Gaming Omnivore Art Gallery – Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla

It was about this time last year that I came up with the idea to showcase just a few of the many, many screenshots I had saved on my PS4 at the time, it’s also (quite)likely I had little else to post for the week(same excuse today?).

As I’ve mentioned frequently since starting this blog, I’m usually playing multiple games at any given time. The past few months I’ve tried to organize this into two or so games into three different categories – blogging, streaming, or personal. The two….well, ok…three games that have been occupying the latter category are Hades(yes, still), Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity and finally, Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla – which I’ve spent the majority of my time playing when not either streaming or catching up on WordPress projects.

I included AC: Valhalla in my list of favorite games of 2020 a couple weeks ago and mentioned that it took me just a little longer to get invested in than the two previous Assassin’s Creed games – Origins and Odyssey, but since then I have come to really enjoy the game. I’m not sure where I’d place it on my list of favorite Assassin’s Creed games(that I’ve played), though one thing I greatly appreciate is the way Valhalla features a variety of objectives and activities that aren’t simply “take out this enemy” or fetch quests. In fact, I’d wager to say my favorite part of Valhalla has simply been roaming 10th Century England and discovering areas along with the various side quests. I was as surprised as anyone when I started legitimately enjoying the Animus anomalies(which remind me a lot of the 3d puzzles from Mario Sunshine) or stacking rocks for the cairns. Of course, in addition to all of this I’ve spent a very significant amount of time in photo mode taking screenshots of the gorgeous environments featured in the game, which brings us back to today’s post…let’s take a stroll through some of my favorite screenshots I’ve managed to take while playing Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla. Skäl!

The world in Valhalla, like Origins and Odyssey before it, is epic in both sight and scale.
The game begins in snowy Norway before crossing the North Sea into England.
Some of the recurring themes throughout Valhalla are weightier things like death, faith, and the often cruelties and frivolities of life, making the game quite dark at times..
From vast expanses of marshlands and mountain ranges to settlements along the rivers and seaside cliffs, the England of Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla is stunningly beautiful. The lighting effects in the game are excellent as well…

At this time, I’ve invested just short of 80 hours into Valhalla and I still haven’t quite reached the halfway point of the main story, which makes it an even longer game than AC: Odyssey. As mentioned above, a big portion of my play time has been spent in photo mode or simply exploring the many shires and villages of England, so I’m not sure what my final amount of hours played will be. I do know the story takes some big twists and turns moving forward so I’m curious to see where it winds up.

Have you played Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla? What are other games you’ve played that you’ve found yourself simply soaking up the world more than anything else in them? Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for reading!

Gaming Omnivore Art Gallery – The Last of Us Part 2

Back in January I put together a post titled Gaming Omnivore Art Gallery(catchy, right?). It was essentially an excuse to show off some of the many, many screenshots I had taken over the several months and turned out to be a fun idea that I was relatively pleased with how it turned out. I had intended to make another blog post like it for a while. Having recently finished The Last of Us Part 2 two weeks ago and had been thinking about the game a lot recently, one of the areas where I spent plenty of time was the in-game photo mode. I believe I have somewhere between 100-200 screenshots from the game saved in the capture gallery on my Playstation 4. The previous screenshots post I took a few different screenshots, each from a different game and wrote up a short description of what thoughts or feelings the image provoked. So, for this week’s post I’ve returned with Gaming Omnivore Art Gallery – The Last of Us Part 2 edition, including few of my favorites from the game.

I love the rustic, Old West feeling of this shot as you see Ellie and Dina venture through the gate into the snowy mountains.
“Life finds a way…”
There are moments in the game where an area is shrouded in a blood-red, amplifying the violence and raw emotion.
Notice the small ray of light beaming through the dark hallway, a sense of dread also created by the trail of blood leading inside.
I appreciate the calming presence, but think of this as more of a representation of the way we view the past in our mind and not always an accurate reflection of our feelings at the time and the burdens that we were carrying.

That’s all for now, I really enjoy these and will probably do more in the future. What do you think or feel from the images? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading!