Assassin’s Creed Valhalla reviews: What to know before buying the 2020 game for Xbox, PlayStation

Another year, another Assassin’s Creed.

It’s a tradition that’s (almost) as old as turkey and gravy on Thanksgiving, a new Assassin’s Creed title dropping in November has become a staple of gamers’ holiday season wishlists for for years.

This installment of the series follows the story of Viking raider Eivor in his (or her) battle against Anglo-Saxon kingdoms in the late ninth century. The game also features modern-day storyline equivalence featuring protagonist Layla Hassan, who was previously featured in Origins and Odyssey, the last two installments of the game.

Reviewers seem to share the same 30,000-foot sentiment: With some trademark Ubisoft bugs, a slightly convoluted modern-day story and amazing visuals, it’s more of the same from the Ubisoft team and another solid installment to the series.

Here’s what they had to say:

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla reviews

Reviewers got their hands on 

GameRevolution: 2.5/5

What they said: “Assassin’s Creed Valhalla should serve as a learning experience like Assassin’s Creed Unity, the last installment that forced Ubisoft to rethink its approach. Valhalla’s unnecessarily inflated hour count, limited stealth mechanics, disconnected story, and overwhelming sense of familiarity all point to a series once again on the decline because of its inability to focus on its strengths.” — Michael Leri

For the full review, click here.

IGN: 8/10

What they said: “Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is a massive, beautiful open-world fueled by brutal living and the dirty work of conquerors. It’s a lot buggier than it should be but also impressive on multiple levels.” — Brandin Tyrell

For IGN’s full review, click here.

GameSpot: 8/10

What they said: “Although the Assassin’s Creed franchise will no doubt continue, there is a real sense of finality to Valhalla’s main campaign. Valhalla brings together dozens of narrative threads–enough context is provided for newcomers to understand the general gist of what’s going on, but even longtime fans may want to refresh themselves on the lore of the previous games to get everything out of Valhalla. It references nearly every mainline game in the franchise to tell you how they all connect, unifying a series that has largely felt separated into two distinct halves: the Desmond-Miles-saves-the-world era and the newer, more directionless one of 2013-2018.” — Jordan Ramée

For GameSpot’s full review, click here.

GamesRader+: 4.5/5

What they said: “Stronger, bolder, and with a welcome reintroduction of the best bits of the older games, Valhalla is a roaring bloodied success with a true heart.” — Louise Blain

For GamesRadar+’s full review, click here.

Metacritic

Xbox Series X: 85%
PlayStation 5: N/A
PlayStation 4: 82%
Xbox One X: 82%
PC: 85%

Click here for Metacritic’s full review aggregation.

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