I really hope someone from Ubisoft sees this...
Ok, I think I have to start this by saying that I have play the saga since te begging, I have played all the chronicles and I have even watched the movie. I have been a fan of the saga since my first combat with Altaïr in 1189 but enough is enough...
Assassin's Creed Valhalla was the last straw, not only with it's bugs and broken mechanics, but also with all it's gameplay, meaningless and dumb "side quests", build ups, runes, customization...
By this point I have spent more than 180 hours playing the game, I have reach level 360 and quite honestly I'm done with it. It'll be the first game of the whole saga that I will not complete. I'm done with the Cairn challenges that gives you nothing, I'm done with the flirting that gives you nothing, I'm done hunting and fishing and I'm done with the many non-sense stupid side quest like killing rabbits or being and errand boy. I think the best discussion I have ever encounter talking about AC new trilogy, is that there are so many side quest, all of them absolutely non related to the main quest that by the time you start doing the main quest you already forgot the whole story, and AC Valhalla is no exception.
The build up you use means absolutely nothing:
By this point in my game I really wanted to put to the test the build up, since I have every single piece of it on mythical I decided to go with a common build up and two shields instead of weapons, and even If I knew the answer to it, I really hoped it will actually make a difference, but no, no difference at all, I was slaying Saxons and taking damage as if I had never changed anything, and before anyone says anything, yes, im playing on hard difficulty.
The rune system:
By this point I have collected what I think are all the different type of runes you can collect, truth is, I have being using the same ones since the start of the game (upgraded ones by now) and why do I hoard them like they where some sort of treasures? Because my silly [censored] thought that at some point of the game a Rune maker/changer will appear in Ravensthorpe and you'll be able to customize, create or even power up the runes you have collected along the way, but apparently I'm talking crazy here because well, that can't be done. Next option to do with them… sell all, but wait, after certain time in the story you actually don't need money at all, not only because it practically rains from the sky, but also because you actually don't needed for anything unless you want to waste more of your time making your town look cute as hell which also, doesn't give you anything in return.
OH MY GOD is there any chance you guys can put more of this? I mean, 180 hours doing dumb side quest, like bringing honey to a bear, or flirting with a monk or stacking up rocks or destroying skulls that gives you exp. which at this point I actually don't mind getting since I really can't think in more things to spend it I have fully completed the blue tree skill, and I'm only missing a few of the yellow and red but honestly if my build up based in using hammers and shields I really don't see the need of spending points on swords, light shields, or flails. It feels that the side quests where just a way to make the game feel like it was longer than it was, and I don't have any problem with this, but the mission/reward system is just broken.
Another absolutely dumb way to waste your time, go and fish every single type of fish and hunt down every single type of animal there is in the game so you can get… tattoo designs or runes… seriously? I'm not saying it's a dumb activity, but when I notice the rewards I just stopped doing it, it's just not worth it. What happened to the system of AC black flag or AC 3 in which hunting or fishing was rewarded with cosmetics, weapons, legendary armors... THAT was worth doing, not this nonsense of getting dumb things in return, again the effort/reward for doing so is broken.
Weapons and Armor:
I know Ubisoft is trying to give the new saga a more RPG look and feel but you guys are doing it so wrong. One of the main issues here is the introduction of the Opal store to the game. When I unlocked the store I was around level 25-30, and for my surprise I found a mythical hammer and shield, which at that point in my game I would dream to have since I didn't even found my first piece of tungsten, I thought that maybe it'll cost a lot of opals to buy, but for my surprise it was only 150 each, I had more than 400 since that purchase I haven't change any of those pieces in my build up… more than 300 levels with the same shield and weapon and quite the same goes for the armor, the only reason I changed it was because I killed the three sisters and I wanted to use the Thor set because well… it said Thor you know… But wait! you actually have to finish the game to have the complete set. Nothing like coming back to England with Mjölnir in your hands to beat goats and cows because there's actually nothing more you can do in the game since well, you already finished it. Again, the smith in town only works for upgrading your weapons and armor, but that's it, you can't do anything more with him, a combination of a decent smith and a rune maker would bring endless options and decisions to your build up, but I think that's crazy talk because the same issue happened in Odyssey.
Are you being serious?! Do you guys took what gave AC it's remaining element of enjoyment and throw it down the drain? stealth mode in Valhalla is practically an opinion, not only it doesn't give you any kind of reward but it's just useless, missions stating: "enter the camp without being seen" triggers nothing when failing them you can literally enter anywhere, "guns blazing" and still complete the mission, what's the whole point on being an assassin then? I mean, I don't think there where Viking assassins or whatever and I can even understand that, but then what's the point on playing as one?
I used to love the saga, I even used to recommended to people that would ask me what to play, but honestly since Ubisoft started to rush everything with it things just started to went downhill, AC Unity and Syndicate where an absolute bug party... but hell I rather play again those than this new saga, everything seems… empty, playing the game has become more of a task than an enjoyable experience. People are just getting sicker and sicker of this franchise and it really hurts, because it used to be an awesome game, with awesome soundtrack, story and mechanics, but now it just feels like you guys are just making game after game after game only to come up with something every 2 years which is even worse than the previous game. I highly recommend you guys to go over any game streamer on twitch and asking them about AC, you'll find that the way I think is a huge majority, and many are done with AC.