There's an interesting schism when it comes to opinions about Valheim, a highly unusual game created by indie developer The FullBright Company. On the one hand, critics adore it. On the other, gamers seem to have hated it; on Metacritic, it netted itself a critic rating of 89, and a user rating of 4.9.
We suspect that this is because Valheim flagrantly defies the usual expectations about video games. It looks like a third-person survival game, and plays a little — but not a lot — like a point-and-click adventure. There are very few, if any, puzzles to be solved, and nothing to kill; Valheim is about discovering a story, not being its hero.