True and loyal fans of the Assassin’s Creed franchise simply can’t get enough of these games and there is a reason for it. Ubisoft has done it times and times again, and even now after they’ve been shaken by critics they still manage to produce quality gaming content. But every title should be judged separately and if you’re thinking that the next sequel of the Assassin’s Creed franchise might disappoint you, you couldn’t be more wrong. Ubisoft used most of their presentation time on this year’s E3 conference on the announcement of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. And there is a reason for it. So if you don’t know much about the game, or want to find out more before you pre-order the game this is the place to find all about this amazing upcoming game.

The Release Date and Additional Info

The developers were clear on the release date, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will be available for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One from 5th of October this year. The game supports 15 languages so even if you don’t feel comfortable playing on English, chances are that you’ll be able to pick one of 15 languages that feel more natural. You can pre-order the game at the astonishing price of 59.99 on steam and via many other game distributions platforms. Ubisoft’s development team was pretty confident when they presented some of the details about the game. The problem is not only that they were never before present in this franchise, but that there is always a risk when presenting new aspects of the already famous franchise.

The Setting

The setting in this title is focused on Greece and the many islands that it bears. There you’ll find yourself around 400 years before the Brotherhood was formed, exploring the islands fighting Athenians or Spartans if you choose. Apparently, the story was driven by the Peloponnesian war between the Spartans and Athenians.

It’s the founding place of art, philosophy as you’ll find out playing the game.

You’ll be able to chat with Socrates and even exchange a couple of words on the topics of philosophy, the meaning of life and a couple of other important matters. Just like in the memorable Assassin’s Creed 2 Walkthrough, you’ll be able to meet important historical characters. Other than that, the game bears resemblance to AC-Black Flag in which most of your time you roam around in your pirate boat taking down enemy ships and pirate gangs.

The Gameplay

Right from the start, you’ll feel the difference that Ubisoft’s developer team has brought in the franchise with this new title. At the very beginning, you’ll be able to choose between two characters to play with-Cassandra or Alexios. Both look pretty awesome but Ubisoft does mention that Cassandra is their pride and joy. If you’re interested about the character creation process you might find more info on some Assassin’s Creed Reddit pages. You can also look for AMA(ask me anything) subedits in which you can ask some of the developers about a particular part of the character creation progress, storyline or anything else related to this title.

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The main new thing that this sequel is bringing to us is the character progression system. You’ll be able to level up as you conquer new areas and defeat stronger foes. Regarding the gameplay itself, you’ll find that a lot of the elements of Assassin’s Creed Origins were kept. Including some parts of the combat system, bird-eye view, combos, finishers, etc.
The developers mentioned that you can go virtually anywhere on the island while exploring, out of the main quest storyline. This means that you’ll enjoy countless hours exploring Greece islands, ambushing, destroying or sabotaging enemy camps, their weapon caches and much more.

As always there will be more than one way to approach certain situations.

Whether you choose to go with stealth, diversion, sabotage attack or go straight forward waving your blade and spear like a complete lunatic, you’ll have a memorable gaming experience.  The combat system has evolved, as you’ll find out yourself. As you hack, smash, eliminate or evade enemy attacks you’ll fill your focus gauge. Once full, you’ll be able to perform devastating attacks, most of which do ridiculous damage to your enemies. With these, as well as with your Spartan skill of kicking ass, you’ll be able to overcome most of the challenges that this new sequel has in store for you. You’ll find that it’s pretty easy to utilize any combat style, provided that you learn if thought your progression skill three first.

Is RPG Element new to the Assassin’s Creed Franchise?

Beside never before seen graphics, an enormous area to explore and an upgraded combat system, the new title brings another new element to the franchise. Yes, you’ve guessed it, it’s full customization of your combat style. But RPG was never a part of the Assassin’s Creed franchise, so why start implementing it now? As the developers explained it’s all about keeping track of what the audience wants to see in future games. No one can say that playing with a fixed combat style is more exciting than creating your own. You’ll be able to gain experience, upgrade gear, acquire new skills and change the entire skill set in an instant. Skills like Spartan kick are available pretty much from the start, so you best invest in it as soon as possible as it’s a pretty effective move.

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There are also a lot of rare and epic pieces of equipment. If you love playing RPG’s or board games you probably know the importance of these items. For example in Hearthstone, Blizzards popular card game, you can find ancient one hearthstone card that you can’t put in your deck but can buy to use or get thought gameplay. Players that used this card won a bunch of matches without lifting their fingers. And all their fame and glory was attributed to investing in this rare item. You can do the same in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey in terms of using rare items. The quest for finding one might not be the easiest one, but if you succeed to complete it you’ll be able to win countless of battles with a couple of decisive blows.

