By: Corey Lack
Assassin’s Cred: Valhalla is a game that came out a few weeks prior to the writing of this article. It features Layla from the previous two games experiencing the memories of a viking by the name of Eivor as they try to settle in England with the rest of their clan.
Let me just get this out of the way. Yes, the game is currently extremely buggy. Video game veterans, like myself, will akin it to the infamously buggy Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines in terms of the sheer number of bugs popping up. Saves will suddenly become corrupted, characters won’t let you speak to them so you can’t finish quests, doors won’t give players the prompt to break them down, etc. That said, none of these really ruined the game for me. Yes, they were annoying. Extremely so, in fact, but I found ways around them.
In terms of the gameplay, there’s not much difference from previous games. It’s more RPG focused in this game than in even the previous two. I enjoyed being able to dual wield weapons of any kind and the combat wasn’t terrible. It wasn’t great, but wasn’t terrible. I absolutely love the raiding system though. It is similar to Black Flag’s method of getting resources to improve your base and ship. I found it a lot of fun.
There are also a number of different side activities that pop up and this is one of the areas that the game was at its weakest. The “world events” that popped up, replacing traditional side quests, were fine and actually entertaining most times and I always laughed when I was doing the flyting (medieval rap battles). There were two side activities that I just absolutely dreaded doing: the dice game orlog and the cairn activities. I disliked orlog simply because it was focused more on luck than anything else and I apparently had very little judging from how often the opponent would roll exactly what they’d need to beat me. Nothing suspicious about that at all. Then, there are the cairns. For those who don’t know, this involves the player stacking rocks until it reaches a certain height. At first, it was just an interesting little cool down activity, but as they got more difficult and I had to spend more and more time getting them placed exactly right, I really started considering quitting the game just to stop having to do them.
Now, the next gripe is going to be heavy in spoiler territory so this is your warning. So, in the game, there will be times where Eivor would go to Asgard and other Norse realms to take the place of Odin to experience events and I just couldn’t bring myself to care. I found ancient Britain to be more interesting than a mythological realm made of gold and magic. Something clearly is wrong if that’s the case. It certainly didn’t help that they start out having Loki being close to Odin. Anyone that’s even only seen the Marvel movies know that Loki can’t be trusted, especially when he’s extremely protective of his literal wolf of a son.
So, Valhalla. There are a lot of issues with the game and a few good parts. Once its bugs are dealt with, it will be a lot better. Even now, though, you could do a lot worse than this one. I’d give it 7.5 longships out of 10.
I am a graduate student at Northern Kentucky University. I like writing fantasy and science fiction, playing video games, and watching movies.