||There are entirely too few viking-based action games out there. The last good one I remember was Rune from Human Head Software (eventual developers of Prey); released almost a decade ago, the third-person melee action was a real breath of fresh air for PC gamers. Since then we've seen dozens, if not hundreds, of titles with third-person characters hacking away at each other, and the latest of these is Viking: Battle for Asgard from Sega and Medieval: Total War developers Creative Assembly. While Viking isn't going to win any major awards, it does supply some hot Norse action with plenty of gore and a unique twist...One of the big pluses for many gamers will be the gore in Viking...The ending to Viking is a pretty big disappointment, but at least the game is a ton of fun on the way there. The large fights you participate in are a fresh change from most action games, and while Viking might have benefited from more RPG elements along with the game's impressive action, I can't complain too much...Viking is a solid action game with a couple of impressive twists, and while it could have been a lot better if the developers were more ambitious, this one is still a winner.