HandsOn Assassins Creed Odyssey is as Brutal and Horny as 300

first_img I spent a few hours playing Ubisoft’s next marquee murder simulator Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (not to be confused with either Assassin’s Creed Origins or Super Mario Odyssey which both released last year on the same day). But before I detail the standout new features like the warring ancient Greece setting, upgraded RPG elements, and Gerard Butler fighting style, I just have to tell you about the way I ended my demo. It’s about sex, so you understand the urgency.Before the demo even began the team explained how, as part of Odyssey’s new Greek drama-inspired dialogue system and branching storylines, your Spartan mercenary character can now romance certain NPCs like in a Mass Effect game. They even made a Trojan condoms joke. And that playable character could either be a man or a woman. I chose the woman, Kassandra, to pretend this was a Wonder Woman game.While playing through the handful of main quests available on the islands of Delos and Mykonos, I had pledged my support for the more aggressive tactics of a male warrior, all while concealing my Spartan nature. Each of these choices had alternate options. When the fight was won, I expressed my interest in pleasure beyond combat, and my target invited me back to his place. Of course, in order to find it I had to use my bird drone (returning from Assassin’s Creed Origins) to track his trail of flower petal and sexy white smoke across the Mediterranean terrain.Once I arrived I thought we would just do the deed. But first this fool wanted to fight be because he guessed my true identity. He said something about how fighting is the best way to truly know someone “bone to bone.” Kinky. I peppered him with arrows until he fell and the camera cut away while we presumably boned each other’s brains out.Once I was back in control I could choose my response to this encounter and my eyes lit up at one of the options. After my lover told me how much he adored me, I said, savagely, “I can’t wait to forget you.” You now see why I haven’t bothered to name him. We were better off teaming up as fighters anyway. But I could practically pinpoint the moment where his heart ripped in half. And to top it all off, I then earned a nice 6900 experience points.So that’s a thing that can happen in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. But even if you’re not interested in learning whether or not love can bloom on a battlefield, there’s plenty more the game has to offer. What I played very much felt like more of last year’s Assassin’s Creed Origins, even down to the UI, which makes since given this game is only coming one year after that acclaimed Egyptian semi-reboot of the franchise.Odyssey continues Origins’ huge and colorful take on an ancient historical world. The open naval exploration system lets you sail all across the Aegean Sea sinking ships in your way. I climbed up the butts of marvelous marble statues to synchronize the map. A time period dripping with this much (European) culture is a perfect fit for the Ubisoft empire.Odyssey also builds on Origins’ heavier combat feel and customization options. In addition to the new weapons and perks you pick up, you can create a loadout of special moves that burn your energy meter. These moves include health boosts and waves of arrows. But it’s a pretty safe bet most folks will lean towards the 300-style Sparta kick. It breaks guards, pushes opponents far away from you, and is just teaming with dumb awesome power. I kicked a bear in the face and a guy off of his own boat.See you at E3! pic.twitter.com/03NTPhCkCf— Assassin’s Creed (@assassinscreed) May 31, 2018Odyssey even manages to one-up Origins in terms of being an Assassin’s Creed prequel. Set in 431 B.C. there are no assassins with iconic hoods and hidden blades, at least in this demo. Just mercenaries like the player trying to make a living during the Peloponnesian War between Sparta and Athens. You take contracts to make new friends (or enemies). Killing high-profile targets weakens the political strength of certain regions and makes the 300-man battles swing more in your favor.Of course, all the nonsense Assassin’s Creed lore we surely know(?) and love (?) will still be here. You’re still playing as Templar defector Layla Hassan in the present day. Only this time you’re looking for more clues about the First Civilization itself, the cyber Adam and Eve folks, instead of the Assassin Order. The player characters are descendants of famous Spartan King Leonidas himself and have his magic spear. But justifications aside, ancient Greece is just a great Assassin’s Creed setting, especially now that God of War has moved up Norse. Plus, it’s one step closer to my dream game about what really happened at the Crucifixion.Assassin’s Creed Odyssey launches October 5, which is maybe a bummer for those of us who thought the franchise could benefit from longer development cycles. But if you’re looking for more Origins gameplay, more ancient Greece digital tourism, and more chances to shatter soldiers’ hearts, you won’t have to wait long.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Simon Belmont, King K. Rool, and Dead Luigi Join Smash Bros. UltimateAn Interview with Jump Force Producer Koji Nakajima last_img

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