Valheim’s Fireside and House replace has simply sufficient to reel me again in
I by no means want a lot of an excuse to fireplace up Valheim. After the preliminary 200+ hour binge again in February when it launched on Steam’s Early Entry, Iron Gate’s Viking survival sport has change into my go-to sport if I simply wish to chill for an hour or 5. Like others, I have been impatiently ready for the Fireside and House replace to land, so I used to be excited to leap in to see how a lot has modified and whether or not it has a major affect on normal gameplay.
As recommended, I made a decision to begin a brand new world with a brand new character, and the primary noticeable distinction is the stamina bar. It appears smaller—shorter?—at baseline, and numbers have been added to point how a lot stamina you are utilizing when working or swinging your axe—or smacking that bloody annoying greyling that will not depart you alone.
As I explored this new world, it felt like I had much less stamina than earlier than, but it surely’s actually onerous to inform—perhaps it simply feels that means as you have got precise numbers to take a look at now, reasonably than only a strong yellow bar.
Meals is one other main distinction. My go-to meals originally is raspberries, however due to the rebalancing, these do not appear to offer you any vital well being enhance, and what well being they do give feels rather a lot slower to regen. Mushrooms really feel largely unchanged, although, and meat provides you a substantial enhance, whether or not from boars or deer. Small ‘fork’ icons have additionally been added to meals gadgets, and these are totally different colors, relying on whether or not they favour well being, stamina or are balanced.
I used to be wanting to make my first bow, because it’s one of many weapons with massive stability adjustments, and I used to be pleasantly shocked by the outcomes. The bow feels much better—or the essential bow with the bottom talent degree does, at the least. Earlier than the replace, the beginning bow at all times felt very ‘free’ and inaccurate (or perhaps I am only a crap shot), however now it feels way more sturdy. Maybe the damaging balancing results are felt with higher bows at greater talent ranges.
I spent the subsequent hour or two working round gathering wooden, stone, and no matter meals I might discover, all whereas looking for an deserted hut to sleep in. I might use this as a brief base whereas exploring to discover a extra everlasting location for a correct residence—ideally near the ocean. I saved to the Meadows biome to start out with, and there appeared to be much more raspberry bushes and mushrooms than beforehand. Boars and deer additionally really feel extra plentiful, although perhaps I simply obtained fortunate with a superb seed.
I discovered a cute village subsequent to the coast—and never too far-off from the Black Forest—so I arrange a base there. Then I set about gathering sufficient supplies to make myself some primary leather-based armour and prepare dinner up some meat.
Now, I usually set myself on hearth when cooking in Valheim. Not for the added heat, however as a result of there at all times appears to be that one little bit of meat that will get caught behind the cooking station, and you may’t get shut sufficient to succeed in it. Not anymore! Your character’s pick-up radius appears to have elevated—and if it hasn’t, there’s some form of wizardry at work that actually throws the cooked meals in your route.
The primary boss Eikthyr went down as simply because it usually does, and I killed my first troll with the bow whereas mining copper. Nothing new to report there. However the enjoyable actually began the subsequent day when the phrases ‘The forest is shifting’ appeared on my display screen.
Now, normally, I might have arrange a fence round my base by this level—or killed the boss on a distinct world fully—as a result of Valheim helps you to do this if you happen to’d reasonably think about base-building with out the specter of trolls (or worse) destroying all of your onerous work. However as I used to be wanting to push development on this new world, I hadn’t thought forward to raids.
So when a greydwarf brute, a shaman, and about 67,000(ish) greydwarfs confirmed up on my doorstep howling for my blood, I did the wise—if un-Vikingly—factor and ran away as shortly as my stamina allowed.
Okay, so it was in all probability about 5 greydwarfs, but it surely’s been a very long time since I’ve skilled one of these raid. I am normally protected behind my partitions and might both wait it out or choose them off from the highest of a tower with my bow. So this was a little bit of a shock. I am undecided if there have been extra greydwarfs than typical, or it is simply been so lengthy since I used to be on this scenario, however I knew there was no means I might stand and combat them grouped up as they had been.
They did not spawn in progressively, so I did not have an opportunity to select any off earlier than extra confirmed up. It was like a complete clan—and their prolonged household—descended upon my base inside seconds. After all, a few common greylings needed to get in on the motion, too, in addition to a boar that I blindly bumped into whereas
fleeing planning my technique.
Fortunately the brute and the shaman cleared off as soon as the raid was over, however the remainder—together with each greylings and the boar—determined to stay round for the afterparty. I ended up sporting them down slowly, taking a fast swing in any respect of them with my membership earlier than working (in brief bursts to let my stamina regen), then repeating this till they had been all lifeless.
After the thrill of that victory, I selected to go away on a excessive observe and go to one in all my already established worlds to see what’s new. The very first thing I did was construct an obliterator as a result of, severely, merchandise destruction has by no means been so cool. I additionally took the chance to run round and rename a few of my tamed wolves as a result of how might I not?
Valheim’s Fireside and House replace would not make the sport really feel a lot totally different, and that is a superb factor. Whereas it would not add new biomes or any tangible content material to get caught into, there’s nonetheless lots to get enthusiastic about with this replace. At the least two requested options have been added with the cartography desk and the obliterator. And the brand new darkwood constructing items—to not point out the inverted partitions—are sufficient to maintain any Valheim builder busy for some time. There are additionally a couple of different surprises which have solely been hinted at for progression-minded gamers, although I will not spoil these right here.
Certain, you may must get used to the brand new blocking and staggering system, in addition to experiment with totally different meals mixtures for varied conditions. However at its core, Valheim remains to be the identical nice sport all of us fell in love with again in February, and it is now in a greater place to welcome future updates.