Gaming’s Greatest Vikings

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Everyone loves a Viking. Is it the freedom to go wherever they wish, and do whatever they want? Is it their fighting skills and martial prowess? Or is it just their excellent range of hairstyles? Big TV shows like Vikings and The Last Kingdom cater to our enthusiasm for the bearded bad boys, and games are no different.

Whether it’s traversing a world undergoing Ragnarok, descending into Helheim to save a loved one, or rallying a rebellion to take back your homeland, Vikings offer a deep mythology to draw from, but also distinctive characters who are fiery and freedom-loving. Here are the greatest of gaming Vikings.

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Everyone loves a Viking. Is it the freedom to go wherever they wish, and do whatever they want? Is it their fighting skills and martial prowess? Or is it just their excellent range of hairstyles? Big TV shows like Vikings and The Last Kingdom cater to our enthusiasm for the bearded bad boys, and games are no different.

Whether it’s traversing a world undergoing Ragnarok, descending into Helheim to save a loved one, or rallying a rebellion to take back your homeland, Vikings offer a deep mythology to draw from, but also distinctive characters who are fiery and freedom-loving. Here are the greatest of gaming Vikings.

Eivor – Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

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Though we haven’t yet seen that much of the Viking assassin Eivor, we are confident he is going to be an excellent addition to the gaming pantheon of axe-wielding adventurers. From what we’ve seen, Eivor will not only be able to sail longships around the British coast, à la Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, but his fighting style will also combine the rough and tumble of Viking melee with the hidden blade antics of the assassin order. All in all, it should make for a pretty unique take on the Vikings.

Valravn, Surt, and Fenrir – Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

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Drawing on the famous myth of Orpheus, Senua’s Sacrifice sees a young Celtic girl braving the Norse underworld of Hel to save her lover. While Senua herself is not a Viking, some of the most memorable parts of that game are the boss fights with the Viking deities guarding Hel’s gate. To pass through, you must fight Valravn, the bird-like god of illusion; Surt, a jötunn of fire; and Fenrir, a monstrous wolf. All of these bosses and the areas leading up to them are wonderfully flavourful, offering insight into some of the lesser known Viking deities.

Bolverk – The Banner Saga Trilogy

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There are fewer things more Viking than a berserker frothing at the mouth and whirling a couple of axes around their head. But The Banner Saga found a way to go one better. Bolverk is a Varl, a race of mythical horned giants, but he abandoned their honour code to be a mercenary, snapping off his horns and turning them into the handles of his dual axes, Claw and Fang. He also sometimes goes into a blinding rage in battle, and you can no longer control him, a berserker after any Viking’s heart.

Ulfic Stormcloak – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

As one of the first characters you meet in the frosty land of Skyrim, Ulfric Stormcloak cuts quite the impression, with his hands tied, and his mouth covered to stop him from shouting. There are few things that feel more Viking than the Thu’um, the ability the Dragonborn has to shout in the language of the dragons. But while the Dragonborn was given the ability, Ulfric Stormcloak spent years studying it, and then used it to shout the High King to death. You don’t get much more Viking than that.

The Vikings – For Honor

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As one of the groups of duelists in For Honor, The Vikings are a force to be reckoned with, bringing a variety of combat approaches to the table. Whether it’s the brutal melee rush of the Berserker, the Raider’s heavy dual-wielding strikes, or the hybrid Valkyrie with sword and shield, For Honor’s Vikings not only have the ability to adapt to any scenario, they also demonstrate the group’s iconic fighting style.

Thora – Jotun

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As a Norse warrior who failed to die a glorious death, Thora must cut a trail across Viking purgatory, proving herself worthy to enter the afterlife of Valhalla. One of the ways she must accomplish this is by defeating the Jotun, a group of massive giants, but despite the fact she is often literally dwarfed by the odds stacked against her, she keeps going, determined to prove herself worthy – a true Viking backbone.

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