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Essays 22 March 2024, 05:40

author: Paul Wozniak

Valheim. The best online games for playing with friends

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  1. Developer: Iron Gate Studio
  2. Publisher: Coffee Stain Publishing
  3. Release date: February 2, 2021 (early access)
  4. Genre: action survival
  5. More about the game: here

What is Valheim?

Valheim is one of those multiplayer games that won the hearts of players around the world even before their official premiere – in early access, of course. But how is the game from Iron Gate different from other survivals? Well, at first glance, everything seems to be in order with the genre's garden-variety standard – gathering resources, building settlements and hunting. However, I think Valheim has been successful mainly because it has vibe, style and a clearly defined gameplay goal. After all, the entire game draws heavily from Norse mythology, and our task, in addition to survival, is to defeat challenging bosses and impress the gods so that we can gain entry to Valhalla.

What makes this a good game to play with friends?

The phenomenon of Valheim lies in the game's ability to compel people to play as a team. I can confirm this on two examples – our editorial office had fun for several intense weeks, working together for the Viking settlement, and a group of my gaming buddies probably did everything that can be done in the early version of the game. The aforementioned activities are much more enjoyable when done in cooperation, especially since most of them involve quite tedious and repetitive (though very relaxing and engaging) actions. So, if you haven't played yet, get your friends and try it. No time to waste!

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