Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Review

Nov 10, 2018 | News, Review

Author: Knight of Madness

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

When 2018 came around I was happy exploring ancient Egypt searching for hidden treasures and climbing the great pyramids and marvelling at some of the beautiful vistas only found in this ancient land. When I heard rumours that a new Assassin’s Creed was coming this year and my heart sank! Origin’s was such a great game that I was worried any new game would not reach the incredible quality that Origin’s had produced, especially in such an apparent short development time. However Ubisoft revealed at this year’s E3 that they had been developing this latest adventure alongside Origin’s and that this game was going to be a game changer and they weren’t wrong.

My First Impressions

After playing this game I can say I am blown away, they have been developing this game for 4 years along side the Origin’s team and it was worth it. The open world is both immense and immersive and begging to be explored, combat has been polished since the evolved combat system was introduced in Origin’s.


The side quests are involved and seem more like story quests when compared to quests in early iterations of the Creed games. No more boring “go to” quests,  for example on my travels I met a doctor who was worried about his Grandmother who was a false prophet and after searching you re-unite them to be then told he will kill his Grandmother for making false prophecies and you have to choose whether to let an innocent man commit murder, kill the old woman yourself or let her live; this made the side quest more interesting and in depth.  The main campaign is a true odyssey getting you to explore all of Greece to uncover the truth about who and what you are.

Story

After playing this game I can say I am blown away, they have been developing this game for 4 years along side the Origin’s team and it was worth it. The open world is both immense and immersive and begging to be explored, combat has been polished since the evolved combat system was introduced in Origin’s. 

The side quests are involved and seem more like story quests when compared to quests in early iterations of the Creed games. No more boring “go to” quests,  for example on my travels I met a doctor who was worried about his Grandmother who was a false prophet and after searching you re-unite them to be then told he will kill his Grandmother for making false prophecies and you have to choose whether to let an innocent man commit murder, kill the old woman yourself or let her live; this made the side quest more interesting and in depth.  The main campaign is a true odyssey getting you to explore all of Greece to uncover the truth about who and what you are.

For the first time we are given choices for almost everything in game, this gives a much more involved narrative and you seem to be no longer a robotic hero but human. The first choice you have is your character you choose from male or female, this may not affect the story but both bring something different to player experience. When I heard that Odyssey  was going to double down on the player choices in-game I was expecting decisions would carry minimal impact but was in for a pleasant surprise. As an example, I stumbled on a old man asking for help about bandits that have been deceiving people by using a false idol, I walked in took care of them like a true ‘misthos’ (Greek warrior) but on leaving I here a old woman praying. I eavesdrop for a while and after a brief dialogue I had two choices, Do I  ignore or respond?  I ignored I didn’t  want to get her hopes up nothing seemed to happen yet I found her later on in game she was upset because she couldn’t get her cart fixed to get to market so she had money to eat that night and I felt bad maybe I should if give her false hope and there’s more choices like these embedded in the game that make you stop and think about what you say. Approach every moral dilemma you encounter and choose carefully is my advice!

GAMEPLAY

No longer are you thrown into the same old power struggle between assassin’s and templars, but a world focused on the first civilisation from the spear of Leonidas which gives the player unique skills to get the upper hand in battle and locations were god and man are merged. You will stumble on ancient sites that bring you face to face with Greek gods for you to battle. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey brings a welcome return to naval combat and it is so much fun,  ships feel smooth and enjoyable combat is fun and the choice to board or cleave a ship in half is tough one as there both relay fun to try.

The evolved combat first introduced in Origin’s is back and it is has been polished a little, however camera angles still feels stiff at the odd times lock on still feels clunky to the point I rarely use it.  The ability to merge light with heavy is really fun as you can use heavy weapons to lower defence and light weapons to finish them off!  There’s also the addition to abilities from spear weapons and a new layer of combat from hunter attacks that focus on ranged bows . My favourite tree is the assassin, this skill tree is full of amazing abilities to master but I won’t spoil and reveal any of the amazing critical assassinations that are to be mastered.

Rating

  • Combat 80% 80%

Camera can get awkward and some weapons feel useless

  • World 100% 100%

Vast and beautiful a true ubisoft masterpiece

  • Gameplay 90% 90%

Small bugs here and there but not game breaking

Overview

Perfect addition to the series fresh vibrant and alive would highly recommend it to any fan new or old and with constant free dlcs added to the game they will keep this game alive for the next 2yrs.

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