Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice (PC)
Action 08 August 2017
A third-person action game set in a fantasy world inspired by Celtic mythology. Title was developed by the British studio Ninja Theory, known for Enslaved, Heavenly Sword, and DMC: Devil May Cry. In the game we traverse a dark, mythical world, full of references to popular stories, characters, and monsters born in the imagination of the Celts. Protagonist of the game is a female warrior named Senua, who embarks on a dangerous journey to the land of the dead. As you might have guessed, during her journey, the heroine faces scores of dangerous enemies, with which she usually deals using a sword. Using a variety of combos and special abilities, Senua makes her way to the destination of her journey. Although a fully independent production, Hellblade features high-level visuals, and the gameplay mechanic brings several innovations to the slasher genre, in which the developers from Ninja Theory had become specialized over the years.
Strategy March 2018
A real-time strategy taking place in a fantasy universe inspired by Nordic mythology and the Viking way of life. Northgard allows the players to lead a group of Vikings, who after years of tedious exploration have found a mysterious, resource-rich land. To attain their goal of fame and fortune, they will have to face numerous dangers scattered across the new land. Northgard’s gameplay is based on classic real-time strategy games such as Age of Empires, Age of Mythology, or The Settlers. Aside from resource gathering, building settlements, and battles with dozens of units, the game introduces survival elements - the player receives the duty of keeping his clan safe through long, frosty winters. The clan will be facing bloodthirsty wolves, undead warriors, and various mythical creatures, including giants, with whom we can create an alliance. Northgard employs 3D graphics with a light, cartoonish design, while the game itself is seen from an isometric perspective.
Vikings: Wolves of Midgard (PC)
RPG 24 March 2017
A hack-and-slash role-playing game set in a world inspired by Norse myths, developed by Games Farm and Kalypso Media. The protagonist is Ulfung, a Viking clan chieftain, whose village is completely destroyed, while he becomes the leader of the surviving warriors in their quest to try to save Midgard from Ragnarok. Mechanics-wise, the game is clearly inspired by the popular Diablo series. At the start, you choose your warrior's gender and class, and then explore a range of locations and eliminate hordes of enemies. Apart from the more mundane weapons such as war hammers, axes, swords and bows, you can also use special items and amulets, which affect your character's abilities. Vikings: Wolves of Midgard features an interesting character development system, the option of rebuilding your village step by step, and an apocalyptic winter you have to seek shelter from, e.g. by looking for any heat sources.
Valnir Rok (PC)
Valnir Rok is an online action game by Encurio. The production was inspired by Norse mythology and you play as a shipwrecked Viking, who finds themselves on a mysterious island full of ruins, mysteries, and monsters. The gameplay gives you much freedom, so you can decide which tasks you want to complete and how to do it. You can e.g. fight AI-controlled enemies, focus on gathering resources and creating items and buildings or join one of the player-created clans and fight with other such groups for influence and lands. An important part of the gameplay are the gods, whose disposition towards you is a result of your decisions and sacrifices. The game utilizes a third person's view and the combat system is arcade-like.
Viking: Battle for Asgard (PC)
Action 18 October 2012
A TPP action game set in a world inspired by Norse mythology. It was developed by Creative Assembly, the creators of the bestselling strategy game series, Total War. The player assumes the role of Skarin, a young warrior chosen by the gods of Asgard to protect the human realm, Midgard, against the undead, who were brought back to life by the goddess Hel, mistress of the underworld. She aims to destroy all the other gods and bring about the end of the world - the mythical Ragnarok. The game offers an exceptionally large world, which can be freely explored by completing various missions given by NPCs. The main part of the game are arcade fighting sequences. The combat system is very spectacular, and the player can choose from a wide variety of melee weapons, but they also have access to destructive combos and mystical powers granted by the currently equipped sword. The player can be accompanied by NPCs in combat, and they can be given simple orders.
Valhalla Hills (PC)
Strategy 19 November 2015
An economic strategy game developed by Funatics and a spiritual successor to the once popular Cultures series. The game focuses on a Viking tribe whose members, after dying on the field of glory, find the gates of Valhalla closed shut. This turns out to be the result of a dispute between Odin and his son Leko, who failed his exam in godhood. As a result, he gets sent back to Earth, along with the souls of fallen Vikings, and the player must help them get back to Valhalla. While playing, you need to look after your tribe’s safety, protect them from wild beasts, as well as provide them with food and warm clothes. To this end, you have construct new production buildings and create thriving economy. Interestingly, the game does not give you direct control over your people. Instead, you have to influence their behavior by constructing appropriate buildings and encouraging them to engage in a particular activity.
The Banner Saga 2 (PC)
RPG 19 April 2016
An RPG developed by the Stoic Games studio, and a sequel to the original 2014 The Banner Saga. The game's story follows the events of the first installment and takes us back to a fantastic realm inspired by Scandinavian mythology, where we take control of a caravan of men and giants, trying to survive the end of the world. The essential element of the title are the turn-based battles, characterized by simple rules, but also by a tactical depth. During the game, we regularly have to make difficult decisions that have a significant impact on the development of the plot and the story's ending. The game features a typical character development system, in which the experience gained in battles is used to purchase new skills and improve character stats. Like the first installment, the product implements an attractive 2D graphic style, giving off impression of an interactive cartoon.
