Ubisoft has some great game naming employees working for them; because when they decided that they should call this game Odyssey, there wouldn’t have been any other name that would have done this game justice.
This single player game; available for PS4, Xbox One, Windows and Nintendo Switch was released on October 5,2018. It’s sales weren’t fantastic the first few months because of the release of Red Dead Redemption 2 on October 26th, with most people saving their money for the latter. We got it pretty late, just picking it up in April, but man.. I’m glad we did.
You can choose to play as either a male (Alexios) or female (Kassandra) lead character, which is, I think the first time you’ve ever been able to choose in an Assassin’s Creed game. Not only can you decide who to play as, but everything about this game is a decision. What mission you go on, which side missions you take, how you handle a situation and if you decide to *bowchickawowow*.
This game is truly an Odyssey, and one which gives the same attention to detail to the side quests (which never seem repetitive) as the main story arc. The world is beautiful, the ocean voyages are just as fun as running through the islands of Greece. The cut scenes are gorgeous, and plentiful. There’s nothing about this open world RPG that disappoints.
Once you’ve completed the main story, which can take days and days, there is still plenty for you to do and see; and with the addition of the free ‘Story Creator Mode’ you can even make your own adventures, or play adventures that other players have created.
Now, while this game is not an entirely accurate representation of Greek culture and myths, you can learn a little bit from it. Our 14 year old learned the word malaka while playing, and although he doesn’t yet know what it means, if he ever makes some greek friends, they’ll know that it’s pretty much the equivalent of our “F” word.
If you haven’t played Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey yet, you should. It’s a beautifully rendered, choose your own adventure, historical game. It’s fun, it makes you both laugh and shake your head. It can easily take up to 150+ hours to complete and is absolutely worth the 80$, even if just in play time. If you’ve already played it, let us know what you thought!