When a guest with wings on his shoes broke open his father’s head, Wouter was born, fully dressed in warrior armor. Coincidentally, that’s exactly the same way Athena was born, so it was immediately clear who should review Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.

Wouter played Assassin’s Creed Odyssey on the PS4 (Pro). In PU Magazine number 11, which will be in stores October 16, you will find an adapted version of this review.

I’ve been playing Assassin’s Creed Odyssey for 30 hours now and if you compare the state of this game with the first Assassin’s Creed from 2007, it actually looks like the series has gone a long way in development over that decade. This is a game with choices and consequences, with a ridiculously large map full of activities that do not get bored easily and challenging combat. This is a game with convincing facial animations and an extensive loot system in which new, surprising gameplay elements are added even after a dozen hours. In fact, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is almost everything that that first Assassin’s Creed wasn’t, and even has a lot of things that I would have loved to see in Assassin’s Creed Origins! So the Assassin’s Creed series has certainly changed a lot since 2007, but bizarrely, a lot of these developments only took place in this last installment. And Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was the very AC I didn’t expect a hole from …

Indeed, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is much bigger than Origins

“Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is getting much, much longer than Origins and the map is bigger,” is one of the first things I heard about the new Assassin’s Creed. Well, I thought there was a lot wrong with Bayek’s Egyptian adventure, but ‘too small’ was the last criticism I would make about it! On top of that, Odyssey comes back a year after the previous AC, so it seemed clear to me: Ubi is doing old tricks! On top of that, from the other reviews, I am about the only one in the world who was annoyed by the voice acting of about 80% of the characters in Assassin’s Creed: Origins, so the chances are that I have exactly the same game. with a different setting seemed a pretty realistic assumption. But oi, how nice it is to be wrong! Unfortunately, the first encounter with a quest giver, the lame man Markos, was not exactly a pleasant one. The voice actor who spoke the guardian of my main character (I chose the female Kassandra, but you can also go for the male Alexios), apparently reads his lyrics from a piece of paper that he has never seen before, which is also somewhere 25 meters in the distance, while someone hits his balls with a stick. That’s the only reason I can think of why he’s squabbling this way. Fortunately, Markos was one of the last, major irritations I encountered in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, because once this wanker was gone, this game only got better and better …

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: the combat is quite nice

I go from one pleasant surprise to the next as Assassin’s Creed Odyssey progresses. The first thing that strikes you is the combat: it is broadly the same as in Origins, because you again use a heavy and a light attack alternately, but otherwise there are many big differences. You can no longer hold up your shield to block hits, for example, but you have to time a button combination well to parry attacks, which does not make fighting easier, but it does make fighting more active. However, it’s the different, unlockable special moves that make all the difference in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey! With the Bull Rush for example, Kassandra makes a quick leap forward through enemies, she has a move that steals enemies’ shields, she can dip her weapons in poison and oh yes, there is of course the Spartan Kick that was happily stolen from 300 ! Oh and the Rush Assassination is a lot like a move by a certain dude hanging out in Middle-earth. By the way, that won’t be the last time AC: Odyssey resembles Shadow of War / Mordor, which might be the start of a lovely I-borrow-from-you-borrow-you-then-from-me tradition between the two. franchises. In addition to the melee abilities, there are a bunch of ranged specials that the Spartan chick can perform with her bow and arrow, making Kassandra a bit more badass than Bayek, if you ask me! The combat system is still not huge intuitive and the animations are at times of as questionable quality as in Origins (something you will be confronted with throughout the game, sometimes even in a somewhat painful way as you can see in the video at the bottom of this article), but otherwise fighting feels fresh enough to motivate you to put a spear or arrow down the throats of hundreds of Greek men and women!

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey has a compelling story !?

I also soon find out that the story in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey comes into its own much better than in predecessor Origins; the missions are no longer thrown in your face like loose sand (pun intended) and are more cohesive. By this I mean that characters are mentioned more often and appear several times in both side and main missions, that the story missions lead you through the world in a more logical way and that assignments within a certain area influence each other. Moreover, there is much more emotion in the conversations, the characters look a lot better (there is therefore a loading screen every time, but that is worth it), there are much less crappy, exaggerated voice actors and the cutscenes, which are still just a bit more beautiful than the dialogues, really make an impression. Most importantly, the game has PLAYER CHOICE !!!! Believe it or don’t believe it, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey has several NE-GEN endings linked to the choices you can make during certain dialogues. And, harder to believe, these options are often quite spicy dillemas. They’re not nearly as subtle as those in a BioWare game, but there have often been times where I’ve been like, ‘Oh , you’re really asking me this, Odyssey !?’ For the first time since the 7 Assassin’s Creed installments I’ve played, I felt really involved in the story, I was actually captivated. This was partly due to the fact that Greek mythology is regularly teased and heavily referenced – historical correctness be damned! – and that the story of Kassandra / Alexios is less disturbed by the overarching Assassins / Templars / Isu complexity. Ubi has realized for this part that it is not about the story, but about the way it is told.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey has many new elements

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey does not reveal all its secrets right away in the first hours of the game: the fact that you can gradually conquer many areas, for example, taking the side of the Spartans or the Athenians, then the infrastructure of the enemy army. undermines, something that culminates in a major battle, is not revealed until later. I play the game on Hard because Nightmare really didn’t get along, and on that difficulty setting in battles like that is quite tough! Not long after the introduction of this system you find out that naval combat is back, but it works faster than in Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag and Kassandra can recruit new crew by knocking out enemies … because yes, that’s how you convince of course people to join your group! I still don’t think it’s extremely fascinating gameplay, that boat sailing, but it breaks nicely with that eternal running and climbing roofs, because yes, Kassandra still does. Oh and then there is the Mercenaries system, which is actually a kind of simplified rip-off of the Nemesis system from Shadow of Mordor / War, but makes the game just that little bit more exciting. In short; where in Origins you quickly realize how the coming, dozens of hours will turn out, monkeys are still jumping out of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey for a long time!

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey synopsis

Wow, what a surprisingly fun part Assassin’s Creed Odyssey has become! Of course, after a few dozen hours inevitably the familiar AC boredom strikes, but until then … This is a game that even comes up with a new gameplay system in the 10th hour (where I due to spoiler considerations nothing about it), who constantly manages to challenge me by throwing mad Mercenaries on my roof and even rubbing my beard with thoughts because I have to make choices in a story that I – for the first time in the 7 AC parts that I have played – even after I can tell, I find it so fascinating! Really, I’ll give you such a synopsis! Is that a Greek word, by the way?

That AC: Odyssey is still not a perfect game either, you can see from this mini-fail compilation.

Conclusion

SCORE:

82 As far as I’m concerned, this is the most fun, most engaging and varied Assassin’s Creed part to date. It’s still a pretty sloppily finished game, but takes the funniest elements from the series’ past, even throws in a bunch of new ones, borrows some from other games here and there, sprinkles a bit of mythology on it and pour it in. the skin of Origins; voila, delicious Assassin moussaka! As far as I am concerned, this is the most fun, engaging and varied Assassin’s Creed part to date. It’s still a pretty sloppily finished game, but takes the funniest elements from the series’ past, even throws in a bunch of new ones, borrows some from other games here and there, sprinkles a bit of mythology on it and pour it in. the skin of Origins; voila, delicious Assassin moussaka!