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Shroud explains why Assassin’s Creed Valhalla isn’t his game of the year

Published: 13/Nov/2020 13:45 Updated: 13/Nov/2020 16:28

by Lauren Bergin


With the hype around Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla at an all-time high, gamers across the world are debating whether or not it’s worthy of being called game of the year. Shroud, however, isn’t convinced.

With Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla finally dropping earlier in November, the gaming universe has went wild. The newest instalment of the popular franchise has been a while in the making, and for a lot of fans it’s some welcome respite to a turbulent 2020.

Across the board critics and gamers have praised the game’s beautiful graphics and masterful storytelling, sparking discussion as to whether or not the game might be the best to be released this calendar year.

Former CSGO pro player Shroud has now given his two cents, as to whether or not he thinks the game should be made game of the year.

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is visually beautiful, but is it anything more than that?

Shroud not convinced Valhalla deserves game of the year

While he was playing Valhalla on Twitch, one member of the chat pressed him on the idea. As soon as he saw the message, though, he said: “No, absolutely not” whilst laughing off the comment.

He describes the direction of the game as being “cash money”, stating that “the direction of the game isn’t to like, polish everything, be perfect, make sure all the lipsyncs are good, make sure all the animations are good”

He goes on to state that the devs could easily achieve a better game experience, but that just ” isn’t the name of this game – the name of this game is to get something out there relatively quickly that people can spend hundreds of hours on.”

Instead, he cites God of War and Cyberpunk 2077 as game of the year worth games, despite the fact that Cyberpunk ‘isn’t even out yet’.

Shroud’s experience of the game has hardly been overwhelmingly positive, as the popular streamer discovered a hilarious collection of bugs and glitches while playing. Though, even those he decided to laugh off while playing, and that’s why people watch him – the unpredictable moments.

While it may sound cynical, it appears that there’s a good bit of logic to shroud’s statement. Maybe as he progresses further into the game he’ll change his mind, but currently he’s determined that the idea of Valhalla as game of the year is laughable.

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How to master your Raven in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Tips & tricks

Published: 16/Nov/2020 21:32 Updated: 16/Nov/2020 23:03

by Bill Cooney


Eivor’s Raven in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, named Synin, is one of the most useful tools available to players, and we’ve got everything you need to know to become an avian master.

If you’ve played AC Origins or Odyssey, then you will already be familiar with using a feathered sidekick to scout things out – but Valhalla does bring some nice updates to the feature.

There are also a ton of customization options available for your new best friend as well, so let’s dive right in and go over what you need to know.

Scouting Locations with Raven Mode

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Synin’s eyes are great for scouting out points of interest on the map.

To enter into Raven mode, all you have to do is hit up on the D-pad if you play on console, or by pressing V on the keyboard if you prefer PC. This will give you the perspective of Synin as she flies over the particular area of the map you’re playing on.

A new feature for Valhalla is ‘stationary’ mode, which gives you a detailed, overall view of your surroundings. While up in the air you can automatically bring up quests, resources, and areas of interest nearby.

You can throw down pins to keep track of where you want to go once you’re back on terra firma by pressing X/A for PlayStation/Xbox, and left-clicking with a mouse. Enemies can also be tracked, so you can get a grip on their type and weapons before you start pillaging away.

Raven Mode console & PC controls

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Land or sea, Synin will be there to show you the way in Valhalla.

To make things even easier, we’ve got the full list of Raven Mode controls for console and PC below:

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Raven Mode Controls
Action PC PlayStation Xbox
Place Marker Left-click X A
Remove All Markers C Square X
Boost Space Bar R2 R-Trigger
Region Panel R Triangle Y
Stationary Mode Right-click L2 L-Trigger

How to customize your Raven

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The Aviary panel in Valhalla lets you change the look of your Raven, and yes, she can become a pigeon.

There are also different customization options and skins you can throw on your bird, including one that turns her into a pigeon — not exactly a feared messenger of the Norse gods, but hilarious nonetheless.

To change Synin’s look, first, you have to go to a stable and select the “Aviary” tab. After that simply choose the skin you want to equip, and you’re off to the races.

Now that you know everything there is to know about how to use Synin, there’s nothing stopping you from being the next Viking raven master.