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Assassin's Creed Valhalla - Discovery Tour: Viking Age

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Based on 5 critic reviews
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84

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General Information

Available on:PCOct 19, 2021

Developer: Ubisoft Montreal

Publisher: Ubisoft

Genre: Simulation

Immerse yourself in the Viking Age thanks to the Discovery Tour: • Roam freely throughout Norway, England, and the mythical realms of Jotunheim and Asgard in a map free of conflict or gameplay constraints. • Relive history through stories with 8 major quests and discover the Viking Age of the 9th to 11th century Northern Europe. Interact with charismatic historical or fictional characters, including King Aelfred, shipbuilders, monks, and more! • Play your part in history through a new player-oriented experience where you become a key actor in narrative quests.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla - Discovery Tour: Viking Age Critic Reviews

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Discovery Tour: Viking Age uses fictional narratives to interest the player in learning about real world cultures and artifacts to great effect. While seeing more perspectives would have given a rounder view, there's a ton of interesting things to learn at your own pace and however deep you want to go.

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This simple change to the formula equates to a tremendous evolution, one that weaves a storyline in with its teachings rather than simply having you plod along from point to point hitting the A button. Danny Wallace returns as the Assassin Shaun Hastings, and while he doesn’t provide voice-over for every single point on the map, his occasional inclusion is always most welcome. Ubisoft includes imagery from museums as well as its own concept art and research together with images straight out of Shutterstock to create what’s undeniably a unique experience. It’s not perfect by any stretch — accessing the map caused my PC to chug and there’s a bunch of pop-in and flickering when it comes to NPCs. That said, the issues were fairly minor and didn’t detract from the overall experience too much.

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'Assassin's Creed Discovery Tour: Viking Age' is the self-guided, interactive, behind-the-scenes museum tour for Assassin's Creed: Valhalla. Without the violence, combat, or fictional elements of Valhalla, 'Viking Age' is basically an education tool showcasing how much hard work the team at Ubisoft did to make the AAA title. On its own, Viking Age is incredible and could quite easily contribute to the future of education. However, as it is a by-product of such a critically acclaimed game, 'Viking Age' is left standing in Valhalla's very large shadow. Had things been the other way around with 'Viking Age' as the original title and Valhalla filling the role of its successor, then things would have been completely different. I don't mean to draw such a heavy comparison between the two titles, but I've got to call it as it is. That said, 'Assassin's Creed Discovery Tour: Viking Age' is still an amazing experience and worth checking out. I have more respect for the Assassin's Creed games and Ubisoft for playing 'Viking Age' and cannot emphasise its value as an educational tool.

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Well… maybe. There’s definitely a strong sense of the Norse in the cultural zeitgeist in the moment, and I can see someone being curious enough to take what amounts to a walking tour of these locations and places to understand a little bit more. And what the game actually wants to deliver it does. While I have some minor quibbles here and there, by and large this is very good at being an educational tour of a historical period with a few fanciful elements to support beliefs.

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