Review: Niffelheim (Steam)

Your avatar is a brave warrior who has fallen in battle. But instead of finding well-deserved peace in Asgard, his soul is trapped in the harsh world of Niffelheim. Survive in this hostile world, ransack the neighboring lands, explore dangerous dungeons and find your way to Valhalla.

Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 825MB Download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Full controller support.
  • Graphics options- Resolution, Fullscreen, FPS limit, and v-sync.
  • Four save slot.
  • Four world creation choices- Bear, One-eyed wolf, Moor, and Ice Dragon. This will affect where you start in the game.
  • Four characters- Viking, Valkyrie, Berserker, and Shaman. Each character has unique stats and abilities.
  • Trading cards.
  • Tutorial menu.
  • 2D Survival action gameplay.
  • Can scavenge resources from the scenery like bushes and skeletons.
  • Can hack down trees.
  • Kill animals and enemies for drops.
  • Atmospheric.
  • Full inventory system using a drag and drop interface.
  • Can one button swap between melee and ranged loadouts.
  • Each area has a level end transition and upon hitting it you get two location choices on where to go next.
  • Deep crafting table.
  • Dungeons can be found and explored generating enemies and loot.
  • Big boss battles.
  • Online co-op support.
  • Bot support for offline co-op.
  • Earn EXP, Level up and increase your stats and use a skill tree.

Cons:

  • No proper tutorial.
  • Not very new player friendly. Button icons seem to randomize rather than be the correct ones.
  • Cannot rebind controller.
  • Nothing is explained.
  • Some long load times.
  • Combat is slow and not that varied.
  • A lot of grinding for crafting materials.

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 6/10
    Accessability - 6/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.6/10

Summary

Fantastic game that will surprise you in terms of how deep and fun it can be. It soon dawns on you though that the combat is slow and encounters are not as frequent as you would like, Grinding for materials is the real struggle and co-op lag can kill the experience. Away from that the game still maintains a win just because it nails character evolution, Locations, and music. I lost many hours just exploring and playing how I wanted to play rather than how the game wants me to play. I say its great fun in co-op and even in solo but the grind is real and the combat is slow.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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