Viking: Battle for Asgard PlayStation 3

Metascore
65

Mixed or average reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 38
  2. Negative: 4 out of 38
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  1. As entertaining as the game is, it's abundantly clear that things could have been a whole lot better.
  2. 70
    At some point, you realize that looking back at each of Viking's qualities, it's hard to really put your finger on anything that's truly standout -- and yet it's compelling.
  3. Viking's a decent game, thanks to over the top combat moves and a sprawling fantasy world, but its lack of drama and a few design issues make it inferior to Sony's exquisite "God of War" franchise.
  4. A solid rental if you like bloody action games.
  5. The vicious combat is a lot of fun, and building your army and laying siege to the enemy is a compelling experience in an action game setting. If it didn’t run out of ideas so quickly and had a smoother presentation, Viking could have struck an even mightier blow.
  6. An extremely uncomplicated title that has its fair share of fun due to the hilariously brutal combat animations.
  7. The game is flawed and introduces nothing new to the genre but the outcome is pleasant and worthy of your playtime.
  8. Sadly, Viking is one of those games that could have been great but thanks to repetitive hack-and-slash gameplay there is really not much here even Odin would approve.
  9. For a game that promised so much, Viking really doesn't do much in the way of delivering.
  10. 63
    The battles stumble thanks to chug, the worlds get repetitive, and when you're not really interested in the story or your ultimate goal, hack-and-slash gets on your nerves no matter how many times you cut a guy in two.
  11. Thanks to Viking: Battle for Asgard's mundane and tedious gameplay, the only battle you'll wage will be a losing one against boredom.
  12. 70
    Viking: Battle for Asgard is beautiful as far as offering a hurricane of blood and gore can be beautiful, but it's easy to get bogged down in the repetitive combat.
  13. Viking is a weekend of relaxing ultraviolence, giving Xbox owners an easy thousand points to chase and PS3 owners a short, sweet adventure to pad their shelf.
  14. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    60
    The only good thing to say about the scrapping is the quality of the gore. [May 2008, p.102]
  15. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    60
    Combat is gory, but the mechanics are weak. [May 2008, p.104]
  16. Viking is sadly, a massively missed opportunity that's dragged into the depths of mediocrity by a boring story, an uninteresting hero, repetitive missions, endless wandering around, hit-and-miss sound, disappointing battles and lots of slowdown.
  17. Play UK
    74
    Viking is enjoyable, but not long lasting. [Issue#165, p.82]
  18. 65
    Viking: Battle of Asgard is a passable hack-and-slash that would have left a stronger impression if the style managed to outdo the substance.
  19. PSM3 Magazine UK
    64
    Tries too hard to ape other, similar games without following its own path. Shame. [May 2008, p.62]
  20. While Viking isn't a total disappointment, the biggest problem here is a matter of the game feeling wholly and entirely unfinished.
  21. It doesn’t have a multiplayer mode and the audio is only average, but Viking: Battle for Asgard executes what it set out to achieve - fun and addictive gameplay, even if short-lived.
  22. Ultimately Viking: Battle for Asgard is almost a complete waste of Norse mythology. It’s bloody and epic, but the boring, repetitive combat and hours you spend doing un-Vikingly menial tasks leaves a sour taste in the mouth, washed down with a swig of bitter, pointless stealth idiocy.
  23. With so many problems, unbalanced combat, and no multiplayer, it is hard to recommend anyone to buy this game, let alone rent it. Give it a try if you are a fan of the subject matter, if not, there are plenty of better action titles out there for you to enjoy instead.
  24. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    60
    The final showdown with Hel - and the story's resolution - seems abrupt and sadly, unepic. [June 2008, p.82]
User Score
7.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 32 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Aug 2, 2012
    4
    Awful graphics, laughable framerate, excessive repetitiveness and shallow combat are the main flaws of this game and for me that's too much toAwful graphics, laughable framerate, excessive repetitiveness and shallow combat are the main flaws of this game and for me that's too much to bear for a game that only can redeem itself with this viking setting and the inclusion of some huge battles (even though the framerate makes them look like if they were in slow motion). I would only recommend this game to someone who really loves the genre and is having a hard time trying to find new games or to someone that can find it really cheap. Full Review »
  2. CalsonC.
    Aug 14, 2008
    8
    Sure, the story could've been a lot better but I think the game's simplicity is one of its strong points. Vikings were never really Sure, the story could've been a lot better but I think the game's simplicity is one of its strong points. Vikings were never really known for there complex personalities. This is a good game, if not a great one. I had a lot of fun exploring the huge environment, the fighting mechanics are simple, yet deep enough for it to warrant some thought. Despite all the bad reviews... I think this is a game worth experiencing. Full Review »
  3. BrandonT
    Aug 6, 2008
    8
    This was a good game. It is very like God of war Which I rate a 10. The reason I rate this a 8 is becuase obviously not as great as god of This was a good game. It is very like God of war Which I rate a 10. The reason I rate this a 8 is becuase obviously not as great as god of war but still a good game. I just love taking my sword and slicing off some heads =] Full Review »