Horizon II: Forbidden West vs. Assassins Creed: Valhalla

In this part of the Vs articles, I have been put to two games that are close to my heart and I feel a bit like a parent who gets the forbidden question about which of your children is secretly your favorite child. It’s always easy to pit two games against each other where you have an obvious favorite, but when it’s like chopped and stitched, it all gets a little worse. But I take this task very seriously and should really ask the questions to the tip, because after all, it can only be a winner. So in one ring we have the Guerrilla Games post-apocalyptic action adventure Horizon Forbidden West and in the other ring sits Ubisoft’s Viking adventure Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and growls at each other. Let’s see who I think is the strongest card.

Horizon II: Forbidden West vs. Assassins Creed: Valhalla

[1] The enemies
When the first part of Horizon Zero Dawn was released in 2017, I was very hesitant about the enemies when I saw the first trailer. Machines that look like dinosaurs? Here I can imagine that the guys sat hard as flint with high expectations, for what guy was not crazy about just dinosaurs as a little boy? I myself wrinkled my little nose and wondered what would become of it all after I had slaughtered zombies on a conveyor belt for several years and enjoyed the company of the undead. After playing ten minutes into the game, I realized that I judged it too quickly because I really like these enemies. The same enemies appear in Horizon Forbidden West but with some new machines added to the library. With Aloy’s focus, you can easily scan all enemies and can read and learn about their strengths and weaknesses, which you then have great use of when it’s time to make careless jam from the metal beast. The list of different machines is long and the difficulty varies. And it’s not just on land you need to be at full range, they also attack from the air and below the surface so it’s important to keep your eyes and ears open.
The enemies are always alert and it is important to put one foot carefully in front of the other so as not to be discovered as they are masters at signaling the rest of the gang, which often means that you are overpowered and have your butt whipped really hard. However, I do not always have the patience to sneak into the bushes like a shy pervo and act smart, but sometimes it happens that you rush forward like crazy with is usually when you die because you should always reduce the number of enemies before the same premises when it comes to combat. it is always smartest to liquidate most of the enemy force in silence before you get to go more quietly and spit them out like fattening pigs and cut off skulls.

We’ve seen the enemies in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla before, yes, we’ve actually seen them in a little over thirteen games. Soldiers of varying difficulty and rank and with different weapons and fighting modes. Archers, Swordsmen and Brutes are just some of them. In the DLC parts, we have also been introduced to druids with some magical abilities and most recently enemies from Norse mythology in the form of Jotun’s frost giants and Muspels, creatures of fire and ash. We get to meet bloated bosses who make us sweat a lot and sometimes bald the wall in frustration or dream the hand control a little angry in the coffee table. But no matter how you twist and turn it, Horizon’s enemies are a little more fun and innovative to face. The metal beasts actually beat the Vikings on the fingers.
[Vinnare: Horizon Forbidden West]

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[2] The gaming world
Both Horizon Forbidden West and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla have an incredibly beautiful game world. A large open world with a thousand and a thousand things to explore and a lot of things to collect. Valhalla starts in the barren cold Fornburg in Norway and then sets sail for the green rainy country of England. The map is large but still scaled down compared to its predecessor AC Odyssey but still crammed with question marks that must be detected. You get to experience a lot on your hikes through the landscapes, everything from snow-capped mountain ranges and dark forests to muddy medieval towns. With your longboat you enjoy the sea and all the small picturesque fishing villages and islands but above all to color the water red during the raids towards monasteries and villages on your journey through the country that gave Njurpaj a face. In Horizon, the thoughts are brought back to the man who also gave something a face, namely the bitch slap and I think of course of Mr. Smith and his film I am Legend. The landscapes of Horizon Forbidden West are overgrown, nature has taken back what man once stole and overexploited with buildings and roads. There are ruins left that have now been devoured by the greenery and vegetation.

