Which gamers have never heard the name Assassin’s Creed before. Cold hand and fantastic decision Ubisoft managed to create a potential open-world game in the first series with many of these shortcomings being a giant title whose newest series always deserves to be anticipated. The action itself cannot be said to be smooth with several series that seem confused with their own identity, especially after Desmond’s saga ends in the third series. But again amazed by Origins via the action RPG mechanic that is now highlighted, Ubisoft is now back with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey which makes the Ancient Greek setting your “playground”. Pessimism arises when he was first introduced to the public.
One of them is the management of user-interfaces and gameplay on the surface that feels like a process of “reskin” from what he offers at Origins. Moreover, all features that continue to be echoed to the public, feels like a gimmick slogan that is also often done by other games and ends up disappointing. But when you try it for the first time? We ourselves were quite surprised.
One that is implemented quite well is a system of actions and consequences that don’t seem to be difficult for you to compare with other quality action RPG games – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
So, what is actually offered by Assassin’s Creed Odyssey? Why do we call it a beautiful heroic epic? This review will discuss it more deeply for you.
Before we talk further about the story being carried out, we certainly need to discuss the timeline of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey itself. This series functions as a prequel and sequel at once. Prequel because the Odyssey story itself is rooted in the Ancient Greek era that occurred before Origins itself. So we enter a world where there is no order of Assassins or Templars. While the sequel is rooted in the fact that his story continues the adventure of the new protagonist of the present – Layla Hassan. After playing Bayek in the previous series, Layla Hassan continued to search for artifacts to support the action of Assassin by exploring the Ancient Greek story itself. So, this is the prequel and sequel at the same time.
In the Ancient Greek setting, you had the opportunity to choose one of the brothers: Alexios or Kassandra. Whoever you choose, you will play a mercenary who finds his destiny is far more important than just killing and helping anyone in the name of money. Whichever character you choose will not affect the story you get. The difference in stories will be built from the concept of choosing options and consequences that we will discuss later.
Both Alexios and Kassandra were born to a respectable Sparta family that was the lineage of the best Sparta soldiers of all time, Leonidas. But the forecast at that time made the Alexios and Kassandra family break. Kassandra / Alexios who was thought to have died because of a fatal accident turned out to be alive and growing up as a mercenary on a small island. The mission after mission that he lived to survive and get a little extra money made him fall into a far greater destiny. He found his father – Nicolaus, whom he considered guilty of the breakup of their family. From Nikolaus, Kassandra / Alexios found that their mother was still alive.
Kassandra / Alexios’s main mission is family. That children who grow up hard on the streets and without parents are ambitious to reunite their families. But the journey to find the mother turned out to open a big “secret” that Greece, which was now in the midst of a great war between the two factions – Sparta and Athenians were not as free as they thought. A covert organization grows behind the scenes, which is also reinforced by a mysterious technology that reportedly can show the past and the future. This organization is called the Cult of Kosmos.
So the journey of Kassandra / Alexios across Greece also intersects with the interests of the Cult of Kosmos. Especially considering that for a mysterious reason, the Cult of Kosmos seemed to be attracted to the blood line of the Kassandra / Alexios family and saw it as the “answer” they had been searching for. In the midst of this struggle, Kassandra / Alexios discovered several artifacts and technological relics that were too advanced for their civilization standards at that time. These red threads are tightly bound and connected to each other in their quest to find the mother they love.
So, who is the leader of the Cult of Kosmos itself? Can Kassandra / Alexios find their mother? First Civilization technology with a race called What kind of issues did they find? How will the story of this story end? You can get all the answers to this question, of course by playing this Assassin Creed Odyssey.
It’s not an Assassin’s Creed game if they aren’t able to mix and ensure that the atmosphere that is the main setting of the series, which in fact is Greek for Assassin’s Creed, ends up mesmerizing. Much different from the Origins series in dry Egypt with dominating deserts, Greece is a fertile land with the largest volcanic mountain in several places. A fertile land full of trees in several places, a blue sea that separates large areas, grasslands and farms that fill in between, and of course some former war land will accompany your trip. Of course accompanied by a dynamic lighting and weather system that sometimes makes it feel so dramatic.
But the special thing is of course the opportunity to dive into a civilization that we might never recognize. In the midst of a great war between Athenians and Spartans, your exploration will allow you to explore two cultures in one different region.
Athenians are one of the pioneers of democracy and you can enjoy how these choices affect the way their society works. Where there is an opportunity to think about influencing public opinion through an open dialogue session on stage, how can theater art be used for political purposes, or how the symposium becomes an essential part of strengthening positions in government for example. While the Spartans with a system of two kings are a formidable faction and make the fight a solution to many problems. If two kings end up disagreeing on one and the same problem, both of them can test the strength with a winning opinion which will eventually become an official decision. This is an interesting insight.
How the life of Politeism influences Greek life is also interesting to observe. In line with the more area you explore, you can see that there are so many temples that were built as offerings for gods who have different characteristics and “duties”, from Aphrodite to love to Apollo for healing and protection from bad things. The aesthetics that appear not only come from a variety of ancient buildings, but also statues designed to tell various mythological stories that are an integral part of the life of the Greek community itself. The mythological stories full of tragedies and gods and goddesses are portrayed through sculptures of various sizes, from giants that you can see from afar to hidden behind the dense forest waiting for you to find and find. Ancient Greek culture emanated through this.
Interaction between characters and music also deserves thumbs up, especially supported by stunning voice acting. Through these character interactions, especially with the characters you have seen in history books, there is an opportunity to understand how the lifestyle of the people there. How besides fighting, drinking and free sexual life becomes an inseparable part besides entertainment through poetry and theater. Your trip will also be accompanied by music which for reasons that are difficult to explain, will remind you a little of the music chosen by CD Projekt Red. We do not object to this.
Then the last compliment worthy of presentation, is the implementation of the water system from Ubisoft that never appeared unbelievable. There is something beautiful about the way they handle water, both from the movement of ocean waves and foam that leads to the beach to just the movement and nature of the sea that is difficult to predict when you wade with your big ship. Seeing how your ship tries to divide and break it down in flowing animation is a sight to spoil the eyes. A quality that deserves a paragraph of discussion separate from us. Fantastic!