Nidhogg

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Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Action, Fighting, Rhythm and Shooting

Released: September 2014, updated in 2014. Added to this library 4 months ago, last updated 12 weeks ago.

Overview

Nidhogg is a fast two-player duelling game whose simple visuals belie the skill required to defeat your opponent. The novelty is that upon death you reappear in the next screen. The player to advance through the most screens wins.

It looks like a fighting game but is, in fact, more like fencing crossed with a tug-of-war. It's frantic and funny as players try and time their attacks. At times like graceful acrobatics while at others it's just frantic clumsy stabs.

Nidhogg II extends the fighting options but includes frequent arcade-style violence.

Commitment

Duration: This game will take between 1 hour and 2 hours to complete.
 
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online.

Costs

Does not include in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

You can buy a double pack to give one game to a friend on PC. Buying on PlayStation 3 also grants free access on PlayStation Vita via Cross-Buy feature on PlayStation.

You will need PlayStation Plus to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation Vita.

This game is free with PlayStation Now.

Ratings

Nidhogg was rated PEGI 7 for frequent scenes of mild violence. Nidhogg 2 was rated PEGI 12 with frequent arcade-style violence. The examiners report expands this rating with the following: This is a 2D platform style of game. Violence in the game is non-realistic looking. When a character dies, it will spectacularly fall apart into cartoon style skeletal pieces, the remnants of the character will then dissolve into a thick viscous liquid the colour of which is based on the colour of the character be it pink, orange etc. Very colourful effects and no blood or gore. The volume of ‘liquid’ that is seen on the ground before and after the character disappears is vastly more than that seen to exude from the character during the fight.

The game features online playing capability which may involve real-time interaction with other players.

This game has been rated ESRB TEEN.


Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Accessibility

System settings: Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping)... read more.


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PlayStation Now is a subscription service that provides hundreds of PS2, PS3 and PS4 games to play on demand. The games are streamed to your PS4, or Windows PC like a Netflix film but with interactions. Because of this you need a fast internet connection of about 5Mbps. Additionally, PlayStation Now also lets you download some PlayStation 4 games to play locally on your system without streaming.
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