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!
Assassin's Creed Odyssey is huge. Each new boundary is broken down the moment you reach it. It is big in the same way the Great Pyramids or Empire State Building are big, the result of untold amounts of labour and artistry distilled into something remarkable yet intimidating.Read more
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.