Don't remember their being an increase in violence toward animals over something like Odyssey or Origins but the violence against humans is definitely more visceral. But the reason I stopped playing Valhalla was because it was a.) boring and b.) the idea of the protag being in the aggressor group seemed to be counter to the entire series. I know AC has never been super historically accurate but the idea of Vikings just wanting to be buddies, really we do, just let us take over, was a bridge too far. Maybe that changes over the course of the game but after 25 hours in, I bailed. That's more than enough time to spend with a game to know if it doesn't work for you.