Thursday, 13 April 2017 09:16

REVIEW: Vikings: Wolves of Midgard (Xbox One)

Written by Brett Hale
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There aren't too many games based on vikings, so it was a nice change playing this game. It's published by Kalypso Media Group, and developed by Games Farm. It had me hooked the moment I started playing.

Vikings: Wolves of Midgard is a top down role playing game which is set in a fantasy world inspired by Norse mythology. The story is driven by taking regions, slaying enemies which leads to boss fights at the end of each region.

Depending how much you want to challenge yourself will depend on the difficulty you select when you play single player. There are four difficulty levels to choose between, easy, normal, hard and insane. When playing single player you can activate Valhalla Mode, it is a Viking way of saying permanent death meaning once you die it's game over. Role playing games always have a lot of customization for your playable characters, and Vikings: Wolves of Midgard is no different. Before starting the actual game you'll be made to either randomize or select one of many options for your character being male or female, tattoos, hairstyle, beards if you choose male or jewelry if you go female, hair colour, a clan symbol and lastly your vikings name. Then you get to select a deity, it'll be particle weapons you'll use in battle, among other character traits.

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The game isn't too gory, but dismemberment is present and blood will cover the ground, it's rather cool. Combat is quick, moving from multiple enemies with minimal button presses, you're able to perform double kills. I don't normally play all that many top down sort of games but this has to be one of the best i've played. If you happen to walk behind an object that stops you from being able to see your character, don't worry as the game does an x-ray effect where you'll appear as a blue outline. Now remember I mentioned character customizable? Well that includes armour and weapons and it's easy to do and worthwhile.

While traveling around you'll be forever picking up loot which allows you to buy things from weapons to armour. Navigation is key in role playing games and the map helps with that a lot. Points of interest are all marked well on the map, though I wish my character could run a little faster. When tracking your current objectives all you need to do is look just above your map in the bottom right. Other key things seen on your HUD are shown in the top left like your current characters level, bottom left is attacks showing if you're able to use them or not. One thing the game didn't let you do was pan the camera around. Maybe even adding an option in the menu would be nice.

The saying goes, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, but I don't think that counts when being a viking. Birds will attack you, giants even want to kill you along with giant frogs, little goblins and other vikings. 

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Besides your story quests, you can take part in trials. Trials have you facing waves of enemies, and the more waves you survive the more worthwhile your rewards are. Rewards can be anything from wood, iron and even gold. Each trial requires you to be a certain level.

The graphics are pretty nice, from the many terrains you'll encounter including snow and rocky places all look beautiful. The game runs on the Unity Engine so that explains why it looks so good. Music heard throughout the game is of viking style, not that i'm some sort of viking expert. Overall the sound for the game is great, the combat sounds are pretty sweet when beating the crap out of others, even footsteps on wooden boards sound different to stepping on snow.

Online is much like playing single player except you play with real players. You can either host a game or join someone else's. I didn't really think much of the online part of this game. It wasn't bad, but personally i'd rather play these sort of games in a single player format only.

It's a game I found hard to put down once I started. I enjoyed the combat and the game never felt repetitive. It had a story that was interesting but you'll mostly just be running around exploring, killing and sailing to the next region. I highly recommend this game.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 4.5 / 5.0
  • Release Date: Out Now
  • Platform: PC, PS4, XBOX ONE
  • Developer: Games Farm
  • Publisher: Kalypso Media
  • Genre: Action / Adventure, Role-Playing