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Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey isn’t for Assassin’s Creed Fans

Assassin’s Creed has held a very special place in my heart for the majority of my adult gaming life. From the moment I played the original Assassin’s Creed, I fell in love. However, what I fell in love with has since become just an afterthought.

Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey is still a good game

This isn’t going to be a place where I tell you Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey is a bad game, or shouldn’t have been as highly regarded. No, Odyssey deserves every bit of praise that it received. In many cases, Odyssey pushed the open-world RPG genre forward. Even with that said, Odyssey fails to meet my requirements of an Assassin’s Creed game.

In every game, the thing that stayed consistent was a hood and a hidden blade.

When I swore an oath to the Creed, I feel I may have put too much of myself into the moment. I say this because the Creed is why I play these games. To be a part of something larger than myself, and to stop people from taking control.

This is what Assassin’s Creed became to me, and before I knew it, I was essentially Ezio, losing my sense of self and becoming an embodiment of the Creed. Because of this, the games that have been some of the most regarded have become some of my least favorites.

Games like Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, and for the most part Assassin’s Creed: Origins. Thankfully, Origins ended on such a high note for the Creed that it became one of my favorites.

The hidden blade has evolved over time into multiple different versions.

Franchise focus has changed

From the moment I first saw a trailer for Odyssey, I became concerned. There was no hood, no Creed, and no hidden blade. To me, all of these things make up an Assassin’s Creed game. These are symbols of the side that I chose, but this game dropped all of them.

As more information came out, the more I was able to understand why these things weren’t there. Odyssey takes place before Origins, so everything Bayek and Aya built was not around yet. Still, the more I played Odyssey, the more I became separated from why I loved the series.

Assassin’s Creed has always been a bit out there. A machine that can allow you to see ancestor’s memories. Jumping off a 200-story building into a hay bail and not dying. Using Eagle Vision to see high valued targets. A first civilization known as the Isu that the assassin’s descended from. All of these things are supernatural, but to me they all made sense. The world was still the world I knew outside of my house. However, Odyssey took it to the next level.

This has been the first Assassin’s Creed game with mythical beasts inside of the main story.

Realism making room for the mystical

When I learned there where mythological creatures in the game, it was just another punch to the gut. Assassin’s Creed never had creatures like this. The world, for the most part, was as we knew it, despite some of the supernatural hints. Nevertheless, I kept playing. To my surprise, these creatures were made from Pieces of Eden. After that, most of my issues with these creatures faded away.

Yes, I still didn’t like that they existed, but because they did, we started to get more information on the Isu. This was one point of the Assassin’s Creed mythos that we knew very little about.

Sadly, however, I soon realized this was a side story and one that didn’t really make sense to me.

From this picture, you wouldn’t be able to tell Odyssey was an Assassin’s Creed game.

You are told to find your dad around three-quarters of the way through the game by your mom. This was an optional quest, but I broke away from the main story to do so. Once I discovered him, I was disheartened and excited all at once. This was an optional part of the story and one that felt disjointed. However, it was dealing with things that transcend any single Assassin’s Creed game. Nevertheless, it felt shoehorned in. This was meant for long time players like myself, but as a side thought.

It was here that Tim, Senior Editor here at PSU, started to discuss Assassin’s Creed as a whole. At the time, he was also playing Assassin’s Creed III and not having a great time with it. We could both agree that Assassin’s Creed III was a low point in the series, but for different reasons. This is why these two articles exist; you can find his thoughts here. To me, Assassin’s Creed is no longer made for me. These games are made to bring in a wider group of fans.

My hopes are that even though the main stories will become less for me the DLCs bring it closer to the Assassin’s Creed I love.

All is not lost

Assassin’s Creed still has everything that I fell in love with, even though it’s no longer the focus. I mentioned to Tim that I was more excited by The First Blade DLC than I was for Odyssey in general. He then speculated, after his experiences with ACIII and its DLC, that the DLC seems to target the long-term fans while the main games target a broader audience. Honestly, that will ultimately be okay, even if it’s not what I want out of the series.

Assassin’s Creed had a chance to survive. Numbers started to dip after Assassin’s Creed: Unity. Even though Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate was an amazing game, people were over the old style that the franchise had annualized. In order to survive, they adapted, and at the end of the day, I do truly enjoy these new types of Assassin’s Creed games.

However, as a long time fan, I feel a bit forgotten. Assassin”s Creed: Odyssey is an amazing open world game, one all RPGs should be using as a new bar. It was also a story fitting of Plato himself. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey isn’t a good Assassin’s Creed game, but it is what Assassin’s Creed needed to become.

None of this is inherently bad. It is just something I need to come to terms with.

  • Sid Werner

    Yeah, I dunno, I find using a title for a series that a game really has nothing to do with to be a little pathetic, actually. Though frankly the game is a tad overrated, anyone saying it broke any new ground is sorta full of crap.

  • Magdem

    I can see that Odyssey abbreviate from the series both game-mechanics and story / lore of the series, but to be honest, the Assassins Creed franchise as a whole is full of plot holes and inconsistent story. I really understand diehard fans’ frustration with the series tho. The game has terrible imbalance problems, especially with the assassination mechanic. Not to mention the terrible AI. Don’t get me wrong tho, I personally loved this game, but I agree that is over rated. Ubisoft is still releasing major balancing and stability improvements fairly regularly so it can stil get better in the future. Much needed updates, I might add, as literally half of my game-sessions ended with the game crashing.

  • Fonz

    This article is pretty much how I feel. I thought the series left fans like me behind. I was nervous after AC4, but Unity proved me wrong. Syndicate was a fun game, but felt like an AC parody game. I skipped Origins when I saw where the series was going. When I saw Odyssey, I believed the series was done for. I even hated on the game for not being the game I wanted. After seeing all the great reviews, had to try and was hooked. It was not the AC I know and love, but a game I never knew I wanted. It’s massive and fun. The characters are also very good. I enjoyed it so much, picked up Origins while on sale and had a blast with it. I rented Origins when it came out, but returned it right away when it didn’t control like I wanted it too. Odyssey basically made me go, “I get it.” Now I know what they are doing and can enjoy the experience. I’m now back in the AC camp even though its not the same game I followed in the first place like this article states about buying into the Creed.

  • Tropicoer

    Ehh In my view as a long time fan who played all games and even Liberation, Odyssey is a natual progression. The One that Came before were there from the beginning adding that Sci-Fi element. Furthermore the series is full of inconsistency and plot holes.
    At the end of the day Assassins Creed is a brand/series that is uniquely uneven, spanning eras/locations, story quality and genres.
    I never really cared that much for the lore which is a lost cause, but the chance to experience different historical events/recreations.

  • andrewsqual

    Well that makes sense because I am an AC fan an I never bothered with it since I saw the first 5 seconds of it when it debuted at E3 last year.

    In fact, Ubi are making it incredibly easy for me to not bother with a single one of their games most of this gen. They haven’t got the crowning achievement of me buying zero games from them though. That prize goes to EA lol.

  • LordCancer Kain

    i hate the F word, don’t ever be a “fan”.