Many moons ago i got this little game for my ps4 called nidhogg, it was fun and yet i can not tell you why. It reminded me a little of IK+ (a commodore 64 title when i played it) I loved the quick short combat of it but my friends would look at it and go “That is not what i bought a ps4 for” when i
eventually forced a friend to play it he got bored of it fast.
Now i had an opportunity to try Nidhogg 2 before release, sadly only the pc version, (which did cause me a tiny issue with testing local multiplayer till i found i could plug a ps4 pad into the pc in attention to my xbox one pad lol) and i discovered it is more of the same but everything improved.
The friend i coerced into playing it with me sadly did not like it and got bored of it fast again however, clearly not a man of good taste! (see why i say it will divide friendships in more than one way lol)
This is a game you will want to have two pads for (there is single player arcade mode but the ai is not hard to beat and not as fun as playing vs humans you know) however if you wish to majorly inconvenience a soon to be ex friend you can let them use the keyboard while you use a pad.
One of the cool things this time out is you get a random weapon each time you spawn (in vs mode) and each weapon has its strengths and weaknesses (there is also a bow an arrow which the ai can be somewhat lethal with) it can make for some cool little fights and playing on the pc there has been a couple of times i have reached instinctively for the ps4’s share button to quickly save a clip only to remember i am on pc lol.
Again a vast improvement over the original and i really like the random characters you can make, the graphics will still put off some though who still do not fully understand that gameplay is king not graphics (makes me sad when i hear people moaning about a games graphics without playing it)
The environments are also improved this time around it almost seems a shame to mess them up with the blood of your enemies….almost…. 🙂
It will take a little while to work out how to throw stuff, the weapons pros and cons but ultimately you
grasp the core concepts pretty fast.
- Basic gameplay allows for quick pick up and play.
- While still having some complexities to master (not many granted)
- vastly improved from the original in every way.
- You will pull off a move you wish you could record at least once in a game.
- Very cheap.(good fun to cost ratio, in my opinion)
- Hard to get friends to play it with you in this generation of super shiny graphics
- Does get repetitive
- Ai needs a difficulty slider and more finess.
- Not a game you will be playing everyday.
- Arcade mode is a bit short, completed it in my first playthrough.
If you liked the first one then this is a no brainer, it maintains the feel of the original while at the same time surpassing it in every way.
If you are new to Nidhogg then know what you are getting is a cheap game that is fun in short doses. I like the game, i liked the original, so i am recommending it, however it should be noted that my friends who tried it did not like it, but this is my review, not theirs lol
Find it on Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/535520/Nidhogg_2/