Though Odyssey was long into development by the time Origins released, the success of Bayek’s Egyptian romp almost revitalised the Assassin’s Creed franchise, breathing new life into a series that had grown somewhat stale. This enthusiasm has carried over into Odyssey, both for fans and critics, as the open-world of Ancient Greece recaptures what makes Assassin’s a lot of fun while introducing a few tricks of its own.
One of the game’s big talking points was the choice given to us at the beginning of the game. To play as Alexios or to play as Kassandra. It might not seem like a lot, but it’s a progressive step forward for a series that has seen twenty entries to date. Inclusion is vital to our great medium and Ubisoft continue to dig into the frontlines of that often uphill battle for everyone to get along.
In his review, James said: “Assassin’s Creed Odyssey successfully builds upon the already strong foundation that Origins set to provide yet another Assassin’s Creed experience that still feels fresh and, more importantly, fun to explore and dive into. Even better, it does all this without the typical bloat you’d expect, although Conquest Battles do feel like a missed opportunity. Despite this minor letdown, Odyssey eclipses Origins in practically every way, and is easily the best Assassin’s Creed yet.”
He went on to award Assassin’s Creed Odyssey a 9 out of 10, not far off the game’s Xbox One standing on Metacritic where it averages 87.
James chose Assassin’s Creed Odyssey in his top ten and said: “When Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was announced I was a little it sceptical as to whether it would feel as fresh as Assassin’s Creed Origins did after its extended break. While Odyssey didn’t reinvent the wheel, but rather build upon it, I was pleasantly surprised to feel all the scepticism wash away. An improvement on Origins in pretty much every aspect, the world of Greece was incredibly alluring and a joy to explore – which is why I had no problems sinking another hundred hours into it just like I did for Origins.”
Ewan chose Assassin’s Creed Odyssey in his top ten and said: “I’ve been enamoured with Assassin’s Creed’s shift of setting to ancient civilisations. Origins was a huge step in the right direction for the waning franchise, but Odyssey felt – in many ways – the product of lessons learnt with bold new ambitions. The world of Ancient Greece feels the most alive an AC game ever has, with the ability to strip away the hand-holding mechanics also making it one of the most immersive. The grand adventure is filled with a colourful cast of characters, including the two playable characters who offer unique playthroughs. Its good to see the franchise return to strength and to take another year off in 2019; we need time to properly enjoy this one.”
Congratulations to Ubisoft Quebec for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, one of the best the series has to offer and our ninth best game of 2018.
Current Top 10:
9. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey