I should never have played this game, but you definitely should. You see, when I sat down to play Playstation All-Stars: Battle Royale I found another game in front of me. Not the highly anticipated Sony Brawler, but a rather curious title that goes by the name of When Vikings Attack. I assume you’re wondering how I mistook this game for Playstation All -Stars? Well, it was situated directly to the left of the Playstation All-Stars booth: a move that is clearly a cunning ploy to coax unwitting gamers into trying this quirky little gem.
So, sat there as I was, with the All-Stars booth full, I decided to play and I soon realised that my mistake has led me to discover one of the best games at the show. What? Why? How? You ask. Simply because: this game is fun. Sometimes, games don’t need ultra-realistic graphics, fully orchestrated soundtracks and a body count in the millions to be fun. Sometimes, they just need to draw you in and make you laugh. That’s exactly what When Vikings Attack did. In fact, for sheer entertainment value it can easily match or beat many of the supposed top games on the show floor.
The game puts you in command of a small troop of characters, who must do battle with an opposing possé controlled by another player. To win this ‘fight’ you must run around the arenas, each with their own distinctive setting and style, and pick up objects that you must then fling at the other group. If your object hit the opposition, it may send them sprawling or could even cause them to come and join your rather cute group of ruffians. Objects can range from a simple garbage bag, to a rocket the size of a human. The key to the game is eliminating the entire opposing group in one way or another before the time runs out. Once you win 3 games in a row you will have won the round and only then can you proclaim yourself ultimate champion.
When I tell you that When Vikings Attack is one of the best games I have seen at the Expo this weekend you’ll realise just how much I enjoy this game. It’s fun, addictive and has some charming cel shaded graphics to boot. Get this game on your radar.