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  • It's the only word on every gamer's lips right  now - Valheim. Ever since it launched on Steam  

  • on February 2nd, it's become one of the hottest  games around. What is this Viking-themed survival,  

  • and why is it the must-play game of 2021?

  • Here are the top fifteen reasons  you need to be playing Valheim.

  • #1 - You'll be one of the first.

  • Valheim isn't even fully released yet, and has  been released in early access to those superfans  

  • who want to see it in its earlier stages. While  the game is complete in basic features and you're  

  • unlikely to encounter major bugs, this gives youunique opportunity. The complex open-world game is  

  • full of countless features, adventures, creaturesand opportunities. The team behind the game is  

  • looking for contributions from the many people  who have snapped up the early-access game and are  

  • already exploring it, which means your thoughts  could become part of the finished product.

  • So what is this huge world all about, anyway?

  • #2 - Welcome to Viking World

  • Valheim drops the players in a lush Viking  afterlife where the spirits of Vikings come to  

  • life, explore, and do battle. What you do once you  arrive...that's up to you. As an open-world game,  

  • Valheim can be just as intense  or peaceful as you want to be.  

  • If you stay close to your home base, it  can be a relaxing hunting-and-crafting  

  • game. But if you choose to venture out  of your camp into the world beyond,  

  • countless thrills, adventures, and sometimes  horrors await your personal Viking warrior.

  • But how will you explore it?

  • #3 - Your Own Personal Kingdom

  • Maybe you're a loner! Maybe you spend all  your time working with other people and after  

  • a long day, you just want to explore the Viking  afterlife solo. Well, Valheim has one of the best  

  • single-player modes of any game out there, letting  you explore the totality of the massive world  

  • without any interference. This mode of the game is  as leisurely or as fast-paced as you want, as you  

  • strike out from your base camp and collect rare  items and weapons to make yourself stronger. With  

  • no forced story mode or direct plot pushing you  forward, it's a good choice for the casual gamer.

  • But what if the Viking  afterlife gets a little lonely?

  • #4 - Explore the World with Friends

  • With a world this big and so many potential  tasks to do, it can help to have some backup.  

  • But anyone who has played a multiplayer game  knows that this can be a double-edged sword.  

  • Sometimes you're having fun, and sometimestwelve-year-old named NoobPwner is sniping you  

  • with the expensive premium item his  parents bought him. But in Valheim,  

  • you can customize your user-experience  and invite up to nine of your friends  

  • to build a viking world with you. While you can  all start at the same time, it's also possible  

  • to jump in when you get an invite to  someone else's server and join in mid-game.

  • But what if you want a little  more discord in your Viking game?

  • #5. Welcome to PVP Mode

  • Would it really be a survival game if you  couldn't take some shots at your fellow players?  

  • Valheim does indeed have a PVP mode, but it's not  a main part of the game - yet. Unlike other games,  

  • there is no PVP tournament for exclusive  prizes. Valheim's PVP mode fits seamlessly  

  • into the theme of the world. With  the flick of a switch to enable PVP,  

  • you and the fellow Vikings in your game can now  attack each other, destroy each other's gear,  

  • and battle against each other until there is only  one ultimate survivor. For the destruction-minded,  

  • this is fun - although it probably won't  help you against the monsters lurking about.

  • Wait, did you say monsters?

  • #6. The Bestiary

  • While Valheim may seem like a calm and relaxing  game at first, wait until night falls. You'll  

  • soon see that this world is full of creatures  that range from harmless to terrifying. Some,  

  • like deer and gulls, may seem like normal animals  that you can hunt with ease for food and supplies.  

  • Others, like the hairy amphibious Loxare capable of putting up a good fight  

  • against any Viking ambitious enough to hunt  them. Then there's the Drake and the Draugr,  

  • who will have no problem hunting YOU if you  wander into their territory. It's like exploring  

  • a giant zoo - if there were no barriers  and most of the animals wanted to eat you.

  • Sounds like you'd better be armed.

  • #7 - Get Crafting

  • Like most open-world games, Valheim gives  you the opportunity to boost your supplies  

  • with things you find around the worldBut the days of whacking goblins until  

  • they dropped the rare suit of armor you're  looking for are over! Valheim's creatures  

  • drop supplies that can be collected and  brought back to your base for crafting.  

  • By building workbenches and crafting stations to  refine the materials, you can craft all sorts of  

  • armors, weapons, and enhancements for your home  base. You'll even be able to craft new methods  

  • of transportation to go further in Valheimafter all, there are many Biomes to explore.

  • Wait, what exactly is a Biome?

  • #8 - New Worlds

  • You start in the meadow, the safest biome  and the ideal place to start a base.  

  • You'll find lots of trees, some animals to huntand some minor enemies to fight to get supplies.  

  • But this is just your starting point  to explore a much more dangerous world.

  • Then it's on to the Black Forest, a hilly and deep  biome with exclusive resources like copper and  

  • tin. The creatures are getting more threatening  and this is the first place where you'll get to  

  • explore some dungeons. This is a good place to  get a feel for the more high-intensity biomes.

  • Do you dare to explore the swamp? Not only is  this dark and marshy area home to some of the  

  • game's deadliest creatures, but the biome  itself is starting to become a hazard. The  

  • high trees make it hard to see, and fire  geysers occasionally burst out to burn  

  • your Viking to a crisp. But the valuable  resources within make it worth the foray.

  • The plains may seem like a relief after the  swamp - after all, it's just a wide-open  

  • space full of sunshine. But don't let that fool  you - that just means there's nowhere to hide.  

