If Assassin’s Creed Origins started the slow shift to a brand-new era of storytelling and gameplay for Ubisoft, then Assassin’s Creed Odyssey speeds things up by only taking the best aspects of the original series into a brave new world. The new Assassin’s Creed Odyssey offers improved dialogue choices as well as enhanced RPG mechanics, cementing itself as something completely new for Assassin’s Creed and Ubisoft. So, is it better than the previous versions?
New and Improved Player Choices
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey starts by allowing players to choose between Alexios or Kassandra. This will be the first of several choices’ players need to make on both the main quests and side quests in the game. Ubisoft decided to go all in when it comes to the dialogue wheel, giving players the ability to alter the protagonist’s attitude as well as how they react in terms of pivotal choices. Most of the choices made in the game come with serious impacts too. You can either show compassion or answer aggressively which will completely change the story of the game. Player choices do not just affect the dialogue wheel but also how they approach enemies. Taking a stealthy approach or going in knives swinging will also change the outcome of the game which makes it much more compelling and immersive than the previous versions.
Combat and Levelling System
Although there are much more cut-scenes in the new Assassin’s Creed Odyssey game, it’s the combat and levelling system that manages to take centre stage. You will find a total of 3 talent trees, including a combat boat, armour, and inventory which you will need to manage. The core story can be completed within 40 hours, but there is an arsenal of additional challenges and bounties to keep players intrigued, and each of them will provide more Ability Points which can be used to upgrade armour, skills, and more. The new Assassin’s Creed Odyssey feels a lot more like a true RPG when compared to older versions. Players can earn unique pieces of gear and take it to a blacksmith where they can spend their resources to engrave it with special rewards and perks.
The combat sequences in the new game also requires loads more studying and practising than ever before. The large shields and heavy armour that both Spartan and Athenian soldiers wield can’t be button mashed like before. Players will need to practice patience and learn how each weapon works and how to wield it properly to effectively do damage. Although this can be rather frustrating in the beginning of the game, especially prior to earning Ability points, it still makes the game more intense and compelling when compared to previous versions. Players will also find that the new Assassin’s Creed Odyssey game comes equipped with loads of different mechanics and objectives that can be overwhelming at first. However, once players get a better understanding of how the game works, they’ll struggle to put the game down.