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Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Why It's One Of The Franchise's Best - The Review Crew 

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is here and The Review Crew is talking about Ubisoft’s biggest game of 2020. Now that AC Valhalla reviews have been published all over the internet, we got a few of our colleagues together from Polygon and DualShockers for a lengthy review discussion. Guests this week include Nicole Carpenter (Polygon), Cameron Hawkins (DualShockers), and Brandin Tyrrel (IGN).
This particular AC review roundtable takes a focused look at at some key aspects of our AC Valhalla Review, and looks beyond the IGN review to swap notes on the Polygon review and the DualShockers review. This includes lengthy Assassin’s Creed Valhalla impressions, discussions about new directions for the series, and of course, a lighting round. What would a new IGN review show be without a lightning round?
IGN Review Crew invites folks from all over the gaming community all over the gaming community to talk about the biggest and best games. We’ll dive deep into each review, talk about the things we loved, the stuff that needs improvement, and probably have some spirited debates and a few laughs along the way. We’re kicking things off with Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, but in the coming weeks we’re talking about Demon’s Souls, Xbox Series X, Spider-Man Miles Morales, Playstation 5, and Cyberpunk 2077. For all your video game reviews, stick with IGN.
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Martin Luther Yung
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FodSpeed
FodSpeed 8 napja
Game was designed with female character in mind, female Eivor is canon, and make Eivor is just something created by animus based on their isu dna.
jonhythelast
jonhythelast 8 napja
Feel bad for the “old school” AC fan.... having to hear things like raids being the perfect mix between old ac and new ac with riding up on a boat being the stealth.... 🤦‍♂️. I feel for you, because I feel the same
Shaun Morton
Shaun Morton 9 napja
Enjoyed this, made me want to pick up Valhalla where previously I wasn't considering it having never played an AC game. Great new series, excited to see where this goes and who else appears! Very cool that it is across the industry.
Mendax
Mendax 11 napja
Love this game so fuckin much
Curtis
Curtis 11 napja
The only thing I don't like is the zealots are so hard to find , and really miss the bounty hunters from odyssey, they gave a sense of order and consequences , as in valhalla if you kill too many citizens the game is over and have to reload a save.
Brian Rodriguez
Brian Rodriguez 11 napja
Great show. Would like it to be an hour or more if possible. Can't wait to see future episodes and to see Gamespot and other outlets featured on this IGN show.
Wilhelm Derp
Wilhelm Derp 11 napja
Huge downgrade from the last games
Bradyn Krecskay
Bradyn Krecskay 11 napja
This game is so bugged I almost can't believe they released it. It honestly breaks my heart. AC has always held a special place in my gaming life and even more so Norse culture so this entry is so up my alley. I want nothing more than to do a 100% completion and it's not possible, my personal experience is 32% of my side quest are bugged and not capable of being completed.
Lee Ferguson
Lee Ferguson 12 napja
I'm your host, crackhead hobo
boinggers s
boinggers s 12 napja
Haha that titles funny
Time Rider
Time Rider 12 napja
Pass
Rancorliverpool
Rancorliverpool 13 napja
I’m looking for a proper comparison with Valhalla and ORIGINS...can anyone help me.
Ultraviolet
Ultraviolet 13 napja
loving all the podcasts - keep them coming
MaxBlight
MaxBlight 13 napja
My favorite is the literal fact theres no mention that theres no single handed swords available for Eivor, wtf?
Coty West
Coty West 14 napja
Found my way here from NVC and I love it
IGN
IGN 13 napja
right on! thank you! - zach
KeithZilla
KeithZilla 14 napja
I’m enjoying this game so far, but it’s a bit overwhelming to me as an open world game. I’m not huge into these types of games like that anyways. I feel Horizon Zero Dawn is my favorite open world game. It’s more my speed
Jerry P
Jerry P 14 napja
Between all the IGN podcasts, review crew, and destin's new tech analyses, I'm really enjoying the content variety. Well played!
