Assassin's Creed Valhalla RPG Catch-All

General AC order screen complaint for the last few. Why oh why do they partially reveal who the order person is before your character knows?
The one for Valhalla is obvious, but still it ends up spoiling a part of the story.

lunchbox12682 wrote:

General AC order screen complaint for the last few. Why oh why do they partially reveal who the order person is before your character knows?
The one for Valhalla is obvious, but still it ends up spoiling a part of the story.

I thought that was a bug for about half the game. It's such a stupid thing.

I don't think I've noticed this about the Order screen.

Snotinghamscire's story complete. Kind of dug that it was more focused on character stuff than big political stuff, though the latter still factors in to a degree. Also interesting that it mostly keeps the action focused to a relatively small area of the map. I'll probably spend as much time exploring the rest of the area finding side stuff as I did doing the main story arc there.

Also, 120+ hours in, I'm starting to realize how good the world map is. Even if an icon isn't revealed on the map yet, you can get a good sense of where stuff is likely to be anyway. Stone circles are visible, dead trees indicate cursed areas, and you can spot structures and ruins easily and wander your way over there to find wealth chests or Roman artifacts. Out in the world, I finally noticed flocks of birds tend to hover over points of interest, not just sync points, and animus glitches tend to be visible from quite far away. I have a feeling I missed some of those thinking it was just stuff loading in late. In general the self-directed exploration may be the best it's ever been in the series so far.

Next week's 1.4.1 update is going to require redownloading the entire game. On the plus side, it should take up less hard drive space and improve overall load times.

beanman101283 wrote:

Next week's 1.4.1 update is going to require redownloading the entire game. On the plus side, it should take up less hard drive space and improve overall load times.

How odd.
I should go delete before this is released.
I doubt I'll finish Seige of Paris.

beanman101283 wrote:

Next week's 1.4.1 update is going to require redownloading the entire game. On the plus side, it should take up less hard drive space and improve overall load times.

Days Gone did this with one of their updates and it made an incredible difference - if I recall correctly it essentially halved the file size and eliminated a whole swathe of stability/streaming issues. Hopefully this will be similar.

I think I finished the base game last night. Order of the Ancients is no more, all zones of the map are pacified, and the settlement is maxed out. There weren't any credits, but the final quest I did ended in a wedding, and nothing new popped up after that, so I'm fairly certain that's it for the critical paths.

I think this is the first time in the series where the way the historical and modern stories intersected left me completely confused and bewildered. It was to the point that I looked up a few explainers, and I think I have it straight now:

Spoiler:

Eivor, Sigurd, and Basim are all reincarnations of the Isu demigods Havi/Odin, Tyr, and Loki respectively. As shown in the Asgard portions of the story, Havi imprisoned Loki's son, and Loki wanted revenge for this. During Eivor's time, Basim allowed (or succumbed to?) Loki to come to the fore, and he sought out the reincarnations of Havi and Tyr so he could get that revenge. Cue the betrayal/boss fight in the Isu temple in Norway, as well as Eivor's fight with Havi where she rejects him.

MEANWHILE, Alethia and Loki have ALSO been plotting to allow Loki to resurrect in the modern day, and so the entire plot of Odyssey's mythological portions was apparently a convoluted plan to get Layla the Staff of Hermes so she could eventually find her way to the same Norway temple, get jacked into the Isu matrix, and drop the staff so Loki could be resurrected. Now he can run off and cause all kinds of mischief, while Layla is trapped in the matrix with Desmond for the rest of eternity, I guess? Cue a cliffhanger for what happens next.

When Layla was introduced in Origins, I was looking forward to what felt like a return to form for the modern day portions of the story. I thought, "now we have someone to get invested in, and hopefully there is a plan going forward". With the way everything's played out up til now, I find myself decidedly underwhelmed. I've always been a fan of the modern day story. It's goofy and silly in ways I enjoy. But the hope I had for a plan going forward appears to have been in vain, as it's just.. a bunch of stuff happens, and we hope you like how bananas it is! Also, the return of Shaun and Rebecca was at the cost of their personalities, it seems.

There were times I played this where I really got into the loop of exploring, clearing icons, and doing the stories in each zone. There were also times where it felt like a drag, where nothing was really exciting me. I can point to all these individual elements that I really enjoy: the beauty of the world, the exploration, the combat, the settlement and the characters living there, the music. But as a whole, it hasn't come together into a coherent whole that transcends those parts.

I'll keep playing. For now I want to finish some of the side content like the legendary animals and the optional boss fights. I also want to find the rest of the animus glitches, since it appears to flesh out a bit of the framing plot I think. I'll also eventually do the meatier DLC expansions, though I think I will wait a while until I'm in the mood to really sink my teeth into the game again.

Next DLC was announced today. I hope we got to do some of the stuff they shown in this cinematic trailer.

There's also going to be free crossover DLC for both Odyssey and Valhalla.

Guess i need to reinstall Odyssey.

Hoping Epic's Winter sale hits sometime this week, I'm looking to pick up the season pass and bang out the two expansions during my two week vacation starting on Monday.

beanman101283 wrote:

There's also going to be free crossover DLC for both Odyssey and Valhalla.

Guess i need to reinstall Odyssey.

haha, I just started mine re-installing too