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Assassin's Creed Valhalla Review

Posted: 12 months ago, last updated 3 days ago.

Author: @AntHaigh, @GeekDadGamer, @EamonGaudio, Jo Robertson and Ben Kendall.

OverviewOverview

Assassin's Creed Valhalla is the twelfth game in the Assassins Creed Series, an open world action-adventure that takes place over several main story quests as well as many optional side missions.

Valhalla places you in the role of Eivor, a Viking raider, who leads their clan of Vikings in the invasion of England. Combat has been altered from previous games to allow dual wielding of almost any weapon, including shields, to give a more Viking feel to the game. You can also control a raven giving you "Odin Sight" which can be used to scout the nearby areas as well as use their raven to distract guards.

All Assassins Creed games focus on a stealth and Valhalla makes use of this feature despite Vikings having a more raiding nature. Eivor can hide from enemies not only in grass and bushes, but can pull down their hood and slip into crowds to use them as cover.

The Assassins Creed Games also have a completely opposite side to them where the game you are playing is actually a VR type environment that the character is playing through 'DNA Memories' from their ancestors experiences to help open up the mysteries of History that have been forgotten, so gameplay will suddenly transfer into this future environment for you to play through this side of the story before you return to your ancestors legacy.

Of note to families with younger children not old enough to play the game but keen to explore the settings, there is a Discovery Tour mode and stand alone version on PC for Odyssey, Origins and Valhalla that provides a violence-free setting. This enables players to explore the full map without the pressure of quests and combat. It also adds enhanced cinematic scenes to focus on the smaller details being discussed during a tour. There are also quizzes to see how much history players have taken in during their exploration.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 10/11/2020

Price: 30% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing and Stealth

Accessibility: 40 features

Developer: Ubisoft (@Ubisoft)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 50 hours and 90 hours to complete. Longer play time is for players who seek out all the side missions and treasures.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Assassin's Creed Valhalla usually costs £59.99 to £99.99. 

Assassin&#';s Creed Valhalla Deluxe

PlayStation Store PS5 £75.99

Assassin&#';s Creed Valhalla: Deluxe Edition

XBox Store Xbox One £75.99

Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Assassin's Creed Valhalla Gold

PlayStation Store PS5 £84.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £84.99

Assassin's Creed Valhalla Gold Edition

XBox Store Xbox One £84.99

Assassin's Creed Valhalla Ultimate

PlayStation Store PS5 £99.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £99.99

Assassin's Creed Valhalla Ultimate Edition

XBox Store Xbox One £99.99
 
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. This includes a regular subscription fee (known as a 'battle/season pass') to unlock access to reward items and other aspects of the game. The Season Pass includes two large expansions, as well as the Legend of Beowulf quest which focuses on the hero Beowulf, allowing players to discover the truth behind the character. This quest will be available on launch day for season pass owners.
  • Wrath of the Druids: Journey to Ireland, experiencing Gaelic myths and folklores. Fight through haunted forests and beautiful landscapes while gaining influence among Gaelic kings.
  • The Siege of Paris: Infiltrate the fortified city of Paris and the River Seine, uncover enemy secrets, and form strategic alliances to safeguard their clan’s future. Set in Francia, this new adventure will set Eivor on a dangerous path full of gripping questlines across the Frankish countryside towards one of the most infamous battles in Viking history. Players will get their hands on new weapons, abilities, gear, and skills to take on new enemy types.
  • Seasonal Content: Free content with in-game events, including a new settlement, the Yule festival event, a new River Raids mode, and new skills and abilities. 
  
The following in-game purchases are available:

Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Premium Starter Pack

PlayStation Store PS5 £24.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £24.99

Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Season Pass

PlayStation Store PS5 £32.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £32.99

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18+ due to depictions of graphic violence to humans and use of strong language. This game contains frequent depictions of graphic violence towards human-like characters. Powerful attacks with weapons can cause decapitation or dismemberment. Blood flows from wounds and severed limbs are seen lying on the floor after they have been cut off. The game also contains infrequent depictions of motiveless killing of innocent people. There is a section of the game in which the player must pillage a town. A number of the humans the player encounters are innocent men and women who can be killed indiscriminately. A large number of these characters will scream and try to flee. However, they can still be chased and then killed. There is also frequent use of strong language ('*!@?*' and '*!@?*').

AccessibilityAccessibility

Assassin's Creed Valhalla builds upon previous Assassin's Creed games with more accessibility settings. Notably, the addition of support for Tobit Eye Tracker software. Some accessibility options, such as field of view, may only be adjusted on the PC version of the game.

This game includes a startup screen with options to enable Text-To_Speech and a larger font size. More information on accessibility features is provided by the developer.

You can choose to have either a hold action or a toggle on/off for each action in the game, and while you can remap buttons and swap the sticks, you aren't able to map joystick actions to buttons or buttons to joystick movements. Additionally, you can't remap controls within menus, only in gameplay. There are certain scenarios, called Quick-Time Events, where you need to rapidly press the same button. In the menu, however, you can change this to either a button hold, a single press or switch it off completely.

Once you have selected an area to travel to, a glowing path will guide you along a road or river until you arrive, but this can sometimes be hard to distinguish from the scenery.
 
Our Assassin's Creed Valhalla Accessibility Report documents 40 accessibility features:

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