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Built very heavily upon the mechanics of its predecessor, Nidhogg 2 mostly aims to presenting a new flare and new options...but those options make the experience harder to get into, producing a game mostly for people who already played and loved the first entry.
[G]ames are my preferred method of avoiding people, and my view of games like this is generally that they exist as bait for the kind of Youtubers whose video thumbnails consist of them making a ridiculous face, so it’s saying something that I found myself holding my controller in a white knuckle grip and getting mad at little pixel art cartoon guys.
Still, Nidhogg 2 works as amazing as the first one, creating adrenaline loaded rounds full of hatred between friends, when one of you keeps killing the other. At the end, it’s a very safe played, unsurprising game, nonetheless, it´s a guarantee for fun at every gaming session, in a definitive version.
If you've never Nidhogged before, this might be the best place to start since you'll almost certainly be able to find a non-laggy game much more quickly, but it's missing some of the original's elegance, and not just in the visual department.
All that being said, it's easy to suggest Nidhogg 2 on its own merits. It has expanded on the wonderful mechanics of the original and has one of the best soundtracks in recent memory. There isn't much content here for the solo player, but if you've got friends coming over for some friendly competition, the night would not be complete without Nidhogg 2.
Messhof has crafted a sequel that manages to surpass their 2014 masterpiece. Offering more weapons and gameplay options, a fully featured singleplayer campaign, a new art style and an incredible soundtrack, Nidhogg 2 proves that sometimes, more is better.
Given that this game shares such a strong base with its predecessor, it'd be easy to get whether or not this is a sequel or a rehash, but the point is that Nidhogg did what it did perfectly and enjoyably. It was a simple game and concept that was best unadorned and uncluttered with other mechanics, modes, etc. Nidhogg 2 is fully aware of that and instead of changing what already works. It adds more in ways that don't detract from the core of the game, instead choosing to give it a healthy dose of identity, character and zany atmosphere that will stick with you much longer than bland colored square men in basic environments. It plays beautifully and the quick kills and high tension matches make for a perfect two-player experience.
Outrageous artwork aside, Nidhogg 2 is cut from the same cloth as Nidhogg. It attempts to enhance gameplay by offering more weapons and this was a successful move.
Nidhogg 2 is a unique and incredibly intricate game that succeeds in sucking you into its addictive nature, whether you are a newcomer to the series or a veteran looking for a fresh challenge.
Overall, Nidhogg 2 is a successful follow-up to the dynamite original, instantly making this one of the must-have local multiplayer games on Switch. Not much is there for the solo player, though the online multiplayer is nice. The ideal setup is a slew of friends passing off controllers in the tournament mode, but even in less than ideal multiplayer scenarios, it's still a chaotic and wacky blast.
Nidhogg 2 manages to improve over the feats of its predecessor by adding just the right amount of new ingredients to keep the experience intense and simple but, above all, fun. We're talking about competition on a very basic level but with a very polished and sophisticated execution. Simply put, Nidhogg is a game that you should try at least once.
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Nidhogg 2 is insane, but I say that in the best possible way. Simple controls with simple goals make Nidhogg 2 an easy one to recommend. There's a decent single-player challenge, though it's not all that long, and the multiplayer will keep you and your mates challenging each other to duels to the death for a long while to come.
Nidhogg 2 offers plenty of new content for fans of the original, and while its new art style isn’t for everyone, the game manages to build on the original’s level design and make for much more challenging melees that test your reflexes and friendships.
The gameplay of Nidhogg 2 is incredibly smooth and each button press flows into the next, removing the focus on the controller and allowing the player to soak in the numerous advances MESSHOF has made as they poured their time into making a new and refreshing version of their previous title.
Nidhogg 2 is a brutally bizarre tug of war with swords, an attractive grim spectacle of steel and blood that just so happens to be one of the most addictive experiences of the year. It's a bigger take on the magnificent original game, while avoiding feature bloat as it retains its simple charm with its ghastly and delightful new art direction.
Messhof have taken the unique thrill of the first Nidhogg and channelled it into an excellent sequel that develops the experience and makes it essential. Pick it up on Steam and get ready to ruin your many friendships
Bottom line, while the art may have seen a drastic change the gameplay largely remains the same. The simplicity in controls allows for focus to remain on one's opponent. That simple style keeps things fun. The stages are constructed well enough that you never feel cheated by the environment, helping to zoom in even more on player vs. player combat.
