If you’ve not heard, The Last Of Us Part 2 is my game of the year. It’s a phenomenal title that quite literally changed who I am in my head, and helped me realise some hard truths. The game that’s a very close second for me is one that’s also very close to my heart. I adore the Assassin’s Creed series, but with the last two games, I’ve fallen off of the bandwagon a little. So my runner-up for game of the year is the Assassin’s Creed game that helped me get back into the series and enjoy it more than anything again. I am of course talking about Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.
If you haven’t already, please read my review so that you’re excited about this game. It’s an absolute masterpiece in the open-world RPG genre, and is easily the best Assassin’s Creed game to date. What really made the difference with this one for me is how full the world is. There’s always something to do. Just last night I was sailing down a river and came across a house that was on fire. While trying to save the dog that was trapped inside, I was set upon by soldiers, and everything from there is a blur.
Not since Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag has a game got me so stuck into just aimlessly walking around the world completing the next task I come across. There’s always something to do, and nothing feels pointless. The addition of the Yule Festival only adds more content, pushing it to the point that makes it feel like a game you could play forever and never get bored of.
Assassin’s Creed Revelations was the peak of older Assassin’s Creed games for me. It showed how the story could come full circle and be more than you thought it was. I’ve always defended the older games against these open-world entries, but now I’m not so sure. I think that Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is the game that’s finally shown me that the series needed to evolve to be better. There’s nothing I dislike about this entry because it’s the perfect blend of the older and newer games. It should be game of the year, but against The Last Of Us Part 2 it just misses out for me.