Honest Game Trailers’ Take On Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Is A Greek Tragedy

Yes, Red Dead Redemption 2 is the new hotness, but another blockbuster game was released this month too: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. This is particularly relevant for the PC-bound, who are missing out on all the frontier shenanigans. Doesn’t mean we can’t all share a laugh as Honest Game Trailers picks Ubisoft’s latest apart. Spoiler warning!

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One of the big things Assassin’s Creed does right is attention-to-detail, especially when it comes to the environment. It’s just a shame that detail loses a bit of shine when you realise what the franchise is all about, which HGT is only happy to point out:

…that painstakingly recreates moments in history so you can murder everyone that lived there.

The series’ identity has also undergone a shift in tone over the last few years. Whether it’s a good change or not is purely subjective:

…as it continues the transition it began in Origins from an open-world stealth game to just trying to be The Witcher 3.

The video goes on to criticise Odyssey‘s grab bag of gameplay systems, apparently it “[tosses] in every AC mechanic — and then some — into a big pile”.

There’s also commentary on the use of the Animus as a framing device, which worked well within the context of the first few games, but seems to be bolted on now because it’s an Assassin’s Creed game.

While not as funny as HGT’s other effort’s, it does raise some good points about the series in general.

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ASSASSIN’S CREED ODYSSEY (Honest Game Trailers) [YouTube]


    • That’s a shame. A good two-thirds of that video is straight up false, which is basically the modus operandi of HGT, just shit on everything because it makes people share the video more. Odyssey’s great fun, well worth the purchase.

      • I disagree and back up the trailer. I tried very hard to get into this game as the setting is one of my favourite.

        It’s is shit and obviously fundamentally designed to push the player into wanting to buy MTs. Trash

        • It’s plainly not designed to push people into MTX. As with Origins, you don’t need store boosts or items to keep up at all – the items are always below the curve and the boosts are completely unnecessary if you make even the slightest effort to actually complete locations you’re sent to and not just rush the quests.

          As you noted in your own review, you found the game too difficult and chose to grind to try to overlevel the content in hopes of making it easier, but Odyssey doesn’t work that way. In fact, the fact you can’t overlevel content is one of the reasons why boosts are unnecessary, there’s no incentive to use them.

          I appreciate that that was your experience, but with utmost respect, the fact you weren’t good at the game isn’t indicative of a bad game or bad pacing, it’s just that for you, the game isn’t right. I’m certain you’re talented at other games that I suck at so I genuinely mean no slight against you that this particular one wasn’t your forte.

  • Have really enjoyed AC Odyssey, meh opinions everyone has one it’s just when youtube vids and internet critics form everyone else’s there’s a problem

  • These “honest trailers” have become rubbish of recent times. You can tell when he hasn’t played/watched something.

  • It makes some good points but also tries to score some cheap ones too so can see why people both like & dislike it.

    It’s in a bit of a strange place for me now, the AC series; the gameplay has been improved to the best it’s ever been (at least imo – although admittedly I preferred Origins skills/combat to Odyssey) but when you scratch the surface the latest games have the depth of a puddle and just aren’t really all that memorable. The ‘what’ you’re doing is far better than the ‘why’, but after doing that ‘what’ for so many hours across Origins/Odyssey I’m just so bleurgh about it really going forward – if you said there’d be no more AC games at this point i’d just shrug?

    Telling point is how I remember far more of the story beats and set-pieces from the original AC & Ezio’s games than I do from the latest titles. The later games may be technically superior and are fun whilst playing until the repetition takes hold, but they don’t resonate long term & are easily forgettable, at least for me – style over substance if you will?

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