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NCG Review – Nidhogg 2 (Playstation 4, PC)

The wurm is back, and ready to feed! Messhof is back again with the sequel to the 2014 highly addictive multiplayer title Nidhogg. Nidhogg 2 builds off its predecessor by adding some new weapons, new levels, new grotesque art style, online ranked matches, and a brand new character customization feature letting players choose which character they will want to use to paint the walls with their enemies’ blood.Nidhogg2_Summer17 (10).png


Nidhogg 2’s art style has been upgraded from the retro “Atari” art style, to a 16-bit pixel upgrade. The best way to describe it is that it looks something along the lines of Earthworm Jim’s art style from the SNES and Sega Genesis era. This fits perfect for Nidhogg 2, as the game doesn’t take itself serious with its hilarious gameplay.NIdhogg2_Summer17 (1).png

Characters animations look hysterical with the frantic facial expressions when being stabbed or squashed into the ground, and the level art looks amazing with its acid influenced art style. The whole presentation of Nidhogg 2 will have you feeling like your back in the 90’s gaming era. Did I mention, the developers added an overworld that resembles Yoshi’s Island!difaa8yc7isqzlihl6t1

One downside though is that even though the graphics are brushed up, sometimes they game be distracting. Their were times on curtain levels where the background would be the same color as me or my opponent (DAMN those flames with the same color palate as the orange character) and I would either lose myself , then fall off a ledge or run right into my foes weapon.NIdhogg2_Summer17 (4)



Nidhogg 2 has brought back that fast paced, kill and run game style back, but this time with a few new feature! Nidhogg 2 introduces new weapons which will change the strategies of how to kill your opponent.Nidhogg2_Summer17 (12)

Each weapon has its own strength and weakness so despite which weapon used, one player will not have the upper hand. The knives as a fast throw but short reach, the bow has projectiles, but you can do damage if you toss it, the two-handed sword can know weapons out of you opponents hands but is slow, and the classic jousting rapier is neutral all around.I found this dynamic and rather fun, as I would find weapons from fallen characters all over the place, making me have to think quick on what I was going to do with the weapon.

As for game modes, they added an arcade mode where players will fight their way through every level and have a chance to try out every weapon. Which is a great option if you don’t have some couch play going on. There is also an online mode with ranked and non-ranked matches, and I can see this keep this title alive for days to come. Last of all, the main place where players will be on is the original VS. mode and tournament mode, in which players can play against their friends and have a colorful bloodshed of a time.

The NCG crew had a blast playing Nidhogg 2, but the game animation felt like it wasn’t as fast as the original Nidhogg. On top of that, some matches last forever, as players will find out that they added sliding physics to the characters. This can be great, but can also fall flat when your matches end up being way longer than you would expect. Other than the speed of the animation all aspects of the gameplay aspects were great.
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Nidhogg 2 is a title to pick up whether you tried the original or not. A highly recommended title to add to your multiplayer collection, especially because it’s a game that is just hilarious, with an experience you will not get from any other title on the market.

Pros: Nidhogg 2 offers a variety of weapons and levels that we did not see in the first title.  There are more maps with obstacles and the weapon variation forces players to strategize their next move versus bashing buttons and hoping for the best.

Cons: Even though I got what I wanted more levels!- I still prefer the style of the original game.  The pure simplicity in levels and character design made the game “goofy” without being outwardly goofy.  Nidhogg 2 takes the once subtle concept and makes a more “in you face” style and I think it detracts from the game.  It becomes mentally exhausting focusing on your character and the more in-depth backgrounds.

You can pick up Nidhogg 2 for Playstation 4 (via PSN) and PC (Steam) on August 15.Score


More Ultimates from Danganronpa V3 revealed!

Here’s a recap of who we have met so far for Danganronpa V3:

Kaede Akamatsu, Rantaro Amami, Miu Iruma, Kokichi Oma, K1-B0, Gonta Gokuhara, Shuichi Saihara, and Tsumugi Shirogane.

Now introducing:

Ultimate Anthropologist: Korekiyo Shinguji


Korekiyo has traveled around the world, studying many different cultures as part of his anthropological research. His travels have instilled in him an appreciation for the “beauty of humanity.” For this reason, he observes his classmates with great curiosity, eager to see what sort of beauty they will produce given their unique situation.

Calm, collected and intelligent, Korekiyo’s mannerisms and appearance can nevertheless be quite unnerving to some. Even his ethics and morality may be a departure from what one might consider normal.

Ultimate Aikido Master: Tenko Chabashira


Tenko is a practitioner of Neo-Aikido, a martial art that she created alongside her master by reimagining the style of traditional aikido.

To say she merely dislikes men is an understatement. As an androphobe, Tenko refers to all men as “male degenerates.” Though compliments from a woman will make her heart aflutter, the same compliment from a man could result in him getting thrown across the room.

