Ok, to start of, if you have seen Lord of the Rings, then you'll be able to follow this review, if not, buy Lord of the Rings, watch it, and then read the review.
Viking sucks. I'll put it that simple. The game has no story, no character devolopment, no expansions, repetative gameplay, no extra's, nothing at all.
You see, the problem is, Viking is a game, that sorta resembles better games, the typical free roaming adventure game (or rpg), such as say, Oblivion, or World of Warcraft. But, they have cut down the size of the levels, making it a fairly small map, and then added lots of battles, that are just so boring and tedious (not to mention simple), that it just doesn't grow beyond that.
The combat system is the worst. Fighting mechanics don't work well, and it gets glitchy. Locking on to people is a nightmare, and as a result, the game will annoy you to death.
The gameplay is repetative, you basically have to go around a small map, defeating armies, and trying to rescue your own army. Once you have accomplished all these stupid tasks (the same for every freaking level!), you get to fight they big battles.
And those big battles....look awesome. Seriously, that 's the only good thing about this game, the big battles.
Picture Helmsdeep (Lord of the Rings), picture massive orc armies, all ready to kill, your army progresses, and you have to...kill a shaman, or something, and all this is going on, everywhere, and it looks good. That is, until you see the glitches, the poor combat, and before you know it, you are surrounded in the worst place ever. Lot's of action, but no real good way of fighting. It's bad, really bad.
The character is also....bad. He has no voice, nor any tekst, you just have to listen to what other people say, and do what they have commanded you too. There is no story to guide you, all that you can say is that you work for Freya (Norse Goddess of Love), and you have to defeat Hell (Norse Goddess of the Underworld for normal mortals....), you you get the picture, Just fight, and forget about the rest.
Even the graphics are poor. Seriously. I'll admit, the battles look cool, really, the way everything is so busy, it all looks great, but that's only about 1/3 of the game, and for the rest, it's just one map, but made to look a bit different. There's nothing special about it, really, just bad. Even the monsters aren't worth your time.
The music will be very reminiscent of Lord of the Rings, theatrical, dramatic music, and that sounds good enough, but always the same theme...boring.
so, would I recommend this game? NO! It's bad! Buy Lord of the Rings instead. Then go play a different game.