Nidhogg 2 - A PSVG Review

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What is Nidhogg 2?

Coming into this review, I had never played Nidhogg, so the sequel was a brand new experience for me. The easiest way to describe this game is fencing/dueling tug-of-war. After a brief stint of character customization, players are matched up head to head (or against the CPU) with the end goal to make it through several screen of your opponents territory to an eventually end point. Only then can you claim victory, and also death, by being devoured in one gulp by the majestic Nidhogg.

(fun fact, it stems from  Norse Mythology )

(fun fact, it stems from Norse Mythology)

You have a variety of weapons at your disposal: a saber, broadsword, bow, and dagger. Each plays a bit differently and provides a variety over-the-top ways to slay your opponent. That is really Nidhogg 2 in a nutshell.

What’s in the Game?

What has been described above is really the essence of this game. It’s a simply formula that really plays out best depending on your opponent. Game options are simple enough, as a single-player, you may choose to play what amounts to “arcade mode”, playing through each stage in sequence against a CPU opponent. This taught me how to play the game, but really left me wanting more in terms of an actual experience. Great, there is an online mode, let’s find game! No dice. I’m afraid either the community has already moved on, or there just isn’t one large enough in place on the Nintendo Switch. I was upset. I really wanted to give this game an open mind, but my experience felt so stale based on the options I had access to, then….I took my Switch to a friend’s house… That is where this game truly shines, Nidhogg 2 almost requires local multiplayer. Within minutes we were shrieking, taunting, and killing each other over and over as we battled towards the glorious death only the Nidhogg could offer. What would be a simple 1-3 minute match against the CPU was upwards to 15 minutes or more as we struggled back and forth from once screen to the next. It truly was a tug-of-war and many laughs were shared between the two of us. This is how this game was always meant to be played.

So What are the Drawbacks?

While Nidhogg 2 was a fun experience, it’s those elements that make it fun that I also feel hinder it. Multiplayer is a must. If you don’t have access to someone local, online is an option, but you are missing out on that interaction, which is so vital. There is no single-player offering of note, so don’t even go into this expecting it. The spawning system can also be a bit frustrating at times. If only player already has momentum in the match and is rapidly moving through a screen, you are often dumped in with little time to react or invincibility frames to protect you. This would lead to a quick death and more progress from your opponent. Perhaps this is just an exploitable tactic that we discovered early on or merely a design decision from the developers? I’m not sure. The weapon match ups also leave a bit to be desired. I found myself really only wanted the saber or broadsword as they were “OP” compared to other options. There is the option to customize those setting before the match, so at least the player can negate those. Lastly, I’m just not a fan of the visuals here. The original game had a very simple almost “Atari” like style.

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It was clean, simple, and easy to focus. Maybe its just that nostalgia that bites me? The sequel jumps so far forward with its colors and depths of design. The backgrounds are lush and detailed, but the characters just look….gross. I can’t quite put my finger on why I dislike the character design so much, but if there was a slight deviation there, I would not be disappointed.

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The End

Overall, there are more hits than misses when looking at the whole of Nidhogg 2. I don’t think there is enough game here that you will be coming back over and over BUT what IS HERE makes for a great “party game” experience that is well worth taking a look at. I feel that the $14.99 price tag is accurate and if you have a local or even an online play buddy that is interested, you should give this game a go. Let me know how many laughs you have.

Nidhogg 2 was reviewed using a eshop code provided by the publisher. You can read additional information about PSVG’s  review policy on our disclaimer page here.

Nintendo Download - 10/04/18

Here’s your weekly Nintendo eShop update! Slide over Xenoblade, Arena of Valor, Dead Cells, and Labo as Mario’s bringing his friends to party, A Ninja returns remastered, and TellTale complete’s their Batman story on Nintendo Switch.

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Goodbye Telltale, Best Wishes Clem, RIP Reuben.

It is with a heavy heart I type these words. Goodbye Telltale, best wishes Clem, RIP Reuben.

