Another year, another Assassin’s Creed game. To be fair, the yearly formula that the series was associated with years ago has long since passed, but it’s easy to remember the days when the AC games tended to blend together as more released in a short amount of time. Thankfully with the release of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, the recent era of AC games that started with Assassin’s Creed Origins continues.

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As the games keep evolving and changing, new and entertaining features are added to spice up the gameplay. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla includes many cool new mechanics, but it still keeps true to the roots of the series in many ways.

10 New Feature: Settlement

Eivor looking at settlement

With the newest entry in the series focusing on Vikings, Valhalla includes a comprehensive settlement system (very similar to Red Dead Redemption 2), where the player can accept missions, get upgrades, and manage supplies. Players can construct this settlement and customize it themselves, giving players an epic Viking base for planning raids and pillages.

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9 Typical: Open World

Assassin's Creed Valhalla map

Not specifically unique to the Assassin’s Creed series, but Valhalla continues the series tradition of giving players a huge open world to wreak havoc in. Taking place in 9th century England, Eivor lands in Britain for a good old fashioned Viking invasion. Being a game released in 2020, this is one of the most gorgeous and detailed open worlds to date.

8 New Feature: Different Enemy Types

Eivor in combat

Valhalla was bound to have plenty of combat, both by being an Assassin’s Creed game but also because of the Viking focus. Thankfully, this game introduces vast enemy types for the first time in the series.

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There are nearly twenty-five different enemies with different personalities and behaviors that drastically affect how you take them down. That level of variance is a welcome addition to the AC series.

7 Typical: Immense Historical Detail

Assassin's Creed Valhalla Eivor cover

One thing that the Assassin’s Creed games have never skimped on is its detail of the history within its source material. The developers are clear history lovers, because each and every game is filled with love and detail, and Valhalla is no different. Detailed buildings, speech, historical figures, and landscapes run rampant, and even though the storyline may not be particularly accurate, the window dressing around the story more than makes up for it.

6 New Feature: Raids/Assaults

Assassin's Creed Valhalla Viking boat

In pure Viking fashion, Raids and Assaults are some of the big new scenarios in Valhalla. You and your Viking crew can board a longboat (if you have the appropriate supplies for a successful run) and you can pillage anything from a castle to an encampment for more supplies and territory. It’s a pure power fantasy, and the game portrays it in such an epic and intense way.

5 Typical: Modern Segments

Assassin's Creed Valhalla Layla

Not the most well-received portion of the Assassin’s Creed games, the modern day segments bring the game down to a screeching halt and show why modern day characters are looking back on the historical events.

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Valhalla continues this trend, to the dismay of many fans. When you are given the opportunity to be a Viking, the last thing you want to do is walk around in a corporate office after raiding a village.

4 New Feature: No Health Regen

Assassin's Creed Valhalla combat

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla puts a lot of focus on resource management and this plays into Eivor, the player character, in a big way. In the game, health doesn’t automatically regenerate and instead, players must gather resources to regenerate their health. It adds a little more realism and tension to the game that definitely comes with the setting.

3 Typical: RPG Elements

Skills Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Only typical as of recent entries, RPG elements have made their way into the Assassin’s Creed series, but these features have welcomed with open arms by fans. Valhalla continues this trend, and adds in-depth skill trees for the player to develop their version of Eivor to a completely unique Viking. These systems increase replayability and make players feel like they have a direct influence on their character, which is always a plus.

2 New Feature: Flyting

Eivor flyting

A bit of a side mini-game, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla includes flyting: a “game” of rhyming insult battles that Vikings would participate in with each other. Essentially, a rap battle mixed with a “Yo Mama” fight. Valhalla lets you choose fantastic insults to throw in your opponent’s face, and depending what you choose to say, could burn harder than the pillage you performed earlier that day.

1 Typical: Swan Dives/Viewpoints

Assassin's Creed Valhalla perch

An Assassin’s Creed game wouldn’t be an Assassin’s Creed game without viewpoints: tall points that when reached, reveal a new portion of the map and the missions in that area. And the intense swan dives your character can take from those viewpoints is just as synonymous with Assassin’s Creed. Eivor in Valhalla also performs these death-defying dives, and somehow lives each and every time it happens. This is also tradition for Assassin’s Creed.

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