In an attempt to save the Assassin's Creed franchise from the stagnation of yearly releases, Ubisoft have tried their best to introduce tried-and-tested RPG mechanics to create a game that gives more bang for its buck.
In more ways than one, Assassin's Creed Valhalla is the final form of this transformation, having fully embedded itself in the world of top-notch RPGs. One look at the sheer number of side quests available in its tutorial area and you'll know exactly what I mean.
In fact, you would have noticed that side quests and puzzles are so numerous that Ubisoft have classified them according to the categories of wealth, mysteries, and artefacts. Each category serves to power Eivor up in a variety of ways, while painting a picture of the broader world they're exploring.
You'll quickly learn that Ubisoft haven't pulled any punches when setting up the puzzles found throughout Valhalla, and many are already causing players to scratch their heads, give up and promise to return later.
If you're a completionist at heart and just can't seem to solve that final mystery though, let's figure out the puzzling world of Assassin's Creed Valhalla together.
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