Assassin's Creed: Valhalla
Viking epic is the best entry in Assassin's Creed series.
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Assassin's Creed: Valhalla
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What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Assassin's Creed Valhalla is a historic action role-playing game available on the Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Stadia, and Windows based PCs. Players, as the Viking warrior Eivor, lead their fellow Vikings into the British Isles in an attempt to expand and find a new home for their people. There are also underlying themes tied to both revenge and to a grander conspiracy. The game's extremely violent by default, but settings can be changed to turn off more graphic depictions of violence, blood effects, and also other content such as nudity. Even with these settings changed, parents should be aware some mature content still exists, such as profanity in the dialogue and the use of alcohol and psychotropic mushrooms. Finally, the game does include an in-game marketplace where players can purchase a variety of cosmetic items and additional expansion content.
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What’s It About?
The next historic chapter in the epic Assassin's Creed saga begins with ASSASSIN'S CREED VALHALLA. In this latest trip through the Animus, players delve deep into memories and relive the life of Eivor, a fierce Viking raider fighting for the survival of their people while also seeking vengeance against the rival clan responsible for their parents' death. What begins as a personal quest for revenge soon draws Eivor into a much larger conspiracy, an ancient war between opposing factions with the direction and ultimate fate of all humanity at stake. Using their skills in stealth and combat, players can sneak into unsuspecting settlements and carefully eliminate key rivals and targets, or you can throw subtlety to the wind and call in a raid, with swarms of your Viking clansmen charging in and razing the land. Thanks to numerous accessibility options, players are encouraged to play the way they want and watch the story unfold as they see fit, standing with and against legends and myths to change the course of history and the destiny of mankind.
Is It Any Good?
Since the first game in this series, this franchise has skillfully merged historic events with tales of fantasy in engaging ways that also give insight into cultures and civilizations lost to the past. Assassin's Creed Valhalla takes this formula and gives gamers a look into the rich, and often brutal, world of the Norse Vikings. While at first glance, the idea of a stealthy Viking assassin might seem ridiculous, the game's more historically accurate depiction of the Viking civilization as more than just barbaric brutes makes the idea much more believable. Sure, there's a little suspension of disbelief required to accept the fact that tossing a hood over your head and standing with a few monks will suddenly make a person carrying a massive two-handed war hammer seem inconspicuous. Still, these classic Assassin's Creed elements from previous games are welcome to fans of the series, and they also seem to just fit Eivor's character and personality. Then again, so does calling in for reinforcements and joining in a brutal raid.
Assassin's Creed Valhalla feels massive in size and scope. It's a gorgeous world to take in too, with a range of environments from snowy mountains and dense forests to sprawling settlements and winding waterways. It's not just the geography of the game that gives players plenty to explore, but there's so much content packed in that there's always something for players to be doing. Many side missions are as large or larger than what most games would consider a story mission. These self-contained adventures don't necessarily expand on Eivor's tale, but they do give a greater view into the era's historic significance and the mythology that spawned forth from it. Plus, the rewards for completing missions usually help to make the side trip more than worthwhile. Best of all is that all of this content can be played just about however the player chooses. Gameplay options and a diverse arsenal of weapons and skills give players the freedom to use stealth and precision to sneak in, get the job done, and sneak out unnoticed. Or, if they choose, players can charge in like a violent force of nature, leaving carnage and destruction in their wake. Though, parents should appreciate that much of the game's more visceral and mature content can be filtered out as a part of the game's robust accessibility settings. Between the game's size and story, coupled with the fluid gameplay and customizable presentation, Assassin's Creed Valhalla isn't only the best game in the franchise to date, but it's also the most approachable entry in the series.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about historic representations in media. How can shows, movies, games, etc. set in specific eras of history help to expand our understanding of history or encourage viewers to learn more about those periods?
How can options like the sliders for violence and nudity in the settings of Assassin's Creed Valhalla help to expand the game's potential audience or protect younger gamers from more extreme content?
- Platforms: Google Stadia, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
- Subjects: Social Studies: cultural understanding, historical figures, history
- Skills: Self-Direction: achieving goals, initiative, Emotional Development: perspective taking
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online?: Available online
- Publisher: UbiSoft
- Release date: November 10, 2020
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, History, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Use of Drugs and Alcohol
- Last updated: November 5, 2020
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