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News broke today that the Telltale studio is closing, laying off over 200 employees and only keeping a few on. In the statement by CEO Pete Hawley reads

"It's been an incredibly difficult year for Telltale as we worked to set the company on a new course. Unfortunately, we ran out of time trying to get there. We released some of our best content this year and received a tremendous amount of positive feedback, but ultimately, that did not translate to sales. With a heavy heart, we watch our friends leave today to spread our brand of storytelling across the games industry."

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Goodbye Telltale, best wishes Clem, RIP Reuben.

This crushed me. This has been one of my hardest weeks to date, and I would relive this a thousand times over to make it so I don't have to say goodbye to a studio I have loved so much. I have played and 1000 every Telltale game but one. I originally found out about the studio due to the fact it had such easily achieved achievements. But, they did the impossible. They made me put down my sports games and first person shooters, to enjoy their stories. Their blend of catching you off guard with amazing moments and taking you on a journey unlike any I had been on before changed they way I played and viewed games.

To this day, Minecraft Story mode is one of my top 5 favorite games of all time. If I look back to my top 20 I see more and more of their games pop up, like the Walking Dead Last Frontier and Walking Dead Michonne. I loved these games, I bought them and shared them with friends because I just felt in my heart they needed to be played and so many passed them up. Could that be why Telltale fell? Honestly, I don't know why Telltale failed. I can guess though and when I do, I blame myself. I always wait for the physical release of their games, so I can beat them in one or two sittings and trade it in once I have beaten the game. I only own two of the digitally due to the fact they are my favorites and I want to replay them over and over again.

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Goodbye Telltale, best wishes Clem, RIP Reuben.

I think there are more achievement hunters like myself who did the same, and waited. The waiting lead to the early fall of Telltale. As we found ourselves waiting to buy, they found themselves waiting to make or finish chapters. Eventually the waiting stopped and now they are gone. Wonderful writers will now hopefully catch on at other places and more stories will come from this, I hope.

I wish I was ready to say goodbye to this studio. I thought we had more games, more experiences, more tales... to tell. Sadly, it seems this is over. I can dream of a company like Microsoft saving them, I can wish for it even. But something like this doesn't get fixed in a day. I'm not going to walk up Saturday morning to Telltale is saved. So I will simply say goodbye to this developer, thank them for giving me so much, and hope they find new homes and are able to create more worlds for me to fall in love with.

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Goodbye Telltale, Best wishes Clem, RIP Reuben.

Those who made these characters and worlds may never know how much I loved them, but if you are one of those Hero's, I hope you know how grateful I am and how sorry, because I waited.

Goodybe Telltale.

Best wishes Clem.

RIP.... Reuben.

Nintendo Download 09.06.17

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NBA 2K19 – The NBA 2K franchise celebrates 20 years of redefining what sports gaming can be, from graphics and gameplay to unique game modes and an immersive open-world “Neighborhood”. The NBA 2K19 game continues to push limits as it brings gaming one step closer to real-life basketball excitement and culture. NBA 2K19 is available Sept. 11 and the NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition is available Sept. 7.

Hyper Light Drifter – Special Edition – Explore a beautiful, vast and ruined world riddled with dangers and lost technologies. Echoes of a dark and violent past resonate throughout a savage land, steeped in treasure and blood. Hyper Light Drifter is an action-adventure-RPG in the vein of the best 16-bit classics, with modernized mechanics and designs on a much grander scale.

Gone Home – You arrive home after a year abroad. You expect your family to greet you, but the house is empty. Something’s not right. Where is everyone? And what’s happened here? Unravel the mystery for yourself in the Gone Home game, a story exploration game from The Fullbright Company.

SNK HEROINES ~Tag Team Frenzy~ – The SNK HEROINES ~Tag Team Frenzy~ game brings the party home! Play online* or with friends** as SNK’s iconic heroines in this new 2-v-2 fighting game. Choose one of the many heroines from SNK’s history, like Athena, Kula and Shermie, and customize her look before letting her battle it out. Who will be the Belle of the Brawl? SNK HEROINES ~Tag Team Frenzy~ is available on Sept. 7.