Josh Broadwater
Josh Broadwater 14 napja
Im loving this game im a huge AC fan I've played them all n this might be my new favorite. 10/10
Jspeedtheman
Jspeedtheman 14 napja
No dammmmmm spoilers...... dammmm people...if your going to spoil then say so
IGN
IGN 14 napja
What did we spoil here? - Zach
Shariff Crawford
Great show
Joseph Amundson
Joseph Amundson 14 napja
Besties knockoff
yu qiao
yu qiao 15 napja
I just found this game pretty boring, while bugs and glitches all over the place. Maybe this game is not for me.
Mina Min
Mina Min 15 napja
I would love to have this as a podcast so that i can listen during work
Rangeboy
Rangeboy 15 napja
Liking The Nerd Crew's fresh new look 👏
Kamo Game
Kamo Game 15 napja
I Play this game in my channel 👌👌👍👍👍👍
Wolf aZassin
Wolf aZassin 15 napja
For people who supposedly put a lot of time in the game they couldn't even properly pronounce the name Eivor 🤦🤦🤦
Daniel Ammerman
Daniel Ammerman 15 napja
Game Devs: We're going to include the option to be a female character. Ungrateful People: She still feels like a male character. [*insert other petty baseless complaints here*]
Henrie Bryce
Henrie Bryce 15 napja
I wonder if they have the same complaint about female Shepard in Mass Effect. I did a lot of playthroughs with both sexes, and I never really felt like female Shepard had any distinct female qualities. I just enjoyed the voice actor for the female version more. It just feels like nitpicking.
oniuserjh
oniuserjh 15 napja
my first assassin's creed game ever, so far, i like it, and i usually don't open world games
Fortified Man
Fortified Man 16 napja
Lol Polygon
kobainage
kobainage 16 napja
Because it has Vikings. Nuff said.
Waxer3929
Waxer3929 16 napja
This just reminds me of Nerd Crew
Syed
Syed 16 napja
Microtransactions on a $60 single player game is like a spit on the face
Syed
Syed 16 napja
@zack cook its the thought that counts. Mobile gaming tactics are seeping through. It'll only get worse
zack cook
zack cook 16 napja
They literally mean nothing, you dont have to touch them To enjoy the game, ive played 50 hours in it already and havent even looked at the PS store
Syed
Syed 16 napja
HAHAHHA Brandon's entrance 😂😂😂
Suh dude
Suh dude 16 napja
Is it spoiler free?
Siege Jay
Siege Jay 16 napja
I love the idea of having people with different opinions on subjects.
TheVidzWatcher
TheVidzWatcher 16 napja
Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Why It's One Of The Franchise's Worst - The Reality Check
Gabriel Magno Alexandre Vieira
This is a great initiative, congrats guys. I think the game community and the game critics are trying their best to push foward the quality of videogames as a art form. This is something that, unfortunately, has been missing on the music industry for about three decades (on movies too).
Quentin Compson
Quentin Compson 16 napja
Great discussion. Nice work getting this together, Zach!
Zach Ryan
Zach Ryan 15 napja
thanks!
Vincent
Vincent 16 napja
Im not enjoying it that much. I dont get the reviews.
Broc
Broc 16 napja
Brandin Tyrrel drinks his own pee.
Zach Ryan
Zach Ryan 15 napja
are your sources reliable on this?
Rafi M
Rafi M 16 napja
Ign: gives AC valhalla 8/10 Again Ign : WHY AC Valhalla is the best in series What The F....
Alan Vega
Alan Vega 11 napja
The bar is pretty low nowadays....
Ishaan Guha
Ishaan Guha 16 napja
ONE of the best bro :)
Symen Jager
Symen Jager 16 napja
Jarring Viking speedboats in AC: Valhalla, though... :(
DarkUser 66
DarkUser 66 16 napja
I've played 1,2,brotherhood,3,black flag, and syndicate
Allan Jensen
Allan Jensen 16 napja
Really love that The sidequest does`nt take 1-2 hours... like in Origins i did a sidequest that took 2 hours!