The hungry Wurm is back with Nidhogg 2 and I am more than glad! With better visuals and add-ons like new stages and weapons, Nidhogg 2 brings honor to its predecessor. The game offers brilliant fast-paced combat with hilarious and gruesome moments and this is exactly what I was expecting from it. Nidhogg 2 is a must if you want to spend some quality time full of laughter with your friends! Feed the big bad worm!
With a few caveats, Nidhogg 2 is the kind of sequel I had hoped developer Mark Essen and Messhoff Games would make. It’s an evolution of what made the original great that keeps most of its best elements, and doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel. It takes the series into more of a 16-bit style. It also mixes up the formula a little bit, with a host of lush new environments, new weapons, and silly-looking, customizable characters.
No one can deny how well Nidhogg 2 suits the Nintendo Switch. While the controversial new art direction may split the fan base and the lack of kill count record comes across as a strange absence, this stabby sequel’s healthy amount of new stages and a fun weapon system still makes it an absolute must for couch competition.
The amount of action that can transpire within a couple of seconds in Nidhogg 2 makes for two-player combat that's both intense and hilarious to play or watch with friends. Nidhogg 2's visual style might not be for everyone, but its sharp, minimalist duelling is still smart and chaotic enough to allow for endless couch competition.
Nidhogg 2 seems simple at first, but it's deep and content rich enough to keep you interested. It also sports beautiful pixel-art graphical style. Don't forget to bring friends, though.
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Despite the drastic visual changes, Nidhogg 2 does not distance itself from what made the gameplay of the first game be quite celebrated. The changes are not plentiful, but they improve the package of the basic Nidhogg experience by adding interesting variables in combat. The game does not offer so much for those who prefer to play alone, but like its predecessor, Nidhogg 2 is one of the best multiplayer options on the market.
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It's hard to deny that Nidhogg 2 is more casually oriented than Nidhogg 1 was, and that's going to turn a lot of Nidhogg 1's hardcore fanbase off. But if you can get beyond the random gameplay and the weird character design, there is a lot of fun to be had here, especially for its low price tag.
Nidhogg 2 may not be as beautifully simple as its predecessor and the art-style and new weapons are an acquired taste. However, the combat, crazy pace of matches and sheer aesthetic makes for great fights, either alone or with friends.
In motion when two players are facing off against each other it’s brilliant. Playing the game is nonstop fun. Heck, even watching two players have at it is a cracking time.
While the new art style is divisive, it brings with it improved combat and animations, making Nidhogg 2 great for multiplayer madness if you can gather together some friends in-person or online. However, as a single-player experience the Arcade mode quickly loses its appeal. Still, if you're looking for your next pick-up-and-play party game, Nidhogg 2 can be a hoot.
Nidhogg 2 is a worthy update to the minimalist dueling action game. Messhof offers a follow-up with a wildly different art style, more weapons, more levels, and more options for playing with your friends. The game overall feels a bit less precise, but this is still Nidhogg at its core.
Nidhogg 2 is the madhouse on top of Nidhogg's foundation. Formidable swords and a low-fi aesthetic are swapped for a gleeful array of sharp objects and a ridiculous style that embraces the 90's grossest toys. Nidhogg's singular focus isn't lost or diluted, it's amplified with a jubilant response to skill and spontaneity.
Don't expect Nidhogg 2 to change the core gameplay because its unique gameplay is what attracted many players to fight each other countless times.The new art style and weapons added a refreshing layer that made it deeper, smarter and more chaotic.
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Nidhogg 2 is a surprisingly short game, but that doesn't mean it's not a lot of fun. While the Arcade Mode is rather short at eleven stages, the local and online multiplayer options will keep fans coming back. If you were a fan of the original game you'll likely enjoy this game as it's pretty much more of the same but with some new and enjoyable additions.
Essentially an update of its predecessor with a new art style and some carefully considered additional nuances, Nidhogg 2 nonetheless remains an obvious choice for friendship-destroying, local competitive party play on PS4.