Also new this week:

ACA NEOGEO FOOTBALL FRENZY (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Azure Reflections (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Broforce (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Chiki-Chiki Boxy Racers (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Dust: An Elysian Tail (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Sept. 10

FullBlast (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Sept. 7

Gakuen Club (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Gnomes Garden 3: The thief of castles (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Grandpa and the Zombies (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Sept. 12

Kentucky Robo Chicken (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Lifeless Planet: Premiere Edition (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Miles & Kilo – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Mummy Pinball (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Sept. 7

PLANET ALPHA (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Shikhondo – Soul Eater (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Sigi – A Fart for Melusina (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Sept. 7

STAY (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Sept. 12

Super Inefficient Golf (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Sept. 7

Swim Out – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Time Carnage (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Sept. 12

Breakout Defense (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)

Double Breakout (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS

YO-KAI WATCH BLASTERS: Red Cat Corps / YO-KAI WATCH BLASTERS: White Dog Squad – Jibanyan and his Blasters team hit the streets in this action-packed twist on the YO-KAI WATCH series. You can play solo, or team up with up to three other friends*** to blast away Big Bosses and evil Yo-kai and tackle various missions to amplify your team’s awesomeness.

Great deals this week! Check out the full list of deals available this week at http://www.nintendo.com/games/sales-and-deals.

Nintendo Download 8.30.18

This week's Nintendo eShop drops another great week full of indie options to choose from highlighted most by Into the Breach and The Messenger. https://youtu.be/AJViZXHK7bs

The Messenger – As a demon army besieges his village, a young ninja ventures through a cursed world to deliver a scroll paramount to his clan’s survival. What begins as a classic action platformer soon unravels into an expansive time-traveling adventure full of thrills, surprises and humor.

Reviews kind of speak for themselves on this one

https://twitter.com/devolverdigital/status/1034787753714741248

Into the Breach – The remnants of human civilization are threatened by gigantic creatures breeding beneath the earth. You must control powerful mechs from the future to defeat an alien threat. Each attempt to save the world presents a new randomly generated challenge in this turn-based strategy game from the makers of the FTL game.

https://youtu.be/vw30dENVR2Y

The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season – Play as Lee Everett, a convicted criminal, who has been given a second chance at life in a world devastated by the undead. With corpses returning to life and survivors stopping at nothing to maintain their own safety, protecting an orphaned girl named Clementine may offer him redemption.

Also new this week:

ACA NEOGEO CROSSED SWORDS (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Bloxiq (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Claws of Furry (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Sept. 3

Fall of Light: Darkest Edition (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Freedom Planet (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

GOD WARS The Complete Legend (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Sept. 4

Haunted Dungeons: Hyakki Castle (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Mini Metro (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Moonfall Ultimate (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Sept. 4

Ninjin: Clash of Carrots (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Sept. 4

Phantaruk (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Realpolitiks (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Son of a Witch (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Sept. 4

The VideoKid (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Toy Stunt Bike: Tiptop’s Trials – Full and Demo Versions

 

Great deals this week! Check out the full list of deals available this week at http://www.nintendo.com/games/sales-and-deals.

My Nintendo September Rewards – Summer’s almost over, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop – head back to school with a New Nintendo 2DS XL system! With a huge library of games featuring Mario, Link and more classic characters, it’s just the thing to get through long bus rides or down time after school. My Nintendo September rewards help kick things off with discounts for up to 50 percent on Nintendo Selects games like The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. Nintendo 2DS XL plays all Nintendo 3DS games in 2D only. Check out the full list of the rewards here.

ICYMI: Dragalia Lost Detailed & Direct

https://youtu.be/-4wz7Mb8Kqw In case you missed the Dragalia Lost Direct late last night here's the latest PR update from Nintendo and the video above.

