Valheim – Review

Your Viking Saga Underway

Valheim Review
Release Date
March 14, 2023
Iron Gate Studio, Fishlabs, Piktiv
Coffee Stain Studios, Coffee Stain Publishing
Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC
Reviewed on
Xbox Series X

Valheim is a PC game that has recently emerged from its closed beta phase to early release. Developed by Iron Gate Studio, it’s an indie title that has garnered attention for its unique blend of survival and RPG elements. Set out to create an immersive and expansive world inspired by Norse mythology, Valheim has garnered a dedicated player base and community driven by its intriguing premise and the promise of more content to come. The game’s relatively low system requirements have also made it accessible to a broad audience, allowing players with various PC setups to enjoy the experience.

Valheim immerses players in a Norse-inspired world where they take on the role of a soul transported to the tenth Norse realm. The goal isn’t merely to survive but to prove one’s worthiness to enter Valhalla. It’s a survival game with RPG features, emphasizing exploration, base-building, and combat. With its Viking theme, Valheim offers a rich experience with the ability to summon gods, create longships, and venture into different biomes.

The game’s narrative approach is a breath of fresh air for those who often find themselves slogging through lengthy and convoluted intros in other RPGs. Valheim opts for brevity without compromising depth. It provides just enough narrative context to ignite your imagination and curiosity without revealing too many story spoilers.

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While I’m still in the early stages of my adventure in Valheim and thus unable to divulge specific plot details, I’m already enamored by the promise of an intricate storyline. The world teems with hints and lore, leaving players eager to uncover the secrets and stories that lie beneath the surface.

One of the most enticing aspects of Valheim’s story is its focus on the concept of worthiness and the quest to enter Valhalla, a theme deeply rooted in Norse mythology. This thematic choice adds a layer of purpose to your survival efforts, as you’re not merely struggling to stay alive but also striving to prove your mettle to the gods. The ability to summon these deities, create powerful longships in honor of Odin, and explore the dark arts of the gods injects a unique flavor into the gameplay.

While Valheim doesn’t overwhelm players with an extensive narrative at the outset, its story holds great promise. It invites you to embark on a journey into a world steeped in Norse mythology, where the pursuit of worthiness and the mysteries of the realm beckon, promising a rich narrative experience that unfolds as you progress through the game.

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Valheim successfully merges survival elements with RPG features, offering players a balanced and engaging gameplay experience. The need to gather resources, build structures, and fend off threats keeps players invested in their journey. The game encourages creativity by allowing players to construct Viking-style homes and ships. The extensive crafting system lets you tailor your equipment and structures, making each playthrough unique. As you venture deeper into the game, enemies become more aggressive and dangerous, adding an exciting layer of challenge.

Valheim’s low system requirements make it accessible to a wide range of PCs, ensuring smooth performance and broad accessibility. The game’s multiplayer component holds tremendous potential for enjoyment and collaboration. The game’s mechanics, world-building, and combat systems are well-suited for cooperative play, fostering memorable moments with friends. 

Although the game is encountering issues related to dedicated server setup and search functionality. Players like me face difficulties creating and finding dedicated servers, impacting the multiplayer experience. A common issue pertains to the visibility and discoverability of dedicated servers. The server search functionality, both within the game and via Steam, can be unreliable. Some players struggle to find servers or experience delays in servers appearing in search results. Good thing there are online forums, and the Valheim Discord, to seek assistance and guidance from. Here’s to hoping for a positive community for this game moving forward.

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Valheim, despite its status as an early-access game, offers a compelling and engaging experience. It embraces the essence of Viking culture and mythology, providing a rich storyline and ample creative opportunities. While it has some minor hiccups, particularly with server issues, Valheim’s strengths in gameplay, visuals, and overall enjoyment make it a worthwhile investment at the modest price of $20. It’s a game that holds great promise and is well worth exploring, especially with friends.

Valheim Review
Valheim – Review
Score Definition
Almost perfect if not for the nitty-gritty. If it’s quite there but not enough to push the boundaries, it’s still an awesome game.
Engaging gameplay
Creative freedom
Accessible performance
Diverse world
Challenging enemies
Norse-themed lore
Cooperative multiplayer
Server setup challenges
Server visibility issues