Assassin’s Creed Odyssey takes a leap forward, and ventures into new, yet familiar territory for the franchise. There has been some scepticism surrounding this new AC title, with many fans fearing that this epic tale came far too soon. Well, we got our hands on the Xbox edition of Odyssey, and I must say, I can actually applaud Ubisoft Quebec on this one.
Ubisoft renewed our hopes with Assassin’s Creed Origins, thanks to a two-year hiatus in the franchise. They had fallen into a rut where they were trying to innovate systems, however, because they were churning them out every year, they were plagued with technical issues. Remember the horrifying missing face debacle in Unity? Yeah, exactly.
It took all fans by surprise when Ubisoft announced a whole new AC title only a few of months after the launch of Origins. Some were excited, thanks to the success of Origins; others were hesitant because it looked to be a case of history repeating itself. Thankfully, Odyssey doesn’t suffer from the technical issues of past sequels, but it's not the Assassin’s Creed game you might be expecting.
Ubisoft’s vision for Odyssey was to create a platform for you to carve out your own odyssey, your own journey based on your choices, actions, and playstyle. This puts the game’s direction in your hands, rather than simply progressing along a linear tale, and allows you to write your own story in a unique and monumental period of history. The focus here is you; how you want to play, what story you want to create, and I think they have done a great job bringing this concept to life.
Thankfully, Odyssey doesn’t suffer from the technical issues of past sequels, but it's not the Assassin’s Creed game you might be expecting.
There are plenty of actions that will help you down the line - sparing someone’s life, or forming a partnership with important people, can help your cause as you progress through the storyline.
A beautiful and gory addition to Odyssey is the way blood on your clothing interacts with the world; blood will dissipate from your clothing when you enter a body of water, literally washing you of the blood of your enemies.
I would recommend playing on an enhanced console if you can, to truly take advantage of the glorious scenery that this game has to offer, and to enjoy the smoothest gameplay possible.
Loves games with deep character development and a rich storyline. Also, shooty-shooties. Loathes microtransactions. Likes to use sarcasm and metaphors.
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PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
5 October 2018
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