Tenko does not hide her emotions well, and she has a tendency to overreact to situations in an exaggerated manner. She also has a habit of yelling at the top of her lungs. Though she claims it helps bolster her fighting spirit, her frequent shouting often strikes others as incredibly obnoxious.

Ultimate Maid: Kirumi Tojo


A calm, dignified young woman of sound mind and peak physical fitness. Kirumi made a name for herself while working as a part-time maid, earning a reputation for fulfilling to perfection any request made of her. However, she refuses all requests made by corrupt individuals.

As a maid, Kirumi embodies the philosophy of selfless devotion. Even while trapped in the Ultimate Academy, she continues to serve her classmates almost on instinct, such as by preparing meals and doing chores.

Ultimate Child Caregiver: Maki Harukawa


Raised in an orphanage, Maki did not seek out the role of child caregiver but instead had the role thrust upon her.

For this, she was recognized as the Ultimate Child Caregiver. But despite her title, Maki’s not particularly caring or friendly. And though children are fond of her, she personally can’t stand them.

Despite her cute appearance, Maki is a hostile misanthrope of few words, and rarely cooperates with her classmates. Nevertheless, she is willing to take action when it suits her.

Ultimate Tennis Pro: Ryoma Hoshi


From middle school onward, Ryoma was a talented tennis player with a bright future ahead of him, and had won championships around the world. But after he used his tennis skills and a custom-made steel tennis ball to kill members of an organized crime syndicate, he was arrested, found guilty, and sentenced to death.

Awaiting his punishment on death row before arriving at the Ultimate Academy, Ryoma claims he is no longer the same person who was bestowed the title of Ultimate Tennis Pro.

Displaying a maturity that is rare among teenagers, Ryoma seems older than his appearance would suggest. Even in the presence of pain and death, Ryoma remains unflappable.

Ultimate Astronaut: Kaito Momota


Astronaut cadets must have a college degree and pass a rigorous exam before they can even be considered for the astronaut training program. Kaito, however, used forged documents to take the exam before he graduated high school, and became the first teenager to pass it.

Ultimately, Kaito’s forgery was discovered. But his unorthodox approach to the exam piqued such interest that he was accepted as a cadet anyway. Though Kaito still has yet to visit outer space, his romanticized view of the cosmos remains stronger than ever.

Valuing dreams and passion above all else, Kaito often dispenses such wisdom as “Limits don’t exist unless you set them yourself!” and “You gotta be a little reckless to make your dreams reality!”

Ultimate Magician: Himiko Yumeno


A skilled magician who claims her tricks are the result of real magic. Himiko is the youngest recipient of the Magician of the Year award from the Magic Castle, an organization made up of stage magic enthusiasts from around the world. However, she claims this award was just a clever ruse to hide her actual magic powers from the rest of the world.

She complains about the constant requests she receives from people who don’t believe her magic is real, but still want to see her performances.

Regardless of whether it’s parlor tricks or real magic, Himiko has an uncanny knack for card and coin magic tricks, as well as making doves appear out of thin air. But despite the high demand for her magical aptitude, Himiko is also extremely lazy.

Ultimate Artist: Angie Yonaga


A zealously devout girl who claims that her island god, Atua, is always by her side. Though Angie draws and sculpts, she considers herself an instrument of Atua, and credits her artistic works to him and him alone.

She has an upbeat, somewhat ditzy attitude, and often says unique remarks such as “Bye-onara.” Chief among her personality quirks is her claim to speak on her god’s behalf, as well as her tendency to ask others for (non-fatal) blood sacrifices to Atua.

The next batch of Ultimates look fun! I absolutely cannot wait for the game to release!  Who is your favorite character so far? Which Ultimate ability do you wish you had? Let me know in the comments.



NCG Interviews Lisle Wilkerson

It’s rare to have a chance to talk with someone with such a successful career.  Lisle Wilkerson is not only personable, she is talented and successful in her field.  Having voiced some of the most popular characters from Tekken, Shenmu, and Virtual Fighter, she has also translated for top celebrities like Keanu Reeves.  NCG had a short interview with her at Animeland Wasabi 2017 to learn about her voice acting and translating career.  This is what she had to say:

Stellar.ice: Let’s start off by having you introduce yourself.

Lisle: I grew up in Tokyo, Japan.  I’ve done a lot of voice acting for Video Games such as Virtual Fighter, Tekken, Shenmue; a lot of old school video games specially.  I did most of my work in Japan.  I lived there for over 30 years. So that’s just a little bit about me. I’m much more complex than that, though.

Stellar.ice: So, who is your favorite character to voice?

