With each patch I keep hoping there will be gameplay improvements, and with each patch I remain disappointed. Things that still need to be worked on:
Raids: They are boring. Whether its the river raids or the monestaries and military camps, there is no sense of urgency; no risk vs reward. You can simply wander around and take your time because all your vikings are basically invulnerable- even if one falls, you can get him back up on his feet. The AI never smothers Eivor even when there's 8 enemy combatants nearby. It's just too easy even on the hardest difficulty. Raids should be about getting in, looting, and getting out. There should be the risk of nearby patrols reinforcing the Raid if you take too long; members of the order coming to the aid of the monestary or military camp if you take too long. If you linger too long at the raid site, there should be a risk of your viking members not getting back up when injured.
Loot: I'm sorry, but am I the only one that enjoyed Assassin's creed Odyssey and Origins loot system??? I ENJOYED finding better loot and comparing it to what I have on. The gear system in this game just absolutely SUCKS. All the good gear is SOLD in the ubisoft store, and any gear that is found in game is absolute garbage. It's shameful what Ubisoft has done here. I enjoyed the reward of finding gear and what I might get from a boss fight or mercenary/order member.
Combat: The AI is still so weak. Where as in ACO you would have to carefully plan your stealth approach through an enemy camp, in valhalla a lot of targets just stand as still as a statue, and basically present their backs to you saying "I'm ready for assassination!" Even when discovered, the AI does not coordinate in taking you down. I liked the idea of the stamina bar, but you can get the right skill points early on to basically make this feature pointless. And with all the skillpoints available, by halfway through the game you will have so many skillpoints you are basically a viking god for the rest of the game. Power level becomes meaningless.
Something else that bugs me: I've read a few articles or seen a couple interviews with Ubisoft in which they talk about how well Valhalla has sold. Indeed, I prepurchased Valhalla including the season pass based on the success of ACO and the assumption that it would deliver. I was dissapointed and regret purchasing. I should have waited until one of its many sales. I can't help but feel the Valhalla team is not picking up on the issues at hand and is feeling successful based on players purchasing valhalla based on the expectations of the previous title?