  • If the large and menacing creatures  like Fulings don't get you,  

  • the swarm of deathsquitos willAnyone pack any Viking bug spray?

  • And then it's into the mountains, a cold and  unforgiving land filled with wolves. Not only  

  • had you better be well-equipped to survive  this land, but the second you set foot in it,  

  • you'll start freezing. This will lower your  stats and make it harder to survive, unless  

  • you've managed to get ahold of some specific  items that negate this negative status effect.

  • And don't forget the ocean, where  you'll be sailing your boat from one  

  • biome to another - and may occasionally  come under attack by a sea serpent.  

  • And who knows what new lands  Valheim will unlock in the future?

  • Sounds like you'd better begin  your exploration on a full stomach.

  • #9 - Belly Up!

  • Eating is a common part of surviving in  survival games, and it can often be unforgiving.  

  • Most games have a health and stamina bar  that goes down when your character doesn't  

  • get enough food - something anyone who's tried  to concentrate on homework while on an empty  

  • stomach can relate to. This can be hard to keep  ahead of and can dominate your gaming experience,  

  • but not in Valheim. While you'll always have  enough strength and stamina to keep going,  

  • making sure your Viking has enough to eat  will pay off in significant stat boosts.  

  • So make sure to get that hunting  in before you face a boss!

  • Wait, bosses? Aren't the regular  monsters dangerous enough?

  • #10. Boss Wars

  • Many game fans define a great game by how  intimidating its bosses are. But in Valheim,  

  • finding these legendary creatures isn't as simple  as marching to the end of the level. If you want  

  • to find the Forsaken Ones and get their unique  abilities, you'll have to put some work in.

  • Dare you hunt Eikthyr, the  cursed black stag of the Meadows?

  • Will you stand against The Elder, the  nightmarish tree-being of the Black Forest?

  • Deep in the Swamp awaits Bonemass, a  terrifying mass of swamp gas and bones.

  • You may have hunted Drakes and Wyverns,  

  • but now you've angered Moderthe Queen Wyvern of the Mountain.

  • And for those who dare to venture that deep,  

  • a battle with Yagluth the Skeleton  King awaits in the Plains.

  • Yeah, the odds are one of these bosses is  going to kill you. But there's good news

  • #11. Death is Not the End

  • How many times has it happened? You're so close to  killing the final boss, then he kills you and that  

  • Game Oversign flashes. But in Valheim, you're  already dead - after all, you're in the afterlife.  

  • And that means that when you die, you'll respawn  back at base camp with a minor stat reduction,  

  • and you can begin your adventure anew. You  might notice that all your gear is gone - but  

  • it's not actually gone. Where you valiantly fell  in battle, you'll find a tombstone that contains  

  • all your gear and can get you back to your former  glory, so you don't have to start from scratch.  

  • So go rob your own grave! There's just one worry  - if you're playing co-op or PVP, you'd better  

  • make sure you get there before any of the other  players do, or they'll wind up with your gear!

  • And you'll be glad, because  this game can go on a long time!

  • #12. It Ends When You Want It To

  • Remember when you beat the final boss in an  old-school game, and you were rewarded with  

  • a quick final animation and a long list  of credits, followed by the start screen?  

  • That's not the case with most open-world  games like Valheim. While there is a story  

  • to follow and the five Forsaken Ones to huntthat doesn't mean that the game ends when you  

  • complete that quest. You can continue to  build up your base, craft new weapons,  

  • and explore new corners of your world until you're  satisfied that you've found every secret. And each  

  • biome has its own secret items, encountersnon-player-characters, and resources to find.

  • And that's all the more impressive given that

  • #13. It's a Steal!

  • Valheim can currently be found on  the Steam platform for $20 dollars,  

  • with sales possible to bring that rock-bottom  price even lower. Most console games can retail  

  • for $60, often for much smaller, story-locked  games that don't have the replay value of Valheim.  

  • This may be an introductory price, and the  company has not made any comment on whether  

  • it will go up when the game fully releases  outside of its early release period, but the  

  • four million fans who have snapped it up aren't  taking any chance of missing out on this deal.

  • And that's been life-changing for five people.

  • #14. Support Indie Gaming

  • Valheim is developed by Iron Gate Studios, a  small indie gaming studio headed by Swedish  

  • developer Richard Svensson with a team of only  five people. It's published by the small Swedish  

  • studio Coffee Stain Publishing, which is most  famous for the quirky game Goat Simulator,  

  • which lets you play as...a goat doing goat  things. So how did this little studio that  

  • could put out the hottest game of 2021? Well, it's  not the first indie game to become a sensation,  

  • but Valheim provides a much larger experience with  high-caliber graphics and a user-friendly gaming  

  • system that cuts down on the frustration  common in many open-world survival games.

  • And they're just getting started.

  • #15. The Adventure Continues

  • Who knows what's awaiting Viking adventurers as  Valheim continues into its wide-release period?  

  • There has been talk of a Sandbox mode that will  allow users to customize the game's conditions  

  • to increase or decrease activity  like in many survival games.  

  • New Biomes called the Mistlands, the Deep Northand the Ashlands are just beginning to unlock.  

  • And the four million vikings who already  call Valheim home are currently hunting,  

  • crafting, and training to be the first  to face whatever beasts lurk within.

  • For more on another indie game  that became an internet phenomenon,  

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  • the First Time - Funny Video Game Challenge”  for more on another classic open-world game.

It's the only word on every gamer's lips right  now - Valheim. Ever since it launched on Steam  

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    林宜悉 posted on 2021/03/20
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