A million bullets, almost as large as a person, flying at you from all directions. The source of these dangerous flying projectiles: turrets.
Fast-paced and tense are two words which spring to mind after several stabs at Nidhogg, the award-winning, fencing game from the indie studio Messhof, with music by the infamous Daedelus.
When I first started playing around in single-player mode, I was lulled into a false sense of the game. I started to play slower in a bid to outsmart the AI. Although it worked, I was not prepared for the outside world.
My first opponent on multi-player cut through me like a warm knife through butter. I was blown away at the speed and skill in which he moved, while I tried helplessly to prevent him from reaching the end. It was only after several games that I caught onto his main tactic of throwing the sword and managed to counter it with a roll underneath. Without his sword, he had a hard time defending from my attacks. Muhaha!
Before long, we became accustomed to each other’s tricks and games went from less than a minute to several minutes long. Every time, my leg shook uncontrollably as the adrenaline pumped through my body.
To anyone who thinks this is a simple one v one battle to the death, you are sorely mistaken. The aim of Nidhogg is to reach the other end of the map. Like football, each player is aiming for a different side and unlike the IRL game, you must slaughter your opponent several times to get to it. With quick spawning, you have to be on the ball and ready to enter combat at any second, otherwise you could be down before you have time to blink.
There are four different arenas you can play through. Each arena is split up into four areas which you must make it through to reach the end. Every area is unique in it’s set-up and so as you run through each, you must quickly alter your tactics to ensure you don’t fall prey to a hole in the ground or run into the blade of your opponent.
The ability to alter the multi-player game using variants like slow mode, boomerang sword and low gravity is a great way to add to the challenge and enjoyment of the game.
Nidhogg is normally £11.99/$14.99 on Steam, but there is currently a 20% off sale running until the 20th January to mark it’s first week on Steam. You can also get hold of a 2-pack at a discounted price, so why not pick it up and challenge your friends to a fast-paced duel of death.