Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla has a compelling story, great gameplay, and incredible graphics — one of my favorite games of 2020!
Let me start this review off by saying that this is the first Assassin’s Creed game I have ever played. Well, I played Odyssey for about an hour, but I am not counting that. So I guess I can say I wasn’t 100% sure what to expect from it. That being said, it has exceeded each and every one of my expectations.
Within my first two hours of playing I not only knew I was going to love playing this game, I knew I was going to go back and play other Assassin’s Creed games. Not only was the story very intriguing, but there was already so much to do, that I knew I would be fully entertained for many, many hours.
What I Love About It
I love open world type games, and that is what Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla is — an open world RPG. I have said this before and I will say it again, I am a completionist. So I like to get 100% when I play games, and with a game like this, it is very hard and time consuming. Which means I absolutely love it. From collecting treasure chests, to hunting, to raiding villages, participating in drinking games, and playing tile games — there is oh so much to do, and it is all really, really fun.
One of my favorite things to do in Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla is raid villages. Doing this helps to gather building materials so that you can expand your settlement. Along the way though, you also have to make key alliances, that are going to help you out in the future.
As far as weapons go, Assassin’s Creed has one of my favorite systems that I have seen in a game. Each weapon fits a unique category and you so you don’t sell or dismantle them. You keep them all and can use resources to upgrade them — and runes to give them better abilities. I am the type of gamer that usually constantly clears out my inventory of repeat weapons, so it is nice to not even have to worry about that.
What I Don’t Love About It
The world map will point you in the right direction of small side missions, gold, and other things you need to collect — like floating pieces of paper that absolutely drove me bananas. When you play that part, you will know what I mean. I don’t want to say I didn’t love that part, but it did get annoying chases these things down time and time again until I could grab it.
The hardest part for me in Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla is the boat steering. As you travel up and down the river to find settlements to raid or missions to complete, you have to steer the boat. This would drive me up a wall because I am not good at steering at all. Luckily, there is a button you can hit that will make the boat follow the river. Yes, I use it all of the time.
Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla is one of the best open world RPG games that I have ever played. I immediately became invested in the character and the story. Having never played an Assassin’s Creed game before, I was not sure what to expect but WOW, this is so much better than I ever thought it would be.
I had a blast designing my own Viking character – a woman of course – and of course, raiding villages! I have played about 55 hours so far and I look forward to finishing this game up, although at the same time I am so not ready for it to be over.
One thing is for sure, I will be playing more Assassin’s Creed games when I am done with Valhalla.
About Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla invites players to live the saga of Eivor, a fierce Viking raider raised on tales of battle and glory. Offering a captivating Viking experience, the game brings players to a dynamic and beautiful open world set against the brutal backdrop of England’s Dark Ages. In this latest iteration, players can take advantage of new features including raids, growing their settlement, building their power and expanding their influence.
Driven from Norway by endless wars and dwindling resources in ninth century AD, players will lead Eivor’s clan of Norsemen across the icy North Sea to the rich lands of England’s broken kingdoms. Players must carve out a new future for their clan, reliving the ruthless fighting style of Viking warriors with a revamped combat system that includes the ability to dual-wield weapons against a greater variety of enemies than ever before.
Available now on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Windows PC.