Lisle: You know, a lot of voice actors would say, “I can’t choose one!” But, for me, in all honesty, I love doing Nina just because of the whole complexity of her character. Cause she’s this really strong, cold-blooded assassin, and yet she has a vulnerability when it comes to family so I really like that whole backstory with her. However, I also do like the sassy-ness of Virtual Fighter Sarah Bryant.  In some ways, I see a lot of myself in that. And also with Joy from Shenmue. At the end of the day, it would probably be Nina. But I always see something I can identify with in a character.

Stellar.ice: I just like Nina, because I like playing her.

Lisle: And this is another thing I love about Nina, is, I am the most terrible button masher in this world, and yet I can sometimes win with Nina. Now with Christie, I’ve tried playing Christie because she does the Copoeria, and it’s a lot more, to me, complicated. But somehow,  with all that I do, can sometimes win a match.

Stellar.ice: Do you play a lot of fighting games or video games in general?

Lisle: Sometimes.  I didn’t really grow up playing very many video games. Except for the really old school games, like Pac-Man and such. It kind of dates me. I do play sometimes.  It’s a great way to relieve stress or sometimes get even more stressed when you don’t win.

Stellar.ice: So also in your career, you do interpretation and you’ve done a lot of interpretation for a lot of famous celebrities. Can you tell us a little bit about that?

Lisle: I’ve done all kinds of interpreting.  One would be Keanu Reeves. He had a film about four years ago; it was his directorial debut. Man of Tai Chi was the name of the film. With that he used Yohei Taneda, who is probably one of the best and most famous set designers/ art directors in Japan.  He’s done a lot of work with Quentin Tarantino and I think right now he’s working with John Woo in a film.  He’s a very wonderful guy.  So, he was working with Keanu Reeves and they needed,-even though he speaks great English- they needed someone to interpret. Usually with something like that I follow him. I’m kind of like a shadow.  Wherever Yohei goes, I go, and when there are times that he will speak in English -espcially with Keeanu Reeves he will speak in English- but if there’s a time when he gets stuck, then I’m there to help facilitate things. That was a really great experience. I did it for probably about a month in Hong Kong which was really cool and a lot of fun. Keanu Reeves was great; a really cool guy to work with.

I’ve also done a lot of the Red Carpet events. In fact, I will be at the Grammy’s coming up. I do the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards, and a lot of times with that I do the Red Carpet, and because the crew is Japanese, and it’s the very high pace environment, you only get about a minute with a star so you have to do your questions in English and repeat in Japanese, and it’s a very high pressure environment. Some of the people I’ve interpreted and interviewed for are people like Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Kevin Spacy who is so much fun; I love him.  Another one who is getting a lot of attention right now is Benedict Cumberbatch. He’s one of my favorite interviews. He’s quite sassy and I love that. I love sassy types because I’m kind of a little bit of a smart ass. I like teasing, so I love when someone teases me back and we can kind of banter like that.

I’ve done all kinds of interpreting.  It’s a really wonderful skill set to have. I think I really enjoy doing it because of the satisfaction I have that you’re helping to facilitate communication.

Stellar.ice: How did you get into it? How were you able to get to this position where you can translate for all of these famous people?

Lisle: Well, it actually, and even with voice acting, everything that I’ve done really comes from radio. I started a radio [station] when I was 19 in Tokyo. We would have guests come from the States and other parts of the world and we would have them on our show, it was the same fast paced environment because it’s live radio.  So I would have them on my show and I would ask them a question in English, but first ask the question in Japanese to my audience, then they would say it in English and then- I interviewed Pink like three times- So Pink would respond and I would give that in Japanese so it was like this catch-ball kind of thing. Because I came from that environment, needing to or being able to interpret in other areas kind of came naturally. I think I was very fortunate.

But you know, at the end of the day, it’s still a work in progress. I’m still finding I don’t know a word and I’m like, “hmmmmmm”.

It’s really taken off.  I never thought I’d be doing it.  It’s not like it’s something I really set out to do, but I think that I thrive in that kind of environment so it’s a lot of fun.

Stellar.ice: What are the struggles of being an interpreter?

Lisle: Not knowing every word. So, for instance, I do a lot of the entertainment stuff, but I also do a lot of work with big companies such as Intel or Toyota and Panasonic. A lot of the time I’ll do simultaneous interpreting which is a whole other level  of craziness. I just did a big job a few days ago where I had to interpret for clinical trials and it was really big Japanese pharmaceutical company and I knew none of the words in English so I had a lot of work ahead of me. The day before we were supposed to do the focus groups they gave me a long list of terms that  I needed to know in Japanese. I’m like, “I don’t even know these in English! Oh my god!” But I’ve now come to figure out, and this is something you see a lot in voice acting as well, you figure out a system in order to make it work. For me, I will make a cheat sheet and have all the pages in front of me and circle the words that keep coming up and then highlight with a pink pen of something so that it’s really easy to catch my eye.  I have a few things that I will use and it will get me through.  Once I get through the first focus group, then I’ll be good. As long as I can get through the first one it’s like, “ahhh. Now I know what’s going on!”