For the first time ever, Nintendo is introducing a new IP directly on smart devices! With the Dragalia Lost game, players can enjoy a fast-paced action role-playing game set in a fantasy world of warriors, magic and dragons that’s specifically designed to play on smartphones, but with the depth typically reserved for dedicated video game systems. With intuitive touch-screen controls, colorful fantasy graphics that pop off the screen and the option to join up online with up to three other players in co-op story quests, events and Raid Battles, the game can easily be enjoyed in short bursts or longer play sessions. 

“Fans are looking for a variety of experiences on mobile devices, and this vibrant action role-playing game perfectly complements our other mobile games, while also offering something completely new.”

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Nintendo debuted a video detailing many of the features coming to Dragalia Lost. To view the video presentation in its entirety, visit https://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct/08-29-2018/.

“Our mobile strategy is expanding with the launch of Dragalia Lost, the first original IP from Nintendo to launch on mobile devices,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Fans are looking for a variety of experiences on mobile devices, and this vibrant action role-playing game perfectly complements our other mobile games, while also offering something completely new.”

In Dragalia Lost, players build a customized party of adventurers and set off on a grand journey – one that will take them to a variety of locales to save the Kingdom of Alberia from mysterious evil forces that are corrupting the realm. While exploring the world, players control their party of adventurers in battle, even transforming into mighty dragons to unleash devastating attacks. Along the way, players can discover more than 60 companions for their party that offer a variety of different weapon classes, combat abilities and elemental properties.

Battles are performed in real time to keep players in the action, dragging their fingers on the screen to move their characters, tapping or holding to engage with various attacks and flicking along the screen to dodge. It’s all very intuitive and easy to pick up for any type of player. And by using the in-game currency Diamantium or Wyrmite, players can summon new characters, dragons or special accessories called Wyrmprints that can be equipped for powerful abilities or bonuses. Wyrmite is earned in the game as a reward for completing quests, while Diamantium can be purchased using real-world money.

Dragalia Lost is all about letting players play how they want. Party members can be customized in all sorts of ways, whether it’s through new equipment or leveling up and earning new or upgraded abilities. Dragalia Lost even offers synchronous online multiplayer with up to three other people who have the game, so friends can share the experience throughout the game’s main story adventure, additional quests and event raids.

For more information about Dragalia Lost, including how to pre-register, visit https://dragalialost.com/en/.

Nintendo Download - 08.23.18

Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate – This critically acclaimed action RPG series makes its debut on the Nintendo Switch system. Choose from 14 different weapon types, mix and match them with unique Hunting Styles and Hunter Arts, or even play as an adorable but ferocious Felyne in Prowler Mode. The Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate game features the largest cast of monsters for any game in the series, from returning fan favorites to mysterious never-before-seen monsters. Monster Hunters Generations Ultimate will be available on Aug. 28. A free demo of the game is available to download now on Nintendo eShop.

https://youtu.be/ZAH4fc0rqxQ

Little Dragons Café – Little Dragons Café opens with a twin brother and sister learning to cook and manage a small café with their mother. All was routine until one morning when the twins discover that their mother won’t wake up. Suddenly, a strange old man appears and tells them that they must raise a dragon to save her. Working with three quirky café employees, the twins must wrangle a dragon and run the family business while finding a way to save their mother. Available Aug. 24

https://youtu.be/RrEhFNyz_ug

Bad North - Bad North is a charming but brutal real-time tactics roguelite. Defend your idyllic island kingdom against a horde of Viking invaders, as you lead the desperate exodus of your people. Command your loyal subjects to take full tactical advantage of the unique shape of each island. Everything is at stake: fail, and watch the blood of your subjects stain the ground red.

https://youtu.be/Yk565lneDR4

Blade Strangers – A malevolent force known only as Lina is devouring data from a vast, interdimensional network of servers overseen by sentient computers called “motes.” In desperation, the motes summon heroes from a variety of parallel game worlds to face off against each other in one-on-one combat. Fighter roster includes popular characters from previous Studio Saizensen and/or Nicalis games, including Code of Princess EXCave Story+, the Umihara Kawase series, and The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+. Other surprise entrants include the well-known indie superstar characters, Shovel Knight and Gunvolt. The Blade Strangers game will be available Aug. 28.

