Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – fight like Leonidas

by Nathan Dutil

Marcelo Jabulas | GameCoin Writing – Ubisoft has made a great contribution to teaching history and geography with the Assassin’s Creed franchise. Of course, the Assassin Order is a big daydream, as is the technology that allows scientists to relive past adventures using remnants of DNA. But they’re fundamental to acting as the amalgam that gives the series meaning. However, each episode places the player in a corner of the world and a moment in history.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey arrived a few weeks ago and transports the player to the year 431 BC, during the Peloponnesian War. It’s a period just after the Persian invasion of Greece, which was saved by the comedy series 300, by Frank Miller, and later by the feature film with Gerard Butler.

In the game, the player begins the campaign precisely during the battle of Thermopylae, when King Leonidas of Sparta and his 300 soldiers face the army of the god-king Xerxes. The player even assumes the role of the Spartan leader. This is a brief introduction to what is to come. But there is a bad catch. Leonidas, as you would expect, is a high level and very well armed warrior. When the game starts for real, you take on the role of a savvy handyman.

Mythology

Anyone who follows the French series knows very well that its protagonists are endowed with fantastic abilities that defy the laws of physics and human anatomy. In Odyssey, these extraordinary powers are attributed to the supernatural. Gifts from the deities of Olympus. Thus, everything that seems absurd or impossible is actually by the will of Zeus and his children.

The game gives the player the option to choose one of two characters, Kassandra or Alexios, who basically differ only in gender, so that the player can identify with their character, and who have the same abilities.

The protagonist, whether he or she, acts as a mercenary on the island of Kefalonia. The player is a descendant of Leonidas, so much so that he is in possession of the tip of his spear. In the plot, the character chosen is the older brother of the other. The protagonist finds himself on the island after his family is ambushed. He (or she) manages to escape in a small boat and is found by Markus. He takes care of the child in exchange for services. A sort of Greek Yondu Udonta, but without the earthiness of Star-Lord’s stepfather.

Exploration

The island that begins the adventure is large, but it’s only a fraction of the huge map to explore. The game features a new exploration model which makes the game more challenging and does not reveal points of interest on the map. It is therefore necessary to explore in more detail.

Another interesting point, the game takes up the navigation phases, as in the Black Flag and Rogue episodes. The player must cross the Mediterranean in triremes (oared military vessels used by the Greeks). On land, the fastest way to get around is on horseback. In other words, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is a gigantic game full of extra content, side tasks that can take game time to hundreds of hours.

the decisions

The new installment elevates the RPG elements of the franchise. Character dialogues contain location information and helpful hints. However, the tone of the dialogues can have consequences such as the intensification of the fights, or the bounty on the player’s head. From time to time, mercenaries appear to destroy it. And they are still much stronger and more evolved warriors.

Therefore, the advice is not to face the jagunço at first. You need to improve your skills and upgrade to a balanced level. An interesting detail is that the game is fully dubbed in Portuguese. But the coolest thing is that Leonidas’ voice is the same one used in the dubbing of the feature with Butler

combat mechanics

When Ubisoft released the Origins episode (set in ancient Egypt, around the time of Christ’s birth), the producers incorporated combat elements from their online fighting game For Honor. Defense and attack mechanics have been introduced to make combat more complex. In Odyssey, producers are simple, but not simplified.

The player has controls for short attacks, stronger attacks, disarms, blocks and dodges. In addition, the fights are closer to reality, with less naive enemies, who do not allow themselves to be attacked passively. If the player has an open chest, this could be his end.

Clothes

As in Origins, the player will need to upgrade their weapons and clothing. Equipment can be acquired from merchants, as well as from looting corpses and petty thefts. You have to remember that your character, no matter how horrible, is a crime. Many items require an experience level to use. Therefore, it is worth keeping the more valuable ones and selling, or dismantling, the simpler ones. Inscriptions engraved on weapons and pieces of armor also give abilities.

Chart

Visually, the game follows the standard of excellence of other titles in the franchise. Assassin’s Creed has always excelled in graphics quality and Odyssey does not disappoint. The level of detail in the scenarios, the water effects, light, shadows and smoke are impressive. In equal measure, the quality of the animations and the whimsy of the characters.

The quality of the production is very evident when the player flies over the region with the water of Ikaros (name in allusion to the son of Daedalus who tried to flee the island of Crete with his false wings, but drowned in the Aegean Sea). It is possible to see the vastness of the landscape, full of buildings and ruins. In fact, the bird is essential for locating targets, enemies, missions and other characters.

Verdict

Without saying more, what we can say is that Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is an excellent action RPG. As good as the critically acclaimed Red Dead Redemption 2, but with the richness of Greek mythology. Unavoidable.

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Style: Action RPGStudio: Ubsoft QuebecDistributor: UbisoftOnline support: YesLanguage: Audio, subtitles and menus in Portuguese (dubbing download required)Available: PS3, PS4, PC, X360, XONE and WII Average price: R$30

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Plot: 5Graphics: 5Gameplay: 5Challenge: 5Cost/Benefit: 4TOTAL: 24 gamecoins

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