viking-squad
Metacritic: N/A
Release: Oct 2016
Reviewed on: PS4

Viking Squad

Site Score
8.0
Good: Lane gameplay – Captures the viking life perfectly
Bad: Boss variety is a let down
User Score
8.3
(8 votes)
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Take up arms as a massive viking as you jump right into the chaotic lane battles of Viking Squad. Available for Windows, Mac and PS4 this title pulls plenty of inspiration from the age of Vikings to deliver a combat focused co-op brawler.

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Supporting a viking squad of up to 3 players (local and online) the game is all about obtaining loot and dominating fights against various enemies. You’ve got 4 different characters to select for this loot filled adventure that each have their favourite weapon from dual axes and hammer to sword and ranged. Regardless of character though you’ll have similar basic moves that include the usual array of standard attacks and dash moves.

Further combat depth is delivered through devastating rune powers unique to each character and the combos that are slowly taught to players as the game advances. Viking Squad also returns to the golden age of environmental pick ups with plenty of barrels, vases and stone towers to move around the battlefield and destroy.

The best feature of Viking Squad though and what separates it from the other co-op brawlers and PC and consoles is the lane mechanic which splits the map into 3 distinct lanes. No longer will you miss an enemy due to a slight difference in your map position, quite possible the most frustrating element of any side scrolling beat’ em up. Movement between the lanes is always fluid and are usually visually separated which makes it easy to see which lane enemies or objects are within.

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Settings and particularly enemies are quite varied and wacky with their own strategy. You’ve got some enemies that will kite you, charge in or even just run off screen which helps build that persona of crazy vikings coming in and invading lands. All of this feels nicely balanced with solo players still standing a good chance, although as expected the game shines with others.

Viking Squad captures the viking setting perfectly, making you feel like a powerful brute as you smash, hack and charge your way through various lands and bosses for the ultimate goal, treasure.

Summary:

  • 3 player brawler title.
  • Lanes split the battlefield into 3 distinct areas.
  • Great variety in setting, enemies and mechanics.
  • Choose from 4 characters and master their combos.
  • For Windows, Mac and PlayStation 4.

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Viking Squad, 8.3 out of 10 based on 8 ratings
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