Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Yeah the respec in this game is pretty good, you can just change skills up whenever you like.

The reward was the satisfying feeling of finally seeing that last tick appear… I don’t recall what else. 2 skill points I think, unless those were because I levelled up. Didn’t think I did, but maybe it was just XP.

I wish the armour sets were a little more clustered, I’ve cleared ~7 zones now and I’m still wearing the default raven clan set - fortunately it seems to be one of the most versatile sets in the game so it’s not a big issue.

I’ve also started experimenting with other weapons, someone upthread (@Scrax maybe?) suggested a dagger offhand and while I initially scoffed at the idea since I was enjoying the gratuitous 2h axe violence to the max at the time, I’ve now tried the dagger and hammer combo and found it to be really enjoyable - dagger in particular is monstrous, it seems to have a hidden ability to make the enemies go prone if you land enough hits, and it also works on (some) bosses. It’s dual wield ability is absolutely insane too, you can either go full dps mode while stamina lasts or just get a quick hit and retreat - amazing offhand weapon for sure. For hammer I tried the blacksmith’s hammer and while it was good I’ve decided to go full hipster mode in the end and now I’m using the flail, which pairs pretty well with the dagger, and is flashy to boot. Doing this also made me appreciate the dual swap ability which I never used up to this point. (Un)fortunately the combat is easy enough even on highest difficulty that itallows for experimentation and going for flashy kills instead of building your character as a munchkin. I’m not going to lie, I like it.

The game itself continues to impress with good writing, absolutely stunning (visually :)) vistas, especially at night - earlier I was riding past a bandit camp (some old ruins), it was foggy, and I decided to explore for the fun of it, even though I was on my way to do urgent viking business - and it ended up being a really great experience, with plenty of super fun combat. The whole encounter was memorable in a way that I still to this day remember the bridge over the river with two towers in Skyrim after you make your way out of Whiterun.

For now this game is a strong GOTY contender for me, and I genuinely look forward to see how the story will unfold.

I’ve made it to Sussex, about power level 170 or so. Using full Raven gear with the gorgeous gold axe and a shield. I have a very neat looking scimitar I got from Reda that is a Bear piece, and I may be switching back to full Bear with the Brigandine set to try it out. But Raven is very versatile, oh yeah. I am just too lazy to respec all the time, as there is no ability to just refund one at a time to make adjustments.

As far as story and writing goes, it’s pretty good I’d agree. I like how Eivor starts out pretty brash and full of enthusiasm, and (at least in my mind!) slowly gets more jaded and less idealistic. Probably partly because freakin One Eye is always yammering at her with mystic double-talk.

I just right click on the node. You can even right click further up the branch and it will refund everything below.

The game is yet to appear in my account and I still haven’t heard back from Ubisoft support. I doubt I’ll buy anything directly from Ubi Connect again.

As pointed out, there is. If on an Xbox gamepad, press X on the end node you want to refund. Or you can respec all.

I am almost level 80, went north for lulz I think its like 260 difficulty area, found a dozen or so fast travel points along the rivers as I was in Auto-sail mode.

Came across some kids in a village in the north west, helped settle some gridlocked voting issues. CAKE RAIDERS !

Doh. Never. Saw. That. Thank you!

Auto loot skill is a must, I can’t believe I played 25 hrs without it.

May be obvious, but just discovered on the small boats you can use, you can hit the sprint key to go faster.

And you go fast when you are on autopilot, too; it’s like “Eivor of Evenrude!”

Question - is it possible to act on the various messages you get in your personal chest in your quarters at Ravenstorphe? I got some kind of invitation to attend a coronation ceremony for Gaedric, and an invitaton to visit from a Bishop from the zone that I helped conquer with the help from Ivar, but I don’t actually know where to go or if anything happens when you get there (I tried fast travelling to some larger villages to make sure).

At least on the PC, autopilot is hit or miss for me. Sometimes it works great, other times it drops after a few seconds.

Autopilot goes to shit if it knows the river is blocked ahead in the fog, but you don’t.

Each time I enter a new zone I wonder if it will provide tier 3 upgrade materials so I can finally upgrade my weapons. And each time I’m disappointed.

I sniped a bunch of enemies on a dock. As I was looting their bodies, I noticed the “throw weapon” option appear, as I have that skill. Odd, I thought, as there were no enemies nearby.

That trout never knew what hit him.

Go North! At least I have come across some there.

Hit a point where it seemed the only “pledge” was a territory rather above me in power level (Gloucestershire?). Might have missed one, but that’s what I ended up with. I can still make it work, as Advanced Assassination and some other skills seem to equalize things a bit, though I have to be careful. Finally starting to get tungsten, which is good.

Some pretty nifty plot twists in the story arc, which is welcome.

I just wrapped up the Essex arc and the final battle that lasted about 10 minutes really highlighted what a great idea it was to allow players to get all the skills. Switching between melee and ranged at will, using abilities from both trees (who doesn’t love the wolf companion?), picking up weapons on the battlefield and throwing them at enemies, catching arrows midair and shooting back - 10 minutes full of really well flowing combat and nonstop carnage. Granted I’m power level 314 and the zone is 160 (playing on Drengr difficulty though) but the fight setpiece had you square up against elites of all kinds and I had to adjust my tactics all the time. Definitely one of the highlights of the game so far, and I’m even more excited about going into higher level zones now - who knows, I might even start using heavy shields!

Picked this up from the Xbox Black Friday sale, and after a couple hours I’m kind of on the fence about whether to keep or refund it. So far I’m on board with the premise, the side activities (I could see Orlog and Flyting being a lot of fun to travel around and challenge people in), the story, and the visuals/atmosphere, but feeling a bit flat on the combat and exploration, which isn’t ideal for the centerpieces that make up most of the game time.

Neither is outright bad, but the combat so far just feels messy and imprecise, with a lot going on that doesn’t seem to matter a whole lot. Meanwhile, exploration, even on the highest setting, seems to mostly amount to following the compass while holding A. There’s a lot of pretty mountainous terrain to traverse, but it feels like mostly set dressing that doesn’t affect much mechanically.

Will give it a bit more time (and also try out Watch Dogs) before deciding. Still hoping that things will pick up a bit when I get to England and unlock some active combat abilities.

So much this, it has me enjoying every cave and catacomb.