John Carpenter is well known as the director of one of the most beloved Thanksgiving movies: The Thing is a heartwarming tale about a group of friends who come in from the winter’s cold to join each other for a special meal. But Carpenter, who also directed classics like Escape from New York and They Live, is also a big fan of videogames, and he’s given high marks to this year’s Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.

“Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is a return to excellence in the franchise,” Carpenter tweeted. “Massive open world, beautifully designed, with great gameplay. Incredible game.” As Rich points out in our Assassin’s Creed Valhalla review, it’s a gorgeous game that’s a delight to take in passively with the cinematic camera turned on – perhaps Carpenter appreciates the shot composition here.

It’s no big news that Carpenter, now 72, has been a long-time fan of videogames. In a 2013 interview with Giant Bomb, the director revealed that he got his start playing Sonic the Hedgehog, but eventually fell in love with Borderlands 2, BioShock, and – perhaps least surprisingly of all – the Dead Space series.

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