Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Review Round-Up (VIDEO)
The Assassin’s Creed series has been heading down an exciting road in the last few years, featuring games with greater open worlds, RPG-style progression, and various clever callbacks to real-world history. Beginning with Ancient Egypt in 2017’s Origins and Classical Greece in 2018’s Odyssey, the latest Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is rounding out Ubisoft’s ancient assassin trilogy with Norse Viking culture, following players as their clan’s eventful settlement in 9th Century England collides with the series ongoing conflict between the Hidden Ones and the Order of the Ancients.
With the release of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla nearly upon us, the game has surely got fans excited for its aggressive new gameplay, mysterious story implications, as well as its breadth of Viking lore. However, how is the game sitting with the critics? According to emerging reviews, the new Viking-led adventure appears to be going over quite well, with the majority of outlets appreciating the game’s well-built world, updated RPG design, and epic narrative campaign. However, it appears this massive feat isn’t without issues, as several reviews also point out the game’s overly-familiar “Ubisoft” approach to open-world design.
Attack of the Fanboy – 90/100
“Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla takes all the previous systems introduced in Origins and Odyssey, and streamlines them into a more focused experience. The game may have some flaws, and it’s a shame to see the combat remains mediocre after all these years, yet Valhalla is easily the best entry in the recent trilogy. Grab your axes and shields: it’s time to go a-viking!“
Game Informer – 93/100
“With an engaging combination of combat, exploration, and crafted story content, this Viking legend is an epic with a little something for everyone. “
Kotaku – “Wonderful To Explore”
“The changes Valhalla brings to the franchise feel as great as a warm hearthfire during a cold winter night. The game’s developers have crafted a world that is wonderful to explore, that soaked up hours and hours of my day before I noticed It. The changes to how the game handles loot and questing, for example, make it a nicer experience to play. Overall, it feels a lot of care and thought went into making Valahalla feel less like a checklist of things to do and more like a world to organically experience.“
VGC – 80/100
“Valhalla’s sober detailed research is undermined a little by some slightly tipsy execution. But this is a hearty, bawdy Viking feast of a game which spins a fine tale and offers plenty to get your teeth into.“
Wccftech – 80/100
“Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is a definite step up for the series, thanks to the many tweaks made to the RPG mechanics that powered the previous two entries in the series, better storytelling, great atmosphere, and meaningful side-content. Even with the tweaks, however, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is still an Assassin’s Creed game at heart, so those who are not into the Ubisoft open-world game design will hardly change their opinion with the game. Everyone else will probably love every second of Eivor’s adventure, especially if they are into Vikings and ancient Norse culture.“
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla releases for Google Stadia, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S on November 10th, with a PlayStation 5 version coming out November 12th. What do you think? Are you ready to start plundering in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, or will you be sitting back until the game’s Beowulf DLC joins the party? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter and Facebook to be informed of the latest gaming and entertainment news 24 hours a day!
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