Title: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Developer: Ubisoft Quebec
Genre: Action, Adventure
Age Rating: PEGI 18
Release Date: 05/10/18
Price: £54.99 – Rapid Reviews was very kindly provided with a review code for this title.
Welcome to legendary Ancient Greece, the home of the best mythical creatures and historic events known to man.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is multi-choice RPG where you will create your own destiny, whether it be a bloodthirsty mercenary or a hero of Sparta. Set in the year 431 BC during the Peloponnesian War, you journey through a world of unforgettable characters and epic storylines.
You will play as the ancestors of a woman named Layla Hassan who is the main user of the Animus during this game. You will be given a choice between two characters Alexios or Kassandra who both have an emotional and adventurous but breath-taking storyline that reflects on the choices you make. The game has two options on how to play through and multiple difficulties. You can choose to be guided through the game, where it will show you where you need to go or the explorative way where you must explore and follow clues to where the objectives will be. No matter the choice the game will show you a world you will enjoy exploring no matter what.
You will play as a young Misthios (Mercenary) who originated from Sparta who has their life torn apart by a mysterious group called the Cult of Kosmos that will stop at nothing to make sure you don’t succeed with your mission at stopping them and getting revenge.
As you journey through the vast environment with the most beautiful views you will come across some deadly enemies and creatures. The world has a lot of detail which is extremely spot on to what Greece actually looks like, the environments and landmarks help make you feel like you are actually there. The game will also walk you through some of the most legendary stories every fan of mythology would love from the legendary monsters and beasts to the all-powerful and mighty gods. Battle against unforgivable weather on the open sea against Poseidon himself.
Journey into caves and feel the darkness but don’t worry you can use torches just like you did in Origins to explore and find epic loot but leaving a cave during the day the lighting effect will make you feel like you have not seen the sun in years. The graphics and sound bring this game to life. Assassins Creed Odyssey features one of the best soundtracks I have heard in a game that makes exploring and combat more intense, whilst sailing will your crew you will have the option to hear them sing songs in Greek making it a delight to sail.
You will face a lot of challenges whilst you explore all the islands of Greece, introducing you to a wide range of missions and side quests, although some side quests can be very repetitive others cab be extremely fun and comical. Every single conversation has multiple options which will affect the way people see you, be a hero or a greedy, bloodthirsty mercenary the choice is up to you. As you play through this immense game you will experience many emotions from happiness to sadness, this game can be unforgiving but that is what makes it unique to most games.
Assassins Creed Odyssey is very different to a lot of the previous in the series, you are not actually an assassin and this will be the first time you will not use a hidden blade but instead, you use a spear to assassinate your enemies, as you progress through the game you will upgrade using your skill points from levelling up and unlocking a huge range of abilities from the skill tree, from assassin which will focus on stealth and silent takedowns. Hunter focuses on ranged attacks and bow and arrow and finally warrior for those of you that prefer to be in combat using swords, axes, staffs etc.
You will able to once again sail the seas and command a ship whilst taking on enemies in naval combat, you can customise everything from your character to your ship but some items will need to be bought using Helix a form of microtransactions.
As you battle your way through Greece you will attract unwanted attention in a new feature, notoriety system will make it harder for you as you commit crimes in different regions such as killing or stealing. It can get annoying especially if they find you during a mission and yes, they will attack you. To get rid of the notoriety you can rather fight them on stealthy or in combat, if you don’t want to there is an option to pay a fee and remove your bounty. Defeating a mercenary will also reward you will XP and weapons or armour piece.
You can upgrade your armour, ship and weapons by collection resources all across the Greek world, you can also customise the look of a weapon or armour if you are not a fan of the certain look which I found to be such an awesome feature.
The games campaign mode is over 40 hours long and has multiple endings so choose wisely with your choices, this game also has DLC which comes with a season pass adding so much more to storylines and gameplay, if you enjoy the game I would 100% recommend buying it to carry on the epic adventure.
Like in Assassins Creed Origins they introduce a new fighting style instead of using the (X) button to attack you will now use the triggers which I personally prefer and parrying is more realistic but harder as if you are not on point with your parrying you will miss your chance and still be hurt.
All in all, I really enjoyed this game a few points I would change which I mentioned, but if you love a big open world full of history and beautiful landmarks, breathtaking views, romance and a lot more then this is the perfect game for you.
Rapid Reviews Rating
You can purchase Assassin’s Creed Odyssey from the Microsoft Store on the following link, https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/p/assassins-creed-odyssey/bw9twc8l4jcs
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