The poster boy for what a next-gen title is capable of looking like, Assassins Creed: Valhalla is a breathtakingly gorgeous game to experience. Set in the dark age of Vikings, your aim is to pillage and conquer all and sundry, commanding a raiding party to steal treasure and establish new settlements. Being an Assassin’s Creed game, or course, you can expect a fair bit of crazy-assed base-jumping intermingled in all the action. That’s a given. After all, those death-defying leaps are the reason we signed up for this whole shebang to begin with…
Thanks to the added graphical muscle of the PS5, this is a visual tour de force. The environments themselves are of particular note, making you wish they had invented cameras in the dark ages for all those Kodak moments.
The game plays at a brisk pace too, with menus instantly appearing upon command, and a nano-second of a load time as you access new areas of the game.
The 60FPS frame rate is a joy to behold, with combat in particular much more playable than previous games thanks to the smoothness of the on-screen action.
At the core, this is an Assassin’s Creed game, and delivers the experience you would expect from such a title.
The whole alternative history storyline seems a little forced at times, and makes you wish they just removed the annoying modern-day simulator tie-in all-together.
The first thing you will notice is the jaw-dropping visuals, then you begin to discover the intricacies of the game play, which again continues the rich legacy of the Assassin’s Creed series. A fantastic reimagining of the franchise for the next-gen platforms.