Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Aug 14, 2017
    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.
  2. Aug 14, 2017
    Nidhogg 2 is a game you can quickly lose an afternoon to, and you won't mind one bit. Few games are as friendly to players as all skill levels, while still providing intense matches and a few good laughs. Don't let the simple controls fool you. There's a lot of strategy to devise, particularly when you get continually matched up against your closest pals. The humor is delightful, and sometimes a little gross, but the cartoonish style makes it all work in tandem with the swordplay.
  3. 90
    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.
  4. Aug 14, 2017
    Despite the obvious changes, Nidhogg 2 absolutely succeeds at keeping the game’s spirit alive and just as enjoyable.
  5. Aug 21, 2017
    It's like, how much more Nidhogg could this be? And the answer is none. None more Nidhogg.
  6. Sep 20, 2017
    Everything is changed, but Nidhogg 2 is still fun and addictive.
  7. Aug 15, 2017
    Nidhogg 2 manages to improve over the feats of its predecessor by adding just the right amount of new ingredients to keep the experience intense and simple but, above all, fun. We're talking about competition on a very basic level but with a very polished and sophisticated execution. Simply put, Nidhogg is a game that you should try at least once.
  8. Aug 14, 2017
    ​Nidhogg 2 is better than the first chapter, but its core mechanics are the same.​
  9. Aug 14, 2017
    Nidhogg 2 is a brutally bizarre tug of war with swords, an attractive grim spectacle of steel and blood that just so happens to be one of the most addictive experiences of the year. It’s a bigger take on the magnificent original game, while avoiding feature bloat as it retains its simple charm with its ghastly and delightful new art direction.
  10. 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.
  11. Aug 16, 2017
    Is it a sequel or does it feel more like a remake? The immediate analogy that popped into my head was similar to comparing The Evil Dead to The Evil Dead 2. They both felt very similar even though not entirely the same. I guess in this case it’s a good thing that the original Nidhogg was so well received, it was a pretty great game and so is Nidhogg 2.
  12. Aug 28, 2017
    Nidhogg 2 is a better game than its predecessor, with many changes that tweak the way we play. It's specially good if we play with someone, so think twice if you're playing on your own.
  13. Sep 18, 2017
    Nidhogg 2 is a worthy follow-up to the original. The new additions give the game some depth while still keeping intact the spirit of the game. For those who appreciate the prior title's simplicity, it's still there if you're willing to tweak some options. In the end, the game is a perfect multiplayer title in short bursts, and it's a game that's worth keeping in your library for such an occasion.
  14. Aug 28, 2017
    Simple, yet fun. It has a few kinks, but it generally holds up really well as a goofy, yet intense multiplayer game that you’ll definitely want to play with friends. I wouldn’t recommend playing the game by yourself, so definitely pick it up with a friend for a truly fun experience. I would also consider playing the game in short bursts since I personally found myself tiring of doing the same thing for so long. All in all, the new additions to the game are welcome, but they definitely need a bit of tweaking. While nothing in the game is inherently wrong, some additions feel like a bit of a departure from what is otherwise an excellent game. I like to see bigger and better things from a sequel, but sometimes all a simple game needs is stability and consistency in order to remain at the top. Nidhogg 2 loses some of its simplicity in translation, but it’s still quite an enjoyable time.
  15. Aug 17, 2017
    Nidhogg 2 successfully makes a well known and simplistic formula a lot less appetizing, but a lot more fun. There is plenty to do and the fights are great.
  16. 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.
  17. Aug 16, 2017
    But when it's you and your friends, opening up each other's guts and smashing heads into paste, you'll remember why you play Nidhogg in the first place. It's the first game with a little more love, which is sometimes all a sequel needs to be.
  18. Aug 14, 2017
    It’s hard to deny that Nidhogg 2 is more casually oriented than Nidhogg 1 was, and that’s going to turn a lot of Nidhogg 1’s hardcore fanbase off. But if you can get beyond the random gameplay and the weird character design, there is a lot of fun to be had here, especially for its low price tag.
