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  • Summary: In Jotun, you play Thora, a Norse warrior who has died an inglorious death and must face the challenges of Viking purgatory to prove herself to the Gods and enter Valhalla.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. May 1, 2018
    90
    When it comes down to it, Jotun: Valhalla Edition is a perfect fit for the Nintendo Switch, offering players an easy to digest action adventure title that visually takes full advantage of the Switch's large screen real-estate.
  2. Apr 27, 2018
    90
    Jotun is a well-crafted experience made for anyone fond of great storytelling mixed with satisfying combat.
  3. Jun 11, 2018
    80
    Jotun: Valhalla Edition is one of the most outstanding indie games in recent years that will delight both fans of the genre and the Nordic mythology. It stands out for presenting an interesting story, a magnificent artistic design, precise control, exploration, puzzles and beautiful melodies. All this accompanied by great battles against the Jotun, which are undoubtedly the best of the title.
  4. Apr 29, 2018
    75
    Jotun is a fun title and sometimes really difficult: far from perfect, undermined by some lightness in terms of gameplay and a backtracking not always well thought out, the game compensates for its shortcomings with a superfine artistic direction, which makes it a product absolutely recommended for those who had not already dusted on other platforms.
  5. 70
    Even though some parts were dull and barren, I did enjoy the beautiful setting of the mythological regions created before me. Fighting and defeating the Jotun really helped keep the spirit of the game alive until the very end, and in the end - I was glad to have played and journeyed through Jotun: Valhalla Edition.
  6. Apr 27, 2018
    70
    For a game that deals with this large a scale it often feels small and lifeless outside of the boss fights. It is, though, a visual showpiece that offers a stiff challenge. And while playing it on the go probably won't make this worth a return trip to Ginnungagap, it is definitely a great game to add to your Switch library if you've not checked it out before.
  7. Jun 1, 2018
    60
    Jotun is a game of two halves, unfortunately, the half requiring exploration is an exercise in monotony. The true core of the game is found with the excellent Jotun battles, where you are truly challenged, whilst rewarded for your efforts.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. Apr 29, 2018
    8
    Game starts great, I am loving the mechanics and this snow viking vibe from the game.

    Can really recommend!
  2. Jul 4, 2018
    7
    Petite note d'encouragement pour ce petit jeu dont la direction artistique est très séduisante. Les dessins sont fait maison, la bande son estPetite note d'encouragement pour ce petit jeu dont la direction artistique est très séduisante. Les dessins sont fait maison, la bande son est très sympathique, les Boss sont très réussis voir impressionants.... mais il manque un petit quelque chose pour en faire un hit !

    Ce que j'ai aimé (+) :
    - Les graphismes
    - Les boss mémorables
    - L'univers mythologique

    Ce que je n'ai pas aimé (-) :
    - la pauvreté des coups... des combos auraient été les bienvenus.
    - la pauvreté de l'action. En dehors des boss, c'est plutôt (très) pauvre en ennemis et trop peu varié. On se retrouve à errer dans les mondes par formalité... en attendant de tomber sur un boss.

    Voilà, le jeu manque de profondeur. L'idée, la patte graphique, l'univers... la forme est là, mais il manque encore pas mal de profondeur pour en faire un super jeu ! J'encourage les developpeurs à faire une suite plus punchy, et plus profonde dans un univers qui le permet ! La mythologie celte a de quoi alimenter les scénaristes.
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  3. Nov 30, 2019
    5
    Typical game that confuses the difficulty with being unfair, many attacks have a ridiculous hit box, besides that their attack patterns to beTypical game that confuses the difficulty with being unfair, many attacks have a ridiculous hit box, besides that their attack patterns to be random can sometimes the battle can be impossible and others easier, so you depend a lot on luck . The mechanics of combat are very simple and since the maps do not mark the character and sometimes they do not represent the terrain too well, So practically, you will go blind sometimes. The music is fine, but nothing really memorable, the story is less entertaining and the artistic style is very beautiful, probably the only thing in which the game highlights... And to introduce people to Norse mythology. Expand
  4. May 12, 2020
    5
    Way better than I imagined, and surprisingly engaging. Artwork is not that beautiful (but the camera frames some beautiful panoramas),Way better than I imagined, and surprisingly engaging. Artwork is not that beautiful (but the camera frames some beautiful panoramas), movement is sluggish, story is unwelcome (in icelandic I believe). And despite all of these, the mostly barren worlds and the battles against the giants (slow but not too hard, no sense comparing this to Dark Souls) proved compelling. Good for what it is. Expand
  5. Sep 2, 2018
    3
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. You know, I wanted to say nice things about this game, and give it a good rating, that is until I encountered the last boss of the game. I wanted to say that the game, if it does anything right, it is its presentation, it's similar to dark souls one, not in its difficulty but the way it presents its world, I would think the game would look fantastic if it was made into a triple a title, however, after looking over the entire game I can't say it's worth it, other then epic boss fights the rest of the game are linear and long winded puzzles and non-threatening enemies, the maps are poorly made, the character you play as feels sluggish, and worst of all the last boss is a cluster****. Where you think you got him but then he summons all the bosses at once, they all attack at once, and your health drops to zero in a flash... at once. Expand
  6. Oct 13, 2019
    3
    The art style is pretty and intricate. At times even awe-inspiring. The narrative does a nice job of balancing Thora's personal story withThe art style is pretty and intricate. At times even awe-inspiring. The narrative does a nice job of balancing Thora's personal story with more overarching Norse myths, which I found to be refreshing. However, the rest of the game is a mess. Sluggish controls, obtuse hit boxes, and broken geometry do not send themselves well to the combat driven levels or bosses. I didn't find the game to be difficult, but the game was clearly designed to tell a visual story, yet the combat feels ham-fisted and just isn't very good. I enjoyed Thora's story, but 20 minutes of total narrative isn't worth the 3-to-4 hours of actual uninspired gameplay that neither assists the story nor could stand on it's own. I also found that the obsequious placement of monuments in-game to Kickstarter backers pulled me completely out of the immersion of the world the game was trying to build. The long advance to Odin's Hall at the end of the game is adorned with Romanesque statues of backers. Load times are also abysmal on the Switch. Do not recommend. Expand