Assassins Creed Valhalla - Review

Assassin Creed – Valhalla
Platforms: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC, Stadia

Assassins Creed Valhalla is a hugely enjoyable entry to the series, offering an enthralling Viking RPG experience with super-satisfying combat and exploration of medieval England. However, as a consequence the series has drifted away from its stealth roots, giving the Creed series an identity crisis.
Pro
 Engaging Viking-style combat
 Story scratches Game of Thrones itch
 Excellent RPG level progression
 Medieval England is gorgeous and a joy to explore

Cons
 Lots of game-crashing issues
 Small focus on stealth

Epic-scale castle conquests, bone-crunching axe combat and enough drinking competitions to floor a university student all help to make you feel like every inch the Norwegian warrior that’s slapped across the promotional art of this new adventure.

Assassin’s Creed series stumble into an identity crisis and drift the furthest yet from its stealth-centred roots
That’s not to say Valhalla ditches stealth altogether. You’ll occasionally get a mission to sneakily scout out a castle, steal supplies and sabotage ballista, but it’s hardly the main focus and that’s for good reason – you’re playing as a hulking big Viking who simply feels out of character leaping from rooftop to rooftop like an agile assassin.

Fortunately, the hand-to-hand combat is so satisfying that I didn’t really miss the stealth-focused missions. You’re able to choose a range of weapons, from swords and spears to the classic Viking axe. Each weapon features a slew of their own bloody finishing animations, giving you a taste for the brutal warfare Vikings are renowned for.

The bow and arrow has also been given a larger focus in Valhalla, as it not only proves handy for head shooting unsuspecting guards, but can also be used to target enemy weak points during melee combat. Hit every weak point and the enemy will enter a ‘staggered state’ allowing you to trigger a finishing move that often downs your foe in one violent blow. I loved using the bow against large enemies that were dangerous up close, although the lack of a default option to craft arrows meant maintaining a healthy supply of them was a tedious process.

While unlockable special abilities (such as hurling axes and firing poison arrows) help to vary up the combat throughout the incredibly long campaign, it still remains arguably simplistic. Combat soon became too easy and monotonous in the early few hours of the game, as soldiers swiftly fell to my axe, even in the epic scale raids and assaults that see you fighting against an entire Anglo Saxon army.
Valhalla steadily introduces new hardened classes, such as nimble spearmen and goliath soldiers that look like Hodor with a weaponised ball and chain. Such elite troops all require different tactics to keep you on your toes; spears are hard to dodge but easy to deflect, while your shield might as well be made out of paper when used against certain heavy weapons.

There’s also a larger focus on upgrading your gear and weapons instead of replacing them after every mission. This meant I spent less time doing inventory management, and more time decapitating heads from shoulders.
Valhalla represents Ubisoft’s best take on the RPG genre yet, especially with the new settlement management system, which has been built upon from Assassin’s Creed 3. Since you’re the second in command of a Viking clan that has just arrived on English shores, it’s your job to collect resources for new buildings.
The graphical fidelity makes England look absolutely stunning too. Seemingly set during Autumn, trees are coated in brightly coloured leaves which makes views of the rolling hills a jaw-dropping sight.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is an excellent RPG adventure, with the hand-to-hand combat among the best in Ubisoft’s franchise. Stealth has unfortunately taken a Stealth tales backseat, which feels very strange for a Creed game, but the epic-scale battles and sophisticated RPG mechanics more than make up for such shortcomings.
The highlight here are the multiple Game of Thrones-esque stories that take place in Medieval England, which scratch that itch for devilish schemes and shocking, bloody twists.
Sadly, a few glaring flaws and a number of technical hiccups can see Valhalla become very frustrating at times. If you’re happy to put up with such nonsense though, you’ll be rewarded with one of the best open-world games of the year, with comfortably enough content to see you spending dozens of hours across war-torn England.
A few extra things are – Each of England’s kingdoms have a lot to uncover with their own unique plot lines. A cast of characters and challenges to overcome.
Its about finding allies assassinating targets and large-scale battles.

-The game is all about honour, glory and leadership in the arc of the main characters journey. The choices made will leave long lasting impacts across the kingdoms.

-The main character has all the attributes you’d expect a leader to have in such a game. Strength, stealth and fighting skills that can be upgraded through the progression of the game. You will find the special abilities in book and knowledge, these are hidden throughout the world. They have their own upgrade tear and improves their power and effectiveness.
-As you move further through your journey you will be rewarded with exotic gear from the far corners of the world. Further unlocking combat options and dual wield combinations. This even includes the legendary Excalibur.
-When you return to your clan you can build a wide variety of structures with all you have brought back with you after your conquest.  
- You can build your own custom crew of raiders to ride with and assign a lieutenant. All of this can be shared with your friends online.
You can customise your character (male or female its your choice) with various tattoos.
You can take poisons open your senses and leap beyond to Asgard and the legendary realm of Norse myth.