Norsevember is an awesome event created by Alex @Spells and Spaceships. I love learning new pieces of lore or uncovering a new myth, but discovering a new game I can get lost in – well that’s priceless. When I’m not reading fantasy or horror I love to get lost in an alternative world, gaming is amazing. I can become a warrior, an elf, or a wizard, and it’s terrific not being me for a while. In this article, we will be discussing the best Norse/Viking-themed games on the market.
Assassins Creed – Valhalla
Personally, I think you would be hard pushed to find a better open-world game platform than the one Ubisoft has created in Assassins Creed. I became addicted to Assassins Creed Black Flag and they have continually gotten better with each new release.
Their new addition, Valhalla, has done an immense job of giving you a slice of history with some embellishments. You get to see the ancient world through the eyes of the protagonist, Eivor, a ruthless Viking. Explore rural Norway before travelling to England and sacking its medieval counties, collect gold, supplies but watch out for a few surprises along the way. It’s a great immersive game that has brought me countless hours of fun and astonishment.
I’m a bit late to the party but since discovering this game….I am obsessed. A roleplaying survival game that feels incredibly old school, the memories it is emitting makes me love it all the more. It’s made some serious gains in the last year and is now a charting sensation on steam.
A survival game that sees you as a Viking in the afterlife, you have to carve out your path, your journey. Think Minecraft on mead and steroids. You use items to craft and build a shelter whilst trying to keep yourself safe from beings that may wish to cause you harm.
Another helping from Ubisoft, a third-person game that pits up Viking warriors against other historical fighters. It’s an exciting game that offers up plenty of bloodshed and action. There are some aspects of the game that I find frustrating, mainly the long-ass tutorial that never seems to be teaching you anything. Aside from that, it’s an incredibly enjoyable game that I have yet to get tired of. I love the research that has gone into its storyline. 4 factions, Vikings, Samurai, Wu Lin, and Knights. The weaponry is spot-on accurate and it makes for a more realistic, immersive gameplay.
Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia
If you haven’t checked out the Total War Saga, then why not? A series of strategy games, with the most recent release being Total War: Troy. Total War: Britannica was released in 2018, set in 878AD, and takes place after the death of Ragnar Lothbrok. The events that subsequently become etched in history feature the invasion of the British Isles and the fight for power and control ensures blood and carnage.
This is a game that is always a firm favourite. If I’m having a bad day and needing a distraction from life in general then this is the game that I fire up. I can get lost within the fields of history, and my mood usually lifts as soon as I play.
Now this game in my honest opinion is the best open-world action role-playing game there has ever been. My husband got me hooked and my fourteen-year-old son is now getting the bug for losing many hours a day. The main storyline is centered around the character, The Dragonborn, and their quest to locate and destroy Alduin, a world-eating dragon. The hardest part is deciding what breed my character will be. You have the choice between humans, various elves, Orcs, Khajiit, and Argonian. As you complete quests, you will be given the option to upgrade your character. There are eighteen skills in magic, combat, and stealth.
I’ve played and completed this game a few times and it never gets boring. It’s fun to pick a new race of character and focus on different skill sets so it never feels stale to me. There’s always a new outcome that you haven’t faced before. The game is steeped in Norse Mythology so I was always going to enjoy playing it.