If there is one game that is hands down the worst Assassin’s Creed Game ever made, it’s Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. The game tears apart everything I love about Assassin’s Creed and completely messes up the lore. Here are my Top 10 reasons why Odyssey is the worst game in the series:
10. They Doubled Down On Not Calling The Enemy Templars
Assassin’s Creed Origins is the origin story of how the Brotherhood started with the character Bayek. I didn’t mind that game not having villains called the Templars. But did we get the Templars for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, the way we were supposed to? NO!
They doubled down on that because no one cares if they are called Templars. This time the villains are called the Cult of Kosmos and it screws up the entire lore. We already had the origin story of the Brotherhood and the Assassin’s Creed Saga, doubling down twice when it’s already established makes no sense.
Why not have them be called Templars? Or have a logical reason why they aren’t called that except for, “uhh, this is deeper in time”. Nobody liked it when they were stopped being called Templars and it needs to be reimplemented in the series.
9. The Game Is Too long
Yeah, this one was definitely a problem. In Origins it was a bit of an issue, but not as bad as in Odyssey and Valhalla. When focusing on the main objectives, Odyssey is around 45 Hours in length which is too long.
If you want to play this game the right way by killing the Templars, I mean Cult of Kosmos, then this game will take like 72 hours. For those wanting to complete all aspects of the game will need a looooot of spare time as it can take 130-141 Hours. That is insanely long, not Valhalla long but it is still long. This game turned into a lengthy chore instead of an escape to have fun.
8. The Side Characters Are Too Bland
Every game in the Assassin’s Creed Series has atleast one side character that is actually very cool and stands out. Examples: Leonardo Da Vinci (Assassins Creed 2 & Brotherhood), Adewale (Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag), and many more. However, in this game, nobody stands out and they are all utterly bland throughout the game. At least in Valhalla (which is also a terrible game), they had memorable side characters, this game does not.
7. The Main Characters Are Terrible
I hinted at this when I was doing my previous article where I was ranking of protagonists of each Assassin’s Creed.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s main characters; Alexios and Kassandra are very unlikeable. It was clear that the developers and writers wanted you to choose Kassandra for this game. The choice doesn’t matter because the dialogue is focused more on describing Kassandra than Alexios.
I honestly prefer Kassandra in this game as the voice actor was a lot more believable. No offense to Michael Antonakos as he is a brilliant and talented voice actor in other games, but it was not clicking with him voicing Alexios. It did not help that the writing for Alexios was terrible to the point where I legit thought I was playing the bad guy.
Kassandra was a bit better, but the character traits were so lackluster in this game. It also did not help that Kassandra’s motivations made no sense at all and her story was so inconsistent. It was clear that the developers see Kassandra as the canon main character in this game and put more effort into her than Alexios. It was a failed effort as her character wasn’t very good, but a tiny bit better than Alexios.
A game can work well if they nail the main character and they failed to do that with this game. It also did not help with the massive plot holes involved in the game.
Speaking of which…
6. The Gigantic Plot Hole Of Mount Taygetos
A big issue is the many plot holes that this game has. The biggest one and probably the most disgraceful one involves Mount Taygetos. In the middle of the game, we have Alexios and Kassandra thrown off the top of a 7,874 feet mountain. Basically the height of multiple empire state buildings combined, a very tall mountain. Keep in mind one is a child and the other is an infant baby. That fall would have killed both of them or injured them so much. Explain to me how both were able to survive that far of a fall and somehow get separated after falling at the same time. There is legit no explanation in the game of why this was possible and this was just super lazy.
Why couldn’t they have as an explanation Alexios or Kassandra while falling that they catch whoever the infant is and do the trademark leap of faith? Thus the logical reasoning as to how they survive. How hard is it to make things make sense in these games? Seriously. It is writing like this that has hindered Assassin’s Creed for the past few games excluding Origins.
It is sort of like fall damage just does not exist here. Whoops, spoilers…
5. Fall Damage Is Meaningless
Just watch this video and let’s *sigh* together.
I don’t care if it has something to do with their DNA, it still makes no logical sense that a human is able to survive that jump and not have one bone break. If they can do this here, then why can’t other assassins? I get falling in Hay Bails is a bit unrealistic in protecting them in real life, but at least it fits with the lore as they had training doing this.
What type of training did they have to survive this excluding having this give an illogical reason as to why they survived Mount Taygetos? Also if they can just do this all the time then that basically shows the player that facing a bunch of enemies in a fight has no stakes whatsoever as they can just fall off a large cliff to escape and they won’t die.
4. They Messed Up The Story Of The Modern World… Again!
I get that a lot of people are not a fan of the real world, but they really had an intriguing story that they were building up with Layla from Assassin’s Creed Origins. I was expecting that they were going to keep building this up and get a nice story of the assassins rebuilding the Modern Day.
Guess what! All the nice setup work that they had made in Origins is thrown away. How? Well, the Modern Day is barely in Odyssey at all and in a 60-hour game they legit only get like 20 minutes of gameplay time which is just so short and makes no sense at all.
Especially with William Miles being a part of the last game and making Layla important with his arrival. The fact that he is not in this game training/helping Layla makes no sense. Also killing her “friend” Victoria in the lamest way possible did not help things either. What an absolute shame.
3. The Assassin’s Creed Robes Are Terrible
I mean my goodness what the heck were they thinking with the attire they gave in this game? The robe that every main protagonist wears is special, to help make them stand out. With Kassandra and Alexios, they look horrendous.
It is so hard to even get the hoods for both characters. No joke you have to like really grind in order to get it which is absolutely ridiculous. I hate that the hoodie is not automatic with every robe as that ruins the look and lore of the Assassin’s Creed game series. Why was this game labeled Assassin’s Creed again?
2. No Hidden Blade
When you think of Assassin’s Creed you immediately think about the hidden blade that assassins use. In fact, you expect a hidden blade in these games, right? Well, not in this game. Yes, the main weapon in the entire franchise series is absent throughout the entire game.
I don’t care if they are mercenaries, not having a hidden blade in Assassin’s Creed is like having no magic wand in the Harry Potter movies/games. Whoever had the idea not to include the hidden blade in an Assassin’s Creed game should be banned from the series. I am serious!
1. The Game is Poorly Marketed
So here is the major problem with the game, the marketing is an absolute mess. It’s heavily marketed as a game full of choices and it was utilized to distract the fact that you play as a Mercenary and not an Assassin. Yet the game is labeled as Assassin’s Creed and you get the main issue here.
You often hear, “This is not a true Assassin’s Creed game” in reviews and other commentaries. That is definitely not a compliment, but it seems Ubisoft has embraced that thinking which creates massive marketing issues when it comes to the planning process.
At least in Origins, it makes sense why Bayek was a Medjay, but he turned into an Assassin and there is none of that with these characters. I have a feeling Ubisoft wanted to make a Witcher game, add a little Ancient Greek, and just label it as Assassin’s Creed.
Now I could go on and on here, but I decided to limit it to 10 reasons. In my opinion, this game is truly terrible which is such a shame as it looks so gorgeous. It is clear that a lot of work was put into making this game look great. It is a shame that they destroyed the lore and could not write a great story. This game is easily the worst in the franchise and it is not even close.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is playable on PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5, and Nintendo Switch
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