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YellowKing wrote: Fri Dec 18, 2020 4:45 pm As far as side quests, unlike Odyssey you're again having to hunt them down through the "Mysteries" objectives on the map. In essence they become just another collectible to track down, and thus often feel like a chore than an enjoyable diversion. Given that many of them are super short and often really goofy, they really pale in comparison to Odyssey's.
This is where I thought Origins succeeded where every previous AC game fell down for me. Maybe it's just the way I played it, but I thought Origins did a really good job of keeping a consistent thread to the story without making me feel like I was entirely going down the collectable hell rabbit hole. Odyssey felt like a pretty big backslide, in that respect.

Back to probably waiting on Valhalla. :lol:
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I don't know I thought Origin was pretty heavy on it too. I've never understood the appeal of collecting random crap in a game. And I really don't understand the appeal of collecting random crap that it's already marked on the map. This may be why I have never finished an Ubisoft game ever. And yet I keep on buying them. :lol:
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I'm probably halfway through the story, and I'm finding that the stealth aspects mostly just get in the way. It's slow and tedious. Yeah, maybe it was fun at first to blend-in here and there as I made my way to some objective, but as you get leveled up, it's easier to just plow through the guards on your way to all the shiny things.
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Okay, last night while playing, the game earned my money with one scene that made me laugh out loud.
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While doing a world event, I came across a band being heckled by a clergyman. They asked me to shut him up so they could play and make some money. I approached the guy, told him to leave them alone and it promptly turned into a fight. As I put the guy down, I heard the band strike up behind me and the chorus "Smack my Bishop, Smack my Bishop" then someone yelled "FIRESTARTER!" :lol:
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hepcat wrote: Tue Jan 05, 2021 3:09 pm Okay, last night while playing, the game earned my money with one scene that made me laugh out loud.
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While doing a world event, I came across a band being heckled by a clergyman. They asked me to shut him up so they could play and make some money. I approached the guy, told him to leave them alone and it promptly turned into a fight. As I put the guy down, I heard the band strike up behind me and the chorus "Smack my Bishop, Smack my Bishop" then someone yelled "FIRESTARTER!" :lol:
That's too funny! I haven't come across that yet, but now I'm going to have to find it.

I'm still pushing through AC Valhalla and enjoying it. Unlike Norway in the prologue, England is a much more interesting to look at, and the graphics don't disappoint. I'm liking most of the story arcs, and I like the way the game is structured into sub-stories regarding each alliance you are trying to establish. I will say I was really disappointed with
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the King Killer story arc in Shropshire. I've always found Ivar to be annoying, and I can't understand why his actions in this arc are tolerated early on. Even worse, when Ceolbert ends up dead, it's so obvious right from the start that Ivar is the one who killed him. I hated having to do the assault on the Briton castle with Ivar under the patently false pretense that the Britons broke the peace by murdering Ceolbert. I also couldn't stomach Eivar's complicity in what Ivar did to the dying Briton king in his last hours. Brutal and over the top. Only to end in Ivar demanding that Eivar fight him to the death for no apparent reason. Stupid. Not compelling. Bad writing.

And why have to characters with phonetically identical names????
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My only issues with AC Valhalla are

1) I want tattoos, shipyard purchases and settlement cosmetic purchases to actually do something. As far as I can tell they ARE only cosmetic upgrades. I don't care one wit about a blood eagle tattoo for my back, but I would if it gave me better melee attack or something. Same for the ships. I can understand artwork for the sails, that's fine. But I'd like to purchase upgrades for my ship beyond that.

2) They extended out the skills to a ridiculous agree, essentially removing level caps. That's fine, but doing it the way they did is too much, imho. Tone it down a bit, please.

3) Remove all snakes from AC games. Of course, this is simply because I'm so friggin' terrified of the damn things in real life that I literally inch my way along walls in dungeons in the AC games for fear of hearing that tell tale hiss once I get too close to one. I'm such a wuss about that it's not even funny. :oops:

I am starting to find some decent side quests (the aforementioned musical one being an example) so I'm not as disappointed in that now as I was initially. It just required me wrapping my mind around the way Valhalla approaches them as opposed to how Odyssey did.
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hepcat wrote: Thu Jan 07, 2021 12:39 pm 1) I want tattoos, shipyard purchases and settlement cosmetic purchases to actually do something. As far as I can tell they ARE only cosmetic upgrades. I don't care one wit about a blood eagle tattoo for my back, but I would if it gave me better melee attack or something. Same for the ships. I can understand artwork for the sails, that's fine. But I'd like to purchase upgrades for my ship beyond that.
Agreed. I'm not artistic nor an appreciator of art. If I'm going to put a fancy figurehead on my boat I want it to shoot fire :D.

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I want Vikings, not Viking Barbie's Adventure Island!

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hepcat wrote:1) I want tattoos, shipyard purchases and settlement cosmetic purchases to actually do something. As far as I can tell they ARE only cosmetic upgrades. I don't care one wit about a blood eagle tattoo for my back, but I would if it gave me better melee attack or something. Same for the ships. I can understand artwork for the sails, that's fine. But I'd like to purchase upgrades for my ship beyond that.
Yeah I think they completely botched the entire gear/economic system.

I guess in their mind they thought I'd constantly be upgrading weapons and armor to try new things. But why do that once you find one equipment that works? So I get some Legendaries (thanks Amazon Prime, for just giving me gear better than anything else in the game for free!), and I never upgrade anything again. Which makes hunting down Nickel Ingots less than thrilling. I'm literally using the same gear at Level 350 that I was using at Level 20.

Now, I might be inclined to change out gear if I had a way to do stat comparisons. For instance, this Legendary Hammer I have is pretty good, but it's going to have better stats than any unupgraded weapon in the game. If I could see that upgrading that common weapon would eventually create something better than my Legendary Hammer, I may be inclined to upgrade it. (Yes, I know you can see stats of an upgrade at the Blacksmith, but it's only one level). Now, I could take all that surplus nickel and upgrade stuff willy nilly in the hopes of finding something that may eventually be better than my Hammer, but at this point I'm wondering why I have to do all this work when I'm laying waste to guards as is.

And I can't break down or sell unused gear? Gee, thanks, I love lugging around 50 things I'm not going to use and have to scroll through every time I look at my Inventory.

The whole system seems half-baked and not well thought out. I really hate it.
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Also, we’re almost 2 decades ahead of Gothic, and folks don’t seem to mind if I walk into their homes and steal their stuff while they’re watching me?
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