Thursday, 11 October 2018 13:38

REVIEW: Assassin's Creed Odyssey (Xbox One)

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is Ubisoft’s latest entry to their historical series and and this time is set in 431 B.C.

The story this time around focuses on the Peloponnesian War between the Spartans and the Athenians and you are tasked with assassinating a Spartan general. You start by choosing to play as either one of two Spartan misthios, Alexios or Kassandra, who are brother and sister. It doesn’t really matter who you decided on in the end as both pretty much have the same dialogue and no real changes in how the story pans out.

Just like in all previous titles the events taking place are being viewed and recorded through a DNA reading device called the Animus, and is controlled by a modern day character, in this case it’s Layla Hassan who was introduced in last year’s Assassin’s Creed Origins.

Ubisoft have claimed that Odyssey is their most extensive map we’ve seen in the series and boy they aren’t wrong, it’s massive. So big in fact that I was forever coming across areas i’ve never visited before, and there looks to be a lot more yet to still be discover.

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Something that’s new to the series is the introduction of dialogue trees which gives you the ability to change the course of the story through certain interactions with different characters. It’s very similar to the Mass Effect series and the same dialogue system can be used to pick up romantic partners.

While Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is undoubtedly a beautiful and impressive looking game, unfortunately missions and quests do eventually suffer from repetition. Don’t get me wrong, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s overall story is pretty enjoyable, it's the games leveling system that hurts it. The game starts off strong, but as you progress through the story you’ll find that story missions and quests suggests you need to be a certain level before starting them. These gaps can be 8-10 levels higher then you which means you end up spending the next 5 to 10 hours just grinding away at pointless side missions to level up to be able to continue the story.

Combat has also been switched up a little from the previous game. While it’s very much the same fighting system that was debuted in Assassin's Creed Origins, which relies on light and heavy attacks and well-timed dodges, Odyssey expands on that with abilities. I’ll touch of these shortly. Also returning is the RPG like progression system. The only real difference this time around is the skill tree now allows you to assign special abilities to both your bow and melee weapons.

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There are three main branches to this skill tree; Hunter, Warrior, and Assassin. As you play and land successful hits against enemies an energy meter will fill up. You can then use segments of that meter to perform over the top moves that will deal out a ton more damage than usual. You’ll also earn ability points which can be used to unlock new abilities I mentioned earlier. You’re even able to map them to a number of different buttons which will give you quick access to them when you need them such as the “spartan kick” you’d all remember from the movie “300”.

Your gear on your character is also very customisable. Not only can pick up and equip different gear to a number of various armour and weapon slots, but heading over to the local blacksmith will give you the ability to upgrade gear giving you specific bonus attributes.

Naval travel and combat are also both back and play a major role in the game. You’re able to attack enemy ships with arrows or javelins, play dirty by ramming your ship into theirs or just board their boat yourself and get your hands dirty, the choice is really up to you. Your ship is also upgradable with it’s own upgrade system which lets you improve defences, ramming speed, weapon attacks and of course cosmetics.

As usual, props to Ubisoft for creating a beautiful, living world in Assassin's Creed Odyssey. The games additional RPG elements tie the whole game together very well. If you loved Assassin’s Creed Origins, you’re going to absolutely have a blast with this entry.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 4.0 / 5.0
  • Release Date: Out Now
  • Platform: PC, PS4, XBOX ONE, Nintendo Switch
  • Developer: Ubisoft Quebec, Ubisoft Montreal
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Genre: Action / Adventure