After revisiting Egypt, then Ancient Greece, Ubisoft tackles the Viking legend with its new Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. The new opus of the saga indeed offers players to embody Eivor (female or male version), who will go on a vast quest for revenge, in a title that we expected (a little) as one of the first ambassadors of the next-gen era. However, although visually very pleasant, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is struggling to renew itself, and even if the adventure is dense, ultra generous and with some nice moments of bravery, we have to admit that the game also shows a little side ” old-fashioned ” Sometimes…
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Note that, as for the previous opus, this Assassin’s Creed Valhalla leans more than ever towards the action-RPG genre (for the Witcher 3 side), with some new segments (raids, colony management …), not to mention multiple choice dialogues or even many “mini-games” to perform if desired (verbal jousting, drink contests, etc.). Indeed, in Valhalla, it will also be necessary to find a small side ” manager », Since between two savage assaults, it will also be a question of making prosper his small hamlet.
Although the mechanics of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla are a little different from that used by Odyssey, everything quickly becomes repetitive, with a gameplay scheme always identical: briefing, boss, assault, boss fight, improvement of the colony. Add to that a rather sluggish start, with a lot of dialogue before finally seeing the adventure open before our eyes.
On the gameplay side, if the RPG dimension is there, Valhalla is also a rather nagging game as a whole (are we Vikings or we are not Vikings ??), and the discretion of the assassin often leaves room here for fairly basic, very violent pack assaults, even if it means sometimes being a little illegible.
On the writing side, the whole is quite neat, with a more elaborate staging than the previous opus. Understand by that more cutscenes, phases a little “contemplative”, and even if the whole remains quite basic, we follow with pleasure the adventures of Eivor on which we can directly influence, during certain dialogues.
Too bad, however, that the whole remains so static, so flat sometimes, so much so that this Valhalla is placed as a title both next-gen in form (but not always), and outdated in substance (quite often).
A half-next-gen Valhalla… half-old?
On Xbox Series X, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is a lavish game, clearly, with crisp 4K 60fps display and breathtaking environments at times. However, under his technological dress rather alluring in appearance, the latest addition from Ubisoft also drags behind him some somewhat ancestral relics (yes, you still have to climb to the top of the synchronization points, before jumping in the straw … ) and not necessarily very glorious.
Indeed, whether one is an absolute fan of the franchise or not, it is impossible not to note certain particularly old-fashioned elements. In addition to a fairly classic formula (despite some new features), Assassin’s Creed Valhalla also accuses the finishing touches ” à la Ubisoft », Such as improbable bugs, a completely random AI or even certain soulless protagonists, who seem to come from a chain NPC generator.
Contemporary phases (with Layla) also always have this tendency to “take” the player out of immersion (in addition to confusing him sometimes), and on a purely personal basis, an Assassin’s Creed without any modern phase based on Animus would suit me better.
Ditto for the faces, since if the heroes are rather detailed, some characters have been much less pampered. No better as far as the cut-scenes are concerned, terribly rigid here (and not always very pleasing to the eye), light years away from what a certain… The Last of Us Part 2. Certainly, the formula is not the same, but Assassin’s Creed ” smells like old Sometimes it’s indisputable.
Note also a not very playful VF, with a humor sometimes all in all very … particular. To this is added (on Xbox Series X) a serious ” tearing “(A visual artefact, represented by a tear in the image), which we have already seen on another” next-gen “game, namely DiRT 5.
On the new Xbox Series X (for which our full review is available here), as we said, the 4K 60 fps rendering is very pleasant, some environments are sumptuous, but despite everything, it is impossible to qualify this Assassin’s Creed Valhalla as “next- gen ”. Yes, the title runs (much) better than an Xbox One X (capped at 30 fps), but the chasm is not significant.
We still feel (and this is normal) that the game was first designed to run on our good old current-gen consoles, before being optimized (as much as possible) on Xbox Series X (and PS5). Too bad not to offer players a mode ” Performance 30 fps »On Xbox Series X, for those who do not necessarily appreciate 60 fps in all circumstances. If the latter is appreciable (even essential) on a racing game or a platform game, it tends to break a little the cinematic side of a title like Assassin’s Creed.
No, Assassin’s Creed is not the next-gen slap expected on Xbox Series X. No, Assassin’s Creed does not renew the recipe for the saga, or even the genre open world. Ubisoft avoids any form of risk taking, and capitalizes here on the experience accumulated with Origins and Odyssey, to offer a new Valhalla episode that will simply delight lovers of the saga, just as it will always leave those who are indifferent. reluctant (for years now) to the ” Assassin’s Creed formula “.
Our opinion on Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
We expected it (or not) as “the first next-gen game”, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is in the right line of its two predecessors, with some novelties of course, but also a particularly marked repetition side. Visually (on Xbox Series X), the game is very pleasant overall, with 4K rendering stuck at 60 fps, and too bad for those who still appreciate the cinematic side obtained with a good old 30 fps on some games. Ubisoft obliges, we do not escape some serious finishing concerns (bugs, AI, confused fights …), very numerous objectives, but we (re) also discover an Assassin’s Creed always so full of historical references, endowed with a very large play area and on one side always very immersive.
As far as we are concerned, we would have appreciated that the formula was further revisited and that the whole manages to amaze us again, but those who devoured Origins and Odyssey will still be delighted to dive back into this Valhalla, which turns out to be less as pleasant to navigate as it is difficult to surprise.
Test performed from a publisher version, on Xbox Series X
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
- Truly sumptuous environments
- Eivor, of a crazy class
- The still exciting Viking background
- Real staging efforts
We like less
- A pretty nag Assassin’s Creed
- “Ubisoft-style” finishing concerns (IA, bugs, etc.)
- Visually recessed cut-scenes
- “60 FPS only” on Xbox Series X
- Too much content …