning, to be honest. No, my fellow gamers this is your BATTLE ROYALE, your straight line of DESTRUCTION! All you need to do is get there by ripping through your opponent by any means necessary!
The wurm has returned and it must feed! Shed your garments and paint the walls with the flesh of your enemies, for only one can be worthy of sacrifice. The rules are simple. Reach the other side and kill anyone that stands in your way. Deftly parry and rend their throats, riddle their bowels with arrows, or squish their brains between your toes. The wurm cares not for chivalry.
So, let me get this straight…I do all that fighting in each level only to become a meal to a freaking wurm? Why can’t I just sacrifice the damn enemy I just defeated in their honor. How is that a victory and by the way if we are sacrificing to anyone give me someone pretty. That wurm is all sorts of nasty, looking like a living intestine. Toby Dixon has brought a lovely style of grotesque art to us gamers out there.
Honestly, it is quite simple, as you begin each match with a different weapon you can use mid, high and low attacks. There is a nice strategy at times that can lead to one hit kills, or you can ditch your weapon and just go all out brutal and stomp your opponent out. There is a simple mechanic to the game where you can customize your character with a bit of different clothing and face pieces. You can choose from some interesting color schemes, but it doesn’t have you looking for too long because no matter what kind of character you make it will never be pretty and that is fine by me.
So far the weapons that you will have access too are rapier, broad sword, bow and arrow and a dagger. There will be chances if done right where you can throw your weapon at an enemy for a one shot quick kill or a slide attached that you can take advantage of with timing. Keep in mind if you throw your weapon and kill the opponent you put yourself at risk to face off against a spawn weaponized opponent. That is right if you do not leave the area in time the enemy will spawn in a few seconds. So move your butt to get through all three squares.
The tug of war portion comes in to play because if you or your foe advances the squares above the screen will fill with the color of each character. The end result is when you reach the end you are sacrificed as the victor! Yummy.
It definitely has a Tromer Film style to it with creepy muppets fill. All the characters are eccentric and the boards are pretty simple with nice visual and a stunning combat system. I do approve for what it does as a fighter and yes I classify this as a fight since it has some technical forms. For example, a broad sword feels like a heavy weapon and if done right can knock your opponents weapon out of their hand. The dagger is quick and agile for quick strikes as well as the bow and arrow, but it can be deflected which is a nice touch. The rapier is quick as well but would be considered more balanced out of the four. But you can always be like your boy Kuma and go all melee on your opponents.
There is not much I can say wrong for a simple game of this nature besides the campaign is pretty sure and repetitive. Even if the opponents do get difficult after a while. You can figure out the strategy rather quickly because the A.I just becomes more aggressive. It mostly is a full blown tutorial for the real match within the online play. If you get enough people then you can have a good time having salty matches. Online matches are pretty much just the same, but if you really want to have fun it would be recommended to set up a local party and just bash it out. I don’t see any DLC for the future which is a shame because this game could benefit from DLC of new clothing options and weapon packs.
Nidhogg 2 is a fun game to enjoy, but better with friends. As stated the regular solo game is just so you can get used to what to expect. The further you accomplish the harder the A.I becomes and once you feel grounded go right into multiplayer for some serious high sodium combat. Even if this is an indie game it is good enough to have some extra content that I know many would be willing to pay for. It gets a 3.5 out of 5 with its unique combat and eccentric art style, I would definitely give it a shot which it is at a reasonable price of $14.99. I hope you enjoyed this review and be sure to check out Nidhogg 2 on Mac OSX, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC. – Beast Out –