So after playing this for a couple days I think this game deserves some attention, and I used to play this a long time ago in 2002 at the time this game was considered advanced it's basically 2001's version of Skyrim (the only problem is there is no free roam,) but now things these days look close to real life I highly doubt this will compete with the other games you might consider getting. Now before I get into detail no not the kind of attention Halo: CE and Half Life get, this game is fun but that's about it there isn't a HUGE deep story behind this game so don't expect something like Halo or Half Life just expect the typical 1990 kill everything in your path game.
Story and plot: The story begins with an introduction saying Odin the all father gave humanity great powerful lucky charms-Ahem! I mean rune stones to hold Ragnarock at bay, however the evil god Loki has attempted many times to unleash Ragnarock by destroying these runes so instead of constantly fighting him every generation Odin had enough of his bull ♥♥♥♥ so he ended up tearing Loki's heart out and banished him into a dungeon like hell, but even with his magic power stripped away and imprisoned he managed to corrupt a handful of mortal's to join his army this then leads to a show down between the wicked and evil vikings and a village's chief and son Ragnar (you the player are Ragnar) so the village's best warrior's were all slaughtered in seconds by magic bolts of lightning summoned by Loki's herald (I know I'm writing a review but there are no character's in this game besides Loki Ragnar and Odin so I can't remember his name currently) everyone dies including Ragnar's father however Odin revives Ragnar and says that he is giving Ragnar a chance at revenge if he can save the rune stones and stop Loki's return Ragnar accepts the offer and fights his way through monsters, demons, undead, to hell and back all the way into the mountains fighting vikings, dwarves, giants, and the list goes on you eventually become a war lord through your journey and now you must travel to Loki's dungeon and finish the fight the gods started.
I won't spoil the rest but there is a lot to fight in this game which makes me disappointed that at the time we didn't have the proper technology to make a free roaming game, because this universe has tons of potential! this is REAL norse mythology! not like Skyrim where everyone worships made up half naked bikini model gods that enjoy watching people bang. I would love to see more of this but in a free roaming game or at least an anniversary edition with new graphics and texture cleaning, this game may end on the very first installment but it deserves an RPG sequel (or prequel) anything can be done in this universe the IP is there we just need a new deveolper building or re-building this universe.
Multiplayer: it's fun but very competitive, there is no "help me" or "power upgrades" or tanks, there is nothing to give you an edge over everyone, it's classic skill vs skill who is the better man? (or woman) basically multiplayer is thunder dome "two men enter one man leaves...And respawns again to get his ♥♥♥ kicked" so it's fun but it's not the best multiplayer I've seen in early 2000 games, the other question you might ask is: "is there customization?" yes, and a bit of no, there are skins you can change into but there is no armor you can unlock and dress up in, (I think there are skin mods but I'm not too sure) but if you want to mod in your own skin I support the idea 100% the game could use a fix here and there.
Final verdict: I'm giving the game a 7/10 now if this was 2004 or something I would have given it an 8 but this game is out dated and old so does it belong in your library? yes and no, it depends what your machine is and there are better games out there that you can spend 10$ on, it's still a great game! but it's not a perfect game, I would love to see more though a RPG could be adapted into this universe giving a new fresh nordic IP, hell if it has Co-op mode free roaming and competitive multiplayer it might even beat Skyrim! but until then we have to wait and see.