Since the release of Assassin’s Creed Origins, Ubisoft has taken a bold step towards franchising, choosing the mechanics of role-playing games over the traditional action-style stealth adventure we all love. It was a brave decision by the developer, but it was based on a concept and made every future name better and better in every mechanics and every aspect. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is the latest development of the franchise, which does not differ from the two previous names of the franchise, but it is set in Norse mythology and lets you feel the life of the Vikings. Here’s our review of the Valhalla of Creed Assassin, where we swallowed and plundered a few villages before we sang a few songs on our boat with our clan.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla places you in the role of a young Viking warrior, Avor, who witnessed a great tragedy in his youth and is now an adult in search of revenge. Honour is that Vikings don’t compromise, and because Aivor lost his honour at a very young age, it now seeks revenge on the person responsible for it. The game starts at a very slow pace, but builds fast pace in the action, and soon you will use your axe to shoot enemies and eliminate terrorists from your enemies. Valhalla also has a story with a lot of choices, so throughout the story you’ll have to make a lot of decisions that will determine how you develop your own saga in the game.
The world of Creed Valhalla Assassin is very beautiful. You start with the snowy mountains and the open sea in Norway, then you travel to England, where most of the game takes place. Every place has its moments and it’s a pleasure to watch. In each region there are many activities and events that you can complete and immerse yourself in the world of the game. Without attacking or trapping others, you can play various fun games, such as the drinking game where you have to drink your share of the mead in front of your opponents, the Orlog dice game or get the poet inside you to challenge the other Flying Challenges. You will also find many hidden artifacts, puzzles to solve and hidden robberies in the game.
One of the brand new mechanics you’ll find in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is the game’s new colonization system. Because you are a Viking, which is justified in a new world, you will have to gain a foothold in unknown worlds, and this is where the colonization system begins. Unlike previous games in which you played like a lone wolf, in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla your clan is always close by, so it’s important to take them everywhere you go. You start by taking over a small village as your newest settlement and then expand it by looting nearby forts, monasteries and villages to gather raw materials and supplies. These looted raw materials and supplies give you the opportunity to gradually expand your colony and become a real Viking stronghold in England.
Expanding your facility is not just a visual update. Every structure in your establishment is useful and gives a decisive impulse to your game. For example, by building a forge, the blacksmith can improve his weapons and armor and even buy new ones. By building a bakery you get a constant source of food and rations, and by building a stable your horses can relax and be ready for the next ride. For your fighters and looters you can build barracks where they can rest, refresh and train. Having a fresh troop is always good for you during raids and other battles. From the beginning of the game you will learn why it is so important to fight with the whole clan in the game.
If you explore the land, you do it alone, but you can always ask for reinforcements if you are near the sea. For some reason, your party Longboat never leaves. So even if you leave the boat and go inland, your clan stays in the boat, unless you land on the beach during a robbery. Raids is another brand new mechanism in the game, but it is also vital for survival. These raids will provide you with some rare resources and supplies needed to expand your facility. You can only launch these raids from your canoe if you and your clan do it. The beginning of the raid sounds like the horn of your clan, and you land on the beach and start attacking the guards on the spot.
During these raids you will receive many resources, and in addition to the necessary resources and supplies, each location hides many other secrets and collectibles that you can also find. These include new skills and abilities, scarce resources, wealth and other important things you need to survive the game. Besides, your clan fights its own battles. As soon as you start fighting, each member of the clan will find enemies to kill and help you in various activities, such as opening closed doors or lifting heavy crates to open them. As soon as your robbery is over, another horn will be blown and all members of your clan will leave their looting and get ready in the boat for your next mission. It’s extremely volatile, and I’ve never seen a clan member shine or get stuck anywhere in the world.
For transport, you can use your horse if you are travelling alone, or use your boat, because it is also suitable for your entire clan. For raids and attacks you always use your rowing boats, because they are the favorite means of transport of the Vikings and are very attached to it. These long boat trips are no less interesting in the game. On every trip, your team laughs at them as they speak out loud, laugh, and share stories with each other. During these trips you can go from one song to another and from one story to another. If you ask for a song, you throw away a song from your clan, while if you ask for a story, one of the clan members tells a story from their past. It doesn’t make sense, but some stories are funny and keep you busy because you will spend a lot of time on these boats. Some of these activities are also only available if you are on your long boat with your clan, such as raids. The important missions of history also require your rowing boats. In this respect, the guidance of the boat in the game has been further adapted. They are quite easy to operate because you now have an automatic driving mode where you can place a marker on the map and simply select an automatic driving mode. With manual control you can move independently, but it takes much longer to reach your destination.
Which brings me to the game of Creed Valhalla Assassin. Now we’re playing for the Vikings, and your clan is also a Viking clan, their posters and statues are built accordingly. They are voluminous, wide and heavy, but all this means nothing to our protagonist Avor, because he can be heavy, cumbersome and in the soul of real Vikings he can always climb the highest mountains and wherever he can put his hands and feet. He or she can, by choice, easily climb mountains, walk on ledges, jump from high points and survive as a skilled killer. Usually we were climbing, walking around and the Parkour was still pretty good, but in some cases and in some areas the Parkour was not so good, because Aivor always had its next jumping or landing place. It was a fairly old problem with the Assassin’s Creed titles, and it seems that it has also found its place in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. There were several special cases in the game where I couldn’t climb on a pole even though it was right in front of me, and in some cases I couldn’t jump from one edge to the other, and Aivor kept jumping down instead of jumping over the edge.
