10 Best Viking Games for Different Platforms
Immerse yourself in the world of Norse mythology – cruel and cold, but sometimes funny.
1. The Banner Saga
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android.
Tactical role-playing game, the visual style of which strongly resembles the old Disney cartoons. Here, much is inspired by the culture of the Vikings, in particular the race and the hostile world around them. You move around it, driving two caravans.
You have to make important decisions, monitor the indicators of the will and satiety of the nomadic group, as well as fight with formidable enemies-conquerors. Battles take place in turn-based mode. You move the heroes from one cell to another, decide whether to attack the enemy or perform some other, more useful action in this situation
The project of the Swedish studio Arrowhead Game Studios, which is familiar with Scandinavian legends firsthand. The developers decided to focus on the magical aspect of native mythology. And they squeezed the maximum out of it.
At your disposal are several basic spells of various elements, which are combined in many ways. For example, to prevent enemies from quickly reaching you, you can conjure a stone wall with flames. Or scatter therapeutic mines on the ground, restoring the health of the allies advancing on them. Or even just drop a hefty comet on a group of supostats.
3. Through the Woods
A real gift for lovers of Norwegian folklore. The action of the adventure project takes place in a remote forest, where the main character wanders in search of her kidnapped son. There, mysterious creatures peek out from behind the trees and it is easy to stumble upon an abandoned house or a runic stone. All this seems to hint at an ancient mystery directly related to the fate of the child.
The world of Through the Woods looks like the embodiment of the vivid fantasies of a Norwegian child, who was strictly forbidden to walk in the forest.
Platforms: PC, iOS.
This platformer with a distinctive visual style, like no other game, demonstrates the true guise of Loki – the god of cunning and deception. He steals the wings from the protagonist, and you need to return them at any cost. To do this, you will have to make your way through fiery mines, frosty mountains and dwarven labyrinths full of puzzles and runic symbols.
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, Nintendo Switch.
You play as the Viking Tora, who dies an unremarkable death. With all her might, she seeks to impress the gods in order to get to Valhalla – a heavenly palace for valiant warriors who fell in battle.
The game introduces many moments of Scandinavian legends. You will learn who Freya and Thor are, what the rejuvenating apples of Idunn and the well of knowledge of Mimir are. And the project boasts pleasant hand-drawn graphics and atmospheric music.
6. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch.
Despite the fact that the action of this already legendary role-playing game takes place in a completely different universe, the aesthetics of the Vikings here are felt at every step. Much has been borrowed from Norwegian lore and altered to fit into the world of The Elder Scrolls.
It’s easy to draw analogies between the giant dragon Alduin, one of the main characters in the game, and the huge wolf Fenrir, the son of Loki and Angrboda. There are draugrs and giants, runic symbols and familiar titles. And the phrase “Skyrim for nords!” sounding here and there speaks for itself.
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7. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One.
The heartbreaking story of a warrior who goes to the world of the dead Helheim to save a dead lover. During the journey, the heroine is forced to fight psychosis, which is literally transmitted to the player through auditory hallucinations recorded in a special way.
The game combines elements of both Celtic and Norse mythology. Interacting with the runic stones scattered here and there, you can listen to many interesting stories about different aspects of the Scandinavian world. Sword fights and interesting puzzles are also enough.
8. God of War
Platform: PlayStation 4.
Although the protagonist of the game Kratos is an ancient Greek hero, he manages to get along well in the Norwegian lands. Together with his son Atreus, he embarks on a dangerous journey to dispel the ashes of his deceased wife Faye.
This is a very spectacular and touching action movie that presents the most abstract ideas of Norwegian folklore in a form understandable to all. The action takes place long before the appearance of the Vikings, but you can visit six of the nine afterlife worlds of Norse mythology.
9. The Last Vikings
Platforms: iOS, Android.
One of the best games on Google Play for 2016. In it you have to plow dangerous seas, attack peaceful settlements and fight monsters. All in order to restore the glory of the Vikings. The project has many heroes, weapons and ships. As well as simple, but very nice graphics.
10. Zombie Vikings
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One.
A cooperative arcade game with a very unusual humor, in which a group of zombie Vikings need to find the lost eye of the supreme god Odin, kidnapped by the treacherous Loki. Among the characters are a man fused with an octopus and a brutal, but flirtatious warrior. Enemies and tasks are appropriate.
The action takes place in eight different worlds. You can use more than 40 types of weapons, as well as runes to gain new abilities. The gameplay is simple. But it is simple just enough that you can get together with friends and, without straining too much, have plenty of fun.