game news Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: what is its brand new free roguelite mode worth?
Waiting to give us information about the future of the series, Ubisoft has offered us a free DLC for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Surprisingly, the latter introduces a divine roguelite mode to the game, but is it worth going on an adventure with Eivor to find out?
- Forgotten Saga, a roguelite with Valhalla sauce
- A renewal for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla?
- A challenge worthy of Elden Ring?
Forgotten Saga, a roguelite with Valhalla sauce
Since August 2, the latest Assassin’s Creed cadet update has brought us a new adventure for Eivor… or rather for Havi/Odin. Our Viking once again took one of Valka’s potions to return to the domain of the Gods. Thus we find there the All-Father who, after having traversed Svartalfheim in search of his son Baldr, heads for the kingdom of Hel in the hope of bringing him back. This free extension therefore follows the adventures of the DLC Dawn of Ragnarök, although it is not necessary to have played it to launch the attack. forgotten saga. It is true that there is a narrative framework, but that is not what makes the main interest of this new epic.
forgotten saga it’s mostly a game mode that lets you try a more roguelite approach to Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. The realm of the dead works differently than Asgard and all the divine lands surveyed so far. It is divided into zones that you will have to go through without dying to hope to reach Hel’s castle. If you die, return to the starting point. The task is made even more difficult as you cannot use your regular equipment. To have a chance of getting out of it, you will need to upgrade your weapons and skills, but also your health and runes during your run.
Of course, this will not be without difficulty. Each reward is obtained by winning combats whose modalities vary. In addition, you will have to choose between several branches and therefore think about the types of rewards that you want to prioritize. Along the way, you will also come across altars that will allow you to recover your life, merchants, and even some NPCs that will help you on your quest.
Note that as you progress, you will collect various types of resources. If some will allow you to facilitate your next race, others can only be used during the current one while the last one will accompany Eivor in his world to be exchanged with a new character, Everold, in order to obtain new equipment. . As usual, it’s all about weapons and cosmetics, but keep in mind that they’re particularly desirable and not frustrating to get. But you still have to enjoy this new game mode for that.
A renewal for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla?
This new mode is in line with all the content offered so far in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. We find the mechanics we know, the mythical enemies we know, the divine environments we know, the abilities we know… If you don’t like the fighting gameplay of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla or if you were expecting deep new features, there is little chance that this extension will succeed in seducing you. But if the latter takes up the old, it is to turn it anyway into something new that will know how to rekindle the interest of players who have abandoned the game for a long time.
Keep in mind that if you’ve gotten hooked on the entire Assassin’s Creed Valhalla mythological pan, forgotten saga is on the same line. The developers have been in charge of infusing a good dose of history and narration that, if it can be expendable for uninterested players, will delight fans of Norse mythology. Whether through the usual excerpts from mythological stories or the scenes that mark your careers, It is nice to learn more about Odin and his companions and we were pleasantly surprised. Especially since the story provides an interesting consistency to the gameplay, all accompanied by a very well-crafted setting that makes you want to get lost, despite the lack of novelty in the scenery.
This mode still manages to be amazing.. The diversity of fights and rewards, the many small new mechanics here and there, as well as the advantages granted over the races, make it possible to offer an adventure that is certainly repetitive, but without being boring. From Odin’s camp (starting hub) to the last boss, we always discover little well-founded novelties that can give a little balm to the heart to return to battle.
Keep in mind however that in the long run this is not enough to find the motivation to return to battle. Especially since the races can be quite long and starting from the beginning can be frustrating, especially for players who are not used to the roguelite genre. If this extension is primarily aimed at gamers who liked Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, some roguelite knowledge or demanding games like Souls or God of War won’t be much to help you appreciate it. But if this new mode will easily speak to fans of this type of game, it will undoubtedly leave the most demanding players indifferent.
A challenge worthy of Elden Ring?
Between the roguelite look and the God of War-esque combat system, one would expect a particularly difficult mode. Its very principle makes it harder to beat than completing a classic Assassin’s Creed Valhalla quest. However, it doesn’t have much of a body on its own and even passes quite quickly. With a little focus (and a touch of luck), it will take you half a day to get to the last boss.
Also note that this mode is offered only on Viking difficulty. (at least initially). Therefore, fans of very difficult challenges will have to hit the brakes. Especially since the gameplay of Assassin’s Creed does not help to increase the difficulty. Between the discreet eliminations and the possibility of hiding from your enemies (mechanics that are not usually found in games of the genre), you can very easily get out of a sticky situation. within forgotten saga. Being low on health means little when you can stealthily assassinate your opponents one by one. So demanding players are likely to be embarrassed, especially since the difficulty of this mode is mostly based on managing life over time.
The enemies encountered are not particularly tough, be it the classic adversaries or the bosses. While these are visually pleasing and may even be surprising, not all of them present much of a challenge. Some even offer repetitive and unfortunately unattractive fights, far from the memorable ones from God of War for example. This inequality in combat is perhaps the great disadvantage of the extension. That said, this little wind of novelty, the lure of profit, and the love of mythological stories will be enough to make you forget this little joke.
For additional free content, forgotten saga holds up to a great extent. In fact, this new mode offers an overall enjoyable experience that will certainly make many players want to jump into Eivor/Havi’s skin. Not enough to shake up the formula, but enough to give you a good reason to relaunch Assassin’s Creed Valhalla in the interest of getting lost in it for a few hours.
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