In the end, here we are, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: The Siege of Pariswill be available soon and, finally, we can get a much clearer and more definitive idea of the general experience of this chapter of the saga dedicated to the Vikings. This second expansion, unlike theWrath of the Druids, the first real DLC that transported you to an Ireland to be explored, it will put you to the test right from the start, since it seems designed especially for those players who have deepened and not just the main campaign. This additional content will be accessible to anyone who has completed at least one of England’s first two story arcs, namely Grantebridgescire or Ledecestrescire. Without further ado, let’s see how Eivor fared in this Parisian outing.
A new land
Inside Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: The Siege of Paris you will continue the story of Eivor, which will be committed to protect his clan from an ever-growing threat from France. Right from the start, you will join the Viking clans Sigfred and Elgring, helping them in their fight against the Frankish armies. Obviously, you will meet many new characters who in their own way will accompany the protagonist in this new “picnic” to discover Europe. Of course, don’t expect the best of characterization, but all in all we found these supporting characters at the same level as those known in the base game.
Although these are classic premises, once you arrive in France the general pace changes, having the immediate perception that you are facing something different, although not clearly far from the basic experience. Let’s start by saying that the suggested power level to tackle the new area set in France will be 200, this means that chronologically the DLC is placed between the narrative arc of Jorvik (suggested power level of 190) e Glowecrowth (suggested power level of 220). The general plot, although it fails to stand out, entertains and entertains without too many pretensions. For the rest, the game map is small in size, so do not expect the extension of the other areas. The cities of course are there, but I can’t catch the eye and they are quite similar to each other. If you were expecting a beautiful and articulated Paris like the one seen in Unity, you will be deeply disappointed.
A Viking does not fear death
As previously anticipated, such a high suggested level makes it very clear what the experience is about: the French are a people who hardly submit, a fully fit Eivor will be required for this, ready to face this new threat that looms for the clans. New infiltration missions have been introduced, which closely resemble the old Assassin’s Creed and which we are sure will make the most passionate fans smile, those who grew up with much more pronounced and marked stealth phases. However, these are brackets that in the overall economy give that extra bit of variety without tiring the user too much.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: The Siege of Paris will make you feel the weight of war even more, but Eivor will be well prepared. In fact, the DLC will also introduce new playful elements, such as additional skills. One of these is called Plague of Rats and, as the name clearly implies, it allows Eivor to summon a small army of rodents: all you have to do is shoot a tainted arrow at any target, then your hungry little allies will take care of it. Not only this, why there will also be new enemies who will prowl dangerously in the French countryside. One type of these are precisely the Frankish Knights, very dangerous warriors who move on horseback equipped with spears.
In conclusion, we can say that Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: The Siege of Paris is a great DLC for anyone who is now a veteran of the game. The level of challenge so high, of course, represents a particularly prohibitive wall for many, but anyone who has the determination to get there will find great satisfaction. The French countryside is aesthetically beautiful and is divided between breathtaking views and war-torn lands, but what is most striking is how the game’s offering changes after the release of this DLC. Minor community-requested changes have been made, such as the introduction of one-handed swords, river raids updates, and more.
For the software house trying to re-propose the most ambitious battle of the Vikings was a tough challenge, given the complexity and the danger of failure. However, we would like to say that the team has overcome the obstacles in their path very well, managing to offer players a real no-holds-barred war. If Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (find our review here) proved to be a quality experience in your eyes, The Siege of Paris automatically becomes an almost mandatory purchase.