Assassin’s Creed franchise has had exciting several years with the movie and everything. Origins was an excellent addition as it took the series back to its roots and Odyssey wants to continue down the same road except it changes the settings to ancient Greece. You will find yourself playing as a mercenary during the war between Sparta and Athens, which means you can enjoy plenty of references to history.
Caution – (Un)Suitable for Newbies
The story is incredibly deep and you can play for dozens of hours before completing it. While you may play Assassin’s Creed Odyssey even if this is your first game in the franchise, there may be some confusing details if you are a newbie. Then again, if you are a fan of the series, you will appreciate that everything ties up into the lore well.
The first thing that you will pick is who to play as – Alexios or Kassandra. This has everything to do with equality since the choice of character has absolutely no effect on the story or game mechanics, but it is still nice that Ubisoft included this option.
Just What We Expected – Stunning Graphics
It doesn’t take long into the game to notice that the graphics are virtually perfect. Ancient Greece is stunning and you should occasionally find a moment to enjoy the leaping of the dolphins while watching the Sunsets. As for the gameplay, there is everything that one may expect, including exploration of the map, missions, rewards, and even stabbing people. There are some nice touches, too, such as the fact that you can reach the top of Zeus’ huge statue and hang from there.
The problem occurs if you are an experienced player of the Assassin’s Creed series as the setting still seems a bit familiar. There are some great features, but lack of innovation is apparent. This is where the fact that the story arc lasts for so long can become problematic. Yes, you can hunt mercenaries and pirates and conquer regions, but it all becomes a tad repetitive after a while.
As for the combat, you can choose from light and heavy offensive moves while dodging and timing also play a vital role. Our heroes also have special skills, but you can’t use them whenever you want as there is a cooldown gauge. Although AC Odyssey features a huge open world, it is weird that parts of it are locked until you reach the demanded level. Yes, that means your side quest choices will be limiting and, yes, you can expect a bit of grinding.