The Assassin’s Creed franchise has taken it to a whole other level with the new title Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. Odyssey takes the player on adventure around ancient Greece to uncover the story of Alexios or Kassandra – two great mercenaries from their time – to let them explore what truly happened.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey opens up the free-roaming world, coming out with an open world map three times the size of their last title. This grants the user many different opportunities to explore the free world. Scenery is filled with luxurious hillsides topped with nature and wildlife. Use this to your advantage to harvest and gather resources to upgrade crucial parts of your ship and pay the blacksmith to upgrade the gear you carry with you. Alongside resources that you can find, hunting animals can be a beneficial way to gather leather – another very important crafting material. Don’t be fooled by the wolves, boars and other creatures you may stumble upon as each will prove to be a fight. Besides the outstanding terrain the game also offers a large open sea which can be sailed across and battled in. As with all oceans, storms will occur and cause disturbances that can prove difficult for the user to handle, and must try and accustom themselves to. Pirates roam the oceans and will do whatever they must to take your ship and end your life – be careful in the waters and fight for your life if necessary.
For every mission in Odyssey there can be many outcomes, which is a great feature in a game like Assassin’s Creed as it aids the game away from the more linear style of gameplay that the older generation of Assassin’s Creed games followed. To illustrate these outcomes further, which ever option you end up following can have substantial implications in the ending of the game. This will make you think about what you are doing and to avoid making the wrong moves as you never know what will happen!
The adventures of Alexios and Kassandra prove to be tough and challenge the player. As the environment around you scales to your current level, nothing will ever be a breeze. However, upon progressing through the story you will often find yourself under-levelled for the current story mission, forcing you to either explore or complete side quests until you are at a level suitable for the current mission to avoid any problems.
Overall Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is a great open-world adventure game which offers loads to do and explore, but will require a lot of time to complete. Many achievements are available for all of those achievement hunters out there! Happy Hunting!