Best RPGs of Q4 2018
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Assassin’s Creed Origins started introducing heavy RPG mechanics into the franchise, but with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, it feels like Ubisoft is doubling down.
Odyssey introduces the RPG tradition of moral choices, and it does a pretty good job of it. There are some seriously tough choices to make along the way, and those choices can severely alter the world and/or the story.
In fact, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is all about giving you choices. The choice to explore anywhere you want, the choice to approach the three main stories however you want, and the choice to take down enemies however you want.
Odyssey’s combat is much more robust than Origins, really leaning into the difference between character builds.
The world of Ancient Greece is stunningly gorgeous, and the great variation in color scheme is refreshing after the sands of Origins.
The writing in Odyssey is also top-notch, with consistently funny missions and situations. It also helps that Kassandra and Alexios are arguably the most likable Assassin’s Creed protagonists since Ezio.
Despite being just one year after Origins, Odyssey makes a strong case for the future of the series, and is easily one of the best of the entire franchise.