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GF Rating
6.5

6271 ratings

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GF Rating
6

Above Average

Demon bisection simulator

posted by signal (LILBURN, GA) Apr 22, 2008

Member since Apr 2008

37 out of 41 gamers (90%) found this review helpful

In Viking, you play as a young warrior named Skarin, and you've got orders (and the immortality that comes with it) to take down an evil race of corrupted man-like demons that have taken control of your homeland. You've got a sword and an axe, a little bit of magic power, and the strength of whatever army you can muster.

Simply put, it's Conan meets Crackdown, but not exactly the best of both worlds. Like Crackdown, you need to assault the enemy, but first you have to wear them down and build yourself up. You will need to liberate settlements to build up for a massive attack. Along the way, you'll dismember an awful lot of demons. All of your sneaking around, assassinating, or simply beating down the enemies with the competent fighting system will culminate with a massive battle to liberate a huge city.

The problem with this game is that we so rarely get into those massive battles, brutality comes at a price, and action may actually be the wrong place to go with this game.

These massive battles happen once every few hours of gameplay, and they really don't offer you many options. They definitely make you feel like a hero, but it's not possible to lose the fights through attrition; you must seek out key targets and destroy them to continue, and it's impossible to actually lose the fight.

The combat system is great for fighting small groups. But it's very easy to bite off more than you can chew, as you will get quickly overwhelmed simply because while you're beating down one guy, you will get hit in the back by someone else.

Cutting demons in half sounds cool, but about half the time it comes with a slow-motion effect, which eventually becomes simply irritating.

That's not to say that it's not fun, but you'll find yourself wishing there was more to it. It simply gets to be a little formulaic after you've done it a bit. Still, the game is worth playing. It's fun to hack up demons, and it's fun to play, at least for a while.

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

A fun and entertaining game......

posted by Warchief (WALNUT, CA) Mar 27, 2008

Member since Feb 2005

66 out of 82 gamers (80%) found this review helpful

This game was fun right from the start. the ability to upgrade weapons and basically learn new combo moves is great. I feel that this is a game that will be fun for everyone that plays it. Just remember when playing it that it is no epic game. It is a fun game a hack and slash. The graphics are pretty good the achievements for it are pretty cool to get and the story line is not that bad. I will say though that it is not a game that you should buy right off the bat. This is the perfect example of why we have gamefly.....if you love it like I do you can buy it but if you just like it then thank the lord for gamefly where you can have fun with out dishing out the 64.94 after tax. Great game overall

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GF Rating
6

Above Average

Being a VIKING could have been much better !!

posted by CNTRINSGNT (MANVILLE, NJ) Mar 28, 2008

Member since Aug 2007

151 out of 193 gamers (78%) found this review helpful

As usual all of my reviews contain the good, the bad, and a final thought.

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THE GOOD
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The gore in this game is very intense, if you are attracted to this sort of thing then you will enjoy this game.

The armies are MASSIVE, many many people on the battlefield at one time.

You have the freedom to explore a very large and open world, you will not find yourself not being allowed to go to places that look interesting.

The graphics are awesome, very good detail.

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THE BAD
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Very shallow story, and it gets VERY VERY repetitive very fast, Its ASSASSINS CREED all over again except this time you are a viking!

Those big battles which were really good turn really bad sometimes in terms of xbox slowdowns!

The sound is ok, but not the best. You will find the game to be too quiet sometimes and a lack of music doesn't help this issue at all.

NO MULTIPLAYER AT ALL!
Folks I cant say this enough, In the year 2008 EVERY GAME should contain multiplayer. Even if its a very shallow form of it.

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FINAL THOUGHTS
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This is an Ok game for now, If you look there are very few games releasing this month. Its worth the rent during this time but be prepared for some let downs as mentioned above. The game has VERY LITTLE replay value!
Its worth a rent but not a buy!

ACHIEVMENT DIFFICULTY 6/10

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