ASSASSINS CREED VALHALLA: DAWN OF RAGNAROK – REVIEW ON PS5

ASSASSINS CREED VALHALLA: DAWN OF RAGNAROK - REVIEW ON PS5

ASSASSINS CREED VALHALLA: DAWN OF RAGNAROK - REVIEW ON PS5

Today I bring you the review of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Dawn of Ragnarok for PlayStation 5 . A few months ago Valhalla came out and after the two expected additions, it was announced that content would continue to be created for Eivor’s life and in this case, also for Havi and Odin as he is commonly known. Just as well known is, in fact, the story of Ragnarok , the era of the fall of the gods where Thor fell at the “hands” of the Midgar Serpent , Jǫrmungandr, although you probably know it thanks to Marvel comics .

The loss of a child

For this installment or expansion full of mythology , we will start with Havi going to look for her son Balder , who has been captured by the first of the fire giants, Surtr . After a series of unpleasant and unexpected events, Odin will be forced to stay in the land of dwarves in order to find his progeny, and in the process defeat the invaders , that is, the jotun (frost giants) and the muspellians ( fire giants), who are enslaving the natives of the region.
The general idea is to find all the dwarven hideouts and help each one with a mission related to the main troops of Surtr, gradually declining his forces and making it easier to access him. This causes a logical achievement of the events of the game, although in the same way this can be slightly repetitive at an initial point , although with the advantage that as it develops, the idea becomes more interesting and is seen as the pieces of the puzzle they fit together
Can character development is a weak point of the game . On the one hand, we have Havi, who, as we have seen before, is an arrogant monarch who does not look beyond his obligation, an aspect that, although it is in accordance with what the legends say, can be somewhat exhausting for the average player. . On the other hand, the other characters have a rushed development at first, like “I’m here, I’m like this, bye-bye”. Which, as you can imagine, leaves the average player a bit cold.

The beautiful Svartálfaheim

Hugrstarter

When it comes to the new options that arise, we have the main mechanics, which focuses on the powers conferred by the Arrancahugr, a magical armband of dwarf manufacture , which allows us to obtain the powers of our enemies, specifically five types of powers. Each with two best unlockables and the option to use two at the same time, if we unlock a general improvement. These powers are:
  • – Power of the Raven : Allows you to transform into a raven. Especially useful to flee when we are in stealth and they are going to find us or they have found us.
  • – Power of Muspell : It allows us to walk through the lava. It is probably the power that we are going to use the most, since the game has many zones that can only be accessed through it. Say that they are really interesting and fun, showing good ingenuity when creating them.
  • Power of Jotuheim : We will be able to teleport slightly when we roll.
  • – Power of Resurgence : Kill an enemy and turn them into a servant, which is the necromancy of a lifetime.
  • – Power of winter : We deal ice damage to our enemies and can freeze them. This power is what in popular jargon we could say that “it is very broken” You Freeze enemies really fast and allow them to instakill them . As for the bosses, it follows the same pattern, but instead of killing them instantly, it allows you to deal many hits, to which is added that you can follow a freeze chain.

New habilities

We continue with the skills. As in every expansion, new branches have been added to the skill trees, more specifically two for each section, giving a total of six and of course a new skill for each of these. However, we can a concrete factor and that is that they have focused on giving abilities when you do not carry anything in your right hand. We have the following:
  • – In the red branch dedicated to strength, we are given the option to heal ourselves when killing enemies and not take damage from the first impact of an enemy, if we have our left hand free.
  • – In the yellow branch dedicated to stealth and the bow mainly, we have two skills that have nothing to do with them. First there is the lunge, which allows you to land a crit after a parry with your free hand, and then the one-handed versatility, which means that after an aptitude, active skills do not consume adrenaline.
  • – The blue branch, which could be the most versatile, there is a skill that gives adrenaline for each alternate shot and another one that gives 100% invulnerability when it is rolled.

