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Nidhogg embodies the aggressive, intoxicating thrill of competition.
It was a long time coming, but NIDHOGG doesn't fail to impress, even after four years of waiting.
Nidhogg features some of the most unique and well executed multiplayer mechanics yet its shortage of content leaves a lot to be desired.
If you engage in regular local multiplayer with friends or family, then this is a no-brainer. Chip in a couple of quid each and you've got yourself a lovely little party title. But it's a bright-burner with a short wick, and you'll have to decide for yourself if that's worth a tenner.
When a perfectly crafted game like this does come along, regardless of the era or art style, just enjoy it. It's a truly magnificent creation.
Nidhogg is fundamentally about that laughter; not the happy laughter you give to a good joke, but the manic and true laughter you use to break down walls in yourself. I think that laughter is why some people fight. I know it's why I play Nidhogg.
You might want to stay away if you plan to play alone, but with its extremely responsive controls, lightning-fast pace, and easy-to-learn combat, Nidhogg is one of the most enjoyable and competitive local multiplayer games on the market.
On top of this the local multiplayer is cracking but the online component doesn't come across nearly as well. Poor net code means bouts can often suffer fits of lag that can massively affect the outcome of a game, and a lack of options means this is pretty barebones. Still, despite the small niggles this is one game that is more than worth your time.
It's a small package but there's a wealth of value to be found in the creative gameplay that'll spur you through many hours of gaming.
Nidhogg is a polarizing game. Experiencing it the way it's meant to be played (via local multiplayer) is a fantastically fun event.