Enter Ancient Greece in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: Game Review

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey explores the breathtakingly beautiful world of ancient Greece as we traverse time in a historical-fiction adventure as seen through the eyes of Spartan siblings, Alexios and Kassandra, descendants of the legendary Leonidas, warrior-king of Sparta.

In this grand-scale, open-world, action-role-playing game, we venture across endless expanses of magnificent landscapes, forge a path to the future in a time of war, and discover mythological marvels as developer Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Odyssey takes flight as the most impressive instalment in the history of the series.

Explore Ancient Greece

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey begins at the dawn of the Peloponnesian war in which Sparta and Athens contested to conquer ancient Greece. Named after the Greek hero Pelops, the Peloponnese holds the heart of political power and the most beautiful regions in all of Greece.

On their journey the Spartan siblings explore Arkadia, the “Breadbasket of the Peloponnese”, blanketed by a wealth of agricultural land; Korinthia, home to the great city of Korinth, praised for its pottery birthed from an abundance of clay pits dotting its landscape; Argolis, a land of living history found in the alabaster walls of the White City of Argos and guarded by great bronze statues this region is rich with a myriad of medicinal plants; Lakonia, a valley of lush landscapes and flowing rivers that holds the home of the legendary warriors of Sparta, a nation known for its mighty military force; Messenia, a once prosperous land now scarred by war machines and ravaged as its resources fuel weapon production; Achaia, home of the master shipbuilders of Patrai and tamers of the tempestuous Aegean sea, and lastly Elis, home to the Sanctuary of Olympia, which would one day become one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

Choose Your Hero

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is the first in the series to grant us the choice of whether to play as a male or female protagonist, exploring the world of ancient Greece as either Alexios or Kassandra. Although the Spartan siblings share similar plot points, they display distinct personalities and points of view present in dialogue decisions to either be merciful or murderous mercenaries. The choices our protagonist makes carry consequences that shapes the adventure, with subplots becoming available according to our deeds and culminating in a multitude of possible endings.

The Pathfinder

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey does away with distracting waypoints and quest icons as it introduces Explorer Mode, described by developer Ubisoft as “the way it’s meant to be played.” This innovation inspires pathfinding as you’re provided with three clues to uncover the location of your next quest. Adding great depth to in-game discovery as your deduction skills are tested, you brave the world of ancient Greece on horseback, facing formidable foes as you track targets, retrieve relics, hunt ancient orders of world-conquering cults and battle mythological monsters.

Command and Conquer

To aid the war effort, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey unveils the Nation Struggle System, allowing you to fight for either Sparta or Athens in a campaign to conquer each region. By defeating national leaders and destroying supplies, you’ll trigger Conquest Battles in which soldiers attack in a storm of swords to seize control in great battles that stretch across land and sea.

Spartan Combat

Combat in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey discards the shields donned in Assassin’s Creed Origins for a dynamic dance of swift strikes and evasive skills that devastate on the battlefield. In the embers of war, you’ll wield swords, spears, daggers, staves, maces and axes, each with a unique set of attack sequences to stagger any soldier as your Adrenaline bar fills to fuel fierce finishing attacks with every successful strike.

In Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, long-ranged weaponry can be loosed from cover as you master the environment, releasing an array of arrow types such as poison, fire, and paralyzing arrows. By collecting crafting materials and currency, weapons and equipment can be enhanced by engraving them with powerful perks and properties.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey introduces the three skill trees of Warrior, Hunter and Assassin. The Warrior governs skills used in open combat, like the shattering Shield Breaker and Sparta Kick (a tribute to the film 300, in which Leonidas dispatched an emissary of the Persian empire with the very same mighty kick). The Hunter governs long-ranged skills like the Predator Shot, allowing you to steer released arrows in a first-person perspective. The Assassin governs stealth skills and your ability to strike from the shadows, with skills like the Shadow Assassin which increases the rate of critical strikes as your Adrenaline bar fills even faster.

On Land and Sea

Forming the final pillar of combat in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is naval warfare. Reminiscent of the seafaring adventures of Assassin’s Creed Black Flag, you take command of the Adrestia and set sail across the Aegean sea. Fighting your way through entire fleets, you uncover hidden treasures and discover uncharted locations with a warship clad in customizable weaponry to suit your strengths and combat style.

Conclusion

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey displays a radiant depiction of ancient Greece in an astonishing achievement of world building and engaging gameplay. In this grand adventure of multi-faceted narratives lead by strong protagonists, developer Ubisoft has crafted a truly exhilarating experience that sets new standards for open-world role-playing games.

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