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Viking: Battle For Asgard

Viking: Battle For Asgard

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The graphics in the game are just short of stunning. I say this because while great attention to detail has been paid to the environments and character creation (even though many of the units are cloned), I think the game developers have just pushed the hardware beyond its limits. Some of the huge battles have framerate issues (from the second map on), even on the Xbox 360 and while they don’t ruin the game, I felt a little more testing and optimisation (even the removal of some units) might have helped the game to remain more immersive. The Playstation 3 version is worse all round yet again with the graphics hardware apparently struggling even more to maintain acceptable frame rates. Unfortunately this isn’t the only problem with the Sony version, as the colours are much less vibrant and some of the effects are totally missing. Very disappointing if you are a Playstation 3 owner to have, yet again another sub par release.

While both 360 and PS3 generally have great environmental attention to detail there are times when texture pop in is apparent, again it is not enough to ruin the game, but it is rather noticeable.

With regards to audio, I found the game rather disappointing. Skarin’s footsteps sound at times like a horse running and the ambient noises could have been improved. I also found that when teleporting, the sound would cut out and I would have to pause and unpause the game for the sound to reinitialise. Music is sparse and rather too middle of the road to be even vaguely memorable.

Viking: Battle for Asgard is a very good game which falls just short of being a highly recommended title due to many niggling issues and somewhat repetitive gameplay. The combat is enjoyable and the level design is excellent. At the end of the day however all the little problems put a dampener on the atmosphere and game enjoyment. If you are interested, a rental would be a wise choice because it would be a shame to miss out completely on such a fun title.

Gameplay
80/100

When it is good, it is great. Some great ideas nicely executed. Some issues ruin the overall score however.

Graphics

Overall it is a great job, the PS3 version suffers with worse framerates and missing effects.

Sound
75/100

Nothing at all to remember, apart from the fact our hero can sound like a horse on certain surfaces.

Value
80/100
Shortlived, but enjoyable while it lasted.
Xbox 360
80/100
Create Custom Quickly Resume PS3
75/100

A fun game, if you can live with the little niggling issues.

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Stuart Davidson

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