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Assassin's Creed Valhalla - Discovery Tour: Viking Age

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

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Stunning interactive look at the Viking Age fine for tweens.

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Through this software, children can learn various concepts such as virtual worlds, computer graphics, and history. It is software that can further interest children in various fields, not simple concepts learned only when they were young.

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Since its beginning, the Assassin's Creed series has made a name for itself by recreating various historic periods in exquisite detail. Now, Assassin's Creed Valhalla has gotten its own virtual exhibit with Discovery Tour: Viking Age. Starting with the Egyptian themed Origins and continuing on into Odyssey's ancient Greece, the Assassin's Creed team partnered with experts in archaeology, history, and cultural studies to use the framework of Assassin's Creed take gamers on educational treks through these eras with the Discovery Tour expansions. Once again for Valhalla, players can freely roam the open world landscape, searching for beacons of light that contain information about the culture, relics, mythology, and beliefs of the Viking people. There are also scattered beacons from the development team that share behind-the-scenes information and insights on the creation of Assassin's Creed Valhalla, with everything from how they designed the characters to the creation of the original rune game, Orlog.

Viking Age changes things up from previous Discovery Tour entries by adding "quests" to the exhibit. Each of these acts as interactive stories for the player to take part in and to see how the people of the era lived through their own eyes. Players take on the role of characters ranging from a Viking merchant on a journey from Norway to England, a young Christian monk treating the sick when the Vikings come through, and even King Alfred the Great, who fought the Vikings before brokering a diplomatic peace. By taking control of these characters and actively interacting with the world and people in these interconnected chapters, it adds something more personal to the learning than players would ever get from a textbook. And once again, the violence found in Assassin's Creed has been removed from the experience, making this an engaging educational experience for all ages.

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