For a few years now, the Viking theme and Nordic mythology have become a fever in the world of games. Some believe the formula hitches a ride on the series’ success Vikings, others believe that the theme is so rich that its approach is almost synonymous with success.
Today the Voxel brings a list with 10 games that address this theme both on consoles and on PC. Check out:
The Lost Vikings
Our list starts with the emblematic Blizzard game released in 1997 for PCs, SNES and Mega Drive. The game was one of the first to address the Nordic warriors and brings a story that puts the three protagonists in different periods of our history.
Despite being considered a very old game, it was recently added to the Blizzard Arcade Collection. In addition to the versions of The Lost Vikings, the collection also brings other company classics, such as Rock’n Roll Racing and Black Thorne.
Vikings: Wolves of Midgard
Have you ever imagined what it would be like Diablo with a Nordic theme putting you in control of Viking warriors? You no longer need to imagine, as the summary of Vikings: Wolves of Midgard this is exactly it.
The game features hack and slash gameplay and an isometric camera along the same lines as the Blizzard classic. The player takes control of a Viking, who must deal with the approach of Ragnarok, the end of the world in Norse mythology.
Leaving the standard a little bit, we have the indie game: Jotun. In it, you control Thora, a warrior who died a tragic death which prevents her from entering Valhalla. However, the protagonist receives a mission from Odin to enter the spirit world: to defeat a series of titans.
Although it has a simple appearance, the game brings a high challenge and a plot that, although it seems limited, entertains until the last minute of gambling.
With a strong inspiration in Hades, rogue like is the most recent title on our list. In it, your goal is to stop Ragnarok and save your people from the imminent extinction.
The great attraction of Viking Vengeance it is the possibility of choosing a Nordic god to follow his path and inherit his powers and abilities. For example, if your god is Thor, you will have the famous lightning hammer as your main weapon.
The most different game on our list is a strategy title where you need to evolve and expand your territories. Northgard follows the molds of consecrated titles of the genre as Age of Empires and Warcraft, but introducing elements of Norse mythology.
Another curiosity is that instead of battling most of the time, in Northgard the main objective is to do everything to maintain the happiness of your villagers. For that, it is necessary to know how to deal with the scarcity of resources, solve daily problems, among other tasks of a “Viking mayor”.
Viking: Battle for Asgard
Before God of War migrate from Greek to Nordic mythology, Viking: Battle for Asgard he was considered a ‘clone’ of the Sony game, but with a Viking theme. The third person adventure is a hack and slash against hundreds of creatures of the most varied sizes.
The plot brings the story of the goddess Hel’s invasion of Midgard. The Skarin warrior is sent to lead the Viking legions in the battle against the phalanx warriors, and to free the armies imprisoned by Hel’s servants.
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
One of the most acclaimed games of recent years would not be left out of our list. In it, you take control of Senua, a warrior who, after losing her lover in an attack by Vikings, sets out for Hellheim (the realm of the dead) in search of him.
The engaging storyline and non-standard gameplay make Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice a unique experience. It is worth mentioning that the game will gain a continuation later this year for Xbox and PC.
God of War (2018)
Throughout his career on PS2 and PS3, Kratos crossed Olympus facing gods and a creature from Greek mythology. However, since arriving on PS4, its history has changed radically.
Now, in addition to having the company of his son, the protagonist faces the challenges of Norse mythology. The next game in the franchise will be called God of War: Ragnarok and it will have the presence of gods like Odin, Thor and Loki, all very common in games with the Vikings storyline.
Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla
Who knew that even the famous Ubisoft franchise would explore the Nordic theme, and put Vikings inside the famous killer clan? Yes, and as much as the idea seemed a little crazy, isn’t it that the result worked?
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla puts the player in control of Eivor, a Viking who seeks to avenge his murdered family, while expanding his dominance to other lands in Europe.
The survival game is a sand box where you need to build and evolve bases, to face enemies and different creatures in the kingdom that takes its name from the game.
The game brings some curiosities, such as a very realistic system of climate change and a randomization of challenges to its base. These same elements made the game so much fun that it quickly became a phenomenon among streamers.
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