Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Platform(s): PC, PS4, PS5 (Reviewed), Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One
Gene(s): Action, Adventure, RPG
The next installation set of DLC has come out for Valhalla. The siege of Paris has you moving from Ravensthorpe to Paris in the next chapter of this game. There is another threat on the horizon for Eivor with King Charles.
To play the DLC you will have to complete one of the two first story arcs in England and an option to sail to Francia will be available at your camp. The recommended power level for the siege of Paris is 200 but, the game will adjust if you have a higher level. If you have played the Ireland DLC, it’s similar as it’s a standalone new area separate from England.
Francia, which is ruled by Charles the Fat, provides the new terrain and landscape you can explore; the Seine and medieval Paris is there to be seen. The staples of Assassin Creed are there such as the viewpoints, the parkour, and frenetic combat. Francia is big and filled with castles, churches, and hidden subterranean environments to navigate. The roaming countryside and some villages are where you and your trusty steed will navigate between Paris and other cities. French accents and tones are encountered as you talk to passers-by and as you encounter the many characters of this world. The world is a sublime mixture of the dark underworld with brightness interspersed, the game is primarily dark as the focus is battle for Francia.
I love the infiltration missions whereby you can decide how you approach the missions and how you will assassinate your targets. They have made this mission type enjoyable, and you can either act in a stealthy manner or go all guns blazing. The infiltration missions let you solve several quests to find out more about your target and its weaknesses. At this point, you have all the information you need to make your decision to proceed, this happens throughout the game.
The architecture is faithfully recreating buildings of that era. You will be able to equip new unique items such as clothing and weapons too. You will encounter new enemies, animals throughout the DLC. Ubisoft gets the mix of a new place to play with solid gameplay, stunning visuals, and intriguing story arcs to boot. It was a joy to play and see places I was familiar with. There are new abilities and new gameplay mechanics and buildings too. It’s a solid offering and it adds to the game.
The standalone price for the Valhalla season pass costs €39.99. The season pass is included in the Gold and Ultimate editions of Valhalla.
The season pass will include access to Wrath of the Druids and The Siege of Paris which will be released later in the year.
The siege of Paris DLC is about 10 hours of main quests and about 5 hours of side missions. If you are a big fan of Valhalla or enjoyed it as much as I did, the price is reasonable for the two-part DLC. I enjoyed the reprisal of the infiltration missions and more mission-based assassinations which reminds me of the original. The story is intriguing, and you do feel a part of the story where your actions have an impact on the world. The production and voice acting, the darkness all have been executed well. This DLC just reminded me again how much I enjoyed playing Valhalla.