Despite the fact that the red rot spreads like wildfire through the country, it is still a beautiful and green world and above all a very varied one. One moment you ride through a dry desert on your machine animal and the next moment you dive into sparkling turquoise water on a beach in the sunshine. The jungle tree whips you in the face on your escape from a large T-Rex-like beast and a few hours later you pulsate through deep snow up a mountain in search of a hunting party that has not returned home. A large deadly Stormbird sits guarding at the top of what is left of the Golden Gate Bridge and you enjoy the magnificent view. A trip to a half-buried Las Vegas makes one long for the enchanting sound of a slot machine and the taste of champagne on the lips, but the sound of a Stalker charging his back cannon makes you wake up in the moment. It’s all about liking and taste, but since I’m a girl from the west coast who constantly enjoys rain and debris against my will, the gaming world in Horizon appeals to me more than the west coast’s similar DNA strand England which probably has as many hours of sunshine as we have every summer . Had the choice been between Blackflag and Horizon, on the other hand, the choice would have been extremely difficult, but not now. Just like in real life, I want to visit beautiful places, colorful places with sun and breathtaking views to look out over. I enjoy discovering the forbidden west like never before and the contrasts just make it even better.
[Vinnare: Horizon Forbidden West]

[3] Protagonists
In Horizon Forbidden West, we follow Aloy, the once outcast who is now the one everyone turns to when there are storms in the country. She is a strong and proud woman with firm principles and a heart of gold. She is most like and does not make so many waves on the water other than in her attempts to constantly be the one who will be the savior in need. Aloy is a perfect heroine, but if you compare her to everyone’s our stubborn Viking Eivor in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, she unfortunately gets a little pale. Eivor is burdus, loud and quite angular. Her barren voice has no problem swinging between loving words about love to the threat that heads will roll and blood will drip. She easily drinks any man under the table and swears like the sailor she is. Sure, Aloy is a more lovable character, but Eivor is a little more drag under the galoshes and wins this round. Then she gets plus points for her name Eivor, which evokes memories of a bygone era in middle school with the sadistic bambatant Eivor who constantly guarded the bucket and had support stockings and steel gray hair and smoked Gul Blend like a brush binder.
[Vinnare: Assassins Creed Valhalla)]

Horizon II: Forbidden West vs. Assassins Creed: Valhalla

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[4] Playability
Many games are released before they really should, before they are really finished and the result of this always ends with wonderful bugs that we players really love and look forward to. We value nothing higher than playing through a mission for an hour and then can not complete it because the bugs pile up and put sticks in the wheel. No, I’m not bitter … During all my hours in Horizon, I have only managed to find a single small bug and I probably have to take responsibility for it myself when I tried to jump up on a ruin to take a shortcut and that the whole thing ended with me falling through the scenes and getting stuck inside a boulder. In AC Valhalla, on the other hand, the bugs have been many and disturbing. Several assignments could not be completed and small things have been fucking with me from the beginning. For example, my horse went up in smoke and then came back as if nothing had happened with his legs in the wrong direction.
For five hours I played with an arrow in my head, the arrow was as long as a spear and went into one of Eivor’s ears and out through the other and no matter how hard I tried to save it, it did not disappear. One of the minibuses, one of the witches in Daughters of Lerion, also went up in smoke and it was when I played the game that she suddenly reappeared and was able to face her fate with my sword in her chest. Bugs are some of the most igniting I know so this win goes to Horizon Forbidden West who knew not to mess with Maize and her temperament and poor patience.
[Vinnare: Horizon Forbidden West]

[5] Game control
Steering around Aloy in the game is easy as pie, the control is just as compliant just as you always want it to be when you play. If you die, it’s just your own fault, that you are cash or just unprepared for the fight. She ducks perfectly when you press the button lightly and avoids the enemies’ attempts to mash and evil sudden death easily on the foot as if she were dancing around them. Eivor does not have the same easy steps, she moves like a Romanian shot putter with a slightly curved back probably because I load her with more stuff than poor Lydia Klamydia from Skyrim but she easily avoids the enemies’ attacks with the right push of a button. Her platform jumping works flawlessly and I never worry about failing with my jumps as the steering is in my sleep. She puts a headshot with ease with the bow and throws an ax in the neck of a guard who has just seen us and silences him forever. At this point it becomes impossible to choose a winner as both games have in my eyes a perfect control. If you die in these games, it’s because you suck the test and nothing else.
[Vinnare: Oavgjort]

Winner: Horizon Forbidden West
Yes, there can only be one winner but it was tight. Two really good games where one happens to be a touch better than the other on some levels.

What do you think?

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