“The ocean of Odyssey’s Greece is just waiting for you to explore”
It’s this shifting power that unlocks the spectacularly cinematic Conquest Battles. Once Podarkes’ power is at his lowest, a general sends Kassandra into a glorious 150 vs 150 battle on a beach at sunset. The sand is a gory, chaotic swarm of swords and shields. A gauge at the top of the screen shows who’s winning, and you just need to keep it on the right side of history by slaughtering enemy soldiers and the generals who try to get in your way. It’s a thrilling way to practise your godlike abilities as Kassandra kicks her way across the sands. Finally a ‘hero’ of the opposing force appears, forcing you to beat him in tense combat to seal the deal of the battle. Screaming “this is Sparta” at the top of your voice as you finally shuffle him off this mortal coil is, of course, optional.
Odyssey then is a game of moments. Victoriously winning a grand battle. Avoiding becoming a lunch for sharks. Donning a new helmet instead of a hood. Even quest markers now showing a general area and letting you find missions for yourself means the Creed no longer holds your hand on your way through history. There is no right or wrong way to play here, you aren’t an Assassin fulfilling a sacred duty in the endless war against the Templars. It’s finally up to you, and the potential that this offers couldn’t be more exciting. Everything is, finally, permitted.
above Acropolis now: We love the smell of olives in the morning.