Have you ever realised how much Norse mythology penetrates popular culture? There are numerous spins on its gods in Marvel’s movies, inspired elements taken from its races and characters in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings novels, and countless references spread across video games from Master Chief’s Mjolnir armor to equipment and iconography associated with Destiny’s Iron Banner event. These imaginative, subtle takes on Norse mythology are far more common than explicit, proper ones, so when something like Jotun: Valhalla Edition comes around, we were jolted that it seeks to emulate its source material with honest accuracy. However, does this commitment to detail result in a beautiful love letter to the gods or a lifeless husk worthy of Hel?
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