We’ve seen Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Dawn of Ragnarök, which promises to be Ubisoft’s biggest and most ambitious expansion yet
I came to the new Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: The Dawn of Ragnarök hoping to see to what extent the major development promised by Ubisoft could sell us as a new Assassin’s Creed Valhalla that continues to stretch like bubble gum.
I wanted to see firsthand how far that promise of the biggest, most ambitious expansion they had created to date went, and, well, you have to admit, they still want it.
reasons to hope
The Dawn of Ragnarök follows in the footsteps of the journey into Norse mythology that we experienced in one of the main game’s dreams. A throwback to the history of names like Loki or Thor that turned out to be one of the most original and celebrated moments of the entire adventure.
Keeping the same idea, this time we will control Odin to travel to the dwarven kingdom of Svartálfaheim, where he will have to stop a new threat with new skills and powers, by far the best excuse to get closer to this expansion.
With a beautiful setting that drinks back from that absolute freedom that mythology gives one to create dream worlds, the first glimpse of this new adventure kept me constantly caught between two waters. On the one hand, it’s always exciting to come back to a game as rich as Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. On the other hand, it is a project that is beginning to tire.
In a year full of big releases like this, going back to a cross-gen game in 2020 can be difficult. Still looks brave, yes, but the seams are starting to show compared to more recent triple-A games.
The new powers, the most promising
On the other hand, the idea of reclaiming fantasy abilities and powers in a DLC – impossible not to recall here that there will be a fight against Washington in the third part – not only goes down well, it’s the perfect excuse to get around turn the game upside down.
The two forces shown, one that transforms into a raven and travels through the air while tagging enemies and attacking from above, and another that causes fallen enemies to wake up as zombies and fight alongside us, are more than enough, to understand that this happens to be much more than a simple appendage. Especially when you consider that there are still more abilities to reveal.
But what’s hard to turn down is above all a vast new world waiting to be explored in search of mythological tales and secret caves. The desire to get lost there is still unstoppable.
It is no less true that I wish I could do it with a notable graphic update and with the help of new characters and an even more radical change, but it seems that a new installment every two or three years implies this strategy. As much as the change is appreciated, I can’t help but miss the old Assassin’s Creed.
The Assassin’s Creed Valhalla – Dawn of Ragnarök expansion will go on sale on March 10, 2022 for €39.99
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