Assassin's Creed Valhalla Review

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Posted: 8 months ago, last updated 4 months ago.

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

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: 40% off

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

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

Accessibility: 33 features

Developer: @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

Assassin's Creed Valhalla Gold

PS5 £84.99
PS4 £84.99

Assassin's Creed Valhalla Gold Edition

Assassin's Creed Valhalla Ultimate

PS5 £99.99
PS4 £99.99

Assassin's Creed Valhalla Ultimate Edition

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.
  • 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

PS5 £24.99
PS4 £24.99

Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Season Pass

PS5 £32.99
PS4 £32.99

Age RatingsAge Ratings

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 '*!@?*').

ESRB rating MATURE 17+ because you use stealth to discreetly kill human targets. Players also use swords, axes, arrows, and siege weapons to kill multiple enemies (e.g., soldiers, mythic boss characters) in frenetic melee-style combat. Combat is highlighted by screams of pain and frequent blood-splatter effects. Some weapons allow players to decapitate enemies; zoomed-in sequences depict victims' bones, organs, and muscles getting damaged by players' blade. The game contains some sexual material: a mission taking place in a brothel; topless women straddling men; a character agreeing to “lay with” a man (kissing is depicted before the scene fades to black). A handful of sequences depict screen distortion/discoloration and impaired movements after players' character consumes mushrooms or inhales mushroom-based fumes (dialogue states, “I may still be buzzing from these mushrooms."). Players' character can also engage in a drinking contests; later sequences depict the character stumbling as the screen tilts and blurs. The words “f**k” and “c*nt” appear in the dialogue.

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.
 
Our Assassin's Creed Valhalla Accessibility Report details 33 accessibility features:

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