ASSASSIN'S CREED VALHALLA
By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on November 23, 2020
Every time Ubisoft launches a new Assassin's Creed title, people will talk about it. Some talk positive, some will nag or rage about it, but if you play video games, you will at least have heard of Assassin's Creed. The series currently contains more than twenty Assassin's Creed games already, the latest of which being Assassin's Creed Valhalla.
Assassin's Creed Valhalla takes you on a journey into the world of Vikings, and it's a good one. Damn, no; I've spoiled my final verdict already. Oh well, never mind, it's good to get it out in the open, so I'll say it again: I love Assassin's Creed Valhalla! Let me tell you why. But before I do, I must confess that I'm a bit of a newcomer when it comes to this particular series of games. I only enjoyed the epic adventures of Assassin's Creed since Syndicate. Now, afterwards, I tried to play AC games older than Syndicate, but I somehow never managed to really get into them and finish the adventure. So, with that out of the way, let's dive into the great and challenging world of Valhalla!
And what a fantastic and truly beautiful world it is! Ubisoft treats you to an introductory scene that is filled with action. Then, a bit more is told about the tragic backstory of Eivor, our protagonist. After this, you get to choose if said protagonist is either male or female. (just for the record, I chose female). As our story begins, you will spend your first hours of Assassin's Creed Valhalla in Norway. It's snowy, it's cold and it's truly beautiful! I'm in a super happy mood now, because you will hear the crisp snow underneath your feet while walking. That's something that I immensely enjoy in real life, but unfortunately, it doesn't snow that much in The Netherlands. Walking around a cold environment has it's pros, but also some cons. I remember from my time in AC Origins, how I enjoyed diving into lakes, searching for chests to loot. But as soon as you hit the icy water here, Eivor will warn you about the cold and that he/she can't survive that long in these freezing temperatures.
After six hours, I completed the main story up to the point that I decided to leave Norway, in search of the proverbial greener pastures. Together with my stepbrother Sigurd, we make our choice and stand by it. So we pack our bags and set sail for England! When we finally raise our sail and start heading for these faraway lands, the title of the game appears. Wait, what? This was just the introduction? I already spend six hours in the game! True, I've spent some more time running around then is strictly necessary, because I explored the lands and hunted for treasures and other points of interest. Oh boy, if the intro took me six hours already, this could be a much bigger game than previous installments in the Assassin's Creed series (at least the one I played).
When we land in England grounds it will be clear that Ubisoft put a lot of effort into creating even more content for players. One of the new additions is that you have to spend time creating your own settlement, which is slightly reminiscent of rebuilding the town around your uncle's villa in Assassin's Creed 2. This village needs a blacksmith, a shop, stables, all kinds of companies and it's up to you to build them. To do so, you'll need resources and that's where raiding comes in. Use your long-ship and your crew to go out on a raid and get your hands on all kinds of materials to build your own settlement. At the same time, you'll want to make sure your claimed land is known as yours, so you need to make sure your reputation is up to speed. This can be done be forming alliances, which basically means fighting for a good cause, helping others along the way.
One of the things that got my attention in an early stage of the game is that I couldn't perform the well-known and awesome leap of faith. And let's face it, that's one of the things, maybe the major thing, that makes Assassin's Creed games stand out. It's the series' signature move. And not having it made very clear how handy it was. After climbing a to a high synchronize point (and they can be up really high, as you might know), I also have to climb all the way down. That is, if I want to keep my character safe from unnecessary deaths. But before you start crying or decide that without a leap of faith, you don't want to play Assassin's Creed Valhalla any more, I just have to ask you to have some faith here. Your patience will be rewarded.
The map will offer you a couple of points of interests. Apart from the quests and locations markers, you can see blue and yellow dots. Yellow dots will point out wealth; Treasure, blacksmith resources, gear or abilities. You don't want to miss out on those, because unlike other Assassin's Creed games, you will not be overloaded with gear and weapons. You have to search, create and upgrade them. The blue dots indicates all kinds of activities, the in-game map legend will explain all different types there are. I will highlight two of them. The first are the world events, which will offer you additional side quests. They are awesome, but they can be tricky to complete from time to time. A piece of advice here is to listen and observe the quest giver. If they need you to follow them, follow them immediately. They also might hint to the solution or the item that they need. But my number one favorite are the so called Fly Agaric. This mission starts by eating a certain type of mushroom, which makes Eivor hallucinate. After this, he or she needs to enter portals in a certain order. The hints that are given here are subtle and sometimes you will fail once or twice, before you get it. I love them!
There is sooooo much more to do, to discover and to tell you about Assassin's Creed Valhalla, but I think it's time you assassins out there have to see it for yourselves! The game will offer you more than sixty hours of game play and that's without the Season Pass content. I think that, if you enjoyed the later Assassin's Creed Games like Origins and Odyssey, you will love Valhalla to bits! You will discover one awesome thing another on your journey of conquest. By the way, did I already mention that you can train your horse, so it can swim? It's these kinds of things that really add to the Valhalla experience and make it feel like a true journey of a lifetime!
ASSASSIN'S CREED VALHALLA
November 10-12, 2020