Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is the newest Assassin’s Creed entry in the long running series developed by Ubisoft. It was released on October 5th, 2018. I played on Xbox one and I feel I should mention that I played on the hardest difficulty, nightmare mode.
Assassins Creed Odyssey starts with a crucial choice, you get to play as Alexios, or Kassandra, two siblings, with a complicated family past. Whoever you choose will have the journey of a lifetime, starting small on a little island, to visiting the glorious Athens or the mighty Sparta. This game is a Greek epic, it totally immerses you into the ancient Greek world. You also have the choice to specialize in three main categories, Hunter, Warrior, and Assassin. So once you decide how you will conquer the Greek world, you also get to find different Armor, weapons, and you can even engrave these items to customize your playstyle even more.
I played the game through as Alexios, and besides questionable voice acting, I really loved the character progression, by the end I felt like a demigod. Also the dialogue choices are very nice to add to the progression, for example, at the beginning, I was a little more humble, and saying things like “it wasn’t that special” or something like that, but later through the game after I had made a name for myself I began to say the gods had sent me, and there are even certain parts that have you decide if you think of yourself as better than the average human. I enjoy that now you can choose a lot of the main characters dialogue, making some interesting results, and you can even turn allies into enemies, just by talking. This new feature adds a lot to the game, you can make friends, lovers, and even talk your way out of combat. It feels excellent when you have to take responsibility for what you have said, and you figure out that the world remembers your choices.
The leveling up system, is simple, but effective. To level up you have to do things like side missions, mercenary work, and you can even support Athens or Sparta in the ongoing war. While there is a lot to do, a lot of side activities don't seem so appetizing once you have played something like it 3 or 4 times. Some side quests were just insulting, asking to go hunting for bear or wolf pelts, or flower picking. It just felt like a total waste of time, then you receive an almost valueless reward. That being said, there are also really good side missions that are just as fun as the main quests, or even better. There is not a lack of things to entertain yourself, including a mercenary ladder, so you can become the best, an arena to fight to the death. Not to mention the large list of targets you can track down and assassinate. Exploring also rewards XP and this was the most fun side activity for me, riding or sailing around and seeing the statues, cities, and temples, really makes you impressed with the world Ubisoft has created.
This game also includes a sailing mechanic, which was one of my favorite parts of the game, you can fight pirates, soldiers, and even civilians, and you get to customize and your ship with rewards you find or earn. You also get to upgrade your ship to help defeat some of the more elite sailors of ancient Greece. This game creates some groundbreaking moments as you cleave your adversary's ship in two with the ram you just upgraded, and you see his crew fall into the water while it congratulates you on your work.
The worst part about this game is that it is an Assassin's Creed game. The story elements that involve the Assassin’s Creed story, feel artificial, and are just a bore. Also this game has parts when you play in modern times, and If you are not paying attention, or you haven’t played the other games, you can miss everything that connects it to the other games. If this game was just called Odyssey and had nothing to do with Assassin’s Creed It would be a lot better. Not to mention they tried to jam pack as many historical figures as they could, which can be a little annoying. The story also has some parts that just made me mad, and just felt so incredibly stupid, what's worse, they all come towards the end of the game, you can also feel the twists coming a mile away, making moments that should be a stunning revelation, more like "oh, okay, that happened."
The game accomplishes what the title suggests, by the end you feel like you have had an entire odyssey. If you love Greek mythology, or you want to play an entertaining action RPG, I highly recommend this game. The game world is also very interesting, it really draws you in. The story is okay, but nothing too special, but for me the value is the completed feeling you get at the end of the game, making the game worth playing.