Nidhogg 2 doesn't change the core gameplay of its precursor in any Earth shattering ways, but it does introduce enough tweaks and refinements to make it well worth a second trip to the cosmic worm's hideous belly. While the single player component isn't especially interesting and the visuals might not be to everyone's taste, as a couch multiplayer experience its immediacy and depth is utterly infectious.
A charming fighting game that offers a great experience in co-op. It might be short in length but you will be able to enjoy a good amount of replay value in a party or with friends.
Nidhogg 2 is a decent sequel to the first title. Playing with friends will provide you an experience so exciting that'd wipe out the disappointment caused by the short length of the single player. Though changes done in the gameplay are not as much as expected and the combat is still as simple as before, but the all-new graphics and visual effects, also the excessive violence, has made Nidhogg 2 a unique and interesting game.
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Mechanics was nicely updated by the developers, but unfortunately, they failed straighten out the network code. But even so, Nidhogg 2 is a very dynamic and exciting game with deep mechanics and incredibly emotional gameplay, which will be a real revelation for multiplayer action games' fans.
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Nidhogg 2 is a worthy follow-up to the original. The new additions give the game some depth while still keeping intact the spirit of the game. For those who appreciate the prior title's simplicity, it's still there if you're willing to tweak some options. In the end, the game is a perfect multiplayer title in short bursts, and it's a game that's worth keeping in your library for such an occasion.
Nidhogg 2 is a game that you're either going to “get” or won't. There's a lot of deep to what at first might seem like a shallow release, but you need to give it some time before it wins you over. Playing with friends is a great way to speed up this process, so I'd suggest you do that after completing at least one full run of the single player campaign (which shouldn't take you more than 40-50 minutes). If you liked the first game then you're going to love the gameplay for this one, although you might not like the change in the game's visuals.
Nidhogg 2 has sacrificed the simplicity for the sake of variety! Though this could be annoying for some fans, it has made the gameplay deeper and more complicated comparing to its first title. However, newly added weapons have unbalanced the game and damaged the gameplay. Innovative graphics has injected the game with a new identity which is eye-catching every now and then. In addition, OST of the game is the best of Electronic genre and makes every level a unique experience.
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Nidhogg 2‘s setbacks make it an inadvisable purchase for anything but local multiplayer. The local multiplayer is fantastic enough to carry this game. Nidhogg 2 succeeds in making a few very simple concepts wonderfully captivating. By combining intuitive controls with a healthy range of tricks and strategies, Nidhogg 2 is the very definition of “Easy to learn, hard to master.” It is a worthy investment for you and your friends, provided they're close by.
Nidhogg 2 is a really tricky game to score because it seems like such a hit or miss, love it or hate it, kind of experience. If you don’t have anyone to play with I’d caution you on considering the purchase as there’s really no meaningful solo play and even if you do find online matches there’s something lost in the experience even if you’re able to get into some nice and tense matches. Even if you’ve got some friends to play with I’d say the odds are equal that you could really get a kick out of the experience or have it fall flat. Credit to the developer, it’s some of the very small touches like being able to reflect shots that give what seems to be a very shallow game surprising depth, it all comes down to the experience you’re looking for though.
Nidhogg 2 isn’t a feature heavy game. It could use leaderboards, maybe more game modes, and more weapons, sure. But it’s about the frantic gameplay, the hilarious level design and flopping of bodies across the levels. It’s about laughing with the person you’re trying to skewer. And listen – any game that lets you fight inside the bowels of a dying Nidhogg and escape through its sphincter is alright by us.
I feel like a sequel should usually try to mix things up a bit or do more, but Nidhogg 2 feels like a safe bet. More of the same and just a different look. For newcomers, it's no worries, for fans, it could be a slight disappointment. It's still a fun and frantic game, and that quality shines throughout, regardless of walking the same line as the first.
At its core, Nidhogg 2 is still Nidhogg. And you can turn off the new weapons and still fence your way across a castle stage if you so desire. But unless you're a hardline hater of Nidhogg 2's sludgy aesthetic, the sequel enhances the formula across the board. Don't be put-off by Nidhogg 2's rainbow slop, there's still a silly white-knuckle, slay-your-friends action game underneath the mess.
Messhof Games was able to expand upon a simple concept in Nidhogg 2 without ruining what made the first game great. The new weapons are a welcome addition to the franchise, and the variety of maps prevents the experience from growing dull too quickly. However, it would have been nice had the developers put more thought and care into making the online play better, because as it stands right now, it simply isn't worth the hassle.
