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Black Flag was a great game, Syndicate was good but Unity Origin and Odessey were poor for me, i even lost interest in the series. With Valhalla being about England i hoped to get back into the series... From the start, graphically it is good, no slowdown on the Xbox One X. But whereas earlier games had good combat and story tracking which was simple to follow, the game has now become much more complex. It is no longer as simple as putting a marker on the map. Since Origins, they have included mythical combat like fire and while that works well in some games... it is just NOT Asssasins Creed. Whereas before you could hide in the bushes and take them out by stealth this is a hack and slash with an axe. It is however a good effort, an improvement over Odessey and if they kept it simple instead of trying to be OTT at times it would have been so much better. The combat control feels awkward, isn’t it natural to want to use A,B, X, Y? Here it is RB/RT. After an hour of gameplay I became bored of the game, not stuck just not interested in the characters or story. Markers on the screen show quests, but when you get there they disappear! Graphically one of the best Assassins Creed games, gameplay... one of the worst.
I have only been playing the game for a few days so it is still early days but this is a step up from the previous entries in the Assassin's Creed series. It is quite different from the previous games, but different for the better.
The graphics are incredible with lots of detailed lighting effects a step up from Odyssey. It feels very realistic.
There are some things which continue from the previous games, such as looting chests and the quests but overall this feels differen to the previous couple of games. There is not so much assassination and a lot more all out battles. I don't think the changes are necessarily bad, but it doesn't feel like so much like an Assassin's Creed game.
The Viking theme, characters and storylines develop the feel of the game and have been well developed.
Edit - The Assassin's Creed elements are not fully developed until Eiovor arrives in England. When the game moves to England it develops a lot more and it is a lot more enjoyable and engaging.
Eiovor takes part in raids to build up the Viking settlement in England and expand the territory, and it introduces a lot of gameplay elements from previous Assassin's Creed games and it feels more like an AC game.
Very long game not in a good way. I've spent 80+ hours so far in this game. Most of this game is the same. just explore uncover way points. a ton of pointless side quests. And treasure hunting that is also the same thing over and over door is barred from the other side find your way in. I do enjoy the raids but that got boring after the 1st few. And to top it all off I finally reached end game after my 80hours to be stuck with a bug during a main quests something to do with odin (don't want to spoil the story for anyone). So I can't even complete the game now. Wish I never got the game.
I have played all the assassin creed games and have to say this is the most disappointing, It’s no where near as good as black flag or odsessy, graphically very poor, I’m playing on an Xbox one, it feels more like Xbox 360 graphics and the fighting mechanics are the worst and most dull to date, I’m pretty sure they have made the graphics bad on purpose so it looks like their is improvement on the Xbox series x version, honestly this is one of the most shocking games that feels like it was made 5-10 years ago, don’t believe me buy this and try it out but you have been warned
Having enjoyed Origins and Odyssey I am not as happy with this game. I find the healing system frustrating at times when I run out of health during a big fight and cannot find any food nearby to restore it, and so have to leave the fight. Also the fact that my bird cannot now mark the position of items of interest and enemies makes it more difficult to find things. On a separate subject, I was informed that I would receive an email to unlock The Way of the Berserker Mission at release, but I till have not had it, two weeks later! UPDATE I never got the email. Having played for over 75 hours I am finding it rather boring. There is a lot of looking for chests in hard to find places which contain nothing much of interest, the characters are not very interesting and there is no overriding story as there was in the previous games. If Assassins Creed is going this way I will have to look for something else to do.
The game itself is really enjoyable, with great stories and well thought out interactions. Less of the Animus nonsense from the older games and more focus on being a Viking, raiding and building your settlement/character.
But, the huge and fairly common glitches in this game get to be a pain in the ***. Needing to restart the game sometimes, or the game restarts without warning while mid-mission (and no, I don’t have an old and tired Xbox One, I have a Series X, so it’s definitely the game). There are always some glitches in big open world games, but these are too common in this game.
The additional downloadable content (The Way of The Beserker) I got as a pre-order bonus was also sent via a link. When I followed this link it took me to Ubisoft, however everything is in French. I replied asking for the correct link to, as unfortunately I don’t speak fluent French, but have received no reply. So the content is not available to me.
With a few major updates to reduce glitches, and the additional content being received as promised; this game would easily score a 5! But as-is the problems have knocked it down to a 2.
Let me start by saying that this is definitely not next-gen if you buy the Series X edition. Graphics are not much better than Odyssey, and the facial animations are utter garbage. The game itself is immersive to say the least, the map is huge, maybe I'd go as far to say it's too big as I'm 60 hours in and probably at about 50% completion, it's getting a little tedious now and there's still some bugs that aren't allowing me to progress the side quests. Talking of side quests, some of them are just tedious like the offering alters and the animus glitch, they take you out of the immersion and slap up that modern day story arc that no one actually cares about. Its jarring, and breaks immersion imo. Time to just forget about the modern day animus rubbish I think. All in all a great game, but marred by sloppy graphics and annoying bugs.
I've never been one of the "but this isn't Assassins Creed" people, post-Revelations. I enjoyed each one for what it was, I liked the introduction of the pre-Templar "Order of Ancients", thought the move to RPG gameplay was fine and I got many, many hours of enjoyment from seemingly one of the least liked games in the franchise – Odyssey.
Having completed Valhalla I can now see the flaws in Odyssey clearly, and what this game has done to not just flatly correct them, but put a whole new spin on the lore of Assassins Creed, taking it in a new exciting direction. It's a much more immersive and deep game. Without going into spoilers I can say that the lore side of things is brilliant – it truly weaves the story of the Isu or "pre-cursors" into the main Viking storyline, and through the use of dream sequences, curious Assassin allies and this sector of the Order of Ancients, the further you get into the game you getting some really satisfying realisations. Let's just say that on a replay you'll see things differently from the start. On the surface you may be fighting mythical beasts in Asgard and Jotunheim, but there's a deeper meaning to it that Odyssey was bereft of in similar settings.
Gameplay-wise, despite the obvious tweaks in combat it's still largely the Origins style, though the introduction of enemy weak points is well thought out, as is the stamina and new life mechanics. Levelling has also been improved and the vast Skill Tree is good. The biggest change is the reintroduction of classic AC social stealth and one hit assassinations (which can be tweaked with a new twist in the menu). These mechanics bring you right back into how the Ezio trilogy felt, with Eivor having to hide in plain sight, blend in and use distractions to get around settings that are suspicious of him. The weaponry has thankfully been scaled back immensely from Odyssey, to make the weapons actually seem worthwhile. You can still obtain mythical weapons, and despite being non-essential extras, they are more grounded this time around. You'll see why as you get further along.
The graphics whilst not completely mind blowing are fantastic, especially when you're atop a viewpoint looking at the different areas of England. The landscapes are beautiful with subtle details, wildlife and realistic mechanics and lighting which really immerse you.
All in all I was ready to get stuck into a violent Viking adventure, but found the game to be much, much more, and not since the Desmond modern day storyline have I been excited to see what happens next.
Despite the mixed reviews I have to admit I love this game , I’ve always been a massive fan of Assassins creed games and this one does not disappoint. There is a massive campaign with a good amount of story telling and action , and an excellent ranking up system ..... I love games that let you rank up equipment and skills etc . Even though it’s quit different to your usual Assassins creed games it’s still kept enough of the basics to tell that your playing an Assassins creed game . I played on Xbox series x and it looks lovely , this will go down as one of my favourite next generation console games and I highly recommend to anyone who wants extreme value for money .