Vikings: Wolves of Midgard Review
Midgard is in trouble as always, but fear not mortals there are champions ready to fight for the cause as Ragnarok draws near. It is your choice to be either a Viking Warrior or a Merciless Shieldmaiden to take all on the coldest winter as it descends upon your world. You are not alone in this fight warriors all because the Gods will have your back, but it is up to you to decide on which path to take as you travel through earthly Midgard, freezing Niflheim and boiling Balheim. You ready to answer the call as the Ulfung?
In most RPG’s you have a customization system and luckily enough we have one here, but keep in mind it is limited to male and female. At first, I was going to make a strong warrior hero like myself, but then my writer Androkktasiai to lend me her warrior powers in conquering this review. As my main god to worship I choice Odin since you are gifted with a staff. Later on, as you progress you can unlock all the gods, but can only have two ability slots to switch from. So far I am concentrating on Thor and Odin which uses staff and axe weaponry. Depending on which weapons you choose, you will be able to use set gifts dedicated to that God.
During each level or mission, you will be tasked with destroying and killing everything in your path. There are agendas as a Viking to pillage said area in order to farm for better upgrades and weapons. So, as a gamer do what you do best and start slashing at everything in the environment that looks breakable and pick up whatever you can sell, but be careful as you do have a slot limit and weight limit to carry items. The last thing you want to have to deal with is destroying things that you may need later, so look through your inventory properly before you smash it.
There is a nostalgia to Vikings: Wolves of Midgard being that it reminds me of Gauntlet or Diablo series. The game plays well with no frame drops or lag in button sequences. Taking on numerous enemies is the right kind of challenge where you have to use your abilities wisely and take notice to your cool downs. There is a stamina meter to watch out for as well as you dodge through enemy attacks. I spent hours backtracking through levels playing search and destroy as you have some mini task on the upper right side of the screen to destroy or find a certain amount of items. I will admit I gave at times because it was losing my attention as I found the end boss gate.
This is where things get interesting because when a game makes you second guess whether you want to go fight that last boss or not holds a special place in my gamer heart. You come to that point where you ask yourself, “Am I ready to face this enemy…there is no turning back when I go through the gate.” I respect that developers, really make me ask myself am I truly ready? did I get all the items on this level? Did I leave the stove on? These are important because this is where you are going to rage the most and oh boy did I. I am exaggerating a bit, it was the second boss battle with two shieldmaidens and the main boss that I died six times. To be fair I was not ready because I didn’t realize I had a different weapon slot holding a powerful two-handed battleaxe at the ready, so after six tries I finally calmed down and realized how to beat these fools.
That my friends is a damn good gaming experience if you ask me. The game forced me to regain control since I was doing so well up until I got too cocky in that fight. This game takes some patience and good timing when dodging attacks. There are some close calls at times, but the victory is sweet and some missions gave me a choice in some cases to recruit the village or pillage it all.
The commentary in Viking is hilarious and well done. I was surprised that this game featured full voice acting and props to the voice actor for the Shieldmaiden, you sold the attitude and the shade well.
What’s the Bad?
The only thing about Vikings: WoM that bugs me a bit is the limited character designs and some minor hit detections. You have one male and one female with some minor hair changes or color schemes. I figured they wanted to keep it authentic to the Viking history which is fine, but at least give us different body types and some features. I was a bit lost in what I needed to upgrade the armor and weapons smiths, but my worry didn’t last too long as I continued on the missions and got what I needed, especially the blood sacrifices to upgrade my character.
Vikings: Wolves of Midgard had me believing that it was not worth paying 65 dollars on consoles, but as I dove deeper into the story and the combat. I had a change of heart and was having fun at the same time enjoying the story and all the creatures. I was amazed at the environmental hazards making me rush to a fire pit before I froze to death and there was some jump scares when facing trolls as they came either from the sky or the side of the map. The art direction is beautiful and they even give you a horde mode side game to obtain more items if you survive all five waves. There is a lot to do and you can co-op with a friend to make even more interesting.
In the end, I have to give Vikings: Wolves of Midgard a 4.5 out of 5 paws. Check out Vikings: Wolves of Midgard available now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, MacOS and Windows PC. – Beast Out –