Assasin’s Creed Odyssey being the 11th installment in the Assassin’s Creed series this game, as usual, does not disappoint. As an avid gamer of all the games in the Assassin’s Creed series, there is a certain standard that these games need to meet. If it is not as good or better than the last game then I do not deem it worthy. These kinds of games take a lot of time and effort to complete and there is a certain expectation that you have when playing.
Getting Into The Basics of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Of course, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is once again made by Ubisoft Quebec. This studio in my belief is the only one that should make games of this species. Players can play either as a man or a woman mercenary and fight for both sides as they try to unite their family. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is available for play on all platforms that means pc, PS4, Xbox One, and even Nintendo switch but that’s in Japan only. This iteration focuses on the role-playing part of the game more than any other version. It has multiple endings, dialogues, and branching quests.
You play as either Alexios or Kassandra, there is a notoriety system in the game. Similar to GTA V’s police system, if you commit crimes in the game mercenaries chase after you to kill you. Your character is a Greek mercenary and a descendant of the Spartan king Leonidas the first. You inherit his broken spear which is later forged into a blade that grants you special abilities.
Dive Deep into The Gameplay of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
As expected the graphics are absolutely stunning, all the details have been taken into account. Lighting, shadows, how elements behave in different scenarios and it is the little details that make this game truly great. The game uses a skill tree system that has three segments to upgrade. They are hunters, warriors, and assassins. Each of them has to be upgraded either equally or focusing more on 1 and still upgrading the other two on a use by use basis. Hunter focuses on ranged attacks such as the use of bow & arrow, warrior focuses on weapon-based combat and assassin concentrates on stealth and silent takedowns. This is different from the system in Origins, which gave the player a slew of passive abilities.
This game has a good open-world style where players can even travel on the Aegean Sea on warships. The game has a war system in which players can take contracts from mercenaries and engage in large scale battles. An interesting part of the game is that players can have romantic relationships with NPCs of both genders, but that does not mean you choose the female lead role for some of that girl on girl action (looking at you guys!). The realism of the game is very satisfactory, as players are not forced into romantic situations. It is up to the choice and will of whoever they want just like in real life.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey The Plot, Narrative, and Story
The year of the game is 431-422 BC, which is four centuries before Origins. It recounts the secret mythological history which happened during the Peloponnesian War. You as the player take the role of mercenary fighting for the Delian League which is led by Athens. You can also fight for the Peloponnesian League which is led by Sparta. The game’s main storyline is concerned with the player trying to restore their broken family. So whatever you do the main storyline will be part of the gameplay regardless. It is up to you whether you want to complete the main story first or do other missions with your time. I would recommend the former as the story is quite compelling.
The game also includes a number of NPCs of historical personas such as Alkibiades, Archidamus II, Aristophanes, Aspasia, Brasidas, Euripides, Kleon, Democritus, Herodotos, Hippokrates, Pausanias, Perikles, Phidias, Plato, Polykleitos, Praxilla, Pythagoras, Sokrates, Sophokles, Thespis and Xanthippe. As the player you also face famous mythical creatures such as Medusa, the Cyclops, and the Minotaur. There are also two DLCs that continue the narrative of the main story and they are called Legacy of the first Blade & The fate of Atlantis.
Things To Keep In Mind
As always it is strongly recommended that you enter the game keeping in mind that it is, after all, just a game. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is an iteration unlike any other type of game that you may usually play. The graphics are so outstanding you may forget about real-life matters entirely if you do not take breaks. Remember to not play this game for more than 2 hours at a time or else you will not cherish the story. This game is like a delicate dish; if you overcook it, you will not enjoy the taste. Just like any other game, it should be enjoyed in moderation. Remember if you finish everything in the game then it will become obsolete so take your time.
Another thing to keep in mind is that this is rated as Mature by ESRB. If you are under 18 then please do not play this game. Some people do it anyways but I am not encouraging that, ratings are there for a reason. There are real themes and psychological effects that this game can have on players. You may become obsessed with certain elements in the game especially the romantic side of it. Although there were no cases of it happening, there are chances of it happening. For people with weak stomachs and mental issues, I suggest you consult with your respective healthcare practitioners before you play. There are realistic scenarios and a lot of blood and gore. With that out of the way for those of you that fit the criteria, enjoy Assassin’s Creed Odyssey to the fullest.