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Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Starts very strong, but end up being medicore

2 years ago
2021-12-29
gaming
JRPG

Game review

Release date2020-11-10
PublisherUbisoft
DeveloperUbisoft Montreal
PlatformPlayStation 5
Playtime78 hours
ProgressUnfinished

This game started off very strong in Norway as if it was new like Skyrim back in the day and I did everything I could because I found everything to be great, but once migrated and settled in England the game took a big turn and became very boring, the environments was flat, repetetive missions and felt like a chore that I wanted the story to end. I got to Asgard but never finished the game because I got too bored and gave up.


I take notes as I play the game for things that I think deserve a mention. If something was not mentioned, it is considered "fine" and not noteworthy in any sense.

Pros

  • Norse
    Everything regarding Norse and the Norse mythology was awesome

  • Photo mode
    Great photo mode that was fun to play with

  • Start out as a child
    I love games where u have a section or start out as a child to expand the charachters backstory. Assassin's Creed 3 did this as well.

  • Climbing
    This game does climbing the nature and mountains right and it's very fun, just what I wished AC3 did.

  • Map sync
    This games sync gives map locations without using the map.

  • Outfits
    Best outfits in Assassin's Creed since Revelations. Looks awesome.

  • Atmosphere
    The game feels like a living and breathing Viking game

  • Camera movements
    Great cinematic camera movements and moments when talking to NPCs.

  • Single hit kills
    Guaranteed assassination with a single attack is back like the earlier games.

  • Beheadings
    Beheadings in this game is pretty crazy and awesome at same time.

Neutral

  • Jank
    The gameplay still has some of that classic Assasin's Creed jankyness that never seems to go away.

  • Graphics
    The game looks stunning in the environmental and details, however it's still more so improved last gen game and runs in 1080p/1440p.

  • Skill system
    The star system is very spread out and like skyrim I thought it was a bit confusing to get a overview glance of. It was better executed in AC Origins.

  • Kassandra
    Best part of this game was when Kassandra was part of it. I really liked Kassandra as a character way more than Eivor who I never cared about much, however it's too bad that the wrigin was pretty bad in AC Odyssey.

Cons

  • Crafting
    You can't craft arrows. Big gameplay downgrade. They should had implemented fast crafting solution as in Horizon: Zero Dawn.

  • Layla/Modern day
    From the earlier AC games, she's still in the Animus? Why?... Why even have the modern day.

  • Bad tutorials
    It throws you in the game withour much explanation. I died like 5 times until I realize I was not supposed to fight and just run away.

  • Raven
    Huge downgrade. Why? It's like the bird is blind in this game and can't be used for hidden clues. I still think the bird in Assassin's Creed Origin is by far the best execution.

  • Main quests not always on map
    Being a AC/Ubisoft game I assume main quests should be shown on map but in this game it does not show all main quests markers on the map causing you to get lost in story progression. Example to progress the story you have to talk to Randvi who didn't have any quest marker at all.

  • Bad quest markers
    A lot of quest markers is terrible and leaves you in the dust. No clear understand on what to do and becomes such a huge waste of time trying to explore the whole area to nothing to find, just for it to be some cryptic thing u don’t find out and it gets worse because your bird suck.

  • Cluttered map
    The map is so cluttered because of collectible items, but there's no way to filter/disable what you want to see. Example if u want all high points u need to show all collectibles.

  • Dialog choices
    There's a lot of dialog choices in this game, but they all end up with same faith/cutscenes anyway so rather than something that could had been a positive it's a clear negative.

Overall

I really tried to finish this game but it got too boring and at the 70h point I was so done with the game and wanted it to end. The gameplay and show was fun but gameplay doesn't hold out all the way for me. The game was at it's best in Norway and the worst in England. Asgard was mid. It's a good game, but nothing great or spectacular.


Final score: 7/10