Posts made by DrBoness
I see what Ubisoft did here by not offering up the game on other platforms. Not to name names but if I buy a digital copy of the game I can usually ask for a refund one or two hours after playing and getting a feel for it. Unfortunately, AC Valhalla did not have this option...
I saw very mixed reviews before getting my hands on the game and I decided to give it a try to make up my own mind. Here's what I found so far.
-Character dialogue just lacks substance.. it lacks atmosphere.. it feels robotic and devoid of feelin. Compared to NPC interactions in Odyssey Valhalla seems like a 2012 game not a 2020 AAA title.
-Combat ... I'm not even going to dignify this with a complex response. It's clunky, buggy, unrealistic, and I don't know what people that played Origins and Odyssey have been smoking when they say combat is great in Valhalla
-Sound... apart from the music, walking on snow effects, and minor details it's lacking so hard. Whenever I talk to someone in-game it's like I'm listening to a spliced studio recording with no ambient sound... It's like two people, talking in two different rooms... I dunno how else to explain it. It feels fake and non-engaging.
-Voice acting... only played with M.Eivor so far... How you guys managed to get a bad voice actor for the title character but really good ones for the NPCs is beyond me.
-Story ... not gonna say anything here because it's an AC title and stories are all over the place, it's part of the fun.
-Settlement ... i've yet to upgrade it a lot to experience what it brings to the game but I welcome the idea.
When I played Origins on PC i wasn't ecstatic because it had some optimization issues. When I played Odyssey I fell in love with the game from the first cutscenes. I loved every bit of grueling traveling and farming and min-maxing and the fact that you could spend well over 1000 hours in the game and still find something cool to do.
Valhalla put me off in under one hour of gameplay so I knew I just threw 99.99 euros down the toilet. And, what amazes me most is that this "Closed Beta"-feeling game already has DLC releases planned out until 2022 was it? Yet not a single mention of serious improvements to the core game ... no mention of reworking the god awful combat system ( AC II laughing in the background at its successor)
And I'm really sorry but releasing such an anticipated title.. in 2020.. in the year of the Covid pandemic when everyone's sitting at home basically nothing but time to play an AC title... and Ubisoft delivers this. Great graphics but nothing unexpected or with a WOW factor. And the clunkyest of gameplays and severe lack of atmosphere and character engagement.
The devil's in the details. What am I supposed to do when I pay 99.99 for a core game that kinda works but everything else almost makes me cry at the thought that I paid for it.. and future DLCs? And I say kinda works because to me combat is a huge part of the CORE gameplay.. and that stuff ain't looking or feeling right.
You had so much time to work on this so what was the rush... why is it so poorly delivered compared to the previous two titles? How can you make one game so fluid and three years later come up with something that reminds players of early 2010s ? Is this a very late april fools? Was it an attempt to steal some playerbase from Cyberpunk? Which ofc now I don't have money to buy cuz I thought.. yeah I'm gonna get me some AC vikings action ...
I started this mini review trying to keep my cool but I'm just gonna say it... Valhalla is pathetic so far and needs some serious rework... not faster DLC releases