The latest entry in the long-running Assassin’s Creed series explores a previously-untouched setting for its 12th major installment: 873 AD, or the Viking invasion of Britain. It follows a Viking raider named Eivor, who finds himself soon stuck in a conflict between the Templar Order and the Brotherhood of Assassins. This open world adventure follows the familiar format of Assassin’s Creed game past, as male or female Eivor take the fight to the Anglo-Saxon kingdom.
It’s an engrossing setting that pulls players in, with a wide selection of weapons including swords, flails, and dual-wielding with unique pieces of gear. Eagle Vision returns in the form of “Odin Sight,” and Eivor receives an animal companion with the raven Synin who can be used as a tool to scout each area. The game is split up into a variety of different missions and optional activities, as well as a hub area in the main settlement that players can return to as a base while learning more about both the Vikings and England as a whole. Eivor will learn new skills and abilities throughout his journey as well.
There’s a variety of activities to complete in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, including “Viking rap battles” in the form of flyting, naval combat, settlements, and conquest battles. It’s an expansive title with plenty to challenge players with, and it feels particularly great on PS5.