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I saw this game crop up randomly when searching and thought it looked interesting from the trailer. I saw the terms 'Early Access' and 'Survival' and red flags popped up with how many of them there are (most are rubbish). The GFX are nothing to write home about and are pretty basic but the systems already in place on its 4th day in Early Access are quite impressive.

However the Steam reviews currently sit at 96% Overwhelmingly Positive on Steam and thought it might be worth a look.

Seems like a cross between:

  • Fable with its combat system
  • Dark Souls with its respawn at camp when you die mechanic
  • Skyrim with skills leveling up the more you use them
  • Ark/Conan with the building mechanics and boss fights
  • Monster Hunter/The Witcher type of enemies
  • Has 2 - 10 PvE Co-op

ABOUT THE GAME​

A battle-slain warrior, the Valkyries have ferried your soul to Valheim, the tenth Norse world. Besieged by creatures of chaos and ancient enemies of the gods, you are the newest custodian of the primordial purgatory, tasked with slaying Odin’s ancient rivals and bringing order to Valheim.

Your trials begin at the disarmingly peaceful centre of Valheim, but the gods reward the brave and glory awaits. Venture forth through imposing forests and snow-capped mountains, explore and harvest more valuable materials to craft deadlier weapons, sturdier armor, viking strongholds and outposts. Build a mighty longship and sail the great oceans in search of exotic lands … but be wary of sailing too far...​

Key features:
  • Huge procedurally-generated world - explore and inhabit mystical lands, from mysterious forests to imposing snow-topped mountain ranges and stunning meadows, complete with their own creatures of legend to battle and wildlife to hunt.
  • Co-op PvE (2-10 players) - - Whether you want to brave the lands alone or venture with trusted allies, Valheim supports independent, player-hosted servers and unlimited world creation. We recommend playing co-op with 3-5 players.
  • Punishing dodge & block based combat system with a wide range of weapons
  • Build & sail ships - from flimsy rafts to imposing warships, build legendary vessels to conquer the seas and discover new lands.
  • Summon and defeat vengeful primordial bosses of myth and legend, and collect trophies to progress and craft new powerful items
  • Flexible house and base building system - raise mead halls, farms, settlements outposts, castles and more.
  • Intuitive item crafting - forge the finest weapons and armour, and craft food and mead.
  • Dedicated server- for players who want to run a persistent server. If you prefer not to run a server on your PC, consider renting a server at G-Portal.
 

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Valheim is currently the Number 1 Best Selling Game on Steam and currently still sits at a hugely impressive 96% Overwhelmingly Positive rating. It has been receiving rave reviews from the media and gamers alike and is also becoming a massive hit on Twitch too with over 127,000 peak viewers.​
 

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Just bought a copy! Looking forward to getting some games in, DD!
 

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Just bought a copy! Looking forward to getting some games in, DD!

Been looking for another good co-op game and it has some good potential for sure.

Managed to get about an hour in earlier to try and test out a few systems before we start properly and it’s quite addictive once you start unlocking things and advancing.

Starts out in the usual unremarkable survival game manner and the overly familiar cycle of chopping trees and gathering resources but it does quickly move forward. The more items you find the more crafting recipes you unlock and the more tools/weapons and armour you can create and venture further and further into the dangerous areas to unlock even more things.

Ventured a little too far and wandered into the Black Forest biome before I was ready and got battered by some enemies in there and had to trek back for my loot.

Found myself building a little house with bed to respawn and fire to cook for better health buffs and found myself playing with the building tools for that for a while. The building system is pretty good once you get the hang of it and with some more tweaks it could be fantastic.
 

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Interesting... :unsure:
 

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Interesting... :unsure:

Its actually really good and the gameplay loop becomes pretty addictive. The more you play the more crafting recipes you unlock, the more you upgrade & build the further you can explore and it’s really easy to jump in and out of and actually feel like you have made some progress each session. 1 - 10 player co-op sessions too and every player can bring their characters into anyone else’s world at will and take all character progress & found items back to their own games etc.

@Steve shared this review with me and it covers most aspects well.

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The developers that the game has now sold 2 million copies in 13 days and they have reached a new peak concurrent player milestone on Steam of 360,000.

 

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I have a dedicated Valheim server running if anyone wants to join. I'm working to smooth out some bumps at the moment (like autoupdate) since I'm fairly new to this. I can pm you info you want (we have one and a half active players).
 

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Only 3 weeks into their Early Access Launch and now they have .

Statement by Irongate

Greetings!

This February has been truly wild! Less than three weeks into Early Access, we’ve already hit another milestone. Valheim has now been purchased by over three million brave Vikings looking to survive the 10th world of the Yggdrasil - or die trying - probably crushed by a falling tree.

To keep up with the old norse references, this is now equivalent to 74,319 longhouses stuffed with Vikings singing songs and celebrating victory with some great tasting mead, so.. SKÅL!

We’re also continuing to break records! Here’s what we’ve achieved together in the last week:​
  • Over 60,000 ‘Overwhelmingly Positive’ reviews​
  • Officially entered the Steam’s Top 250 best reviewed games of all time (we’re 78th and climbing!)​
  • Currently 7th most streamed game on twitch, surpassing CS:GO, Dota 2, Minecraft and Rust​
  • Over 20 million hours of gameplay already watched - now help us find a Viking reference for this one!​


What is even more incredible is all the great content you have already been sending our way. We’ve seen amazing art, read great stories and heard awesome music - all inspired by Valheim, all in the space of 17 days.

The Iron Gate team wanted to share one more big thank you to everyone who has already joined us on this exciting journey of mythological proportions.

Speak to you soon <3

Praise Odin!

The Iron Gate Team​
 

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Valheim tops 500,000 simultaneous players, beating four more records in the process and sells 4 million units.​


On Sunday 21st Feb, the game reached 500,000 simultaneous players, , breaking four other all-time Steam player count records. The game reached a concurrent player count of 502,387.

They also announced today that they have sold 4 million copies of the game in 3 weeks.

IRON GATE STATEMENT

Vikings!

When Valheim first hit Steam Early Access just three weeks ago, we hoped that all the hard work our small team put into the game these past three years would get the attention it deserved.

Little did we know just how much Valheim would resonate with all four million of you.

That’s right! Three weeks into Early Access, and we’ve hit another milestone, four million brave souls embarking on the most dangerous feat in over a thousand years of Viking history - trying to make Odin proud.​

Some of the latest:
  • This past weekend, we hit 500,000 concurrent players - this puts Valheim in the top 5 most played games in the history of Steam.
  • Valheim has already been played for a combined total of 10,000 years! That’s 3,649,980 more days than the 20 days it has been on Steam Early Access.
  • Still climbing the Steam’s Top 250 best reviewed games of all time, now sitting in 57th place!
  • 81,000+ Overwhelmingly Positive reviews

For the fourth (and surely not final) time - thank you!!! We couldn’t have wished for a more engaged, passionate and supportive community, and all of your amazing creations and ideas are keeping us motivated to deliver the Valheim you all deserve.

Praise Odin!

The Iron Gate Team​
 
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