If you've ever accidentally (or deliberately, you monster) swung a sword at a chicken, or cucco, in a Zelda game, you know well that assaulting the feathery cluckers of Nintendo's series is a bad idea. Because they attack, and they attack in quite overwhelming numbers. Link never comes away unscathed. So to avoid potential death at the beaks and talons of a pack of should-be domesticated birds: never attack a chicken in a Zelda game.
And to adventurers in Ubisoft's new (and really rather good - I've been playing it a fair bit over the past week, and I'm having a grand time) Assassin's Creed Valhalla, we say: please also heed this advice. Because much like 2018's Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Valhalla's chickens of 9th century England can be pretty darn aggressive.
Need proof? Check out this video from GAMINGbible's own Ewan Moore (who's on holiday, but we still find a way to get his name on our pages), where his Eivor is set upon by a cluster-cluck of claws-slashing birds...
Did I just find a zelda easter egg? pic.twitter.com/9LDujpI0ST- Ewan Moore (@EMoore_) November 25, 2020
Yes, Ewan, it does seem like you've found a Zelda Easter egg, there. What's more, doesn't the area that Eivor's in look a lot like The Eyrie's sky cells from Game of Thrones (and its inspirational novels)? Which in turn were referenced in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. (Speaking of which, why not watch our full video on Easter eggs in CDPR's exceptional 2015 RPG?)
Assassin's Creed Valhalla really feels like a Zelda game in other ways, too - I've found the layout of the landscape great for encouraging exploration, as you can usually see something of interest just peeking out, over the horizon. Who needs a map when it's such a great game to simply wander in? And the climbing? Oh, so good. So very Breath of the Wild, but so, so good. I rate it, is what I'm saying.
And this isn't the first time killer chickens have showed up in an Assassin's Creed game. Check out this video from Eurogamer's Zoe Delahunty-Light, which shows just how mean the peckin' terrors could be in 2018's Assassin's Creed Odyssey.
So I found out the hard way that the chickens in Assassin's Creed Odyssey attack you just like cuccos from Zelda... pic.twitter.com/nEziFIdJfw- Zoe Delahunty-Light (@zoe_dels) October 3, 2018
Assassin's Creed Valhalla is out now, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and Stadia - and next-gen consoles, too. Want to read why it's the best Assassin's Creed game since Black Flag? Of course you do.
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