Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Publisher Ubisoft / Developer Ubisoft It’s all Greek to us… a superb open-world RPG If we thought last year’s Origins couldn’t be topped, the latest Assassin’s Creed just a year later has impressed us mightily with its foray into Ancient Greece, and yet further into open-world RPG territory. Not only is its map vast, its visuals beautiful and captivatingly authentic, but it has utterly engaged us with deep storytelling, wonderfully drawn characters and a plethora of missions and activities that could keep us playing until the next Assassin’s Creed. And that’s another two years off.
Kassandra’s, or Alexios’s, story allows for both a fluid and open style of preferred play but also at its core contains a wonderful tale of revenge against an all-controlling cult responsible for his or her traumatic childhood events. Slick and intuitive combat, free-running fluidity, assassin-sneaking, ship combat, horse-riding, exploring and puzzling – it all adds up to an impressive though never over-reaching experience. Origins may have innovated much of what you can do in Odyssey, but this simply gets everything right. NPC encounters are richly rewarding, while the narrative branching does enough to make you feel as though you’re making your own adventure. And Spartan-kicking enemies off cliffs will never, ever get boring.