I must hate Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, so why did I play it for 120 hours?


You’d think after a long love affair with The Witcher 3 and surprisingly busy 2020 that I wouldn’t have time to play Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, let alone finish it once. Between Immortals Fenyx Rising, Watch Dogs: Legion and Far Cry 6, Ubisoft’s stress is well laid out and real — not to mention I’m interested in taking care of a child, too.

After battling to embrace the Odyssey, I wanted to give the Assassin’s Creed series one last chance with Valhalla, because playing as a red-headed Viking and smashing England to shreds was too good a chance to pass up. It was my first PS5 game as well, and it became the last game I played for non-work reasons before my little backlog arrived, making it a notable entry into my backlog.

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The discourse about massive open-world RPGs will never end, but I firmly camp in the belief that they are worth the price because of their value for money. This is it: I can spend dozens of hours playing it and coming back whenever I want, instead of feeling cheated out of £60 for an eight-hour title. And boy, did I get my money back from Valhalla. As a new mom, I didn’t think I’d have time to breathe, let alone play any video games. It may have taken six months, but I finally finished Valhalla in May – just in time to play Mass Effect Legendary Edition, but that’s for another story.


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