W3EzNaX
W3EzNaX 16 napja
Did that woman forget the existence of brotherhood and revelations?
Oran Moten
Oran Moten 16 napja
I had the exact same experience as Nicole. I wonder is it worth going back and playing the games between 3 and Valhalla?
Logan Legend
Logan Legend 16 napja
Black Flag and Unity are fantastic. Also Origins is okay and Odyssey is fantastic. All four are extremely different games though. Personally, Syndicate is the weakest entry and not worth playing. I've had amazing experiences with all those games so I'd definitely recommend them.
Bigus Dikus
Bigus Dikus 16 napja
Why is youtube recommending me this IGN garbage. WTF.
Meme Lord
Meme Lord 16 napja
It obviously ISN'T the best game in the series since you gave it an 8/10
Angels #2377
Angels #2377 9 napja
'One of the best'
Ben
Ben 16 napja
What happened to ladies first
krazy tattoo
krazy tattoo 16 napja
This is my favourite AC game!
Vidhya Hanumanth
getting rid of modern day segments works with a RPG styled Assassin's Creed game because multiple endings doesn't work with Animus since it's a Machine running a simulation.
Dork Andrson
Dork Andrson 17 napja
The facial animation is out of the ps3 generation.
Onur K
Onur K 14 napja
Not even
The Time Bandit
The Time Bandit 17 napja
I wouldn't say it's one of the best, there's still a ton of room for improvement given the lack of direction.
Pascal Suissa
Pascal Suissa 17 napja
Great video series! Excited for the next one!
Playtime
Playtime 17 napja
So ign gave it just 8.
Michael Christison
I will definitely be watching out for this series of videos - really loved it! Also super keen to play AC Valhalla!
GamerInVoid
GamerInVoid 17 napja
I dont understand why each and every reviewer is using the female EIVOR in their gameplays where we all damn know that the MALE Eivor was far far better in this game and fits the story and setting perfectly. Just like Kassandra was far superior in Odyssey in terms of acting and dialogue delivery
Naved Akhtar
Naved Akhtar 17 napja
why is it ome of the best? -no its not
Clayton Saint Cyr
To gamers like Nicole (male/female doesn't matter) it's okay not to have the most optimal build, to not complete your settlement in the precise right amount of time or having a specific setup. Player freedom is to give us the power to choose our own path, it isn't there to make us anxious and worried.
Sonny NØX
Sonny NØX 17 napja
Ace show. Well done. Keep them episodes coming.
IGN
IGN 16 napja
Thanks for watching! - Zach
Games Video
Games Video 17 napja
👍👍
Helsfasa
Helsfasa 17 napja
I like this format, it takes out a lot of what people have issue with in a review with it generally being only one view point
Radiant For Radiance
One of the best and most rich games of this year.
Shaurya Sharma
Shaurya Sharma 17 napja
sad to see it's getting review bombed
Steed-o-Blox
Steed-o-Blox 17 napja
Awesome series bro!!!
108Rudi
108Rudi 17 napja
Did you get a ps5 on launch day? Can you tell me at what exact time and from where? Cheers
Daniel Barrera
Daniel Barrera 17 napja
Review Crew needs to be a Staple on IGN.
temochin kshetrimayum
I think it's the most bugged game in the franchise.
Richard Mckinney
No that was unity
AMAN NAVLAKHE
AMAN NAVLAKHE 17 napja
It will be fixed in some time tho
Greg Davis
Greg Davis 17 napja
IGN REVIEWS: odyssey 9.3 Valhalla 8 Also IGN: Why Valhalla is the best in the series Me: 🙄🤔
Greg Davis
Greg Davis 16 napja
@Logan Legend meh, I’ll pick it up when it’s in the discount bin in 6 months for 19.99
Logan Legend
Logan Legend 16 napja
It's because Valhalla is more buggy at launch and it's based on the opinion of the one person who reviewed the game. This format is better because it's the opinion of multiple people. Many people say it's one of the best which isn't surprising because it's a great middle ground between the old and new ACs.