A lot of work in Svartálfaheim

Lastly, we have a series of “new” options and I say this in quotation marks, because the average are world events that we have experienced before, but with another name.
  • – Shelter : You will discover them as a result of the story yes or yes. What is striking is that they are like a hide-and-seek puzzle-minigame, in which you have to follow the clues.
  • – Valkyrie Arena : These are particularly strong gladiatorial arena battles, similar to the fights against the druids in The Wrath of the Druids.
  • – Looting of Mylna : Looting places like those in England.
  • – Silica stimulant : They become the treasure of Mylna looting and certain quests. It is the necessary material to improve our bracelet.

A lot of work in Svartálfaheim

Lastly, we have a series of “new” options and I say this in quotation marks, because the average are world events that we have experienced before, but with another name.
  • – Shelter : You will discover them as a result of the story yes or yes. What is striking is that they are like a hide-and-seek puzzle-minigame, in which you have to follow the clues.
  • – Valkyrie Arena : These are particularly strong gladiatorial arena battles, similar to the fights against the druids in The Wrath of the Druids.
  • – Looting of Mylna : Looting places like those in England.
  • – Silica stimulant : They become the treasure of Mylna looting and certain quests. It is the necessary material to improve our bracelet.
  • Dwarf Altar : Offering altars.
  • – Dwarf in distress : Dwarves waxed by the giants who will give a reward after being saved.
  • – Plague jotun : They are like the cursed idols that you found before, only now you will have to follow a route of them destroying them all..
  • – Heroic Saga : Collectibles.
  • – Rough Gem : They are exchanged with gem collectors in exchange for rewards in shelters.
  • – Aesthetic Designs : Tattoos and hairstyles
  • – Adalid de Sinmara : They are the new objective bosses of the expansion. They are especially strong Muspellians.
  • – Vanguard of Suttungr : It comes to be the same idea as the leaders of Sinmara

the dwarf magic

The world of Dawn of Ragnarok is a prototype that mixes some of the magic that we saw during our adventure with Havi with Eivor’s journey. The conjunction of both worlds is well treated, but on the other hand, it is still perceived somewhat lacking in magic or fantasy , if it is that thinking that after all we are in a mythical place full of magic. However, not a big deal either, despite being something that is noticeable.
The scenarios follow the usual trend in terms of being meticulous and beautiful , and although they can be somewhat repetitive, a very good job cannot be denied. On certain occasions they can, in fact, remind us of scenarios like those of Horizon Zero Dawn due to the great vegetation and the curious elements at the back of the stage.
The design of the characters follows the usual pattern, but on the enemies, specifically the Muspellians, an outstanding job is shown, because due to being fire giants, their skin really looks like lava, an aspect that is difficult to achieve. On the other hand, the general animations of all the npcs are in the middle ground, because depending on who you look at, you can see them very well cared for or with certain deficiencies.

Do dwarfs know how to play music?

The soundtrack that has been presented to us aims to clearly prioritize one aspect, the epic , but not just any, but rather the one you feel when you listen to the stories and legends of the heroes of yesteryear. The sagas are something fundamental in the history of the Nordics, the game tries to introduce this idea to us with a pick and shovel with the dialogues and comments, that is why the soundtrack does an excellent job in this aspect.
This expansion is both dubbed and translated into Spanish like the base game. The quality of the lip sync depends on the character’s animation. However, in terms of acting, it is excellent , showing that whatever character it is, the voice actors know how to do their job perfectly.

Conclution

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Dawn of Ragnarok is the third expansion in the Eivor saga . A dlc that this time will bring through the Viking himself, the story of the dawn of Ragnarok and Odin’s journey to find his son Balde, who has been kidnapped by the first of the giants. A striking story, although with few novelties at the gameplay level, except for a bracelet that grants powers. The settings are beautiful, although they can be more of the same, but the soundtrack is impressive.

The best

– Eye-catching story
– Very entertaining power bracelet mechanic
– epic soundtrack
– Good interpretation

Worst

– More of the same
– Animations need tweaking

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