Diamondhunt: Viking: Battle for Asgard

You know, this game
Hey everyone, as someone who enjoys games that take a less steep chunk out of my wallet (Hunting for diamonds in the rough if you will, corny I know) So I thought I might as well share my thoughts on what I find.

In Viking you play as Skarin (which is constantly shown by the fact that almost every single character repeats the name in every sentence) who is mortally wounded while defending his home territory of Asgard against the goddess Hel's Legion. Skarin is saved by the goddess Freya who then tasks Skarin with setting free his fellow vikings and clearing the lands of all Legion. That is basically all the story has to offer here, with it boiling down to you being Freya's bitch who fights against Freya's old bitch who is now Hel's bitch. The reasoning for Hel's invasion is non existant leaving the whole conflict feeling like little more than a sister's squabble. The presentation also leaves much to be desired as it is told in very sporadic, cheap looking comic book style cutscenes that end up adding very little to the whole story.

Really though, Viking is all about chopping up some dudes, and this draw is pretty entertaining for about thirty minutes to an hour, at which point you have seen most of the "fatalities" the game has to offer of which there are only three or four. Seeing these over and over again quickly becomes an exercise of the most tedious quality. That can be said for a lot of Viking which is a real shame. Since the fighting system itself is not bad, although it does not ever evolve to more than mashing the A button and occasionally blocking. You can learn new moves as the game progesses but these mostly feel rather useless and will mostly be ignored during a playthrough.
This is seen a whole lot
Repetition is a big detracting factor in the game as well, the main thing you will be doing in the game is taking very long long slow walks to Legion camps, mashing the A button repeatedly and then mashing the B button to open a gate and freeing your fellow vikings. Now there are three islands in the game, and a whole lotta camps spread through out each island. That is a lot of running to each camp and a lot of pressing of the A button.

Also included in this game is some very clunky platforming and a couple mandatory truly awful stealth sections. These are a weird beast as they are a huge raise in difficulty and are just poor in design overall. If you are seen you are soon swarmed and killed, yet there is no clear sense of direction during this on where exactly you are supposed to go.

Overall, Viking: Battle for Asgard is impossible to recommend even at it's low price point. It ends up feeling boring very early and then crams on unwanted game types that are poorly done and no fun at all. This one falls way short of diamond, and is all rough.


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Edited by Ginger_Avenger
You know, this game
Hey everyone, as someone who enjoys games that take a less steep chunk out of my wallet (Hunting for diamonds in the rough if you will, corny I know) So I thought I might as well share my thoughts on what I find.

In Viking you play as Skarin (which is constantly shown by the fact that almost every single character repeats the name in every sentence) who is mortally wounded while defending his home territory of Asgard against the goddess Hel's Legion. Skarin is saved by the goddess Freya who then tasks Skarin with setting free his fellow vikings and clearing the lands of all Legion. That is basically all the story has to offer here, with it boiling down to you being Freya's bitch who fights against Freya's old bitch who is now Hel's bitch. The reasoning for Hel's invasion is non existant leaving the whole conflict feeling like little more than a sister's squabble. The presentation also leaves much to be desired as it is told in very sporadic, cheap looking comic book style cutscenes that end up adding very little to the whole story.

Really though, Viking is all about chopping up some dudes, and this draw is pretty entertaining for about thirty minutes to an hour, at which point you have seen most of the "fatalities" the game has to offer of which there are only three or four. Seeing these over and over again quickly becomes an exercise of the most tedious quality. That can be said for a lot of Viking which is a real shame. Since the fighting system itself is not bad, although it does not ever evolve to more than mashing the A button and occasionally blocking. You can learn new moves as the game progesses but these mostly feel rather useless and will mostly be ignored during a playthrough.
This is seen a whole lot
Repetition is a big detracting factor in the game as well, the main thing you will be doing in the game is taking very long long slow walks to Legion camps, mashing the A button repeatedly and then mashing the B button to open a gate and freeing your fellow vikings. Now there are three islands in the game, and a whole lotta camps spread through out each island. That is a lot of running to each camp and a lot of pressing of the A button.

Also included in this game is some very clunky platforming and a couple mandatory truly awful stealth sections. These are a weird beast as they are a huge raise in difficulty and are just poor in design overall. If you are seen you are soon swarmed and killed, yet there is no clear sense of direction during this on where exactly you are supposed to go.

Overall, Viking: Battle for Asgard is impossible to recommend even at it's low price point. It ends up feeling boring very early and then crams on unwanted game types that are poorly done and no fun at all. This one falls way short of diamond, and is all rough.


Edited by PureRok

Norse Mythology Fun Facts:

  1. Hel, along with Jörmungandr and Fenrisúlfr (Fenrir) are children of Loki.
  2. The eight-legged horse, Sleipnir, that Odin rides, is another son of Loki.
  3. Loki was the one who gave birth to Sleipnir. He transformed into a mare in order to lead Svaðilfari away from Asgard's walls.
There you go.
Posted by Ginger_Avenger
@PureRok: With how deep Norse mythology is, I just feel like they could have crafted a really good story instead of what was presented in the game. Pretty cool facts though, thanks.
Edited by PureRok
@Ginger_Avenger said:
" @PureRok: With how deep Norse mythology is, I just feel like they could have crafted a really good story instead of what was presented in the game. Pretty cool facts though, thanks. "
Yea. What you described of the general plot sounded really... bad. I don't really see what motivation Hel would have to invade Asgard (beyond Ragnarök); the giants would have made more sense.

Edit: Now that I looked at it some more, I don't understand Skarin. Is he human? If he is, why is his home Asgard? That would imply that he already died. Now, I understand that the souls that are taken by the Valkyries can be killed (they are destroyed fighting in Ragnarök), but... I don't know. The whole thing sounds weak.
Posted by Ginger_Avenger
@PureRok: It really explains nothing, It's very disappointing. There was a lot of potential and they dropped the ball on the whole thing.
Posted by Tordah

I wish that one day someone will make a really badass game based on vikings and viking mythology. How hard can it be? *sigh*

Posted by Ginger_Avenger
@Tordah: It should be rather easy, I mean with such a rich background of stories you could tell and even characters that many people already know of it should be a slam dunk.
Edited by Ineedaname
@Tordah said:
" I wish that one day someone will make a really badass game based on vikings and viking mythology. How hard can it be? *sigh* "
Lost Vikings, that was based on their mythology.
Posted by Tordah
@Ineedaname said:
" @Tordah said:
" I wish that one day someone will make a really badass game based on vikings and viking mythology. How hard can it be? *sigh* "
Lost Vikings, that was based on their mythology. "
Yeah, those games were awesome...but that was like 15 years ago. I should have specified "something good with vikings/viking mythology that was released this decade". :D
Posted by mordukai

I rented that game and had a great time with it. For 3 bucks a week I think it was worth it.

Posted by PowerSerj
@Tordah said:
" I wish that one day someone will make a really badass game based on vikings and viking mythology. How hard can it be? *sigh* "
At the top of my Dream Games mind list. The mythos is so immensely rich and storied, it was practically written with possible video game ventures in mind. A Myst-ish game with a Myst V free look type of system would be pretty badass, especially with today's hardware.