Valheim Preview UPDATED (Steam Early Access)

Coffee Stain’s Viking Saga, Valheim, Launches on February 2nd on Steam Early Access

A brutal exploration and survival game for 1-10 players, set in a procedurally-generated purgatory inspired by Viking culture. Battle, build and conquer your way to a saga worthy of Odin’s patronage.


  • Decent graphics.
  • 1GB download size.
  • Controller support.
  • Graphics-fullscreen, resolution, v-sync, vegetation quality, particle lights, draw distance, bloom, ssao, sun shafts, motion blur, tessellation, soft particles, depth of field, and chromatic aberration.
  • Gui scale slider.
  • Character creator-male/female, name, skin tone, hair, beard, hair tone, and blondness.
  • Random seed generator for world creation.
  • Community server option.
  • Survival gameplay.
  • PvP damage can be turned on and off in the menu.
  • Huggin-bird gives tutorial advice and shows up when needed.
  • Night/day cycle.
  • Can craft basics in the menu whilst crafting workbenches etc allow more advanced crafting.
  • Pick up resources from the floor or kill/destroy things ala Minecraft/Ark.
  • Level up stats by doing them so jumping increases that state for example and using weapons increases those.
  • Can see enemy health bars.
  • Visible to other players can be switched on and off in the menu at any time.
  • Death-you drop a portion of items and leave a tombstone behind, you can go and claim it to retrieve items and the tombstone is marked on the map.
  • You can get invaded by the animals of the world or the other people.
  • Turn pvp on and off at will.
  • As you build things you can unlock new recipes.
  • Snap together building system.
  • Can rotate all pieces of furniture and building.
  • Cool explosion animation when killing things.
  • Rest-at anytime you can sit down and go into a restful state.
  • Food/hunger system.
  • Cold-happens a lot at night and decreases your stamina regen. Being cold and wet makes it worse but you can remedy it with fire.
  • Lore is dished out via ancient texts, you interact with these stones and it comes up with the original language then translates to English.
  • Bed-claim it to make it a spawn point and use it to fast forward night.
  • Invasions can happen whereby the enemy or the animals will come to your camp and cause damage.
  • Map markers-mark it with one of the icons and name it what you want.
  • Big boss fights-summon them when you find the altar and put up the relevant sacrifice.
  • Full of adventure.
  • Caves/burial grounds are full of needed loot/items.
  • Go through the stages of development from wood to stone, bronze, silver etc.
  • Day/night cycle with awesome heavy rain with lightning.
  • Trees can fall and kill enemies, damage you or your houses but also fell more trees!
  • Combat is hack and slash but it’s about dodging, parrying and blocking.
  • Slight horror aspects as you hear noises of the enemy, you can see the enemy eyes in the dark and oh yeah huge fuck off trolls!
  • Auto walk button.
  • The building mechanic does allow very extravagant designs.
  • You can terraform the world by highering/lowering the floor or by digging into the earth.
  • Abilities-you earn a special abilities after beating the bosses.
  • You can see the fish swimming around.
  • You can share recipes with people by passing them the ingredients.
  • Ping the map.
  • The map size is absolutely huge! And it houses many biomes with their own set of enemies, elements and reward.

Coffee Stain’s Viking Saga, Valheim, Launches on February 2nd on Steam Early Access


  • No Steam achievements.
  • The controller doesn’t work in all menus.
  • New crafting recipes pop up and block part of the screen.
  • Boats or namely rafts are an absolute ass to control and even get aboard!
  • No way to manipulate the day/night cycle.
  • Not as controller friendly as you would like.
  • Have to be so precise with the cursor to pick up materials/items.
  • The building is a problem with it clashing with geometry constantly.
  • Deconstruction of buildings/walls/etc is a pain.
  • So much criteria needed for building things like workbench which needs a roof and cannot be exposed.
  • Fighting with the controller has no lock on and is very spammy.
  • Combat takes some getting used too.
  • In multiplayer your mates can’t see the hosts or other players map markers.
  • Underground sections like the caves and burial grounds are way too tight and claustrophobic.

Coffee Stain’s Viking Saga, Valheim, Launches on February 2nd on Steam Early Access


This is quite a brief rundown on the current build of Valheim. I needed to just get a starting block put up as the game despite being in early access is massive! With so much to do and so much to discover it’s a game that will require a lot of time to sift through and sift through I will! Valheim is managing to give the genre a fresh break, Ark was one of the best games in this space but that felt aimless whereas here we get more story, lore, and atmosphere. You cannot even begin to imagine how much game is here and how great this really is. If it carries on this way, Valheim is a proper game of the year contender.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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