Assassin’s Creed returned after a small hiatus with Assassin’s Creed Origins last year in October, which got pegged as the possible revival of the game series. Origins brought the series back in time to around 49 BCE to when the Assassin’s Creed was found in Ancient Egypt by Bayek of Siwa, and his wife Aya of Alexandria. One year on, we are all set to get another Assassin’s Creed game, which takes us further back in time by 300 years, and this time to Ancient Greece during the time of the Peloponnesian War between Sparta and Greece.
At a hands on event in Mumbai by Ubisoft, I got to try out the E3 build of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, which featured the two islands of Mykonos and Delos. This build is more than two months old now, and though it was not perfect, I didn’t feel too much missing in the gameplay. The demo allowed me to play with either the female or male characters of Kassandra or Alexios.
Ubisoft claims that the choice of character does not make any difference at all in the gameplay, and is purely visual. I chose to play with Alexios because we have seen Kassandra in almost all the gameplay videos till now. The demo set us up with a levelled up character that has some of the skills already available, and we start off with some cinematics and our first glimpse of the new conversation system which according to the devs will make the storyline unique based on our choices in dialogue.
The new dialogue choices appear as options when decisive questions and propositions are put to your character. Sometimes the dialogues would just result in more explainers while others become decisions affecting the storyline.
Now for the appearance, the visuals and the graphics of the game seem way more refined when compared to the previous game. The in-game Greece during daylight simply looks stunning. Players could easily stop playing for a while just to gaze at the beautiful setting when on a high cliff.
Besides the visuals, the gameplay has also evolved further with the new game from Origins. The AI seems to better recognize the player, and execute offensive tactics better like flanking and taking turns to attack. And to counter this the players now have quite a few new abilities in their arsenal, prime among those is the new kick that sends even captains flying.
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All this seems like a promising upgrade that we must play to understand better and explore how this can become a positive addition to the Assassin’s Creed series. Keep an eye out for for our detailed review.