In the world of the great game there are examples where the game mechanism has simply been abandoned, but fortunately these problems have not occurred in areas related to the plot or other areas where you could be useful, such as finding hidden resources, forts, or looting monasteries or villages. In addition to Parkour and general movement, combat is another important game mechanism. This time your main weapon is quite heavy, because you use axes, mace and hammer to fight your enemies. You’ll be glad to hear that the hidden leaf is back in the game, but Ubisoft has made its gameplay a little different from traditional games. It can no longer be used as the main battle weapon in the game, and it is only used in the game when you have to kill your enemies in silence.
In classic combat scenarios you always use the main weapon, whether it’s with one or two hands. In the case of weapons with one hand, you can always equip a secondary shield in the other hand and use it as a shield against enemies. This way you can block enemy attacks and make them lose their stamina. Once their endurance bar is empty, you can unbalance them and launch a devastating crippling attack that will kill your opponent with a single blow, except the bosses in the game. In addition to managing your opponents, you also need to manage your stamina, as every action you make in the game absorbs your stamina, whether it’s a light or heavy attack, a shield block or an evasive move. If you don’t have stamina, you can’t perform any of these actions in the game and have to wait for it to regenerate for you.
But the enemies of Assassin Valhalla are not so clever. Most of them will just attack you blindly and without any strategy, so you can easily shoot them. Your only threats are serious enemies that can attack you and bosses that will absolutely destroy you if you’re not careful. Even with easier difficulties, the game’s big bosses can easily knock you down. You’ll meet these tough enemies and bosses at key moments in the game, but normal enemies are everywhere and it’s fun to take them down with axes and arrows. You can combine your attacks with the special skills you discover by finding the Book of Knowledge in the game and combine them to score spectacular moves on your opponents.
These special skills are only performed if you have adrenaline, and you get it by killing your enemies in the game. Later you will be able to buy upgrades that will give you more adrenaline points and allow you to acquire more special skills that will give you an advantage in battle. Each weapon and armor can be upgraded in the game and you can add runes to make them even more effective. The higher the level of your equipment, the more runes you can put in it, making it even more effective in the long run. These runes can also be used to add certain special effects to equipment and armor, such as poison and more. If you have this effect on your armor or weapons, you have another way to kill your enemies quickly. From your barracks you can also create your own Second, which you can customize and which will guide you through raids and attacks that support you. You can change their equipment, keep an eye on them and assign them tasks during battle, but they’ll always be one step behind you.
Even though the game is based on Vikings who like to loot and pillage, it remains true to the Assassin Creed. Stealth plays a big role in the game, and this time you have a hidden knife. You can squat and move through enemy forts, territories and camps and plan your attacks. You can hide in the bushes and use a hidden knife to kill enemies closer to you in silence. You also have other traditional modes to kill your enemies in the game, such as Kill the Cornice, Kill the Fall and Kill Behind the Scenes. Each mission in the game gives you the freedom to choose your approach. Stealth is usually much easier because you can kill one enemy after another, but if you want to shoot at full power, you can do that too. You can also use a raven to spot and mark enemy camps, making it much easier to destroy them. In addition to Raven, you can also see Odin, who scans the area around you and marks all the items, resources, special loot and enemies you’ve collected. You can also see them through the walls.
The game develops like a traditional role-playing game. Each place on the map has a certain level of power, and you can only destroy these enemies if you have at least that level. Although the game card is available in its entirety from the start, the game encourages you to play the story within the level requirements. Go to an area where the enemies are too busy and you’ll be mowed down in a second. To do this, you need to play a mission, upgrade your level, unlock new ones and upgrade your armor and weapons to increase your energy level, so you can easily explore these high-level areas and easily kill enemies. You also have a detailed skills tree that allows you to focus on three basic mechanisms, including stealth, melee and scope, and build your living being that way. Because you can’t really decide which improvements you want to make, you can choose which Eivor you want to build and continue to invest in skill points in these areas to make Eivor more suited to your style of play.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is the most exquisite game for me as it has changed its main style of play from an action-adventure game to an RPG. There are a few errors in the gameplay here and there, but I am sure that Ubisoft will soon release some patches for the game that will solve these problems. For this review I played the game on a system with the Ryzen 3700X, 32GB DDR4 3600 MHz Ram with AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT, and the game worked very well for me. At no time do I remember a single drop in an image, not even in areas of high visual precision, and Valhalla is no stranger to areas of high precision, be it battles or simple landscapes in Norway or England. I still have a lot to learn in this game, and I’m going to start a new game with a lot more complexity. The world of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is extremely vibrant and beautiful, and with your clan at your side it’s always fun to fly and loot.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla once again presents a whole new take on the franchise, this time with details about the lives of the Vikings and their fight for survival. Although the game gave me a lot of Red Dead Redemption 2 vibes at first, when I founded and developed the colony, I say it’s a good way to go. I liked the new mechanic in the colony and the way he gave us a second home where we could go back, talk to the clan and have a lot of fun with them. It really gives you a feeling of home comfort. The visual and technical performance, including a brilliant soundtrack, is first-class, but in such a large and open world, there are some gambling issues that need to be addressed. Moreover, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla can keep you busy for a few months with a beautiful and lively world. Whether you’re a fan of franchises or just a fan of adventure games with brilliant stories and fantastic action scenarios, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is sure to spark your imagination and keep you entertained as you go on holiday on your shiny new generation of consoles.
Total score: 9.0/10