Inspired By Skyrim?

Did you know that most of the new elements in the game were inspired by Skyrim? If you’re even a remote fan of RPG then you probably are familiar with this title and the whole Elder Scrolls franchise. You’ll notice immediately as you start playing the new Assassin’s Creed sequel that the progression system is indeed similar to that in Skyrim.
First, there are the three types of skill trees to choose from, just like in Skyrim where you have magicka, health, and stamina to invest your point in. In Assassin’s Creed Odyssey you’ll have Hunter, Spartan and Assassin skill trees to invest your hard-earned point in. Next to this, you’ll also notice stats of health on the left and armor on the right side.

Romance and Dialogue Choices

Other than introducing RPG elements, Skyrim progression system and a couple of other new things, this sequel has something else that was never seen before in this franchise. It’s dialogue choices and romance. You actions and words matter now, as everything is related to something further in the gameplay. This means that you won’t rush into making decisions so easily. For example, staying true to one faction will provide additional quest and rewards, but will bring the opposing faction’s wrath on you as well. It’s all about action and reaction in this sequel. You’ll be able to express your emotions as well.  Once you get enough of affection for one character, you’ll be able to seduce them and get a neat romance scene.

These elements were seen before in Fallout series, so it’s always nice to know that Ubisoft is accepting other game developer’s success.

Other than picking dialogue choices and changing the course of the entire conversation, and possibly changing the entire play trough, you’ll be able to lie, deceive and take your chances on either hiding the truth, of making your conversation partner tell you about something they wouldn’t say a word about otherwise. In any case, this leaves a lot of space to plan your verbal approach on retrieving information.

Exploration and Character Progression System

If you, in any state of mind, start to feel that the main storyline is boring, you can start exploring the map. The map contains more than 10 islands all of which are huge areas filled with an abundance of enemy activity, hidden quest, Easter eggs and rare item caches. Taking a break from the main story can now last for hours. As once you start exploring the area you’ll want more side quest, rare and epic pieces of equipment and experience for your character. With so many skills to keep in mind, you literally won’t know when to stop leveling up your character, revealing hidden areas on land but on the sea as well.

Luckily you won’t have to travel by foot all the time. You’ll have your horse and your boat to travel with most of the time. The crew on your boat will start to feel like family, and the boat itself you home. It’s a place where you return after each quest and where you begin every adventure. It won’t be always available on the dock, waiting for you. But you can always wait it out by passing the time. In any case, if you love exploring more than following a linear storyline, you’ll be glad that in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey you can do that for hundreds of hours.

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As you progress, you’ll unlock access to higher level skills, and higher level gear. Both of which contribute greatly to combating strong foes or groups of enemies. After a couple of days playing this game, you’ll feel confident venturing anywhere on the map. But bear in mind that many places on these Greek island are a home for dangerous creatures, some of which are mythical as well.

To keep you on the right track the game will always display unless you set the preferences differently, a white or a red health bar of your enemies. These will indicate whether you’re ready to challenge the foe in front of you or turn around and run. But don’t feel down if an enemy proves too difficult for confrontation. Live, to fight another day, right? Of course, you’ll always be in liberty to decide whether to attack a way higher level enemy or return once you’re stronger and better equipped.

How to Endure the Remaining Days Until the Release?

If you can’t wait for the release date to purchase and start playing the game, why not play a particular prequel to refresh your memory. You can also start with from the bottom up, completing each title before 5 October. Which is, although a bit too ambitious, a pretty exciting adventure.

But if you don’t want to spend the remaining days until the release playing prequels, you can re-play the last most successful sequel. You can find Assassin’s Creed Black Flag Gold Edition, for a relatively cheap price if you’re looking for the hard copy of it. If you don’t fancy adding this title to your shelf of favorite games, you can find Assassin’s Creed Black Flag Digital Gold Edition even cheaper. Many game distribution platforms offer this awesome game for less than 20 dollars.

Pretty neat right?However you spend the remaining time until the final release of the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, you should try not to overdo it with watching or playing games related to this franchise. This way you won’t feel fed up with this genre, and you’ll build anticipation for playing it once it’s finally on your gaming device. You can find more game reviews right here, so don’t wander off too far.

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