Assassins Creed: Valhalla - First impression

Today Assassins Creed: Valhalla launched, and boy am I excited for this game.
I had already pre-ordered the collectors edition for PC, but decided to also get the game on Stadia, because well you know… (the name of the site says it all)

The game is not out in all timezones yet, and I’ll be so kind to leave a picture of when it does.

I live in Europe so for me the game is already out, for 2 hours now.
I immediately bought the game when it showed up in the store and started right away.

What is AC: Valhalla?

Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla is the newest title in the everlasting franchise of Ubisoft, it is the third game with the so-called “new formula” and is supposed to be the final piece to the “3 step transition of the franchise” which means this game will be a full fledged RPG. While the genre RPG is super generic these days and has many meaning, in AC it means you have to loot for weapons, you need to unlock skills, the game has dialogue options and much more features that require you to progress.

Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla follows Eivor, a fame-hungry Viking trying to become famous so she/he can enter Valhalla.
The game starts in Norway, where the clan of Eivor lives, and will eventually move to England where you will be able to play in many well-known regions from the Viking stories.

Performance

AC: Valhalla looks amazing, when checking without too much research, I would say this game (just like Watch Dogs: Legion) is sitting somewhere between high and ultra PC settings, with some settings set to medium. of course this doesn’t mean much on a system like Stadia, but I have to say I am super impressed how this next-gen title performs on Stadia. Just like most Ubisoft titles (sigh) AC: Valhalla runs at both 1080p30 and 4k30, but I have to give Ubisoft credits again for an excellent port, because the game feels butter smooth.

Gameplay

So far the gameplay looks like it will be super enjoyable, just like most AC games, Valhalla has a lot of side content and collectible items you can find scattered around Norway and England. The way this game approaches skills and weapons also seems to be really interesting, I was quite surprised to see how the skill tree works.
There are 3 sides, stealth, weapons, bows, each side will improve the skills of those types, but only every 5 skills. Between that you will need to pick which small improvements you want, these will be skills like +1,3% stealth damage. Not only that, but you also will not see what the next few will be, you need to pick a final skill and after that it’ll show you the next skills. which can vary depending on the one you picked.

The combat also looks really cool, and definitely brute. Ubisoft has added all sorts of extremely painful kill animations, and most of them have actually made me shiver.
So far the combat does seem to be a lot of hack-and-slash but this will definitely change later on when I unlock some skills.

Story

The story looks interesting, it starts with you playing as young Eivor and shows you a pretty traumatic moment in Eivors life.
The village is attacked and Eivor witnesses how both of his/her parents are killed. This made me feel empathic for the protagonist and is a great start in feeling engaged with Eivor. I’m really looking forward to exploring more about Eivor.

That is about all I can tell about this game so far, I’m really looking forward to playing more of this game and so far it looks really promising.
Make sure to keep an eye out on the site for the full review which I will be posting once I finish this game.

In the meantime, you’ll find me in Wessex, going after King Alfred, trying to destabilize the kingdoms and take them over with Viking pride.

  • ​This article is just a first impression and the opinions mentioned could change when a game review is posted.

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