Nordic Fury: Four Viking Games That Will Take You Straight to Valhalla
No wonder Viking games are so popular: who doesn’t want to run into battle as a bloodthirsty, axe-wielding Norse warrior? Video games offer the perfect outlet for this fantasy.
However, fear not, not all games based on Norse mythology portray Vikings as stereotypical ferocious warriors. Below is a list of four different Viking games that are well worth checking out.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will have you living out the ultimate Viking experience. Embodying the role of Eivor, a ninth-century Viking living in Norway, you will embark on a voyage to raid the British Isles. In addition to building your own settlement, you will have the ability to pillage through and conquer the whole of England by wielding axes, swords, spears, spikes and other such weapons.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is not your average action game with just a touch of Viking flair. Norse legends and gods have an important role to play in the game’s storyline and players will have the opportunity to visit and explore mythological worlds where ancient gods battle savage giants. If you want to have an even more immersive Viking experience, you should consider getting the Dawn of Ragnarok DLC in addition to the base game Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. This expansion is fully focused on Norse gods and the legends of Vikings.
God of War
The 2018 revival of God of War is one of the greatest action-adventure games of recent years. In God of War, players get to follow the bloody journey of Kratos and his son Atreus in the realm of Norse mythology, which is full of epic and touching moments. One of the all-time best franchises in the gaming industry, this is a video game that all gamers should check out.
While in previous God of War games, Kratos went up against Ancient Greek gods, in the latest game he is targeting Norse gods. Together with Kratos and Atreus, the player travels through mesmerising mythological realms, slaying gods, giants and other supernatural creatures. If you haven’t done so already, now is the perfect time to pick up the 2018 God of War because its sequel God of War: Ragnarök will be released later this year. You’d better start playing now, if you want to finish it in time for the sequel!
If Vikings, Knights and Samurai were to battle it out, who would win? If you are dead-set on finding an answer to this question, your best bet is to pick up the game For Honor and play out this unique scenario. Not only is For Honor a perfect game for Viking fans, it also appeals to anyone who is interested in medieval combat in general.
For Honor is a multiplayer game where players can choose which faction they want to side with: Vikings, Knights, or Samurai. All Viking fans have the opportunity to grab their horned helmets and giant battleaxes to send other players straight to virtual Valhalla. The unique combat system of this game may take some getting used to, but once you’ve mastered it, the battles will be that much more satisfying.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Over the years, Skyrim has almost become as legendary as Odin, Thor and the other Norse gods themselves. There are only a handful of other role-playing video games that have been as successful as Skyrim. Even after more than 10 years from its initial release, Skyrim still has a huge player base today. If you are one of the few who hasn’t played Skyrim yet, what are you waiting for?
Although Skyrim isn’t directly based on the beliefs of Vikings, there is no doubt that every part of the game was inspired by Norse mythology. Round shields, legendary horned helmets, and white mountain peaks characteristic of the Scandinavian landscape have all been incorporated into the game. If you are looking for an immersive and expansive role-playing game inspired by Viking culture, Skyrim is the game for you.