Jerm
Jerm 17 napja
“One of”, nice reading comprehension
Mr. K
Mr. K 17 napja
Ign rankings have always been a joke
Kris SET
Kris SET 17 napja
Most perfect graphics and gameplay in the franchise, except for the part at 4:28 I just don't think a Viking warrior climbed tall pole / statue like the previous assassin characters, or at least not in any Viking movies that I've watched.
Mark Ferrer
Mark Ferrer 17 napja
Every review outlet has podcasts where other employees discusses the reviewers take on the game at hand. Gathering up all the reviewers from different outlets themselves seems like such an obvious idea that no one's done before is a great take on this format.
TJ TJ
TJ TJ 17 napja
I never realized how goofy Assassin's Creed was until I played the side quests in this one. I want to keep feeding the old lady viper eggs so she can keep surprising me with new smells.
Salted Lamp
Salted Lamp 15 napja
I haven't played the game yet, but now I'm really curious... lol
Angelo
Angelo 17 napja
Loved the episode & looking forward to more. Zach also gets to play his favorite game as a series now!! Question Block FTW!!!
Xtemplate
Xtemplate 17 napja
Hope this review series keeps going!
lifeisinserthere
You guys are a major media outlet--what the hell is with the poor audio performance and subpar audio equipment?! Airpods ARE NOT professional equipment to use in a professional media presentation!! COVID has been around for a while, get your crew proper [necessary] equipment!
lifeisinserthere
Also btw I do like this idea and feel like you guys are onto something so kudos
IGN
IGN 16 napja
I was only listening through airpods. Relax. - Zach
iRsemple
iRsemple 17 napja
I can't find anything online about whether or not this game makes uses the Ps5 Dualsense controller's haptic feedback. Has anyone tried it yet?
Matthew Frechin
Matthew Frechin 13 napja
It does, but not as much as it does in Astro’s Playroom or Miles Morales. It is a bit more subtle in Valhalla.
Carston 101
Carston 101 17 napja
Thumbnail looks like Thusnelda from Barbarians.
caladan217
caladan217 17 napja
Also, please get Ben Hanson from MinnMax (2 N's) and Ben Reeves from GameInformer as panelists....they'd be awesome!!
caladan217
caladan217 17 napja
Excellent first episode...thoroughly enjoyed it and looking forward to the next one!
Terence Scannell
Brilliant start to the new series! Great idea to have reviewers from around the industry and a great alternative to the scoring system.
abradolf lincler
It’s not even close to the best.
Constantine The Second
My first assasins game ..and I love it.
Joe Kickass
Joe Kickass 17 napja
Don’t call it one of the best. It’s one of the least hated is a better way to put it
David Sam Inyang
@Joe KickassSo that's what makes it average rigor himself didn't kill civilians so that's why they don't let u do that also what ruins immersion for u won't ruin it for someone else it's a subjective thing
Joe Kickass
Joe Kickass 17 napja
It’s average at best guy, nothing special. They couldn’t remove the de-sync when killing civilians on this one? Or at least up the limit. Really ruins the Viking raid immersion
David Sam Inyang
That hard to believe people can like what u don't
_ Electric Blues _
Currently playing this game and love it! Kind of strange because the facial animation and character models are a bit stiff but the rest of the game looks absolutely stunning. Overall, having a lot of fun. 👍
PorscheGT1
PorscheGT1 17 napja
Loving this game. I bought the Ultimate Edition for both my Series S and Series X And my Seagate 1TB SSD expansion card arrives tomorrow
Kage Williams
Kage Williams 17 napja
no
John White
John White 17 napja
No, just no! Whoever made this knew nothing about my ancestors so I’m not gonna reward their obvious minimum amount of effort spent researching the period
John White
John White 17 napja
@Jordan Jones like everything from culture and history to clothing and weapons? No thanks, also the greatest Vikings were the Danes not the Norwegians and the Swedes debatably were never Vikings at all
Jordan Jones
Jordan Jones 17 napja
I watched a video where the ubisoft team went to Norway and learned from people there. But also they had to change stuff to fit their video game
CriticalHit
CriticalHit 17 napja
From origins, these aren’t assassins creed games. Should be called a different series
Lucas Basso Pacheco
@Annalisa Dance odyssey is really amazing!