Rune: Ragnarok (PC)
Rune: Ragnarok is an action RPG developed by Human Head, which is a sequel to the popular game called Rune, released in 2000. Rune: Ragnarok takes you to a fantasy realm based on the Nordic mythology. The game’s story starts seven years after the eponymous Ragnarok has begun. Despite the pervasive death and destruction, there is no end of the conflict in sight. That’s why the remaining humans (including the protagonist) decide to take the initiative and slay all gods in order to put a stop to the apocalypse. While playing you explore a large open world, assault enemy settlements, sail the seas, complete missions, craft items, and develop your hero’s skills. The game’s heart is the expansive combat system, characterized by its focus on action and explicit brutality. An important role is also played by deities. The player can choose to worship one of them, which grants access to a variety of special powers.
The Banner Saga 3 (PC)
The Banner Saga 3 is the third game of the turn-based strategy games series with RPG elements, developed by Stoic and inspired by Viking culture and beliefs. The plot continues the story from the previous games of the series. Once again, we lead a caravan of brave warriors who, in the face of the impending end of the world, have to defeat evil once and for all. When it comes to gameplay mechanics, not much has changed. The game is still a turn-based strategy with RPG elements. We will meet many NPCs, some of them will join us, and some will give us various quests to do. In combat, we lead a group of heroes who have different abilities and equipment. We can set up a camp to level up our warriors and equip them with better items between the battles. The Banner Saga 3 has a bit more darker, hand drawn 2D visuals that bring to mind Disney animated movies.
Eitr is an action-RPG based on the Norse mythology. It's the first game developed by the British studio Eneme Entertainment. Game's plot focuses on Yggdrasil, the world tree, that connects all of the nine worlds. When it was infected with a poisonous substance, the plague began to spread all over the nine realms. We play as a redheaded female warrior bestowed with powerful abilities by Loki, the trickster god. With those powers, she will try to stop the incoming darkness. We will spend most of our time exploring the game's world, gathering treasures, leveling up our hero, and eliminating hordes of enemies. Combat system in Eitr is much more complex than in other hack'n'slash games. In order to be victorious in battle, we have to perfectly time our attacks, blocks, and dodges. We will also have to pay attention to our hero's positioning and use her abilities wisely.
Action 29 September 2015
Set in Norse mythology, an independent action game with an arcade combat system. Jotun is a Kickstarter project. The title was initially released on PC, then published on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Wii U as an expanded edition called Jotun: Valhalla Edition featuring an additional game mode. Players are told the story of a Viking warrior named Thora who died an inglorious death. Before she passes through the gates of Valhalla, she needs to prove her worth to the Gods. Gameplay in Jotun utilizes an isometric view. Players assume the role of Thora who travels through the Nordic purgatory, divided into nine levels in which she has to release and defeat powerful elemental giants known as the jotun. During gameplay, players also come across various secrets and learn about the heroine’s life and the cause of her death. Jotun features hand-drawn visuals, an excellent soundtrack, and dialogues recorded in Icelandic, which emphasizes the game’s Nordic atmosphere.
Through the Woods (PC)
Adventure 27 October 2016
A horror adventure game and the debut production of Antagonist, a Norwegian studio. The action of Through the Woods takes place in modern times in a dark forest somewhere on the western shore of Norway. While playing, we assume the role of a desperate woman named Karen who tries to find her lost son. She is constantly interrupted by various evil creatures inspired by Nordic mythology and Scandinavian folklore. The game has an unusual form of a flashback that takes place while the protagonist is having a sessions with a psychologist. In the title, we mostly explore and solve puzzles, although we will also engage in arcade challenges. Most of them boil down to sneaking or running, though, since the heroine is practically defenseless in direct combat and the only gadget she possess is a torchlight that comes in handy very often.
Die for Valhalla! (PC)
A dynamic beat‘em production developed by an independent Polish studio – Monster Couch. In this game, the player assumes the role of a Valkyrie – ghostly witch with incredible powers sent by Odin to Midgard (the realm of men) to fight off a monster invasion. As the main protagonist becomes mortal upon arriving on Earth and can be struck down by enemies’ blows, the only way to complete the quest of saving the Earth is to possess the bodies of Vikings and use their combat skills in battles to come. In Die for Valhalla!, the players, who see the action from a side perspective, can experience Vikings battling hordes of adversaries and large bosses. The Valkyrie uses ethereal weapons to attack enemies, while the possessed Vikings represent various classes like the Berserker, who masterfully wields two axes, or the Hunter who is able to quickly change his position and attack from a distance with a bow. Interestingly, en experienced Valkyrie can take the control over not only the Vikings, but also hostile warriors, monsters, and objects. What is more, Valkyries can summon fallen heroes from Valhalla. Apart from the single player mode, the game offers a cooperative multiplayer mode allowing up to 4 players to join their forces against the monster invasion. The Unity engine, on which the game is based, features appealing visuals resembling those of the well-established Don’t Starve.
Die With Glory (PC)
Action 11 May 2017
A 2D action adventure game that combines Scandinavian mythology with modern pop culture elements. It was developed by Castle, a Russian-American studio. The protagonist is a red-bearded Viking called Sigurd, whose biggest dream is to enter Valhalla. The story of Die With Glory is non-linear to a large extent, which means the way the hero achieves his goal is largely dependent on the player’s decisions. Gameplay-wise, the title combines platforming elements with adventure and strategy. Our primary tasks include exploration, overcoming various obstacles and traps, gathering items, and fighting numerous enemies, including gigantic bosses. Furthermore, the game does not lack logic puzzles and strategy sequences, where we command entire armies or flying ships.