Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Initial Impressions

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Assassin's Creed, as a franchise, has made a solid name for itself in the gaming community. So, whenever a new Assassin's Creed game is about to be released, it instantly becomes an anticipated game among fans. The same was the case with Assassin's Creed Valhalla, the 12th game in the long-running Assassin's Creed franchise. Assassin's Creed Valhalla continues to tell the story of the conflict between the Hidden Ones and the Order of the Ancients from the perspective of a new Assassin.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla is a sequel to 2018's Assassin's Creed Odyssey, and according to Ubisoft, it ties in with the events of the original Assassin's Creed game. After what Assassin's Creed Odyssey did to me, I had completely lost hope in Ubisoft and their ability to make real Assassin's Creed games and not just some open-world RPG game with an Assassin's Creed label on it. Unfortunately, Assassin's Creed Valhalla is no different.

Valhalla kicks off with a boring and predictable plot where Eivor, the protagonist, loses both their parents in a battle. Eivor then embarks on a quest for avenging their parents' death.

For someone who has been waiting for a new Assassin's Creed game for two years, Assassin's Creed Valhalla's four-hour-long intro seemed quite overwhelming. But after that, Valhalla finally offered some much-needed freedom to explore around.

After investing ten hours into it, I both love and hate Assassin's Creed Valhalla for various reasons. One of those reasons is the game's absolutely gorgeous world design. Secondly, the character-building for both Eivor and the support characters are done so well that I actually started caring for their fates. And that's about what I love in the game.

The remaining aspects of Valhalla, like combat, stealth, the overall assassin vibe, pacing, and character animations all seem lackluster. I will not comment on the game's narrative at the moment, as I haven't completed it yet. But, so far, the storyline seems pretty interesting, and I hope that it continues to get even more interesting as I move towards the end.

Stay tuned to check out our final critique for Assassin's Creed Valhalla where we delve into what makes the game great and what makes it dull.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla is currently available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Stadia.

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