I have 'technically' finished the game, clocking in at almost 290 hours.
So on with the good, the bad...the...[censored]?
Origins (250 hours) is a very good game. Odyssey (480 hours) is a much better, a more refined and polished game, just look at how many hours I spent.
It felt like a very rushed-out-the-door game..."I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let's face it." I think that line from 'On the Waterfront' sums it up. Maybe in a year, after some more updates/patches it will feel more refined. I will play it again in a year. Maybe...probably.
Where did it go wrong?
The game is a mile-wide and an inch-deep. Yes, it tried to go further with some romances, slightly more with the in-depth relationships, but that also sputters out in the end. The romance dialog options simply end up looping around to Kiss/Spend.time.with/Sleep-with/Break-up...and so on.
*Sigh* Okay, I admit, Yes I have a bad attitude going into this game. When I started playing Valhalla I was burned out on Vikings in general. Having just finished the TV Series Vikings, and then the outstanding game "Hellblade", overall I was done with the Vikings 'thing'. But whatever, I wanted to get back into the open world of Assassins Creed. So I gave it a go.
I chose the Female Eivor because I am sick of playing Male characters...99.99% of every game I have ever played is male dominated (no choice), so I always go with the Female option for a change-up.
1.) I was not happy about the voice that the female actress used. I am not sure how this happened? The marketing morons must have forced that, to make her sound more rough and tough...and whatever. Eventually the voice grew on me, and once in awhile the actress' real voice would slip in and soften things a little ( I liked that ).
2.) The Raven Settlement was developed enough, but more missions around each settlement building is needed in order to feel like home. But no, once a building was established, the fun was basically over.
3.) The Cartographer...I want to hurt that dude in a bad way, many times over. Totally useless. How many times would I go to him for maps and...NOTHING! I mean what the hell does he do all day? I am out covering 1,000,000,000 miles....every bit of forest and towns and whatever, and he keeps saying 'keep exploring!'....oh yeah, how about I stuff your head into a dirt hole! I mean, [censored], how worthless. All I ask is to give me the option in the dialog box to 'smack him around' a little if he has no maps to give me, or to burn his building to the ground. Now that would be some fun stuff.
4.) I was able to romance Randvi and Petra at the same time, which is nice, but not till the end. If you are wondering how, just start the romance with Petra early on, and then I ignored all romance options after that, cause I wanted to remain loyal to one character. But really started to like Randvi. That little escapade on the side with Randvi opens up the option to romance, but you have to let her down easy in order keep your romance option available later, and not [censored]-off Sigurd so you get the 'good' ending. So, much-much later in the game, almost at the end, after the fat blacksmith marries the girl that talks gibberish, you get to romantically hook-up with Randvi while staying with Petra. But I really wanted the option to include a 'threesome', that would be the best ending of all!
5.) Raiding got to be boring. Not sure how you change that up, to make it more interesting. I guess you could do something. Will have to think on this.
6.) Killing civilians will cause desynchronization? That is an idiot game play rule. Bring back the bounty system and have bounties chasing me all over the place because I did some 'bad' stuff. That right there would make the game many times over much better. I mean, who doesn't love Origins and Odyssey with the bounty system? You would be right in the middle of an important mission and those damn bounty hunters show up, making you have to scramble. Loved that.
7.) My character was un-killable. No really. My Eivor was able to beat the snot out of every boss battle no matter what challenge/level I set it on. Maybe I just figured out the right equipment set, but really, there are only so many keystroke/mouse combinations, and the bad guys had a finite number of moves. Once you figure that out, it all comes down to wash-rinse-repeat. Sometimes I would just stand there be like 'okay, hit me a few times', just so you feel like you are doing well.
8.) Disable overclocking on your video card. For some reason this game is very sensitive to overclocked equipment. Constant crashing. Then I disabled overclocking and the crashes went away. The Origins and Odyssey games were not this sensitive.
9.) Basim is Loki? And Loki is Basim? And then Basim comes in at the end to take over running the controls from Layla? Moronic decision. Layla is now just staring off at some cosmic tree to stop the end of the world? A...total...waste...of time. I just ignored all that, I think I even looked through my spam mailbox to make sure I didn't accidentally delete anything important while that scene unfolded. I even defeated Loki and Basim, and then they come back? But I am dead in the ground? Lame. Very lame. Stop with that junk. How about this, just make a AC game based on some period of time, totally immerse us into that time period and stop with the Animus, time shifting, and Isu junk. That present day/future story line is boring and just gets in the way.
10.) What did I like? I really like Eivor's 'pad' in the main house. I wanted some options to change the place up and bring friends back and hang out. I also liked drunk Eivor after drinking contest...more options like getting into a drunken fist fight in middle of the street with some soldiers or something. Maybe get arrested and thrown in jail? Fun times.
That's it for now. 🙂