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Aug 21, 2017

It's like, how much more Nidhogg could this be? And the answer is none. None more Nidhogg.

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Recommended
Aug 15, 2017

An already sterling fighter gets a new coat of paint and a few new tricks. It's not revolutionary, but it's the best Nidhogg has ever been.

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IGN

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Aug 14, 2017

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.

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8 / 10.0
Aug 14, 2017

Though a ton of fun with friends locally, the new single-player and online modes may not offer much to those hoping to play long-term

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7 / 10
Aug 14, 2017

Nidhogg 2 is more bloated and less refined than its predecessor, but it remains an engrossing and hilarious multiplayer game.

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Aug 16, 2017

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.

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9.5 / 10.0
Aug 14, 2017

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.

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6 / 10
Aug 18, 2017

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.

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6.9 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2017

More contents, similar limitations, a weird art style and laggy netcode for a sequel best played in local multiplayer.

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7.5 / 10.0
Aug 28, 2017

Nidhogg is as viceral & fun as you can imagine. One of the best multiplayer games, but an awful proposal for single player.

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Unscored
Aug 19, 2017

A must-buy for couch battlers. Online players should try.

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8.5 / 10.0
Aug 14, 2017

If you loved the original, this is just as good, with a great new art style and some nice changes to combat.

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Aug 14, 2017

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.

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Unscored
Aug 21, 2017
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Unscored
Aug 15, 2017

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.

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GameMAG

Top Critic

8 / 10
Sep 6, 2017

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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8 / 10
Aug 19, 2017

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.

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8 / 10.0
Aug 17, 2017

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.

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8 / 10.0
Aug 17, 2017

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.

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83 / 100
Aug 16, 2017

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.

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