Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is nearly upon us, and the reviews are pouring in. Is this ancient Greek adventure worthwhile, or is it a Spartan kick to the Assassin’s Creed franchise’s face? Will I regret this being the first Assassin’s Creed in years that I didn’t pre-order?
Reviews have been very favorable for the most part with a couple of naysayers (aren’t there always). The game’s attention to detail and scope have both been almost universally praised, with some claiming that there is actually too much content.
For better or worse, this is the least Assassin’s Creed-y Assassin’s Creed to date. Alexios and Kassandra, your two playable protagonists, aren’t even Assassins.
You’ll still find the Assassin’s Creed lore with the present-day storyline and First Civilization artifacts and temples, but the 431 BCE Greece story of the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta and the involvement of Leonidas’s descendants is a breath of fresh air. Whether or not you needed that breath will be up to you.
Let’s take a look at some of the ratings so far.
If we were to take an average of those scores (and round to the nearest 0.5), Assassin’s Creed Odyssey would score 8.5. It is one of the highest rated Assassin’s Creeds ever, and considering the success of Origins, that’s saying something.
And yes, I’m regretting not pre-ordering it.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey releases for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on October 5.