I'm not really getting the AC Valhalla hate, I mean the 30 minute gameplay demo has 1 dislike for every 2 likes, I don't see anything that could justify that level of hate. It looks great to me, I'm seeing several notable improvements over the already great AC Odyssey; both graphical and gameplay improvements. Graphics wise, it doesn't look next-gen, it is clearly cross-gen, but I still see several improvements over Odyssey, especially with the quality of the grass, which was kind of poor quality in Odyssey and looks denser and better in Valhalla. Combat looks the best out of all 3 AC RPG games thanks to dual wielding, axe throwing, more combat abilities, more weapon types, greater enemy type variety, etc. Stealth is back again, we have social stealth, the possibility of assassinating main story bosses, etc. The exploration aspect looks better than the previous 2 RPG AC games. We have proper character customization now, which is good because I don't like the look of default Eivor. The England map seems properly big and filled with content, and it is just 1 of 3 maps in the game.
The only real issue I see is that the facial animations are still kind of bad, but they still have 4 months to fix that ahead of release.
The games aren't Assassins Creed anymore.
But Ubisoft had a good reason for changing the series. As much as I personally loved Syndicate, the series had definitely grown stale, even I noticed it. There is a reason why Syndicate was the 4th lowest reviewed game in the series and the lowest selling game in the series, selling half of what AC3 sold. People were sick and tired of playing basically the same thing repackaged with a few tweaks in different historical settings. There were 10 straight AC games which played pretty much the same with only minor tweaks. If Ubisoft had kept going with the classic action-adventure, counter attack to win combat system, AC formula, the series would basically be dead now. Ubisoft saw the need for change and they took it, copying the very successful Witcher 3 and turning AC into a WRPG franchise.
It was a smart choice, sales went up from about 6m on Syndicate to 10m+ on both AC Origins and AC Odyssey, while reviews went up from 76 on Syndicate to 85 on Origins and 87 on Odyssey, with Odyssey being only the 3rd game in the series to get a GOTY nomination at The Game Awards (AC2 and AC3 were the first two).
I understand that some people miss classic AC and want it back, but I can't see Ubisoft ever going back to that while sales and reviews are up. I hate to see people hating on the RPG AC games for what they aren't, instead of enjoying them for what they are. If you want classic AC back, then by all means ask for it, but don't hate on the RPG AC games which a great many people enjoy.
Personally I would love to see Ubi remake more of the older AC games with better graphics and tweak them with some of the later action-adventure gameplay improvements, that would be a great way to have classic action-adventure AC back again without affecting the new RPG direction for the franchise.
Last edited by shikamaru317 - on 12 July 2020