I might be slow to the mark on talking about the Yule Festival in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, but I think I’m definitely the most positive. I’ve been playing a lot of this event over the holiday period, and I genuinely cannot get enough of it. The Yule Festival is a Christmas event in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla that adds a new Reveler’s area to your settlement, and a bunch of time-limited quests and events as well. I think that a largely single player game having an event like this is great, because it gives you something to get stuck into without the added pressure that comes with online games like MMOs.
The quests in this Yule Festival are part of what makes it so great. They feel like the sort of bonus quests you’d get in an Assassin’s Creed game as pre-order bonuses. They’re small, and take you slightly off the beaten track, but they feel like they’ve had a lot of love and effort poured into them. One focuses on you helping out the brewer’s apprentice, saving your precious ale from some raiders who have taken it off of their hands. Another has something to do with cows, though I’m get to get to that.
What is the absolute best part of the even though, are the small Yule Festival activities. You can take part in a brawl, which see you fight enemies over a course of rounds, drinking between each, until you can’t defeat them anymore. Another is a special drinking game, but it feels very much like the normal drinking game. The last one is my favourite. It’s a test of skill that sees you shooting hanging targets before they twist and disappear.
For everything in this event, you earn Yule Tokens. With these you can buy time-limited gear, weapons, and stuff for your settlement. I love all of it, because it feels personal to your experience. This isn’t an event that will see everyone in the game dress the same. Eivor is the only one who will be wearing the unique armour and using the time-limited sword. You’re the only one who will have lived out the quests in your game, it’s all about you. In a world where events are coming in their droves to games these days, The Yule Festival is fantastic and a welcome return to what games used to feel like.