With Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Ubisoft takes players to the Viking era, the year 873 to be exact. We take on the role of Eivor, one of the Viking raiders, in the production we go to the period when the Vikings started to flock to the lands of England. At the end of this year, we had the chance to experience the PC version of the game, which will be released on the new generation consoles, namely Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X with the current generation, for up to 3 hours. In this article, we will share our experiences as we touched on the general lines of the game.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Preview
First of all, I have to say that when Assassin’s Creed Valhalla was announced and the new generation consoles were also on the door, my expectation for the game increased a little. I must admit that I am not very pleased with this situation, which came as a fan of the first games of the series. Nevertheless, my expectations from Assassin’s Creed Valhalla were quite high. But I have to admit that when I played, I did not meet exactly the game I expected, as well as the aspects I liked.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is a production that contains important changes in general but follows the footsteps of Assasin’s Creed Origins and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. As in the main game, character selection is allowed in the demo version we tried. So you can take the role of a male or female Eivor. The demo consisted of two parts, which we can call the Akin section, where we move freely and perform some tasks. While I chose the male Eivor in free circulation, I continued as a woman in the Akin section. There is no difference, except for the appearance and voices.
Will You Love The Game?
First of all, as you know even in the most unpopular Assassin’s Creed, the world of the game has been prepared with great care. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla certainly does not break this tradition and again leaves a wonderful world in our palms. The structures and designs in the game were carefully prepared and carefully placed in this world. Although the demo version we played was in a limited area, it still covered a considerable amount of space. So a much bigger world will be waiting for us in the main game compared to this demo. Although it was a limited area, there were large and small settlements, large castles, streams stretching as far as possible, caves and dozens of areas waiting to be explored.
In fact, an interesting, ruined castle caught my attention while I was going on duty. If I say castle, think of a tower like our Galata tower. When I went to research this place, I found myself looking for a different treasure in a huge cave. In short, the discovery dynamics as well as the beauty of the game’s world are kept at a high level.
A Game That Action Players May Like!
While playing the game, we see that the game has shifted from good to better action, even a little more hack-n slash type. While we are doing light attacks with the R1 key, we are making heavy attacks with the R2 key. Depending on the level of your character, the strike power of these attacks changes along with your abilities. Character customization and skill development are somewhat limited in the demo. So in the full version, you will be able to change the appearance of the character and the weapons it uses.
In the skill part, a skill tree system that we are familiar with from RPG games was used. Some features here came on automatically in the demo. Although I have earned skill points, we are only allowed to unlock an extra ability, that is, move one step up in the skill tree. Nevertheless, I have to say that the talent tree is distributed in points that require both privacy and action.
What Are the Special Powers in the Game?
You can use different abilities in the game according to both long range and close combat system. These abilities are separately assigned to the four keys of the controller. As you unlock new abilities, you can assign them to these keys and make a kind of customization according to your fighting style. Of course, to use your abilities, you have to do more damage in the combat area and fill your skill bar. Skills such as triple shooting and explosive arrows are available at long range. In close combat, there are special kicks that break the opponent’s defense or different abilities that allow you to hit the nearest wall as you back them. My favorite at this point is throwing an ax. When you activate this shot, Eivor begins to throw axes relentlessly towards the enemies you target.
Fighting Scenes in The Game Are Looped!
Although the fighting system in the game seems pleasant at first, it turns into a very prosaic structure. Finishing strokes are your biggest helpers both visually and in battles. But after a while, the entire combat system of the game turns into hitting the opponent, stun, and finishing hitting with R3. This situation puts the game’s fighting system in a big impasse. Another problem with the combat system is the weak feeling of the hit. So you throw an ax, you have to feel that feeling to your bones, but you can’t get a return from the game exactly like that. Be sure, the ax-throwing sensation in God of War delivers more pleasure than the overall appeal of this game. Ubisoft definitely needs to go to development in this regard. Especially when there are characters who are cruel like the Vikings, who you shoot down, we hang and we cut, you expect more satiety in the fighting system. But as of the demo, I can say that I did not get this kind of satiety.
Another point I hope to mention and improve in the fighting system is the artificial intelligence system. You realize that there is no artificial intelligence in privacy aspects. But this situation strikes your attention in big wars. You see behind-the-scenes footage of big-budget movies, in fact, you see that a very epic fight is just a crowd clutching swords in the background, this is how I felt in the big battlefields of the game. Some characters are just standing on the battlefield, these characters who do not even go into action have filed off the raid moments that should have been epic.
So What Are The Features You Might Like in the Game?
Although the game has many lacking aspects, there are features that I think you will like. The flocking part I mentioned at the beginning was one of the enjoyable aspects of the game. In this part, you lead your Viking ship and flock to the settlements in England, as the name suggests. If you have watched the Viking series or if you are interested in that period, I am sure you will like this part of the game. Especially the singing of the crew on the ship (which I love about the Rogue), the assault pipes stolen on the way to the raid, all kinds of elements that complement the atmosphere were used.
“So did Assassin’s Creed Valhalla deliver the progress we expected?” If you ask, I have to give a big no. As I mentioned at the beginning, the game is based on Origins and Odyssey. It follows in their footsteps, both in terms of gameplay and visual. In other words, with both graphics and animation quality, I can say what beauties and problems you have encountered in these two games are waiting for you in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla game. In short, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla has features that will satisfy those who love the previous games of the series. But it may disappoint those who have different expectations from the series like me, and those who expect a big leap forward.