Over the last week or so, I’ve been playing as much Discovery Tour: Viking Age as I can. this is the latest Discovery Tour game from the Assassin’s Creed universe, based on Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. It allows you to freely explore the world of the base game without any combat, but starts you off with eight core missions and a series of characters to figure out the world with. This is a totally different game to Valhalla, but it’s incredibly refreshing to experience the world without feeling like there’s a fight or a collectible you need to find just around the corner. Instead, it feels very focused, and that’s what makes it fun.
This game could so easily have been Assassin’s Creed Valhalla without the story, allowing you to do whatever you want and kill loads of people, but being able to see the daily lives of everyone around you is so much better. It feels more like an education tool than a game, and that’s probably what Ubisoft was going for when it made it. The idea is to learn more about the world that Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is set in, as well as about the game’s development.
I think my favourite part about Discovery Tour: Viking Age is the return of Shaun Hastings as the narrator for a few of the discoveries you can make around the world. In older games in the series, you had him narrating every historical discovery you could view, but that stopped around Assassin’s Creed 3. I think that the bills for the voice actor must have been so large that Ubisoft didn’t think it was worth it. I was bitterly disappointed though, and it’s been so nice to listen to him talk me through the Behind the Scenes stuff in Discovery Tour: Viking Age, even if he’s not voicing everything in the game.
If you’re yet to play the game, I really recommend it. It’s free for all owners of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, so I think everyone who has the game should make the effort to play it, even if they don’t feel like it. The stories you play through might just change your mind, and there’s some awesome new loot to earn by playing.