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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey 1st impression

Just like many others, I too believed that Assassin’s Creed Odyssey would be quite similar to Origins. I have never been so happy that I was wrong with that initial thought, since the ambience and gameplay is quite different. Here is my first impression of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey after a playthrough of three hours.

Dozens of choices and a beautifully crafted world!

The game starts off a lot darker than Assassin’s Creed Origins. In Assassin’s Creed Origins you were most noticeably the ‘Good guy’, where in Odyssey you are definitely NOT that. As a first choice you can choose to beat up two men who you owed money. Is beating them up not enough, why not slice their throats when you are at it. Yeah you get the option to let them go, but if you want you can just kill them where they stand. This is Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and you are definitely not the good guy, although you can try to play as the good Samaritan. Later in the game I came across unarmed civilians loyal to someone I had a quarrel with. Yes, I got the option to kill them, yes I killed them and yes I was rewarded for it.

Gameplay wise the game looks a lot like Assassin’s Creed Origins. ‘Looks’ is the key word here, since when we delve deeper in the combat mechanics, it is way more complex and features way more options than Origins. You have passive and can use up to eight ACTIVE skills, including the well known ‘Spartan Kick’ from the movie 300. If you wonder, yes, you can kick people into a well.

Fighting is improved and brutal!

For the first time in an Assassin’s Creed game you can choose different answers during conversations. It feels and plays like an RPG and while sometimes it is quite obvious if you make a good or bad choice, there are many moments that it ain’t that easy. A good choice can eventually result in more death and havoc than a bad choice, and vice versa. A great example for this is the moment I came across a priest who wanted to kill a family (including kids!) since they were infested with the plague. I chose to safe them, since I like to play as a good guy, but you can also chose to let them be killed. Even after I saved them, I got the option to rid them of all their items, since why would you do anything for nothing? Oh yeah, I saved them… but I am already waiting for the moment that I come across a plague infested village, because I let the family go.

Choices have concequences and you can actually let them kill this family!

All in all you can choice to play the good guy, if you want, but there are definitely more options to play as a bad guy or mercenary. For everything you can ask money and you can kill targets, even if you were meant to just talk to them or scare them. Killing is always an option. Odyssey is grim and dark, even though the setting is the beautifully crafted country of Greece. I was happily surprised and can’t wait to continue the journey of Alexios. Not convinced? It seems like the game focusses on the origins of the Templar Order, not sure, but that is my guess…