Review: ‘Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’ finally gets new formula right

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When Ubisoft revamped its flagship series, the publisher gave players a new but raw experience. “Assassin’s Creed Origins” was an unsteady first step for a series moving toward a new direction. The overhauled combat and epic scope of ancient Egypt were welcome additions, but the new systems and structure were far from perfect.

The next chapter, “Assassin’s Creed Odyssey,” is a refinement of those ideas. It hones what already works, introduces new mechanics and fixes the problems of “Origins.” The result is an adventure that shifts the series to an entry that closely resembles the “Witcher” franchise.

And it all begins with a new perspective. This iteration continues the modern-day exploits of Layla Hassan as she uncovers another artifact, the spear of Leonidas. Using high-tech Abstergo technology and her own ingenuity, they dive into memories that take them to Greece circa 431 B.C. The contemporary frame has always been a set-up for the “Assassin’s Creed” franchise’s true genre — historical fiction.

The difference this time around is that players have more of a choice in the campaign. This comes with who they pick for a hero — Alexios or Kassandra. These two characters have an interconnected past, and it weaves its way through the journey’s narrative thread. With the options to choose how the protagonist reacts, gamers have the power to influence the shape of ancient Greece.

The dilemmas they face are sometimes difficult. One of the earlier ones focuses on a plague that hits a village. They can let a priest eradicate the remaining ill family or grant them a reprieve. The choice has a wider effect on other characters and the island of Kephallonia. Other choices influence the fate of certain characters, but what’s …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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