There are a lot of voice actors out there who only want to do voice acting and I think that’s absolutely admirable and I love that.  I’m not that kind of person. I like to do a lot of things and I like to really challenge myself in a lot of areas so I’m always saying, “yeah, sure, I’ll do that!” and I’m like “what did I just agree to?” I find myself doing that all the time.

Stellar.ice: You grew up in Tokyo and you lived there 30 years. Going from a Japanese atmosphere to an American atmosphere, what is the difference? How do they compare?

Lisle: Even working in Japan is very different than it is here. One of the things that I quickly realized here is you have to kind of toot your own horn a little bit. Talk about, “Yah, I’m pretty awesome and I can do this.” In Japan, you can’t do that because people don’t do that. And this would also be voice acting as well.  People don’t really talk about themselves. Sometimes you’ll get blacklisted if you do that because they don’t like that. So I learned even with voice acting, when people came over here they were like, “Yeah! This this and this.  This is what I do.” and I’m like, “Oh my gooosh.”  I learned that that is kind of what you have to do, you have to sell yourself more. Japanese don’t like that.  They don’t like the hard sell.

I think another difference is even just the way… here it’s time is money… In Japan you’ll have 5,000 meetings before you get into a work environment. So with the Keanu Reeves film, I had to Skype with them two or three times, and I’m like, “Dudes! I’m not getting paid for this yet!” But it’s this whole ‘establish a working relationship’ before you start working together and that’s something really important with a lot of Japanese sometimes. Here it’s like, “Nope, let’s get it. Let’s do it. Ok. We committed we’re working together, let’s just go.”

Even just culturally it’s so different.  I’ve had so many culture shock moments just coming back to the states. Which is the reason why I started “The Misadventures of the Blonde Geishas” panel because I’m like, “What’s going on here? How come I’m the only one acting this way?”

It’s been a really wonderful journey to come over here and work with a lot of people. I am hoping to go to the Olympics for 2020 so that’s really exciting because it’s coming up in a few years.

Stellar.ice: Any projects you have coming up that you want to talk about?

Lisle: Right now I’m doing the ULTRAMAN live action films that are out right now in the movie theaters. It’s an independent thing, it’s not in big theaters, but I’m doing some work with that.

Also, some other stuff I can’t talk about yet. But I’m also planning on starting -I haven’t really worked on it yet- but I’m planning on starting a podcast about my adventures growing up in Japan by giving peoples insight into the Japanese culture and it’s one of the ways I want to start bridging the Olympics coming up. I want to start putting material out there to start getting ready for it.

Stellar.ice: Any closing comments?

Lisle: I have to say, I love the Fighting Game Community. They’ve been very gracious because I do my “Playing Tekken with Nina” panel where I smack talk and I try to use their control and I do all these crazy things but it’s been really wonderful to meet people who enjoy the work that I was apart of and I just want to say “Thank you.” I really enjoy meeting fans.  I’m very very blessed so thank you! Thank you!

Be sure to check out Lisle on social media! You can find her on Facebook, Twitter @lisleweapon, and Instagram!


Spooky Month: CarnEvil


Remember arcades? I think it would be pretty neat to know how much money those things took from me throughout my life. My guess is over 200 dollars.

CarnEvil is a game from the 90’s, it came out on Halloween of 1998 and was developed/published by the now defunct Midway games. The game is a railway shooter played with shotguns, the story revolves around an urban legend from Iowa, a fake one I believe.


Anyway the protagonist is on a ghost tour and he gets off to test the legend, the legend states that if a golden token is inserted into the jester’s mouth on top of the tombstone of Ludwig von Tökkentäkker, a ringmaster buried in the cemetery, a haunted amusement park will rise from the earth. Long story short, it turns out to be true and he must survive by killing the 4 main bosses of the amusement park: Evil Marie (a take on bloody Mary?), Krampus (Santa’s Evil counter part), Junior (A giant baby), and The ringmaster himself. Once the bosses are all killed the game ends with the protagonist and one other survivor left.

The game play is your standard rail way shooter, you don’t move by yourself and you don’t move until you’ve cleared the current screen of enemies. Considering this is an arcade game, its difficulty is pretty high, expect to lose a lot of quarters. The graphics have aged quite a bit, they don’t hold up to today’s standards but that’s to be expected nothing from the 90’s holds up today.

Did you ever play CarnEvil? if you haven’t and ever find it you should give it a try, its one of my favorite arcade games.

Spooky Factor: Only spooky if you’re a baby