  19. Aug 14, 2017
    While the new art style is divisive, it brings with it improved combat and animations, making Nidhogg 2 great for multiplayer madness if you can gather together some friends in-person or online. However, as a single-player experience the Arcade mode quickly loses its appeal. Still, if you’re looking for your next pick-up-and-play party game, Nidhogg 2 can be a hoot.
  20. 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.
  21. Aug 14, 2017
    Though it doesn’t add much for players looking to play around with its improvements solo, Nidhogg 2 adds layers of depth to a simple formula without breaking what made it so appealing in the first place. The new weapons and maneuvers blend seamlessly into fights, making them more dynamic and tense. Its single-player offerings may be paper-thin, but for anyone looking to test themselves against their friends, Nidhogg 2 is hard to beat.
  22. Nov 22, 2017
    A tactically challenging duel-game for playing on the sofa. Every fight is full of surprises and can bring your emotions to the boiling point.
  23. Oct 13, 2017
    This is Nidhogg visually enhanced, more varied arenas and more weapons. The core mechanics remain untouched - in good and in bad.
  24. CD-Action
    Oct 30, 2017
    The gameplay is simple and brilliant but the game itself shines as it should only in multiplayer. [10/2017, p.68]
  25. Aug 30, 2017
    If you put plenty of time into Nidhogg and you’re pining for something to freshen it up, Nidhogg 2 should do the trick. If you’re new to the series and on the look out for an excellent party game then I see no reason to look further than the budget-priced original. By making the original so fantastic, Messhof has fallen on its own sword in making a sequel.
  26. Aug 16, 2017
    Nidhogg 2 is such funny as expected, especially in its multiplayer, but it feels very similar to the original game in its gameplay mechanics.
  27. Aug 15, 2017
    The visual style is going to be a love or hate affair. I walked away really enjoying the visuals, and would love to see more games with this odd Claymation, obscure style. Yet the gameplay, for better or worse, seems to be almost the exact same. I couldn’t really tell much of a difference between the two other than new backgrounds, new visuals, and new sound and music. I feel like a sequel should usually try to mix things up a bit or do more, but Nidhogg 2 feels like a safe bet. More of the same and just a different look. For newcomers, it’s no worries, for fans, it could be a slight disappointment. It’s still a fun and frantic game, and that quality shines throughout, regardless of walking the same line as the first.
  28. Oct 12, 2017
    Nidhogg 2 builds on its predecessor, sometimes too much. It complicates the mechanics while simultaneously going more casual. Still, if you dig the art direction, call up some friends - it's one fine party game.
  29. Aug 14, 2017
    Despite its problems, Nidhogg 2 is spectacular, engrossing, funny, tragic, and dramatic in equal measure, and it will no doubt become another party game staple. Nidhogg 2 sacrifices simplicity for more options, and it doesn't prove to be a good trade. But when the underlying action is this good, I'll put up with the odd unwelcome dagger.
  30. Sep 5, 2017
    More content, similar limitations, a weird art style and laggy netcode for a sequel best player in local multiplayer.
  31. Aug 14, 2017
    If you liked Nidhogg, Nidhogg 2 is more of the same—which is probably enough for most people. A few new weapons, a shallow character creator, cool stage backgrounds and online play are the biggest changes you’re paying for here. I just wish there were more substantial editions aside from those.
  32. Aug 22, 2017
    I was pretty disappointed with Nidhogg 2. After a few hours of playing I don’t see myself going back to it any time soon. The weapon changes and graphic changes were enough to turn me off. Although the game can be fun to play for a few minutes at a time, all of the extra additions were just a little too much. I’ll stick to playing the original, I think.
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  1. 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. [Recommended]
  2. 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.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 15
  2. Negative: 5 out of 15
  1. Aug 17, 2017
    The game is extremely funny and fun, playing with friends is pure fun, but the game needs more content, it can become repetitive if itThe game is extremely funny and fun, playing with friends is pure fun, but the game needs more content, it can become repetitive if it continues the way it is, but it can improve Full Review »
  2. Sep 30, 2017
    The first game was cool for the concept and its semplicity.
    This is a enhanced version with very strange graphics and new weapons and
    The first game was cool for the concept and its semplicity.
    This is a enhanced version with very strange graphics and new weapons and stages (appreciated).
    But I really can't digest the way this game looks and feels
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