I'm tired of the Assassins Creed series. How else, when Ubisoft put its most popular franchise on the assembly line and even to me, as an ardent defender of the series, who at some point even seriously pondered the idea of buying merch based on the "Assassin", I wanted to forget Unity and Syndicate like a bad dream ... Ubisoft has demonstrated how haste and greed can kill potentially good projects. But, fortunately, low sales and a lack of caviar baguettes in the diet of the French branch of Ubisoft made the developers think again.
And in this article, which can be rather called a "confession of a fan of the series", I will try to tell you about the 5 main advantages of Assassins Creed Odyssey, which made me, if not love, then at least with great pleasure to spend 80 hours with the creation of Ubisoft. Even taking into account the general sloppiness and the pack of shortcomings that invariably migrate to every release of the series.
Ancient Greece setting
If you have not spent all your childhood in a nuclear bunker and at least completed an educational course in high school, then you are well aware of the contribution of Ancient Greece to modern culture. Ancient Greek myths and the philosophical school of the Elins, together with such personalities as Socrates, Pythagoras and Aristotle, are at least approximately, but known to any layman. And then Ubisoft unambiguously guessed with the choice of the setting, weaving the stories and characters familiar from their youth into the narrative.
In this regard, the passage of Assassins Creed Odyssey brings much more pleasure than the same Assassins Creed 3. You can even say that the setting of Ancient Greece is the most "popular" in the history of the series and for a person from USA it will be closer, except perhaps only USA setting.
Epic and non-linear storyline
In an attempt to refresh the mechanics of the series, Ubisoft went to any experiments, including the craziest - sea battles and defense of cities in the style of "Tower Defense" from Revelations. Odyssey went even further and dared to step on the threshold of the role-playing genre. And, oddly enough, Ubisoft managed to prove itself as the creators of RPGs. Best of all, this thesis is confirmed by the storyline company, in which our decisions affect not only the ending (hello Mass Effect 3), but also numerous game events, starting with the second chapter. And Assassins Creed Odyssey has nine endings in the kit.
The plot itself, as befits a modern AAA project, will delight you with its scope, but this time it is focused on a more personal story. The scenario, where the usual family values are at the forefront, in any case looks more advantageous to me than the simulated and primitive struggle of the Assassin and Templar orders.
Quests in the best traditions of the genre
A good RPG game is simply impossible to imagine without a huge pack of variable quests that provide motivation to explore the world. It should be said right away that not all additional tasks in Assassins Creed Odyssey will be able to please with the level of quests from The Witcher 3 trilogy, enough standard give-and-bring. But if you pay attention to the quests marked with a gold mark, you can be sure that the Ubisoft scriptwriters do not eat their bread for nothing. For example, not all quests for passing will require uncovering weapons, and more emphasis is placed on the dialogue system. One more point - some of the tasks can be failed and even the wrong tone in the conversation can affect the consequences of the quest.
Another point is the nonlinearity and consequences of the decisions made. After completing the story chapters in Assassins Creed Odyssey, I can advise you to return to your previous locations in order to see what chaos or grace have sown your actions. However, acting like a true philanthropist and pacifist, you should not expect that all characters will live happily ever after.
Another moment that pleasantly surprised me in the Odyssey is the abundance of humor that spills through almost every quest in the game. Why, even the main character is more likely not a heroic character from the Iliad, but a KVN participant who suddenly found himself in Ancient Greece. It is the frivolous attitude with which the writers approached the creation of the game that refreshes the franchise, and especially against the background of last year's and extremely gloomy Origins. Oh, yes, I recommend playing Assassins Creed Odyssey in USA, the original voice acting is too comical by ear.
Probably the most beautiful world in the history of the series
Surprisingly, in terms of technology, the graphics in Assassins Creed Odyssey seemed to me even worse than those of Origins. Another point is that even with not the best textures and a lack of polygons, the variety of the game world was able to fully extend the visual side of Odyssey. When Origins taught that there are only 50 shades of sand with rare glimpses of vegetation, Odyssey delights with an archipelago of rich landscapes. From rocky mountains and blue sea, to vegetation forests, plains and cities with subtropical vegetation. Just look at the screenshot, isn't it pretty, huh?
And again, back to the beginning of the article, Assassins Creed Odysssey is far from ideal. It's time to rest animations, many additional quests lack polish, and the slow progression of levels, which tempts you to buy microtransactions, makes you angry almost to the point of grinding your teeth, when you are almost obliged to vacuum the question marks on the map to complete the storyline campaign. But considering the objective issues, Assassins Creed Odyssey is undoubtedly the right course for the series and, most unexpectedly, one of the best RPG games of 2018.
We also draw attention to the first estimates of Call of Duty Balck Ops 4, which unexpectedly became one of the best games in the history of the series, of course, at the moment, only in the opinion of Western critics.
The Topic of Article: How else, when Ubisoft put its most popular franchise.