Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is by far the largest title in the entire Ubisoft saga. Eivor’s journey took us from Norway to England, Vinland and Ireland (and we even explored Asgard). Now, in newly united France, a great danger is brewing for our clan and everything we have built in England, and we must go there to solve the problem before it is too late.
It seems that the conflict between Nordic and Christian is heading for a major confrontation and Paris will be the chosen place for it. Eivor soon becomes embroiled in political intrigues between the clan and Charlemagne, grandson of Charlemagne and one of the main characters of this expansion. There is also the Bellatores Dei, an evil secret order within the Church that we have to face, as we have done with other groups before, and individually expose and hunt down its members.
At this point, the game mechanics don’t seem to surprise us anymore, but the siege of Paris showed us two special features that further enrich the combat system and the secondary objectives of the map: Missions of shame and swarms of rats.
The first are exclusive secondary missions in which we will have to help a group of rebels who oppose the king’s army. They are small daily tasks, similar to the ones we already did for Los Mil Ojos de Reda in our house of the raven clan. In them we will have to complete the order of execution against a target and we will have reinforcements that will provide us with both close-range and long-range support. If we complete the mission, we will receive a new game currency, denariiwith which we will exchange new weapons, armor and aesthetic items. Also, we will be able to reinforce our rebel group so that they can improve their numbers and martial arts. It seems that La Resistance already existed in Viking times.
The second important point is the swarms of rats that roam the areas, which can be a real headache. When we first met, we had a terrifying memory of his co-star cousins in A Plague Tale: Innocence, as this enemy behaves almost identically to the great Asobo studio title. It seems that they go beyond tribute and include it in the infiltration and stealth assassination options because if we have to traverse an area where there are rats, we have to distribute greatswords left and right for them dissipate. It can also happen that an object is blocking the sewer outlets from which they attack. Rats will attack any enemy
We have to check those too Infiltration missionstaken from previous episodes designed to add an extra layer of gameplay to the murders. In the infiltration missions we have to meet a number of smaller secondary objectives that open up options and possibilities for an assassination attempt for our ultimate goal. It is not necessary to complete them (as long as our target dies, of course), but they add another twist to the game dynamics and try to give Eivor that point of camouflage and regain that mechanic that was meant to be used to further develop the combat system.
France does not offer an abundance of locations comparable to Wrath of the Druids. Although it has the same number of territories, what is striking is that its map is smaller and the more concentrated sights are located. The color palette is also more muted and the French landscape doesn’t look as good as the fields of the Emerald Island. World events are still present and we have to find and complete many of the already known ones, such as sacrificial altars, legendary animals, stone landmarks and little stories of the inhabitants of Paris and the surrounding area. Yes, there is a new optional challenge and at the height of the circumstance, the honest nobles
In short, The Siege of Paris gives the first Season Pass of this Assassin’s Creed Valhalla a golden lock, and it is still allowed to offer new mechanics and challenges that will keep us tied to the screen in the Viking Age. We couldn’t really ask for anything more than to continue an adventure with Eivor and maybe a little longer as his additional 12 hours may even know little.