Ubisoft really wasn’t joking around when it called the latest Assassin’s Creed game an Odyssey. This is an epically long, wandering journey across the islands of ancient Greece ,set in 431 BCE, four hundred years prior to the events of Assassin’s Creed Origins. It recounts the secret fictional history of the Peloponnesian War, which was fought between the city-states of ancient Greece.The journey from one Greek island to another, with different sea animals cresting the waves alongside your boat. It’s about the journey across the stunning Grecian landscape, ranging from forests bearing autumnal hues, to the majestic white marble buildings nestled comfortably in the cities, and absolutely everything in between.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey allows you to choose between one of two siblings, Kassandra or Alexios, descendants of the great Spartan warrior Leonidas.For me this is a great inovation beacuse some players are getting tired of playing only male characters,also to make it more interesting the developers have named the girl under the name Kassandra .In Ancient Greek Cassandra was a princess of Troy, the daughter of King Priam and Queen Hecuba and the fraternal twin sister of Helenus.This is an important historical fact because we see that Kassandra has a brother ,and in Assassins Creed Odyssey he appears as her sibling.Whichever you choose, the story and your abilities remain the same, but Kassandra has been dubbed the ‘canon’ protagonist by Ubisoft and seems the obvious choice.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey places more emphasis on role-playing elements than previous games in the series. The game will contain dialogue options, branching quests, and multiple endings.You have more influence over your character’s actions and this is something that I like a lot .
Both Alexios and Kassandra start the game as a mercenary and a descendant of the Spartan king Leonidas I. They inherit his broken spear, which is forged into a blade to become a weapon that grants the player special abilities in combat. The game uses a skill treesystem that allows the player to unlock new abilities.The three skill trees include “hunter”, which improves player character’s archery, “warrior” which puts emphasis on combat, and “assassin” which focuses on stealth.
Also Assassins Creed Origins include four different special skills when the ability bar fills up. These skills include calling a rain of arrows and a powerful kick to knock opponents off-balance, and are similar to the “Overpower” mechanic introduced in Origins that let the player use a powerful finishing move in combat. The game also features a gear system in which each piece of armor the player wears has different statistics and provides a range of advantages.These can be equipped and upgraded individually.
This replaces the system used in Origins, which granted the player a series of passive abilities.Most of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s best and most disruptive abilities are unlocked early on but can be added to at a reasonable rate as you level up. But even with these boosts, basic combat can be hard-going. Particularly with the ‘mercenaries’ that stalk the map, hunting you down if you are caught killing soldiers or plundering loot, or if you attempt to take on enemies at a higher level than your own.The mercenaries can be a frustrating nuisance as much as an interesting distraction. They have their own ranks you can work through, finding them across Greece, hunting them down and looting their fresh cadaver for special equipment. However, when you have a bounty on your head they show up at the most inappropriate junctures. During a boss fight, or while creeping through an enemy encampment for instance.Let me say that I am in love with this feature.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey also features the return of naval combat, with the player having access to Hellenistic-era warships to explore the Aegean Sea. The conflict between Athens and Sparta is represented through a “War System” which enables players to take contracts from mercenaries and participate in different large-scale battles against hostile factions. How you behave will affect how different factions react to your presence and will eventually have an impact on the story’s finale.
Romance is also on the cards, with both Kassandra and Alexios being extremely liberal with their love interests. .The player will have the ability to develop romantic relationships with non-playable characters of both genders, regardless of which one they choose.
In the end this journey is all about choice. The people you decide to let live, the romances you have, the sexuality lines you blur, the questlines you follow, the people you help and hinder and the RPG picks you make .At its best, though, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is the finest the series has ever been, building on the role-playing roots laid down by Origins. An occasionally scruffy triumph of historical world-building, play and, perhaps most importantly, Grecian character.