Assassins Creed Odyssey was one of the games I was looking forward to playing over the weekend, the videos we’ve been shown so far, it looks pretty impressive. But there is only so much you can see and do over 15 minutes.
The first thing I will say is that I played the game on an Xbox One X in 4K, and it looks sensational. I cannot fault how the game looked, being a man still in 1080p HD, I’m not used to such eye porn.
The game played well, but it was a bit difficult to get used to the controls, mainly because my fingers defaulted to the ones I used on Origins, and this felt different, I always thought I used X to fight on the Xbox One, however, this uses RT as the fight button and X as the dodge button…. Que the number of times I dodged a second time instead of attacking… This happened a lot and there was no way for me to change and be comfortable with the game. I honestly can’t remember if this was default in Origins and I changed them over, or whether Ubisoft have gone and tried to mess with us by changing the buttons around, anyway, it didn’t feel comfortable to play that way, hopefully you will get to play about with the controls in the final version of the game.
I was apparently playing an Alpha version of the game, the same one shown last month at Gamescom in Cologne. The game ran very smoothly, fighting once I did manage to attack people was good, but will take some time to get used to as the guys with shields are relentless… I kept shooting arrows at their feet… After about 10 arrows they died. Horray!
My game did freeze for about 10 seconds at one point when fighting one of the battle bosses, which I have to admit, I think happened last year when I played Origins, and I haven’t had an issue with that game from the final release, so fingers crossed the updates and fixes will or have already been fixed.
There seem to be the usual things to do in the game as I found campsites to clear as well as synchronisation points. The one thing that I was disappointed about, and this is just from what I’ve played, the game seems to be a copy and paste from Origins, just slapping a new time period and story to it. This left me a little disappointed and wondering whether or not I would invest in the game at all. I haven’t even managed to 100% Origins yet due to loads of other games coming out in the meantime, so would it end up having the same fate? Maybe, especially if it doesn’t grasp me from the beginning with the story.
It will probably be a rental job just to see how it is and whether it would be worth the money to put down on it.
This game left me kind of at a moot point, I didn’t know where I stood with it. Don’t get me wrong, the game looks fantastic, but with the quests, and side missions to do, is it just going to be more of the same as Origins and lose it’s appeal due to a rinse and repeat cycle of missions?