GSY REVIEW | PC, PS4, Xbox One Monday, October 1, 2018 | 6:30 PM

We reviewed AC Odyssey

We reviewed AC Odyssey

Assassin's Creed Odyssey will be released in a few days now and though we haven't completed the main story yet, we have a list of + and - to share, along with 4 new videos focused on the beautiful landscapes. We have been playing for more than 25/30 hours on Xbox One X (and probably more than 5 hours on PS4 Pro) so we can answer a few questions if you have any.

As powerful as a Greek god

+ Really gorgeous most of the time
+ Colors everywhere
+ What a stylish art style!
+ A huge world to explore, on foot or by boat
+ So much content you will faint
+ Kassandra is endearing, funny and badass
+ The many narrative arcs
+ Still an impressive historical reconstruction
+ It's a kind of magic
+ The hero is fully customizable
+ The perfect mix between Black Flag and Origins
+ It actually feels like a true odyssey
+ Choices and conséquences in an AC game
+ The mystical has found its place
+ Leans more and more toward the RPG genre, with its strengths...

As indigestible as a Greek sandwich

- Sometimes not so pretty
- The animations could use a big overhaul
- Traversal can still be a bit awkward and clunky
- The feeling of being overwhelmed by the number of quests
- Some key moments lack the proper drama you'd expect from the cutscene
- The upgrade system isn't a priority because of the excess of loot
- Exploration mode does not make a drastic change
- Missions aren't all memorable
- Neither big storms when at sea nor strong gusts of wind on the land
- The AI is not meant for stealth
- … and weaknesses

Postcards (XB1X/4K)
The Greek world (XB1X/4K)
On a journey (XB1X/4K)
This is Sparta! (XB1X/4K)

All comments

Commented on 2018-10-01 19:07:10
Thanks for the review.

MetaCritic score is 86 (PS4) & 88 (XB1) and OpenCritic dvore is 86.

EuroGamer gave it a "Recommended", saying:

"Colossal in size, lavish in scope, Odyssey feels like a series landmark and Ubisoft's biggest ever game."

"Throughout all of this, and because of all this, I was wary Odyssey would begin to feel bloated, but despite its length that's not a word I'd use. It's vast, there's no getting around that, but optional goat-hunting bounties aside the majority of your time with Odyssey is well respected."

"Odyssey is an enormous game - certainly one of the biggest, if not the biggest game Ubisoft has ever made. It's an astonishing creation, extraordinarily generous and solidly crafted, and like its namesake is something that will live long in the telling."

It's reviewing very well and EuroGamer saying "your time with Odyssey is well respected" is a great thing. I'm sure AC: Odyssey won't bring many people who dimissed the franchise many years ago, but moving the brand aside, seems to be a great game on its own right.

Can't wait to plunge uncounted hours into AC: Odyssey.
Commented on 2018-10-01 19:47:45
"Missions aren't all memorable" Well, that's expected when you have more than a hundred missions. Not even all Witcher 3 quests were memorable.
Commented on 2018-10-01 20:56:12
Origins was not bad but not good enough for me to finish it. Thanks for the review, maybe I'll try it.
Commented on 2018-10-01 20:57:12
Thx for the review, nice work like always :)
Commented on 2018-10-02 01:58:18
"Choices and conséquences in an AC game"

I not so sure if I'll enjoy this new aspect. I like games such as The Witcher series, Dragon Age Origins, old Mass Efftect tittles, Deus Ex Human Revolution, I'm playing Dreamfall Chapters and I have Life is Strange 1 waiting but sometimes I don't want to keep seeing the same "chose your dialogue option" mechanic.

Assassin's Creed was one of those games that I could play once a week while talking with a friend without having to think what I said or did during "X" conversation and how that could change "Y" situation... I guess that's my problem, I'm the type of person who wants to see every option and possible outcome in a game and keeps replaying missions and reloading saves.

Unlike AC: Origins, Odyssey is supposed to have the option to replay missions (or so they said) but I don't know how that plays out if some choices made earlier have an impact much later in the game.
Commented on 2018-10-02 13:31:58
What does the last point in the Negative section, "... and weakness" mean?
Commented on 2018-10-02 13:47:25 In reply to i-Lo
+ Leans more and more toward the RPG genre, with its strengths...
- … and weaknesses

hope it helps. :)
Commented on 2018-10-02 20:06:02 In reply to Driftwood
Posted by Driftwood
+ Leans more and more toward the RPG genre, with its strengths...
- … and weaknesses

hope it helps. :)
Ah, okay. Merci Beacoup.

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