Prison Architect: Nintendo Switch Edition – In the Prison Architect: Nintendo Switch Edition game, you will see the impact of your grand design on the lives of your inmates, be it a utopic center for rehabilitation, a brutal Super Max Prison, or anything in between. Acting as both architect and governor, you control every detail of your Prison - from building new cells and facilities to hiring staff and creating reform programs - all while dealing with informants, contraband smuggling, gang warfare, full scale riots and more!

Also new this week:

ACA NEOGEO REAL BOUT FATAL FURY 2 (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Behind the Screen (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

de Blob 2 (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Aug. 28

Earthworms –Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Aug. 23

Earthworms (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Aug. 24

EXTREME POKER (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Fernz Gate (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Flood of Light (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Hacky Zack (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Kero Blaster (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Morphies Law (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

My Farm (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Night Trap – 25th Anniversary Edition (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Aug. 24

Shio (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Space Ribbon (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Aug. 24

The Low Road (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Victor Vran Overkill Edition (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Aug. 28

Western 1849 Reloaded (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Aug. 29

Nintendo Download 8.16.18

overShoulder resize-min.jpg The Walking Dead: The Final Season - Season Pass – After years on the road facing threats both living and dead, a secluded school might finally be Clementine and AJ’s chance for a home. But protecting it will mean sacrifice. In this gripping, emotional final season, your choices define your relationships, shape your world, and determine how Clementine’s story ends.

Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

DONT FORGET ABOUT THE VALKYRIA CHRONICLES DEMO!

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes – In the Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes game, one player is trapped in a room with a ticking time bomb they must defuse. The other players are the “Experts” who must give the instructions to defuse the bomb by deciphering the information found in the Bomb Defusal Manual. But there’s a catch: The Experts can’t see the bomb, so everyone will need to talk it out – fast! Puzzle solving and communication skills – and maybe a few friendships – will be put to the test as players race to defuse bombs while communicating quickly, clearly and effectively.

Also new this week:

Nintendo eShop sales:

Activities:

  • Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Flower Festival Event – Every day is a new day in the Animal Crossing: Pocket Campsmartphone game. Starting today, the Flower Festival event begins. Stop by your garden to get special event flower seeds. If you cross-pollinate event flowers, you can get seeds for flowers of different colors. Trade event flowers to Lloid for items like a red-and-yellow bicycle and Flower Festival clothing, among other fun summer items. This event is running from Aug. 16 at 11 p.m. PT through Aug. 28 at 10:59 p.m. PT.
  • August Legendary Pokémon – The Legendary duo of Kyogre and Groudon has dominated the land and seas since originally appearing in the Hoenn region. Now you can get one of them via a code from your local participating GameStop store from Aug. 3 to Aug. 26. Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Sun players can get Kyogre, while Pokémon Ultra Moon and Pokémon Moon players can get Groudon. Available while supplies last. Contact your local GameStop or check https://www.gamestop.com/stores to find participating stores.
  • Nintendo Labo Creators Contest No. 2 Ends Soon – Calling Nintendo Labo fans! In less than one week, the latest Nintendo Labo Creators Contest ends. Have you started on your entry? A team of Nintendo Labo judges will select two Grand Prize winners and eight runner-up winners in two categories: Best Toy-Con Musical Instrument and Best Gaming Experience using Toy-Con Garage. The contest ends at 10:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 20. You can also check out other submissions here – and don’t forget to give a “like” to your favorites! The prizes include a specially designed, collectible cardboard-inspired Nintendo Switch system, Nintendo Labo Creators jackets and more. For more info, please visit the official contest site at https://labo.nintendo.com/share/#!/contest/.*

EP1 - The Walking Dead The Final Season

Donnie played through the first episode of The Walking Dead - The Final Season over on Twitch.  Here's the streams of both the majority of the chapter and the ending. Tune into the next Nintendo Shack Podcast for thoughts on the first chapter. https://youtu.be/JZDbsXYPB5o

https://youtu.be/nM4YITLOdB8