Assassin’s Creed Valhalla review. Ubisoft pulled himself together

Upcoming changes to historyTranslation history will soon only be available when you are signed in and will be centrally managed within My Activity. Past history will be cleared during this upgrade, so make sure to save translations you want to remember for ease of access later.Got it5000/5000Character limit: 5000Did you know that Assassin’s Creed will turn 13 this year? A long time, right? And to think that it all started with one interesting idea and… quite boring, highly repetitive game. But that’s history. Today’s Assassin’s Creed is completely different from what we have seen in the Ezio Auditore or Assassin’s Creed III trilogy, for example. Now we have huge, adventurous worlds, a whole lot of different, even mystical opponents, numerous RPG elements and stunning graphics.

And although it sounds really good, with such monstrous size of the maps it was hard not to tire players. That’s what I had with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, where after over 200 hours of fun I lost almost all my enthusiasm for it. The game hit the shelf, and unfinished additions were added to the “for later” to-do list.

There is one more reason for this, a bit less obvious. The whole thing forgot that it should be a story about assassins. Meanwhile, for some time, instead of sneaking silently to the target, we got games packed to the brim with action, which shared only the title, a hidden blade and a leap of faith with the series. However, I have good news for you – here is a light in the tunnel. Set during the Viking raids, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla has a good chance to get the series back on track. As long as he can deal with his problems.

Dark times – beautiful times

Conspiracies, secret plots, struggles for power and brutal crackdown on political opponents – sounds a bit like a description of our time, doesn’t it? Well, if you look back at the history of the world, it is these episodes that are best read about and they immediately make our faces flush. That’s why I personally believe that the return of the Assassin’s Creed series to the Dark Middle Ages was the first good move by the creators of the new installment. The second – the selection of Vikings as the main heroes of the story.

Of course, it is not without significance that we ourselves asked for such a time setting. Ubisoft, however, went a step further, skillfully weaving the story of our hero in real events taking place at the end of the 9th century, both in Norway, where our adventure begins, and in England. What’s more, they managed to show the Vikings from a slightly different, less well-known side.

I do not want to spoil anyone too much, so, as usual in reviews of the Assassin’s Creed series, I will limit myself to the plot outline and description of our character. As you probably know, we can choose the gender of our hero again. This time, however, we are not bound to it, and at any moment our male Eivor may become the female Eivor (and vice versa). How is this justified? Very interesting – a slight Animus anomaly and the problem with unambiguous determination “whether Copernicus was not sometimes a woman” was enough.

However, no matter what we decide on, it does not have a big impact on the plot of the game. It is more important that it begins with a bang, with a feast interrupted by a bloody invasion of our settlement, the wolf’s escape and attack on our young hero, who thanks to him (and the scars on his neck) gets the nickname of the Wolf’s Maw. Sounds good, right? And then it only gets better. And best of all – much darker, more brutal and bloodier.

Do you remember the hanging tree in our native Witcher 3? It is in England, where we finally end up (after quite a long episode in Norway), such views are the order of the day. Especially where there are fights between the Anglo-Saxons and the Normans. Well, it is hardly surprising, since we put our brick to it by burning, murdering and plundering.

Of course, the theme of the fight between the Order of the Ancients and the Hidden reappears in the background, although this time neither our hero is particularly eager to join future Assassins, nor do the members of the brotherhood see him as a new member. At least in the beginning, they only have common interests and a desire to recapture / conquer the kingdoms of England. Well, life makes strange alliances.

Speaking of alliances – do you know what totally won my heart? The way in which the missions from the main storyline were completed, which are like small, separate and extremely interesting stories that create one coherent story. In order to survive in a foreign area, our clan needs the support of other Vikings occupying other regions. To win the favor of the local jarls, we must not only make the story lines related to them, but also often make the right decision. This time they can have really far-reaching effects.

A world full of surprises

The world of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is huge, but fortunately not as stunning in size as in the previous installment of the series. Once, it was divided into several separate parts (England, Norway, Asgard) between which we can move. And two – that the content was stuffed in such a way as to draw us even more into the story with each passing moment.

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