Ravenbound is next for us folks. A unique open-world fantasy gamer inspired by Scandinavian folklore. Or rather Norse mythology. And it’s not our first-time tackling Norse folklore. We did it in our article about Northgard where we explored some of the finest Viking TV shows out there. You can read that article here as it’s filled to the brim with fantastic TV projects.
However, in our Ancestor Legacy article, we explored some awesome Viking movies. It’s also a great read and should give you some inspiration about that to watch in your downtime. Check it out here.
Ravenbound: Norse Mythology Unlocked
Yup. Right here and now we’re here about Ravenbound. A special game for us. A game that also has Norse folklore in its core. And a game that got us to look out for other Norse-inspired games. Which is the exact theme of this article. We thought it would be a good idea to check out other great games that have Norse faxlore in their core. Heck, we did it with Slavic mythology for Paradise Lose. Check it out here. So why not give it another shot and explore this fascinating mythology from another angle? A gaming angle if you will.
But first… It’s best to understand what the game is all about, don’t you think?
Ravenbound: What’s It All About You Might Ask?
Developed and published by Systemic Reaction, Ravenbound is a fast-paced action game that combines the challenge of a roguelike with the choices of an open world. And in it, you are a Vessel to the Raven. An eternal weapon forged by imprisoned Gods. In order to free them and restore order to the island of Ávalt the Raven must rebuild its power. One vessel’s life at the time. Permadeath is a big part of Ravenbound. While each Vessel is lost forever once they fall in battle, the strength they bring to the Raven is not. Thus, allowing you to come back stronger each time.
So, battle creatures inspired by Scandinavian folklore and tall tales about what happens to those who lose their way in the woods. Face off against large Trolls, ruthless Huldras, and undead Draugr as you freely explore the beautiful island of Ávalt. Either on foot or soaring through the skies in Raven form.
Ravenbound is available for purchase here at IndieGala with 15% off of the regular price. Don’t wait up. Get it while it’s still hot because it’s not gonna be for long. Oh and if you’re not interested in Ravenbound, then Northgard is available for purchase too. So is Ancestor Legacy, which you can check out here.
And What Are Some Of The Steam Comments Saying About it?
*Capt. Mittens says: The game is a huge amount of fun, runs well, and combat is easy to pick up and hard to master. Worth the money.
*While chuckchildress25 adds: it’s a challenging game. but the reward once you defeat a boss or clear a camp, makes it feel worth it.
OK. Back to the topic at hand.
Which Games Are Also Inspired by Norse Mythology Too?
Well, we selected some of the finest that should catch your eye. This time we’re gonna omit Northgard and Ancestor Legacy and we’re gonna focus on some truly great and interesting ones. Oh, and don’t forget. All of these picks are also available for purchase here at IndieGala.
God Of War
Unlike previous games, which were loosely based on Greek mythology, this installment is loosely inspired by Norse mythology. With the majority of it set in ancient Scandinavia in the realm of Midgard. However, before settling on Norse mythology, Egyptian mythology was also considered. But… The 2018 God of War reboot played heavily into the original Norse myth while also making some key changes. But the main figures from the Norse mythology are here. Loki for sure, Mimir too and of course Freya.
And for the fans of the game, in March 2022, it was reported that a live-action television series was said to be in development at Amazon Prime Video
God Of War is available for purchase here.
Land of the Vikings
Land of the Vikings is a survival colony sim game, and it transports you exactly there. In the land of the Vikings. Land of the Vikings is a Viking-themed video game for sure. But not in the way some might expect it to be. Yeah, the game is much more akin to a game like Sim City. Rather than Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla. However, it does draws inspiration from Norse Mythology. For instance, Land of the Vikings has a varied skill tree for different playstyles in the form of Yggdrasil. A sacred tree of life in Norse mythology. And if you fish to try it out, then just click here and get it now.
Vikings – Wolves of Midgard
Vikings: Wolves of Midgard is an action role-playing game for the Viking fan in you. And it deals with Ragnarok. It is set in the Shores of Midgard. A world based upon the mythology and history of the Vikings with a fantasy twist. The gameplay is similar to that of Diablo in which the players create their own character. The players can choose their character appearance, gender and attributes. And as for the game itself…. There’s Ragnarok in it. Legend has it that when the coldest winter descends, the Jotan will return to take their vengeance against the Gods of Asgard. The world is on the road to perdition and the fate of Midgard hangs in the balance. But when the Fire and Frost Giants begin to merge their armies, they encounter the clan of the Ulfung – the Wolves of Midgard.
Vikings – Wolves of Midgard is available for purchase here.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
What’s to say about Assassin’s Creed Valhalla? It’s one of the most beloved and best-selling games in Ubisoft’s history. However, at the same time, it’s the twelfth major installment in the Assassin’s Creed series. And it tells the story of a fictional story during the Viking expansions into the British Isles from 872–878 AD. Michael Crichton’s 1976 novel Eaters of the Dead (itself a retelling of the epic poem Beowulf) played a major role in making the Valhalla’s setting. While other characters and elements of Norse mythology appear in the story too. In researching the time period, the development team found that most historical records of the Viking expansion into Britain were written decades. If not centuries, after the event, and if that doesn’t solidify the Norse influence… Then what does?
AC Valhalla is available for purchase here.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Speaking of incredible games… The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has entered the building. An instant classic and one of the best-selling games in history. However, the game is set 200 years after the events of Oblivion and takes place in Skyrim, the northernmost province of Tamriel. And what about the similarities and influences from the Norse mythology? Here’s to name a few. Various ancient crypts throughout Skyrim with names like Ustengrav sound a lot like Scandinavia. The word ‘grav’ means tomb or grave in Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish for instance. Furthermore, A Shieldmaiden, also mentioned in Skyrim, was a warrior woman in Norse Mythology. Next, The term Jarl has an origin from Scandinavia as every state had a Jarl or Earl ruling that area. The founder of the Swedish capital Stockholm was named Jarl Birger Magnusson. Sounds cool right? We thought so too.
You can purchase The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim here.
But… What’s Your Take On Ravenbound?
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Ciao! Suzana here. Journalist by trade and by passion. Wife to a hard core gamer, and owner of the blog Filmsane. I’m a film buff, TV junkie and die-hard Juventus fan. Yes, i’m the son my father never had, and i love it. Nice to meet you.