Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla’s DLC requires Eivor to fight against beasts of different nature

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Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla received two new DLCs this year: Druid’s Fury and Paris Siege. When I started to explore all the glory of Ireland and Paris, they all took Eivor and Raven Clan further afield. Dublin is a bustling city, crowded with people of different faiths, while Paris is a gloomy, gray and rat-infested mess. Fat Charlie (also known as Mad Charlie) had little love for his people when he ruled. In short, in terms of historical accuracy, they are all very accurate, if that is your problem.

It is great to take a break from the battle with the British to deal with the surprisingly difficult enemies roaming the lands of Ireland and France. Druid battles use a lot of poison and fire, and enemies seem to move around you at a wild speed. Irish wildlife seems to hate you more, but it’s still fun to run around emerald green hills on lynx’s back. At the same time, no matter how many axes you throw at them, the new Frankish knights of Paris will not fall their horses, and they can easily knock you down in a few hits. If you are not careful, the rat plague will now hunt you down and eat you alive, so make sure you have weapons on hand so you can drive them away. What is this, a plague legend?

You still play the role of the king maker in every DLC—at this rate, all of Europe seems to need Eivor’s help—but there is no choice between either; this time it is more like an illusion. The enemy of Druid’s Wrath was hidden in a conspicuous position, and it was not until the Supreme King Flann Sinna was convinced to look away from the Danish before he realized that his trust in Abbot Eogan was wrong. This is the kind of betrayal we saw in Valhalla, although the final battle may surprise you. Friends becoming enemies are a common concept in Assassin’s Creed games, and as always, the game ends with a clear choice.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Siege of Paris

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The Siege of Paris worked slightly differently, eventually introducing the black box mission to Valhalla. It has several key enemies, and you can defeat them in different ways. You can go all out or take a more concealed approach and let the environment do most of the work for you. The new rebel mission sees you arm the local resistance organization in France to attack Charles’s men, which is interesting but a bit repetitive. However, you did get some cool armor, and if you are lucky, you can kiss Pierre French.