If you put plenty of time into Nidhogg and you're pining for something to freshen it up, Nidhogg 2 should do the trick. If you're new to the series and on the look out for an excellent party game then I see no reason to look further than the budget-priced original. By making the original so fantastic, Messhof has fallen on its own sword in making a sequel.
Nidhogg 2 is a prime example of how simplicity isn't always a bad thing; this is a deliciously compelling couch multiplayer experience that's both approachable and in-depth, potentially leading to dozens of hours of fun. The weak single-player offering and online lag are certainly low points, but the trippy visuals, chill soundtrack and frantic gameplay all combine to make this a recommendation for those of you looking for another great title for playing with friends; solo combatants may wish to exercise some caution, however.
Nidhogg 2 is a unique little fighter that I think anyone will have a blast playing. Whether it be with friends or online, an insane amount of fun can be had. I would temper expectations if you are only looking to play Nidhogg 2 as a single-player experience though, due to the shoddy implementation of the AI.
Niddhog 2 has studied the lessons from its predecessor and makes its way into the Nintendo Switch catalogue as a fun and fluid multiplayer experience. It shines less when it comes to solo play, as the game feels a lot less motivating when there is only one player involved, but those looking for enjoyable local multiplayer sessions will find Niddhog 2 to be a satisfying choice.
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Nidhogg 2 is fun to play for a few rounds at a party, but it's not exactly the next EVO hit. It's a pick-up-and-play game with the potential for intense matches between friends, but that's about all it's good for. The game works, and none of its few weapons feel more powerful than its peer. The problem is that there's no reason to keep playing. Arcade mode isn't varied enough to make it worthy of more than a single playthrough. The base game doesn't have a ton of nuance either, so it's not really fun to go back and practice against the AI or online players. Nidhogg 2 is good, but I only recommend it for a party.
As someone who played way too much of the original, Nidhogg 2 is a let-down. Like the original, it's still a lot of fun to play locally, but it fails to really excel in the areas where Nidhogg faltered before. The online play currently ranges from bad to broken, and that's a huge hit for a game that's built around playing with friends. The single-player arcade mode isn't enjoyable to play, and feels thrown in order to fulfill a checklist. It's simply lacking in areas that'd make it a more appealing party game than the original. There are still flashes of brilliance that remind me why I loved Nidhogg, but the sequel never clicked for me in the same way. Hopefully some patches will add this into my online rotation, but right now I'm left underwhelmed.
The original Nidhogg was a huge surprise to me when it released. It turned out to be a game that I never even knew I wanted and I wound up sinking a ton of time into it. For better or for worse, after the success of the original title, Nidhogg 2 carries with it some expectations. The good news is, fans of the original will no doubt like what they find here, even if the sequel doesn't quite feel as fresh as the first game did.
Nidhogg 2 is a lot of fun when you're playing with other people, and not very much fun when playing in the single player mode. Graphically, some people may not find the game looks quite as hideous as others, but to those who do, know that you are not alone. Nidhogg 2 is, in short, a fun multiplayer release with some unnecessary components, and some lagging issues that sadly do it no favours.
Nidhogg 2 is a solid multi-player title that is bogged down by a handful of issues. The online play is currently a mess, the single player is lackluster at best and the new weapons do more harm than good. It's a testament to how rock solid the gameplay is, though, that the title is still worth checking out if you have friends willing to embrace its weirdness. For now, I'll stick with the original, though.
Nidhogg II is a case where bigger isn't always better. It's like trying to improve on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Sure, it's possible to add things to it, but the PB&J isn't something that really needs improving.
The endless fun of poking and prodding your way to victory and rushing to the next playable area of the screen is still the foundation of Nidhogg 2 and it will be the key reason why you'll find yourself struggling to put the game down for long. Going toe-to-toe with the game's ridiculously easy AI in arcade mode is no fun but hopping online and duking it out with other players is exactly how this game is meant to be enjoyed.
In the end, I was pretty disappointed with Nidhogg 2. After a few hours of playing I don't see myself going back to it any time soon. The weapon changes and graphic changes were enough to turn me off. Although the game can be fun to play for a few minutes at a time, all of the extra additions were just a little too much. I'll stick to playing the original, I think.