Vikings and their exploits have long been legendary, and when it comes to video games, these famous seafarers function as both charismatic heroes and fearsome adversaries. Norse mythology’s rich tapestry of warring empires, Æsir gods, and rugged, frosty terrain provides a mesmerizing setting for players to explore, conquer, and enjoy. The following games serve as a culmination for the skillful incorporation of Viking characters and the adventurous spirit they embody.
God of War (2018)
Acts as both a sequel and a tonal reboot God of War IIIthis entry in the God of War The series stars the rugged, muscular protagonist Kratos as a grieving single father tasked with fulfilling his late wife’s last wishes. Too battle-hardened and cynical to be emotionally vulnerable, Kratos struggles to bond with his son Atreus as the duo travel the nine worlds, battling Æsir gods and becoming uncomfortably close to the gargantuan Jörmungandr, also known as the World Serpent comes. The addictive combat and clever rune puzzles make this one not to be missed by players, especially as the sequel arrives in November.
The Lost Vikings 1 & 2
Available as part of Blizzard arcade collection, The Lost Vikings -Games are 2D puzzle-based adventures where players have to switch between characters with different abilities to progress through the levels. The Vikings in this game are hardly historically accurate; they failed Three Stooges–Eske caricatures designed to appeal to children. Despite what this game might suggest, it’s highly unlikely that actual Vikings ever used their shields as hang gliders. Originally released on the Super Nintendo in 1993, The Lost Vikings is a bit of retro fun for clever puzzle solvers. its sequel, Nordic from Norsewestis even more ridiculous as it includes robots, a werewolf, and a dragon.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
In this episode of Ubisoft Assassin’s Creed series, players can play as either the male or female version of a Viking named Eivor Varinsdottir, who leaves Norway to found a new clan in Anglo-Saxon England. The game’s setting serves as an opportunity for a variety of cultural clashes, where martial ideologies, theologies and ways of life clash in social situations and on the battlefield. Players explore a vast open world, sailing and scavenging together with their clan to gain power and complete story missions. But those who are drawn to the game for its brutality and immersive graphics should keep in mind that there will be moments like most Assassin’s Creed Games where the player is pulled out of the historical narrative and forced to confront some modern day intrigue.
Skyrim takes place in a high-fantasy setting established by the previous entries in The Elder Scrolls Series, but the snowy mountains, Norwegian accent, and Scandinavian-inspired people show a clear influence on both real-world Vikings and Norse mythology. City chiefs are known as jarls, a reference to medieval Norway where the title was used to refer to leaders below the rank of king. Likewise housecarls in Skyrim serve as warrior servants (and possibly even player characters) to the Jarls, a direct reference to the native Norse bodyguards of the same name. Although Norse mythology and historical reference points are used to round out the game’s universe, it’s important to remember that this is a fantasy game with magic spells, werewolves and vampires and whatnot SkyrimThe main focus is player characters yelling at dragons until they die.
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
A gripping, nerve-wracking adventure Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice puts players in the role of a Pict warrior named Senua who is struggling to free her lover’s soul from the clutches of the goddess Hela. Senua’s journey will be complicated and the player’s experience stressed. Senua is bombarded by voices in her head that mock, undermine and torment her, providing a frighteningly vivid portrayal of life with mental illness that induces auditory and visual hallucinations, as well as a tangible metaphor for feelings of oppressive self-doubt and fear. The Norsemen in this story are antagonists deformed by magic or reshaped by Senua’s condition. The ambiguity between myth and reality allows the game to raise awareness of psychosis and provide a visceral example of what it means to process trauma, especially for those who do not have access to modern treatment.
A Viking-themed survival game that became hugely popular in February 2021 with Early Access, Walheim presents a World of Warcraft Aesthetics paired with Minecraft-similar mechanics. To progress through the game’s vast procedurally generated worlds, players must gather supplies, craft weapons, and slay creatures. The more work players put into these tasks, the stronger they become, thereby gaining access to new areas, enemies, and challenges. As Minecraft before that, one of the reasons for that Walheim Its multiplayer camaraderie stands out. While some players would like to set sail alone, others may wish to take down bigger enemies like trolls and ethereal bosses with their friends. Happily Walheim is flexible enough for both styles of play to be fun.
for honor is a multiplayer team battle game where players choose from one of five factions: Knights, Vikings, Samurai, the Wu Lin, and the Outlanders, whose hero roster is expanding this year. Players have the option to fight as or against Viking characters in this game, as the game’s medieval fantasy setting allows for mashups between cultures that likely didn’t fight each other or even met in real life. The fight is in the foreground for honor, and players must master its intricate but rewarding gameplay to defeat their opponents and be victorious. Though it’s just an excuse to see famous warriors from across the ages beating the snot out of each other, for honor contains some important references to Norse mythology among its Viking heroes with character classes named after the Valkyries and Jörmungandr in particular.
Crusader Kings III
The draw of Crusader Kings Series is the ability to shape the course of history while creating rich and complex stories about the leaders of the world in the Middle Ages. Rulers can become social drinkers and forge new alliances with other drinkers or develop backdoor deals with shady clients to give their army the upper hand. Players can lead Vikings, as well as a variety of other factions, to victory or defeat while making choices that include everything from waging war to procreating heirs. CKIII‘s Northern gentlemen The expansion is an additional purchase that puts Vikings front and center while also supporting them with bombastic new music and other cross-cultural gameplay improvements. The result of a satisfactory game by Crusader Kings III is the ability to please friends, family members, and random strangers with the tale of your ruler’s accomplishments, multiple spouses, and a variety of misdeeds.
The Banner Saga
A tactical RPG with a beautiful hand-drawn aesthetic, The Banner Saga challenges players to lead a caravan of Norse peoples across the frozen tundra, making difficult decisions that can have devastating consequences. The game’s development team was made up of former Bioware developers, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise to fans mass effect or dragon time that this is a game full of conversations and tough decisions. The character design is a mix of classics Don blood animation and the Rankin/Bass hobbit Movie, which gives the game an unusual charm. Combat is turn-based and takes place on a grid, making it a bit like that dungeons through fire sign. Lasts about ten hours The Banner Saga is a good choice for thoughtful, strategic players who don’t need to waste a lot of free time.
A top-down CRPG, Expeditions: Vikings puts players in the boots of a Viking who inherits leadership of their late father’s clan. The game features strategic combat that borrows the hex grids of the civilization Series and the turn-based battles of games like Divinity: original sin or XCOM. As with many CRPGs (and other games on this list), your choices affect the story, so there’s some replayability. For example, you can be a violent warrior who takes no prisoners, or you can be a non-lethal fighter who prefers to act and see violence as a last resort. As in other games on this list, you will sail to England and confront different factions such as Picts and Angles. What makes this game special is the flexibility of the game system, giving you the freedom to play in a variety of equally viable styles.
Northgard is a real-time strategy game featuring six different playable Viking clans, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Featuring charming, stylized graphics, a fun mix of humans and mythical creatures, and soothing music. Northgard is the Viking equivalent of Warcraft. Your ultimate goal is to conquer the land and defeat the beasts and villains that stand in your way. As usual in this type of games, players have to manage resources, construct buildings and use units to conquer more territory. Northgards The campaign is relatively short, though, making this game a short jaunt (unless you become obsessed with its multiplayer).