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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Siege of Paris DLC review

the Assassin’s Creed The series’ first foray into Paris was one she hopes to forget, but about 7 years later and 1,100 years in the past, we return to the City of Light for the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Siege of Paris DLC.

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Siege of Paris DLC review

Like the previous DLC pack, Wrath of the Druids, Siege of Paris fits seamlessly into the main game, unfolding like one of Valhalla’s other arcs as Eivor travels to new lands to play the maker role. of kings and secure an alliance in the region.

And if Siege of Paris was one of the main game arcs, it would easily be the best. With a reworked mission structure, less reliance on padding, and plenty of meaningful choices, this DLC is a significant addition to Valhalla as a whole.

Siege of Paris might not be essential from a pure story advancement standpoint – you know, it doesn’t contain the actual end of the game like the Fate of Atlantis DLC for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – but it does. always worth playing; even more if you like the Vikings more than the Isu.

Additionally, the Siege of Paris DLC feels lighter and more focused than the sprawling main adventure, where it looks like anything that can take 20 seconds is less than 5 minutes long. This is evident from the intro, where you set sail and meet most of the main players almost immediately.

While I prefer messing around less, it does feel like a few characters are a bit underdeveloped. At the siege of Paris, Eivor assists the chief of the Elgring clan, Sigfred, and his niece Toka in their struggles against the Carolingian Emperor and Frankish King, Charles the Fat, and the Parisian nobility.

Sigfred is a pretty incorrigible idiot, to the point that it’s a bit odd that Eivor even puts up with him, but when everything is going at such a great pace, not everyone will have time to get their character up and down. . .

The political intrigue between the factions and the decisions Eivor must make, however, are all interesting – though some are just the illusion of choice – and tie together a satisfying package.

However, the best strength of Siege of Paris lies in the infiltration missions – a reintroduction of the “Black Box” missions from previous Assassin’s Creeds – where you have to investigate a hostile area to find guided routes to an assassination target.

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These Hitman-esque quests culminate in a stealth-executed assassination event and feel a lot grander and more rewarding than just forcing your goals like you might in the rest of the game.

I think one of the more general criticisms of Valhalla was that he didn’t feel very ‘killer’ – but these flagship infiltration missions have a clandestine energy that is sure to be popular.

Before your hopes get too high, their scope is relatively limited – we’re talking about a few entry pathways leading to a Special Assassination Event in most cases – so don’t expect unlimited variety.

Outside of the main quest, things aren’t that strong. From your Viking stronghold, you can carry out rebel missions against Frankish forces, but these are more of a pedestrianized one – mostly boiling down to fast traveling somewhere, fighting four guys, and then quickly coming back to where you came from.

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I wonder if this is the kind of endless system that would constitute Assassin’s Creed live service gameplay. Implementing it here doesn’t give me confidence for that prospect, but as part of the Siege of Paris DLC, while it doesn’t add much, it doesn’t take anything away either.

Ultimately, the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Siege of Paris DLC is a worthy addition with a good storyline and a big emphasis on more interactive gameplay. While its narrative stakes seem relatively low, Eivor has a real boost in how everything unfolds throughout the well-paced plot.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Siege of Paris will be released on August 12 for PC, PlayStation, and Xbox. Tested on PS5, code provided by the publisher.

4 stars

For more on Eivor’s adventure, here’s our full Assassin’s Creed Valhalla guides page.

Or if you just received the Wrath of the Druids DLC, here’s where to find all the Children of Danu and Trade Post locations.

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