Assassin’s Creed Valhalla offers a lot in its main game, but its DLCs suffer by being too similar even if that’s a good thing for major fans.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla fans reaching the end of their first play throughs are faced with the dilemma of whether to buy the game’s DLCs. As one of Ubisoft’s best-selling titles, AC Valhalla has gained the admiration of series veterans and newer players alike for its historical accuracy, beautiful landscapes, and humongous story. But with the base game being so large, purchasing more content could be a waste.
Indeed, AC Valhalla is an incredibly long game. Like the more recent Assassin’s Creed titles that have differed from the series’ formula, AC Valhalla has run time of 59.5 hours – and that’s just its story. Completing the entire base game could take up to 136 hours. Many critics of AC Valhalla‘s mistakes (even those who judge it favorably) have argued that the game would benefit from being cut down. However, DLCs have since done the opposite by adding more story, more areas, and more missions. The Legend of Beowulf, The Wrath of the Druids, and the Siege of Paris are all around 9 hours in length themselves, and the most recent DLC Dawn of Ragnarok is around 12 hours. This means that the AC Valhalla DLCs almost add a second main story line to game in terms of length. Buying the DLCs is thus a major time commitment.
Even so, if a player is questioning whether they should buy the DLCs while far into AC Valhalla‘s main game (and money is not an issue), then the DLCs are probably worth it. Just as sprawling novels are preferable to some readers, so are the recent Assassin’s Creed games preferable to some players. Adding more facets to AC Valhalla by reveling in different cultures and histories only makes the game more interesting. But if players are looking for a more unique experience that distinguishes the DLCs from the main game, they may feel shortchanged after purchasing them.
AC Valhalla DLCs Are Too Much Money For Too Little Change
Without diving into spoilers, AC Valhalla‘s DLCs mirror the gameplay and storytelling style of the main game to a tee. While those who absolutely love AC Valhalla may enjoy hearing this, it can be disheartening to know that after 136 hours of play, purchasing more content will only result in essentially the same experience. Additionally, the unique content brought in the DLCs cannot be transferred to the main game, meaning the best parts of this additional content end up not meaning much in the long run.
This last note exacerbates the biggest issue surrounding AC Valhalla‘s DLCs: cost. Currently, AC Valhalla‘s Dawn of Ragnarok DLC is $39.99 for around 12 hours of content. The other DLCs are at a marked-down price of $24.99. Thus, if bought individually, purchasing all DLCs will cost players a whopping $105 on top of the base game. Considering the amount of content these DLCs provide does not surpass the length of the main game’s story even when combined, this huge price point is just not worth it. Purchasing the AC Valhalla season pass can alternatively only cost players $19.99, but the point still stands that for most players, the DLCs are entirely overpriced. Only for AC Valhalla‘s biggest fans will they truly be worth the money.
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