Every new console has that one game that released at launch which encapsulates everything new that the console has to offer. For me, it has been Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. I’ve been a fan of the AC franchise since the original dropped back in 2007.
For games of this genre, I feel that the following factors needs to be met for it to be good:
- An Engaging & Interesting Story
- Visuals & Graphics
- Gameplay & Mechanics
- Value or Replayability
- Fun Factor
AC Valhalla checks all those boxes in my opinion. Game’s like these should feel as if you are playing out a movie as you progress and this is exactly what this game offer.
Coming off watching a bit of the TV show, Vikings, I couldn’t help but enjoy the similarities. The game does a good job of creating and introducing you into this timeline and culture of the Vikings. This is something that I always enjoyed about the AC games – they always did such a great job of recreating places and moments in history that feel authentic and immersive. Couple the incredible visuals and settings with an engaging story and that becomes something so enjoyable. I watched every cutscene and thought about dialogue choices which I would usually just skip through.
The world is huge, immersive and extremely detailed. You just know that a game is good when you randomly stop what you’re doing and just pan the camera around to take in the amazing virtual views and scenery.
Once you get the hang of the controls, the gameplay is so good. A feature that I enjoyed a lot was weapon dual-wielding. The game allows you to pair two weapons together which results in some awesome combat. The RPG element also felt much better than in the previous game.
As in most of the previous AC games, apart from the main story, there is a whole lot to do. There are side quests, treasures, loot, weapons and different pieces of armor sets to be found, territories to conquer, and a lot more to keep you entertained. A game like this offers the most value because there is just so much to do and accomplish.
I didn’t experience a whole lot of issues with this game at all. There were the usual minor hiccups and annoyances which are expected in a game with so many mechanics and dependencies, but nothing that would compromise the experience a whole lot. I did experience a few times that The game stopped responding and I needed to force it close and restart. But this shouldn’t at all be a factor that you should take into account if you’re considering picking up this game.
Overall, I had an awesome time playing Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. It gave me everything that I enjoy about games which is an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. I would definitely recommend purchasing this game.