Assassin's Creed Odyssey Review

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Posted: 9 months ago, last updated 3 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, @gweronimo and @EamonGaudio.

OverviewOverview

Assassin's Creed Odyssey is an action role-playing game set in the years 431–422 BCE during a mythological history of the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta. You play as a male or female mercenary fighting on both sides and attempting to unite their family.

You can climb the environment extensively, interact with different characters, collect items to unlock more the location and intervene in key historical moments. It’s become popular because of the detailed cities, and beautiful locations it creates for players to explore.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey has more role-play elements than earlier games in the series. With this come branching quests and multiple endings. You can choose to play as either Alexios or Kassandra, two siblings. And the game tracks your notoriety with the characters you meet, adjusting their reactions to you. As you progress you upgrade your abilities, skills and armour.

Odyssey continues the naval combat from Black Flag that lets you helm Hellenistic-era warships to explore the Aegean Sea. This theatre of war is expanded with a "War System" that lets you choose contracts from mercenaries and participate in different large-scale battles against hostile factions. The results of these battles changes a faction's influence over a region.

Of note to families with younger children not old enough to play the game but keen to explore the settings, there is a Discovery Tour mode and stand alone version on PC for Odyssey, Origins and Valhalla that provides a violence-free setting. This enables players to explore the full map without the pressure of quests and combat. It also adds enhanced cinematic scenes to focus on the smaller details being discussed during a tour. There are also quizzes to see how much history players have taken in during their exploration.

DetailsGame Details

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 05/10/2018

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Stadia and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Simulation

Developer: @UbisoftMTL

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 30 hours and 40 hours to complete. Although you can complete the game in around 30-40 hours, to collect and unlock everything can take you past 100 hours.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. This includes a regular subscription fee (known as a 'battle/season pass') to unlock access to reward items and other aspects of the game.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey offers a season pass for two new major story arcs. "Legacy of the First Blade" where you fight the legend who first wielded the Hidden Blade to change the course of history. "The Fate of Atlantis" where you are confronted by godly creatures and uncover the secrets of the legendary sunken city.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

This game has been rated ESRB MATURE 17+.

 

Rated PEGI 18 with sex, language and violence. This game contains frequent depictions of gross violence towards human-like characters, which includes dismemberment and horrific depictions of death. These acts of violence are often paired with strong blood and gore visuals. This game features depictions of motiveless killing of innocent human characters. During gameplay, the player is able to kill the innocent civilians who populate the world. The deaths can be graphic in nature with strong blood effects shown. This game also contains depictions of violence towards vulnerable human-like characters. During a cutscene, a child is held by the shoulders and is then stabbed in the torso. This game also contains depictions of sexual activity with visible genital organs. There is a brothel located in the game which features paintings on the walls which depict sexual acts. In the same location, naked couples can be seen and heard having sex through a metal partition. This game also contains frequent use of sexual expletives. The words “*!@?*” and “*!@?*” are found throughout.

AccessibilityAccessibility

There is a lot of reading and some of the text prompts are time-limited. You can't resize the map and read-outs but you can position them.

Difficulty

How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Difficulty Options

Select Difficulty: Select difficulty from a range of presets.

Customise Difficulty: Customise different aspects of the game.

Assistance

Assistance With Controls: You can get the game to assist aiming, steering, reloading, jumping, running etc.

View Game Map: View a map of the game world during play, with points of interest and missions highlighted throughout entire game.

Reading

How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

Moderate Reading: Moderate reading required.

Large Clear Text: Text is large and clear, or can be adjusted to be.

Subtitles

Large Clear Subtitles: Subtitles are large and clear, or can be adjusted to be.

Any spoken content has subtitles: All spoken content has subtitles, or there is no speech in the game.

Some Dialogue is Voiced: Some of the game dialogue and narrative is voice acted.

Controls

How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Multiple Buttons & Two Sticks: Can play with multiple buttons and two sticks.

Mouse And Keyboard

Mouse Alone: Can play with just the mouse/mouse button/mouse wheel.

Mouse and Keys: Can play with mouse and multiple keys.

Mouse and Controller: Can play with mouse and controller simultaneously.

Motion Controls Not Required: You don’t need motion controls to play the game.

Remap Controls

You can customise the controls for the game as follows:

Remap Buttons: Re-map all buttons/keys.

Swap Sticks: Swap the sticks over.

Remap Mouse and Keyboard: Remap mouse and keyboard.

Rapid Pressing Optional: Quick, repeated button pressing not required or can be skipped or disabled.

Vibration Optional: Controller vibration not used in the game or you can disable it.

Adjust Mouse/Stick Sensitivity: Adjust how sensitive mouse/stick controls are.

Image

How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

Audio Cues for Visual Events

Audio Cues for Visual Events: Audio is provided to indicate visual events.

Audio Depiction of Event Location: Indication with stereo audio of where directional events are on the screen for things like damage, footsteps, environmental elements or way-finding.

Motion sickness friendly: Option to reduce motion sickness (motion blur, depth of field, field of vision).

Turn Off Blood: Reduce or disable graphic content of blood and gore.

Audio

How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Balance Audio Levels: Set music and game sound effects separately.

Visual Cues for Audio Events: Text or other visual indicators of audio events.

Play Without Hearing: No audio cues are necessary to play the game well

System Settings

Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Stadia offers some system accessibility features. Tandem enables you to use two controllers to play one character. This also enables you to connect other controllers like the Xbox Adaptive Controller.

Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: @GeekDadGamer and @EamonGaudio



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