Yeah, I did come close once or twice wearing a partially upgraded Niflheim set (one time I had her health below 5% when I died so I was pretty pissed), but it's definitely hard since you're under her level unless you fully upgrade the set to reach the same level as her. The main problem with that boss is that all of her attacks are randomized, if there was a set order for her attacks it would be so much easier because you'd have more time to react and either block, dodge, or hit her with a ranged attack while she is charging depending on what attack she is using. One of the hardest bosses in any game I've played.
Except the one that you have to turn your back to not get blinded you have enough time to either think about throwing your axe (for the other flying undodgeable and unblockeable attack) or quick parry, the other ones you have the yellow or red circle to know what type and minimize the type of attacks.
With time you would get quicker to react, but yes it is to much repetition to get they down and be able to kill her without going all the way on nilf (what was the level you level when you were trying to take her on?)
I played on Normal. I found that to be challenging enough that I didn't just automatically win every fight, but easy enough that there were no multi-hour, frustration-filled fights - except the Valkyrie Queen. She was still incredibly difficult for me on Normal mode. I did eventually beat her though. I can't imagine that battle on the hardest difficulty setting.
For me that is the best balance, you feel challenged on a level you know you are capable of passing with some try.
I can't tell how much cramps Give me God of War gave me due to the throw axe and arrow combination spammed over 8h gaming for a whole week =p
I played it on hard, and it was pretty challenging but it never felt impossible. Every new fight or attempt got me closer and closer to victory. the story bosses were fairly easy but the Valkyries were pure ass, specially cause I was underlevel for a few of them. Super enjoyable and taking out the Valkyrie queen was such a great feeling.
Man I was so frustrated with how much I had to give to finish the story that after a few hours grind of nilfheim I was lvl 7 or 8... No valkyrie except the Queen took more than 30 min of trial to get even on the give me god of war. Perhaps on the hard you played more balanced than me that got severely under leveled for over half of the game and had to sweat to get last boss. So since you said it was challenging but not impossible on the story perhaps the difficult gap to get the valkyries was quite high.
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