Nidhogg 2 is a 2D 1v1 fighting game and a sequel to the 2014 smash hit Nidhogg. Nidhogg, in short, is a panicked race to either the right or the left side of the screen (depending on if you are player one or two). The only way to advance is to kill or avoid the other character. Once a player has been disposed of you try to haul ass as far as you can before they spawn again. It may not sound like much, but it is a blast just as the first one was.
Nidhogg 2 takes everything that made the original so good and improved it. You have more weapons, multiple types of swords or daggers, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Heavier swords can cut through easily but are slower to swing. They also have a bow and arrow if you want to take a more ranged approach, but the arrows can be deflected back at you, so be ready to jump over a counterattack if needed. And of course, you can try to surprise your opponent and throw the weapon at the other player. Now once you kill the other player (or avoid them) you have a chance to haul ass to the next screen and hope to eventually get to the final screen and prove you’re victorious. The other player will spawn again in your path so get ready to have multiple battles on your hand trying to get to the goal. Now it isn’t just run at your opponent and slash your way through them, the combat is a bit deeper than that. You can hold your weapon high, medium or low. Depending on where your weapon is, different results can occur. Maybe your opponent tries to jump or slide attack you. It really does matter where you are holding your weapon for defense. Don’t ignore that hot tip, it can really save your life. Nidhogg 2 is very fast paced and intense, I love it.
The visuals have changed dramatically. It no longer looks like an Atari 2600 game. It has full blown beautiful laid out worlds, each stage is completely different and the colors are vibrant and gorgeous. I loved each area and the style of the characters, I got lost staring at the graphics a couple of times and had my ass handed to me while doing so. I couldn’t help smiling while enjoying all of the artistic detail in the worlds, it was truly amazing. There is also another piece to this game that is downright amazing….the soundtrack. The music is so DAMN good. I am currently listening to it while typing and probably will for a bit now. It has a great beat and just is candy for your ears. The soundtrack alone is probably worth the 20 dollars!
Though it has online and local multiplayer, it really shines in local multiplayer. I tried online for the review but no one was to be found. Local co-op is a blast and rage-inducing, especially if your friend is continuously whooping your ass and you have to sit next to them gloating about their win. No salt here..right? There’s even a tournament system built into the game for local multiplayer.
There really isn’t a story involved and it is really isn’t needed for a quick paced fighting game like this. Nidhogg 2 is gorgeous, violent, and is a blast to destroy your friends or have an epic comeback while your opponent has a massive collapse. It’s never fun to be on the losing side, but grab this game with some friends and you’ll have hours of entertainment!
Note: GameOctane Editor Jason Germino received a code for the purpose of reviewing this game. Any code or product intended for reviews is distributed to the team to review and stream for our audience.
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+ Fun, fast-paced brutality
+ Beautiful worlds
+ Top notch soundtrack
+ Keeps spirit of original Nidhogg
- No story
- No one to play online multiplayer with