Valheim - co-op viking survival

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https://store.steampowered.com/app/892970/Valheim/

This seems like it might be a thing. 1-10 player co-op PvE survival/Minecraft town-building with optional PvP, private world hosting options (?procedurally generated), £15/$20, 500mb install, 2 million copies sold on word of mouth in a week before any of the big outlets realised they might need to review it

The survival elements aren't super hardcore (I don't think you starve to death or freeze, but it debuffs you) but you can be killed by a tree you just felled or die of smoke inhalation if you start a campfire in your poorly-ventilated shed. Haven't got to any new areas or made any kind of start on the mythological boss-hunting aspect yet, just hunting deer and boar and sheltering from thunderstorms in my appallingly uneven, bolted-together dwelling. From the later gameplay elements the Steam reviews describe it seems incredibly full-featured and polished for an Early Access game. It's very pretty in a blurry PS2-on-steroids kind of way, beautiful lighting

Anyway yeah I fired it up to figure it out real quick and it's three hours later

hiroyoshi tins in (Sgt. Biscuits), Tuesday, 16 February 2021 01:34 (four months ago) link

Tell me more about your time with it because I noticed this the other day and my fellow Ark partner and I are interesting in it so far.

Two Meter Peter (Ste), Tuesday, 16 February 2021 11:30 (four months ago) link

I have only played solo.

It's probably one of those games best experienced going in blind, but having someone around to clarify mechanics for you.

I am delighted by how the mechanics of your home base evokes a feeling of sanctuary from the wild:

1) You reach a "rested" state by having roof over head and floor under foot
2) Your workbench unlocks more actions within a large radius; as long as you're near home, you can actually do more than you can out in the wild
3) The outdoors can apply debuffs to you that being inside prevents and removes (e.g., getting wet in the rain)
4) Relatively small inventory, so having storage at home is necessary

These things together evoke a satisfying comfort. It good.

unashamed and trash (Unctious), Tuesday, 16 February 2021 15:08 (four months ago) link

The last thing I did before I wrenched myself away and went to bed was shelter from a long, intense thunderstorm in my hut, it went on for ages

hiroyoshi tins in (Sgt. Biscuits), Tuesday, 16 February 2021 15:18 (four months ago) link

This is dope.

circa1916, Monday, 22 February 2021 01:45 (four months ago) link

Seems to have really nailed the difficulty level and learning curve. Things are unfurled at just the right pace. Some of the more tedious aspects of the survival genre are streamlined. Gets tough enough to make you sweat from time to time but it’s not grueling. Haven’t tried multiplayer yet, but I can see it being really fun.

circa1916, Monday, 22 February 2021 01:51 (four months ago) link

i have spent so, so much of my weekend in this in a server w some friends and it is really great. circa1916 nailed it, the difficulty curve is just right. i actually tried ark a week ago and bounced off hard, playing with a friend trying to even FIND each other was impossible after an hour or two so we gave up and ended up getting into this. we have a little village with a big wood effigy and i died taking barnacles off of something scary 10/10

Kompakt Total Landscaping (Will M.), Monday, 22 February 2021 07:11 (four months ago) link

Yeah admittedly I don't like Ark all that much but my friend sometimes insists we play it. Kinda why I want to find something similar but heaps better. This is looking promising, I've watched a bit of play on yt and other than the building looking a bit clunky everything else seems to look smart.

Two Meter Peter (Ste), Monday, 22 February 2021 09:15 (four months ago) link

we are two bosses down, third to go, and it is spawning veeeeery far away in a big swamp (the level 3 biome) pretty much surrounded by plains (the level 4 biome) which is not gonna make our lives easy. we have a local swamp we have yet to exploit the hell out of for iron tho, hopefully when we all get that gear upgraded we'll be less screwed by all of those damn deathsquitos and goblins. the plains are so PRETTY though!!

Kompakt Total Landscaping (Will M.), Thursday, 25 February 2021 19:21 (three months ago) link

This has become an absolute sensation in my group of friends, even managing to draw in a number of sceptical non-gamers. There’s a group of 10 or so now who drop in on the dedicated server semi-regularly and it’s just such great fun.

We’re making pretty slow progress because we’re trying to only do the bosses together in a big group so no one gets left behind (which basically limits us to Sunday afternoons). But there’s still something for everyone. The deer hunting in particular is so well realised and everyone enjoys that, but otherwise there are people who love sailing about uncovering the map, others who are all about grinding in the dungeons, one guy who loves the architecture and is all about messing around with crossbeams and building ever more elaborate long halls.

Some really fun emergent game play - a particular highlight was a big siege on our first base built within the Black Forest which happened to occur while all 10 players were online, so the numbers / toughness of the enemies scaled up really nicely. Lots of firing bows from balconies and parapets, trolls destroying the camp, a few heroic deaths.

Another time where we rafted across to another landmass in the very early game, two guys promptly got killed and the raft got destroyed, leaving the one survivor to sneak desperately alone behind enemy lines carrying everyone’s valuable gear before eventually arriving safely home after building his own raft. Watching him sail out of the mist on his raft with his torch held aloft as we all waited on the coast for him was a great moment.

The mining is admittedly a bit of a tedious grind but you can’t have it all.

Great game!!

Windsor Davies, Tuesday, 9 March 2021 17:01 (three months ago) link

Quite a few of us have been playing on Nvidia GeForce now, it’s been my first dalliance with streamed gaming and I’ve been really impressed with it

Windsor Davies, Tuesday, 9 March 2021 17:04 (three months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgFzP5m1k_c

Two Meter Peter (Ste), Tuesday, 9 March 2021 17:28 (three months ago) link

oh glad there is a thread. this is my favorite game in decades, unbelievably well-thought out. i imagine having a team of five helped. great fun with friends, finally getting to plains and swamps and it's a lot of spooky fun

global tetrahedron, Tuesday, 9 March 2021 19:15 (three months ago) link

i love how the resource tree expands while not siloing too much. like right now our bottleneck is resin! but we'd been focusing on iron, so we need to adjust

global tetrahedron, Tuesday, 9 March 2021 19:16 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

Ive just started solo playing this. I'm still extremely noob-exposed, and had to run screaming from a giant troll i stumbled across as it was clear I had no chance.

I managed to die, in a dungeon, with a ton of loot on me and it took 5 very sweary retries to get it all fecking back.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Monday, 3 May 2021 01:36 (one month ago) link


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