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I’ve already tried Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Dawn of Ragnarok and I’ll tell you if it’s worth it

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I always find it funny to think about how I talk to a friend I have about the world of the Vikings. Mainly, because I am able to hold a conversation with someone as passionate as he is about his world and its customs thanks to two things in particular: the Vikings series that premiered back in 2013 and, secondly, everything I have been learning thanks to Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.

Regardless of the fact that I have to mentally juggle the concepts of their culture when I talk to him about it and that I remain silent listening pretending to understand everything he says, the world of the Vikings freaks me out for a specific reason: mysticism. that it existed within their own culture; how reality was intermingled with beliefs about Gods and kingdoms plagued by Elves.

That’s why I really wanted to try Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Dawn of Ragnarok, the new expansion of the base game that can be played from next March 10. Now, I’ve already spent a good handful of hours in the game and I can’t resist telling you what it felt like to get back into Odin’s skin… so, let’s get down to business.

What is Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Dawn of Ragnarök about?

  • This great expansion will take us to the uncharted lands of Asgard with a completely new map full of things to do
  • We will once again put ourselves in the shoes of Odin with a specific objective: to rescue our son Baldr
  • The great playable novelty of this expansion is a bracelet with which we can steal the powers of enemies that we kill
  • On the other hand, the optional challenges and the possibility of obtaining completely new weapons and equipment as a result of exploring the different areas of the map are back
I've already tried Assassin's Creed Valhalla Dawn of Ragnarok and I'll tell you if it's worth it

Is this expansion worth it?

I would like to end these impressions with a resounding ”yes” to the question I have just asked. But it would be unfair if I didn’t tell you a little more about why this Assassin’s Creed Valhalla expansion has completely overturned all my skepticism:

  • I have to admit it: I started playing the DLC quite suspicious because the fantastic part of the saga is what attracts me the least about it
  • However, I have to say that the experience itself has surprised me much more than I expected for good
  • The new map of Asgard is as well cared for and full of secrets as the original game
  • Odin’s new skills give a great variety to the options you have when facing combat
  • The latter also leads us to something that I liked from the first moment: with these skills, you will feel like a real killing machine… even more than with Eivor
  • Taking into account the duration of all the content that this expansion offers, I could tell you without thinking too much, that The Dawn of Ragnarök is so big that it could be a complete installment on its own

Waiting for the first rumors that have already come out about what would be the next installment of Assassin’s Creed to be confirmed, The Dawn of Ragnarok is a very good option when it comes to continuing to enjoy the saga, but from a point of view something different: now we will not be a Viking who is at the mercy of the Gods, but one who fights against the threads of his own destiny to demonstrate how much power the Asgard pantheon possesses.

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Steam Deck 2 won’t arrive for a couple of years

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When asked about the possible arrival of a more powerful Steam Deck, Valve’s Pierre-Loup Griffais hinted that we won’t see a successor to the hybrid between PC and portable console for at least a couple of years. The decision depends both on the intention to maintain a fixed ecosystem in terms of optimization targets for developers, guaranteeing players that every Deck in circulation is able to run the same titles, and on hardware issues.

Valve, Griffais said, will work on increasing performance only when it is possible to significantly increase power without significant impacts on efficiency and autonomy. And it’s something that according to the developer won’t happen over the next two years. We will therefore have to wait until at least 2025 if not 2026 to see a Steam Deck 2 appear.

Changing performance levels is not something we take lightly and we only want to do it when a significant enough improvement can be achieved. We also don’t want increased performance to come at a significant cost to power efficiency and battery life. I don’t foresee such a leap being possible in the next couple of years, but we are still closely monitoring innovations in architecture and manufacturing processes to see where this goes. – Pierre-Loup Griffais, Valve

Despite Griffais’ words, improved versions of the current model cannot be ruled out which would undoubtedly benefit from greater autonomy or a screen with Variable Refresh Rate. Just think of the recent rumors about the new Valve hardware and also how it never refers to specific models, excluding only the increase in power.

Meanwhile, the Steam Deck is still capable of running the latest games but struggles with titles like Starfield, despite the optimizations of version 3.5 of the console’s operating system, unlike consoles like the Asus ROG Ally and the Ayaneo AIR 1S. It stays through most attractive in terms of price /quality ratio, being available for 419 euros in the version with 64 GB of storage, however expandable with solutions such as the WD Black SN770M SSD.

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Director of Star Wars Jedi Survivor Leaves EA, Why

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Director of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and Jedi: Survivor, Stig Asmussen is reportedly leaving Electronic Arts ( EA ). Why?

According to reports, Asmussen is leaving EA to seek other challenges in his gaming industry career.

“With careful thought and consideration, Stig Asmussen has decided to leave Respawn to pursue other adventures, and we wish him the best,” an EA spokesperson said.

“Respawn’s veteran leaders will take a key role in guiding the team as they continue their work on Star Wars Jedi: Survivor,” EA continued.

Asmussen has been a director at Respawn Entertainment for 14 years. Previously, he worked at Sony Interactive Entertainment, where he primarily worked on the God of War series, including God of War III.

Currently, Asmussen has not yet determined his next destination.

The Star Wars: Jedi series has been a striking success story for EA, making it something of an exception to the company’s experience with the franchise as a whole. When EA first revealed Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order in 2018, the company had just faced major controversy over the implementation of loot boxes in Battlefront 2.

Despite being criticized for bugs, Fallen Order turned out to be a success for EA , and Survivor further strengthened the series.

Asmussen previously said that he wanted to make Star Wars: Jedi a trilogy, so his sudden departure is all the more surprising.

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The second story of Sea of ​​Thieves: The Legend of Monkey Island is now available

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The second part of the collaboration between Sea of ​​Thieves and Monkey Island will take us on a search for three lost symbols.

The last Xbox Game Showcase had several protagonists. Fable, Clockwork Revolution, and Towerbone were some of the titles that attracted the most attention, without forgetting Starfield. However, there was another exclusive Microsoft game that announced the news at the show that, in the meantime, was somewhat more covered up.

We talk about Sea of ​​Thieves and its new free expansion: The Legend of Monkey Island. A unique collaboration with the iconic license that allows us to live unique adventures. A series of new chapters that allow us to explore Melee Island and enjoy new game mechanics. Something that we already saw in the first chapter and that is repeated in the second that is now available.

Return to Melee Island and embark on a new adventure

Dubbed The Search for Guybrush, this new grand tale picks up where the previous one left off. In it, we have the mission to make Guybrush Threepwood see reason, for which we will have to find the three symbols with true pirate courage. This new chapter brings new mechanics and new areas available on Melee Island to explore.

Previously, we could only visit the city, while the rest of the island was covered by a mysterious fog that prevented passage and has now moved in some areas.

Sea of ​​Thieves is now available on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC, in addition to being included in Xbox Game Pass.

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