Nordic Mythology in Video Games

Creators of video games look everywhere for inspiration. A key source that’s provided ideas for many top developers is Norse mythology and history. The Vikings and gods such as Loki and Thor make for great characters because of their traits, backgrounds, abilities, and personalities.

Tomb Raider

The action-adventure Tomb Raider series follows British archaeologist Lara Croft as she travels around the world trying to find lost artifacts. There are 20 games and together they’ve sold 93 million copies. They have a wide range of settings and themes.

The ninth instalment, Tomb Raider: Underworld, was released in 2008 and has a Norse mythology theme. In this game, Lara is searching for Mjolnir, which is the hammer belonging to Thor, the god associated with thunder. She’s trying to track down this artefact in order to enter Helheim, the Realm of the Dead, and find her mother.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

The Assassin’s Creed series consists of a dozen games. The premise of this open-world, action-adventure series is that the Order of Assassins, who want peace and goodwill, are in constant battle with the Knights of Templar, who wish for control and order. The games are set in a range of different places and times.

The most recent one, Assassins’ Creed Valhalla, takes place from 872-878 AD during the Viking Ages. The main character is the Viking raider Eivor Varinsdottir, who’s looking to establish a new clan in England. However, he ends up getting involved in the ongoing conflict between the Assassins and the Knights.

Hellblade Senua’s Sacrifice

This game is set in a fantasy world that’s inspired by both Norse and Celtic mythology. The main character, Senua, is on a mission to visit Helheim and recover her dead lover’s soul, which is under the control of the goddess Hela.

The single-player, action-adventure game incorporates psychological horror and puzzle solving, along with melee combat. Its psychosis theme – Senua suffers from it but doesn’t fully understand it and believes herself to be cursed – was well received by critics.

Viking: Battle for Asgard

This video game, which was released in 2008, draws a lot of inspiration from Norse mythology. The premise is that there’s conflict in Asgard, the realm of the gods, and this has spilled over into Midgard, the world inhabited by humans.

Freya, the goddess of war, chooses a young warrior, Skarin, to help end the conflict and prevent the destruction of Asgard. Skarin is the player character and he doesn’t fully understand why he’s been chosen and what his role is. The game is set on three islands in Midgard that you’re able to fully explore at will.

God of War Ragnarök

Released in 2022, this is the sixth main instalment in the God of War series. It’s a sequel to the 2018 game God of War. The setting is ancient Scandinavia and the two main characters, Kratos and his son Atreus, are trying to survive a harsh winter. Ragnarok, a series of destructive events that include epic battles, the death of prominent gods and the submersion of the world in water, is soon to begin.

The game features many gods and goddesses, including Thor, Odin, and Freya. The previous game featured nine realms, though not all of them could be explored. However, the sequel lets you visit all of them.

Conclusion

These are just a handful of the many video games inspired by the rich and fascinating Norse mythology. Many other forms of media and entertainment draw inspiration from it. For example, there are TV shows such as Vikings, casino games like Book of Loki and film characters including Marvel’s Thor, and Odin. There is endless entertainment based on nordic mythology for everyone to enjoy, so hopefully this list has made it easier to find a game to enjoy.