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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla – Dawn of Ragnarok: the Series Gets Mythological, but It Hardly Changes

A DLC that incorporates supernatural elements and some minor mechanics, but remains the same game underneath

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla – Dawn of Ragnarok is a new experiment from Ubisoft , where it takes one of its popular franchises and tries to put an unexpected twist on it (as with Rainbow Six Siege: Extraction ). In this case the franchise explores the side of Norse mythology through a projection of the life of the god Odin (Known here as Havi, one of his many names). In this adventure, the father god is looking for his son Baldr, who is lost among the 9 kingdoms. At the end of the day and despite its fantastical elements, this is still part of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla . Which, depending on your experience over the multiple hours of gameplay you’ve put into the base game, can be good or bad.

Rescuing Baldr

The premise of the story is the kidnapping of Baldr. Somehow, Odin’s enemies have managed to harm his son (something unthinkable for a God), so he must find him before it’s too late. During the search for him, he is involved in the invasion of the giants of ice and fire to the land of the dwarves. Although his goal is to find his son, he decides to help the inhabitants of this kingdom to fight together with them against a common enemy.

Despite the fantastic twist in the story, the narrative is not that engaging. Unfortunately Odin is not a character that is precisely recognized as endearing. Being the eldest of the Norse gods, his attitude is pedantic, cruel and often rude. Although he is somewhat justified, that doesn’t help you empathize with the character. And the fact that the dialogues sometimes drag on for no apparent reason will make you end up skipping many parts of the story in order to start having some action.

Destruction tools

On the game mechanics side, we do have some interesting variants. For example, Odin can capture the powers of certain enemies and use them to his advantage. from becoming a Raven and reaching remote points by flying, to becoming a being of lava that can walk through it without taking damage. These fantastic elements help the objectives and the way of moving in the world have some variation. The only problem we have with powers is that you can only charge 2 at the same time; and when their energy level runs out, you need to replenish them before you can use them again (by killing an enemy of that type or absorbing the power of certain flowers on stage).

These powers, in addition to a new weapon, give the player new options. However, the structure of the game remains the same: find a sync point, open the map, search for objectives, and complete a list of tasks. This is the part where the judgment of each one greatly influences how this expansion will impact on a personal level. If you’ve put a lot of time into the game and feel like it’s getting repetitive, we don’t think this DLC offers anything that feels fresh. On the other hand, if what you are looking for is more of this game, then this is the ideal dose of what you are looking for.

It is important to note that you do not need to have previously played Valhalla to access this content. However, there are so many gameplay and story elements that you might feel a bit overwhelmed at first.

Graphics fit for the gods

In the visual section, the fantastic world works perfectly. The graphic engine that was designed for this game was for the new generation and it shows. The settings are gigantic and full of detail, from great dwarven catacombs to marvelous Nordic forests. Running this experience at 4K is a true delight for the senses. As far as the sound is concerned, the effects and dubbing are also well done.

The PC we tested the title on has the following specs:

  • Procesador Intel Core i5-12600K
  • Asus ROG Strix LC 240 RGB liquid cooling
  • Motherboard Asus ROG Strix Z690-F GAMING Wi-Fi
  • Memoria 16GB RAM Kingston FURY Beast Black DDR5
  • GeForce NVIDIA RTX 3070 Graphics Card

Conclusion

The level of fun you can get from this downloadable content depends a lot on how you feel about the game currently. If you have already discovered and unlocked everything possible, you will feel that this is just another list of activities. But if you’re still excited about stealth missions and mastering every little bit of the map, you’ll find plenty of extra hours in Dawn of Ragnarok to keep you busy. Although the mythological elements are not enough to refresh the formula, we consider it to be a good first step towards new options within the saga.

 

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