I was fortunate enough to spend an hour with Ubisoft’s new title, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, at E3 this year and found my time-slot flew by.
Odyssey takes the franchise to Ancient Greece. The setting is breathtaking and the gameplay is as outrageously fun as ever.
But what really has me excited for this game is the story – not something that has been said much about Assassin’s Creed games in the past.
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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey takes the franchise to the era of Ancient Greece and it’s stunning
There were concerns with Assassin’s Creed returning to being a yearly release – especially as the extra year wait for Origins was a needed refresh for the series. However, it doesn’t look like Ubisoft have cut any corners this year.
The game is loaded with content and features a robust narrative with dialogue trees which adds a totally new flavour to the series. In Odyssey, your choices actually have consequences. One conversation can decide what missions you’ll take an how other characters with act around you.
For the first time ever in an Assassin’s Creed game, you can choose to play as either a male or female (Alexios or Kassandra) – a choice which has zero consequences to how you play.
The game has a strong narrative and famous characters such as Greek philosopher Sokrates
You can also flirt with characters of either sex. After charming one of the female side characters, I managed to find a rare a bottle of wine while on a mission. After stealing said bottle, I unlocked new dialogue options and was able to further the relationship.
Taking part in conversations and seeing your decisions impact the game adds a totally new dynamic that I never realised the franchise needed. Now, every mission has a purpose, a backstory, repercussions.
I found myself completely immersed during my time with the game, in-fact I was a little gutted when I was told my turn was up. While the combat and gameplay is as fantastic as always, I cared much more simply because of a small piece of dialogue before.
You can now play as a male or female and can flirt with either sex thanks to new dialogue trees
The game has RPG elements with customisable armour, skill trees and conversation choices
In a lot of cases, mindless fighting and violence is simply no longer enough for video game fans – we’re spoilt with complex characters and stories. We’ve been executing people in Assassin’s Creed for years – that’s still very fun but it’s so refreshing to know there’s much more on offer.
Combat is still a big attraction though and there plenty of ways to gloriously take down and eliminate your enemies. One if those options being Naval combat which has become a staple of the series.
Ship warfare is back for Odyssey with a neat twist. There’s no steering wheel so instead you command your henchmen where to row. Instead of cannons, you unleash a barrage of arrows or flaming spears which looks and feels just as epic as you’d imagine.
Meanwhile on foot, you can now take part in barbaric 150 vs 150 battles in the new Conquest mode. As the massive brawl plays out, you will be the deciding factor. If you can take down the enemy’s leaders, the rest of your foes will suffer a huge dip in morale – tipping the odd’s in your side’s favour.
Combat is much the same with light and heavy attacks but a welcome addition are new special attacks. You can have four equipped at any time and feature fancy moves such as the iconic Spartan kick or ripping away an enemy’s shield and beating him to death with it.
You now can equip four special abilities to the d-pad, one of which is the iconic Spartan kick
You also possess mythical powers thanks to the Spear of Leonidas which you carry around with you at all times. During my playthrough, these abilities were still at a fairly low level so I didn’t get too much experience with these.
There’s a lot to see and do in Odyssey, I accomplished a fair bit in an hour but in reality I’ve barely scratched the surface. Fortunately, I won’t have much longer to wait as the game releases October 5 this year. You can pre-order Odyssey now including the Omega edition exclusively at GAME.
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