Nidhogg PC Gamer

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Blade Bushido by Prince of Persia, Nidhogg is one of the best local multiplayer games I’ve played in years. Its surreal looks and beautiful animation are the perfect canvas with which you can project your own fantasies of sword action from childhood: Highlander, Star Wars, this time when you fought your companion at the stroke with sticks, while making lightsaber sounds: everything will come back, and you will laugh – and enjoy every second.

Your goal is to finish your opponent by thwarting and stabbing him. High, medium and low positions complicate (and can undo) the fencing element, but you also have to deal with movements, kicks, neck stitches and sword throws.

Once you hit your opponent, you then have to overtake him; go far enough in the direction you were originally holding (usually a few screens) and you will win. Her character is then consumed by the giant Scandinavian dragon snake of the same name. It’s Nidhogg, really: fast, ruthless and totally strange. I love him very much.

The epitome of pick-up-and-play, every time I tried to guide someone through the controls, he finished me before I even got to the “prick” button. Ungrateful of you, but it also shows how well you can and should immediately start playing. Nidhogg wants you to learn as you go (especially with a broken tutorial) and my favorite moments so far have brought with them an awareness that the gameplay is not as easy as it originally seemed.

It looks great and should occupy a prime spot next to your friends on your (digital) board game shelf. There is a solo element, but it would be generous to describe it as something other than a warm-up of the main event. Although online multiplayer may offer an alternative, it is slow and unpredictable in its current state. Nidhogg is a game to enjoy together with friends in the same room, and it is perhaps the best title you can play this way this year.

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