Annalisa Dance
Annalisa Dance 17 napja
@David Sam Inyang They are, ik, the stories tie up well with valhalla, and I think odyssey is the best in the series, along with black flag, but the new ac series is soooooo different to old ac. I'd be lying if I said I didn't miss the old days a lot.
David Sam Inyang
They still are
FreshNews247
FreshNews247 17 napja
Next assassin's Creed game should be like Avengers EndGame all 3 of the "Origins Arc" in one game play around make it fun don't worry about the few hundred years between the time lines it's in a computer system you don't need logic.
Apollo21
Apollo21 17 napja
Love the show!
Ak47
Ak47 17 napja
i see polarized review
FreshNews247
FreshNews247 17 napja
I'm 15 hours in and I've only just realised you can upgrade your weapons damage on top of the over upgrade. So I've done 15 hours with a weapon of only 55 damage.
ELITELEGENDS
ELITELEGENDS 17 napja
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Brett Thielen
Brett Thielen 17 napja
I’ve played about 15 hours so far. It’s absolutely an incredible game and I think it’s better than Odyssey but it has a lot of bugs and glitches so far and I’m pretty sure those will be fixed soon but it’s definitely my favorite AC game so far
Matthew Frechin
Matthew Frechin 13 napja
I’m 22 hours into and haven’t encountered one glitch yet which I am thankful for. I absolutely love this game. The world, the atmosphere, the characters. It all resonates with me so deeply. And my ancestors are Norwegian, thus Viking blood runs through my veins. So I just feel so at home in this world. As far as it being better than Odyssey, I can’t say yet until after I spend more time and finish the game as I did Odyssey. As it stands, Odyssey is my favorite but the way Valhalla is shaping up to be, it is probably going to be my new favorite. Game on friend!
Faidren
Faidren 17 napja
Sorry if this was already answered, but is there a podcast version of this?
IGN
IGN 17 napja
Podcast version drops on Wednesday! - Zach
Drew Yancey
Drew Yancey 17 napja
Great show!
Eriko. Oy
Eriko. Oy 17 napja
Valhalla is a decent game, but man... Is it long. Almost too long. Like this game takes weeks to complete and trust me, playing a singleplayer game for weeks on end get boring and tedious.
Johnwoo
Johnwoo 16 napja
@Eriko. Oy Well, that's what gaming is. A leisure activity you do in your free time. But you're talking about it as though you're doing a part time job. Long games don't have to be beaten on a timeline.
Eriko. Oy
Eriko. Oy 16 napja
@Johnwoo I'm guessing you have a lot of time on your hands then...
Johnwoo
Johnwoo 17 napja
I actually prefer long single player games. It's a pet peeve of mine to spend 60 dollars on a game and beat it within a single weekend.
William Holbert
William Holbert 17 napja
GREAT first episode Zach, and Brandin, and Nicole, and Cameron and Cameron's little Dog. GREAT work guys. I really enjoyed it. 😊
Brandon Campbell
This game is incredible, and I'm loving this idea for a show. I hope this review discussion and round up sticks around for a long time. Great job!
Matthew Frechin
Matthew Frechin 13 napja
Rich Finaldi it’s amazing. I’m 22 hours into and I am so in love. Awesome characters, great story arcs, immersive world and atmosphere. It’s not only one of best (quite possibly THE best but I haven’t beaten it yet so I’m reserving my judgment) Assassins creed game of all time. Every time I play it, I am astounded at the experience and joy I get from it. Must buy.
Ali Knight
Ali Knight 16 napja
@Rich Finaldi it’s great, better than odyssey and origins for sure and those are both great too
Rich Finaldi
Rich Finaldi 16 napja
Is the game immersive? Are the graphics and story great ?
Dennis Collier
Dennis Collier 17 napja
Corporate boot lickers
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