Well, the verdicts in on Ubisoft’s latest, and there’s no denying it – Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is a smash hit. This rendition will have you stepping into the role of one of two mighty soon-to-be heroes – Alexios or Kassandra. You traverse the great open world, enduring its many dangers, and most notably, uncovering the plans of a devious cult that hides in the shadows. There is no shortage of action and adventure with showdowns set on the battlegrounds of Greek and Spartan history. Plus, all of that comes with a tinge of that classic Assassin Creed charm. Here are seven reasons why you should play Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.
If you’ve recently picked up this gem, I am sure you can see just what makes it so great. As for the rest of you out there on the edge, here’s the low down on a few features we think will make you consider adding this one to your collection.
The combat is a good balance between fun and skill
Adapting a similar combat style to its predecessor, Assassin’s Creed Origins, Odyssey’s combat favors the classic mix between stealth and brute force. Choose the route of the stealthy assassin who strikes his enemies down with perfect precision. Or, be a powerful warrior who braves any challenge and kills all in his/her path. But then again why not have both? With upgradable skills to complement each playstyle, you can mix and match abilities to your heart’s content.
Storytime is a fun time
The story takes you on a deep adventure into the Greek and Spartan culture as you follow your heroes across ancient iconic cities and battlegrounds. The action intensifies as you duke it out with mythological creatures, scores of bandits and powerful bosses along the way. There are hours upon hours of content here to enjoy as the main story takes over 40 hours to complete. And that’s not including side quests, upgrades, cosmetics, secrets, shipbuilding, and those fearsome legendary enemies.
Quests often end in climactic battles
Each area has its own set of side quests and battles. These throw you into all sorts of shenanigans from rescue missions to hunting wild animals. With quest lines imbued with detailed characters and choice they often culminate in some sort of epic climactic battle. With the combination of new loot, experience points and tense situations it always gives you that extra incentive to take on new challenges.
Armor perks, upgrades, and skills
With similarities from its predecessor (AC Origins) comes different types of unlockable, upgradable and collectible armor perks and abilities. Each piece of armor has attached a set of traits, which you can further enhance through engraving for some devastating combos. These could be anything from lighting enemies on fire, poisoning them or to doing massive critical damage with weapons. So collect and match up your favorites.
The choice system is deep and consequential
Allowing you to choose between characters at the start is only the tip of the iceberg. One of the best aspects of the latest AC is its emphasis on choice. The long character storylines and quest arks allow you to build strong bonds with many important characters. At times using different dialogue choices or gameplay decisions, you get to shape the stories you follow. Some having deep themes to test your values of justice, virtue, and vengeance. Some can change the lives of entire villages, with their effects often not felt until much later in the game. So it’s best you take every decision to heart and make those choices wisely.
If there is one aspect of the Assassins Creed games that shines beyond any others, it’s that the developers at Ubisoft know how to make a giant gorgeous sandbox. The world of AC Odyssey is MASSIVE. From its ancient cityscapes like Athens or Sparta to its fields, forests, and seas. Every region is a new chance to take in the beauty. Be it by foot, by horse or by sail.
Sex, violence, and swearing
From the artistic nudity to the use of the F word. The series has taken a turn for a more mature audience. No longer is the death, gore and sex sugar-coated. The epic violent attack choreography, graphic slaughter scenes and the number of sexual encounters in this game truly surprised me. Yet it works tastefully and breeds a much more immersive experience (about time I say).
Even though the series is branching away from its roots the effort and attention to detail in the latest title doesn’t go unnoticed and makes for a, in my opinion, great experience. But don’t take our word for it, grab your copy here [insert link]
But what do you think? Have a different opinion about how the series is changing? I’d love to hear it in the comments below.