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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Review 2021

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Going by the title, I expect to see a game set during the Viking Age, with historical characters. I also hope to see weapons, armor, and architecture that is more historically accurate than fiction, except the Assassin character wearing something a bit more “fantasy.”
Going by the title “Assassin’s Creed Valhalla,” I assume we’ll be pre-Christian time. I’m not sure when the Danish and Swedish became Christian, but in Norway, we count the Battle of Stiklestad in 1030 to be the defining point when Christianity defeated the old Norse religion.
The Viking age is considered to have started in 793AD with the attack on Lindisfarne in modern-day England.
It’s considered to have ended in 1066 with the Battle of Stamford Bridge. But since we are talking Norse gods here, I assume a good time before 1030 for the setting. So maybe 800–900AD?

So let’s go through the cinematic trailer and have a look shall we.

We open with this nice scenic picture of what I assume is supposed to be in Norway, going by the tall mountains. It’s winter because it has to be winter. We Scandinavians live in perpetual winter. (Although the early middle ages were considered to be a warm period)
Going by the mountains, it seems to be Western Norway. There also appears to be a town here. While we have the emergence of “Market places” and cities during the 800s, the buildings here look a tad too modern, with too many windows. (Keep in mind glass windows weren’t commonplace at the time.) I do feel the buildings are too close also, but I’m no expert on Norse city planning of the 800s.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla – Church

There aren’t any sources I know of from the Viking period of Norsemen living in big palaces. They would most likely have big farmsteads of many buildings. So I will not accept that the big building there is a “palace,” it’s a Church. Why they have a huge church in Norway during the Viking Age? You tell me.

We hear the first words in the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla trailer:
“They are heartless.”
But we see a man hugging his children and people walking about. There are many things to dissect here, though:

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Attire
The grooming
The weapons we see in this scene
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla – The one-woman we see
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