Story - 94%
Graphics - 96%
Audio - 92%
Gameplay - 95%
Replayability - 93%
Sparta!!! Yes, a lot of people will shout this when playing the game, especially when performing the iconic Spartan Kick. Assassins’ Creed returns with Assassins’ Creed Odyssey and this time we go even further back than Origins, about 400 years before in fact, the setting is in Greece during the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta.
One of the biggest things people will think is how cliché is it doing a Greek Mythology setting? Well I’m happy to report that the game does not feel clichéd at all, it feels fresh yet familiar and having the two protagonists helps as well. We had an interesting interview with the script writer of Odyssey Daniel Bingham and you can listen to the interview here.
You can choose to play as Kassandra or Alexios siblings and part of Leonidas’ bloodline, their journey will take them all over Greece to uncover some secrets, understand the war (Even tipping the scales) and ultimately trying to find the staff of Hermes. In the present, you play as Layla Hassan who uncovered the spear of Leonidas and tying this into the animus reveals the DNA of the two protagonists and making you choose which path to follow.
As with all the AC series, the game is very tied to historical stuff, but the writing was done superbly to make it fresh and feeling new. Naval battles have also returned from Black Flag and add a lot of enjoyment to the game. The map is huge, and you can easily get lots in just one province for days exploring, doing side quests and just checking the scenery.
You can partake in the war between Athens and Sparta and there is a War System that controls this in the game. You can influence the outcome of the war in regions and this will also affect how the region reacts to you.
The RPG elements of Odyssey is the best yet in the series. With your equipment, you can equip different kinds of weapons and armour, upgrade them, dismantle them, sell them or go to a blacksmith to engrave enhancements on them, on an open slot, to improve the weapon. You unlock new engravings in different ways, like progressing further in the story, levelling up or doing quests.
On the ability/skill side, you now have more freedom on what you can upgrade and what you want to focus on, apart form unlocking new abilities or skills you can also upgrade some to a better level. There are three major sections, Hunter, Warrior and Assassin. Some abilities/skills can drastically improve gameplay so choosing what to unlock/upgrade first can count a lot to your journey.
Assassins’ Creed Odyssey is quickly becoming my favourite release in the series so far. It has everything that fans ask for great improvements, return of favourite gameplay, new gameplay and lots of options and a massive map. A great contender for Game of the Year!
Reviewed on: PS4
Available on: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Genre: Action RPG / Stealth
Age Rating: Mature
Publisher/Developer: Ubisoft / Ubisoft Quebec
Estimated RRP: R899
Release Date: 5 October 2018
- Naval Battles Return
- So much more to do
- I need a month off to play this game