gamers (78%) found this review helpful
As usual all of my reviews contain the good, the bad, and a final thought.
========== THE GOOD ==========
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.
========= THE BAD =========
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.
--------------------- -- -- -- FINAL THOUGHTS --------------------- -- -- --
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!
I've never really been compelled to write a review here at GameFly, but this one grabbed me. I'm not saying that it's a breakthrough masterpiece by any stretch, but this game deserves to be Q'ed. Achievement mongers will be happy to know that this is an easy 1000/1000, but that's not why you should get it.
The game starts off with you in the first city and throws you right into battle without even a simple tutorial. That IS annoying, but the game is easy to master. The combat animations are fluid and the graphics are stellar, especially during the epic siege battles. The story gets wierd towards the end, but what do you expect from a game based on Norse mythology?
Bottom line, get it. It's one of the more under-rated games here on GameFly, and I don't know why. 8/10 for me.
Also a helpful hint to anyone getting this one: LT+Y is the counter-attack button. This is THE most important move in the game. You can upgrade it later on to perform a devastating quick blow. Just always remember to stay guarded while fighting and time your Y (dodge) when you see an enemy getting ready to strike.
gamers (77%) found this review helpful
Like most games I play I played this game on medium (there were only 2 difficulty settings here) for the first play through. On normal I was entertained throughout the game and had little trouble winning and finding where I needed to go. The game gets extremely easy at the end if you buy the skill "Odin's Doom" and spam it, as it kills enemies quite quickly but by the time you get it you'll find you need the extra attack power. On hard the game entertained me through about half of the 2nd island, the mixture of already knowing what the game will bring and being quite a bit harder just bored me. I suggest playing on normal unless you happen to be an achievement monger (the "w" word is blocked). My one complaint about the game was that I saw the ending from the first line from Shaman Asta, most people who know the simple stories of Norse mythology probably will.