Viking: Battle for Asgard Xbox 360

Metascore
68

Mixed or average reviews - based on 67 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 67
  2. Negative: 5 out of 67
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  1. Play Magazine
    95
    Easy to manage hot keys, intuitive controls, a great map that doubles as an objective outline...everything here is spot on. [Apr 2008, p.55]
  2. Pelit (Finland)
    88
    An exhilaratingly brutal and brilliantly beautiful action adventure from the days of yore when ships were made of wood and men were made of iron. Some of the best barbarian entertainment we've had in years. [Apr 2008]
  3. The ending to Viking is a pretty big disappointment, but at least the game is a ton of fun on the way there.
  4. A well-rounded action title with elements of strategy, traditional hack and slash, and arcade action.
  5. I loved the diverse mix of exploration and discovery (treasure hunting) one minute followed by insanely fun and bloody combat the next. It truly is the best of both genres.
  6. In general, there’s still a lot of entertainment in Viking, despite its need for more variety and its over-populated battles. Even at the lower “Normal” difficulty, it’s challenging. I just wish it had more inventive gameplay design across the whole game and pushed the player to have to think of more creative ways to get out of certain situations.
  7. An impressive game that provides one of the greatest gaming experiences I’ve had in a while, producing some of the goriest bloodbaths featured in a game to date.
  8. Viking: Battle for Asgard is a very nice hack-and-slash game. It's really not difficult to play and is still very enyoable. The huge battles with thousands of soldiers really makes the game supurb.
  9. 80
    It feels disappointing at first, but it quickly moves beyond that and turns into a game that, despite its shortcomings, is just plain fun.
  10. 80
    Despite the repetition that plagues the game’s progression, the satisfying combat and epic army battles help it stand out. Fans of exploration, Viking myths, and limbs separating from torsos will find much to love here.
  11. Visceral combat and fort assaults are the main attractions, although the story isn't exactly alluring.
  12. Viking: Battle for Asgard is a very enjoyable game; it features a very accessible control scheme, graphically rich environments, highly intense battles and an immersive atmosphere.
  13. Maxi Consolas (Portugal)
    80
    In spite of its somewhat repetitive rhythm, Viking manages to offer to the player a great sense of accomplishment. It keeps us moving forward with the promise (always fulfilled) of some epic action sequences. The combat system is the result of a well balanced act between depth and accessibility. [Apr 2008]
  14. Viking doesn’t have the world’s smoothest framerate, but it holds up for the most part even with hundreds of enemies on screen and when it does drop down it is only a temporary annoyance.
  15. 80
    Viking: Battle for Asgard is a solid action game that takes elements from Creative Assembly’s Total War series, and adds quick time events and sand-box gameplay. It’s a great romp if you don’t mind the button bashing.
  16. It’s the kind of game with good gameplay, nice graphics, spectacular battles and over the top brutality, with the RPG elements being neglected a little.
  17. AceGamez
    80
    It's not groundbreaking and Skarin's slow pace can make it a chore at times, but a lot of love and creativity has been injected, and the result is an experience that will entertain the majority of gamers.
  18. But for all the glee of the slaughter, Viking is a game butting its head against the limits of its genre. There isn't great variety in the tasks or the bosses you face and a few more genuinely off-story quests would be nice.
  19. Games Master UK
    77
    A gratifying slash-'em-up that would have stood out with greater strategy elements. [May 2008, p.76]
  20. The combat is a piece of cake since you don’t have to worry about a pressing some elaborate button combination to pull off your moves.
  21. Perhaps the most attractive area of Viking is the gameplay. Viking is a hack-and-slash game with a tremendous amount of gore and violence mixed in. Thankfully, Viking is done very tastefully in comparison to THQ’s Conan since there’s no out of place nude women standing around cheering while the men fight.
  22. It's actually nothing of the sort; it comes off as a mix between Fable and God of War. It may seem weird to compare and combine games, but it's the best example to avoid confusion.
  23. Viking: Battle of Asgard is a great game for what it wants to accomplish.
  24. 75
    The combat may be shallow, the story non-existent and the fetch quests tedious, but I still managed to have a blast with Sega’s latest offering.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 89 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. ShannonL.
    Mar 31, 2008
    9
    Despite what critics have said about it - Viking is a fantastic game. The graphics are awesome, the controls are solid and mildy chunky but Despite what critics have said about it - Viking is a fantastic game. The graphics are awesome, the controls are solid and mildy chunky but only as chunky and solid as you would expect - You ARE playing as a Viking afterall.. The sandbox you roam around in is huge and the game itself is instantlyplayable - there NO loading screens AT ALL when you are in the sandbox even if you die and respawn - no load screen. The complaints that there is slowdown is totally mistrewn the only slowdown you get is when trying to kill one of the Shamans and even then it is very minor and definitely not Game breaking. Yes the fetch quests do get repetitive but as while you are on these quests it still involves copius amounts of gratuitous violence to keep even the most hardcore Gorehounds happy. If anything at least rent the game - it would a crying shame if this new IP is some how overlooked because a Viking franchise would be fantastic. Do yourself a favour - if your unsure about this game - rent it, borrow it whatever you do - make sure you play this game. Full Review »
  2. Nov 17, 2014
    0
    This game was awful. I've played a lot of games in my time but this one still stands out as a useless pile of dung. Buggy, terrible story, noThis game was awful. I've played a lot of games in my time but this one still stands out as a useless pile of dung. Buggy, terrible story, no fluidity to the gameplay at all. The only redeeming quality, as with too many games these days, was the graphics. Otherwise just keep your money in your pocket Full Review »
  3. Apr 29, 2013
    9
    This game is a Great game which I have put many hours into. This game was a early game to the 360 but has remained one of my favourite's.ThisThis game is a Great game which I have put many hours into. This game was a early game to the 360 but has remained one of my favourite's.This was one of the first hack and slash games that I ever played. Everything just fits well together, playing as a Viking. The Gameplay is sometimes a bit slow and the controls can get lumpy, the game sometimes glitches during big battles but apart from this the game is great if you like allot of blood and guts, and taking out allot of enemy's at a time. Full Review »