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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla review

Assassin's Creed Valhalla is a big, bold and ridiculously beautiful work in the series, finally offering the much-needed Viking Age and the messy political melting pot of medieval England.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is very similar to the other recent titles in Ubisoft’s long-running series of stealth action adventures, AC: Origin and Odyssey. Each settlement you enter has half a dozen side quests and activities. Each time you complete an objective, five more of the same type appear on the map. There are not one, but two worlds to explore-Norway and England, and for a while you will also set foot in Asgard and Jotunheim.

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This would not be a bad thing if the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla universe were full of life and variety, but usually everything is too repetitive. Climb to the top of a tall building. Unlock a door. Find a hidden passage. It is not necessary to do all the side quests in the Assassin’s Creed games, but Assassin’s Creed Valhalla does its best to push you to do them.

Most conversations end with NPCs (non-player characters) informing you that they will be waiting nearby while you spend time in the city. The game literally speaks to you through its characters and tells you to explore. In other cases, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will assign you to meet someone at a new location some distance away. Although there is a quick move option, it is very limited because the map is huge, which means you will have to travel most of it manually.

About

Developer: Ubisoft, Ubisoft Montreal
publisher: Ubisoft
Release date: 10 November 2020
price: $59.99

System Requirement

OS: Windows 7/8/10 64-bit
Processor: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz / AMD Ryzen R3 1200
Graphics: AMD Radeon R9 380 or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB
VRAM: 4GB
RAM: 8 GB
HDD: 50 GB
DirectX: 12 Compatible Graphics Card

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla review: Combat

There are also some new (and recurring) aspects in the combat area. Unlike most action-adventure games, in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla the character’s health does not automatically regenerate during combat. You need to find food or berries to regain health and heal (which you can do during combat). Equally important is that you cannot endlessly dodge attacks, because Assassin’s Creed Valhalla introduces a new stamina bar to the series. During combat, stamina is spent on dodging and performing heavy attacks and is only gained when performing light attacks. Outside of combat, the stamina regenerates itself.

Therefore, care should be taken not to deplete stamina while attacking, because you would remain vulnerable to defense. There is no doubt that one should pay more attention to stamina than health. In addition, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla offers players the ability to wield most of the weapons available in the game, unless the weapon of choice is heavy enough to require both hands. Speaking of weapons, the “Hidden Blade” staple of the Assassin’s Creed series returns, allowing players to accomplish what the franchise title promises: assassinations.

Added to this is the return of the ability to walk stealthily through crowds while wearing a cloak and hood. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla also offers a host of new combat skills, up to eight skills, four close-range and four long-range, that can be assigned at a time, such as a hail of arrows or axes. These skills are learned by discovering “knowledge books” hidden in the game world. Finding the same knowledge book of a type greatly enhances this skill.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla review: Performance

Ubisoft has a bad reputation for releasing bug-filled games, but we think that after Unity the studio has learned its lesson. In Assassin’s Creed Valhalla we did not encounter many game-breaking bugs, but there were some frustrating moments. The most prevalent bug, which occurred several times, caused my character’s model to freeze for a few seconds and not move at all.

There were times when Eivor would not jump and would slide down and under a mountain to his death; we saw problematic wealth icons on enemies we had already looted. One of the most annoying was when we were raiding and couldn’t open a door with my Viking companion because we were oddly out of sync.

One of the most fun bugs we encountered was when we encountered an enemy Zealot; he was frozen so we had the opportunity to kill him easily. We wouldn’t necessarily call it a bug, but the auto-save is completely unreliable. It does not save when we need it, such as before a battle scenario or after looting something, so it wasted a lot of my time. My main advice is to always save manually and not rely on auto-saves.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla review: Over Quality

As in Ubisoft’s recent Watch Dogs: Legion, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla has bugs at launch. In one case, we had to dive through a trapdoor into a pool of freezing water under a houseboat to reach a treasure. But the game would not let me go back, with the jump button refusing to work upward as it should have, even though the entrance to the hatch was a meter away. It was a dead end and we were left to die of hypothermia. After pressing a few keys, we managed to get up off the ground, but then we were stuck because the game thought we were still in the water; we were standing on dry land, but we could not move more than a foot or two in any direction.

Eventually, to save myself, we were forced to move quickly to another spot. The new Assassin’s Creed game also features a microtransaction-based game store, just like the new Watch Dogs game. This store allows you to purchase new weapons, resources, silver and maps. You can also buy cosmetic upgrades for your character, ship and settlement. Or get a new animal companion. The game store is powered by “Helix Credits” which can be purchased with real money.

Conclusion

Assassin’s Creed games are rarely bad, and Valhalla is no exception. It has all the hallmarks of a decent open world game, although it probably seems better suited to a smaller, more focused experience. The world is not exactly empty, but with a million things to do that are largely repetitive, it often could be. The gameplay and writing at the game’s most important moments are obviously what Ubisoft wants us to care about, but they come across as deeply uninteresting when compared to the smaller, less important but much more fun parts.

Chasing lost cats, winning rap battles and drinking beer is much more fun than completing a series of similar raids to help a cynical and hypocritical plot. If you like open-world games, you will enjoy Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, but it is unlikely to receive the “masterpiece” label that is thrown around too often in this genre. Eivor is the highlight of the game, especially the female version, and brings back the sillier humor that was missing in Black Flag.

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Lucas Simonds
Lucas Simonds
At Bollyinside, Lucas Simonds serves in the role of Senior Editor. He finds entertainment in anything and everything related to technology, from laptops to smartphones and everything in between. His favorite hobby may be collecting headphones of all shapes and sizes, even if he keeps them all in the same drawer.

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The gameplay and writing at the game's most important moments are obviously what Ubisoft wants us to care about, but they come across as deeply uninteresting when compared to the smaller, less important but much more entertaining parts.Assassin's Creed Valhalla review