Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will have romance and dialogue options

Assassin's Creed Odyssey romance

Ubisoft has made a splash at E3 2018 with some exciting upcoming titles including Division 2, Skull & Bones, Transference and Beyond Good and Evil 2. One of the company’s highly anticipated games is Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, which comes out a year after the release of the highly acclaimed Assasin’s Creed Origins. The game will be set during Ancient Greece, and that means it will take place before the events of Origins. Players will get to choose between a female (Kassandra) or male character (Alexios). During E3, I had the chance to check out the one-hour demo of the game, and it’s shaping to be a solid and fun experience with more options to change the story and freedom to choose missions.

First off, the core gameplay is very similar to Assassin’s Creed Origins with its use of shoulder buttons and closer camera angles for combat. You’ll have light and heavy attacks, parry maneuver, dodging, rolling, and a designated kick button. There will also be special moves with cooldowns, so use them wisely when attacking. As for the kick button, I’ve never been excited about it in other video games. But for Odyssey, I actually screamed with excitement in front of the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey team since it’s a powerful and cool move. It’s very much inspired by Frank Miller’s 300 when King Leonidas kicks a messenger down the pit.

Stealth elements are back and also takes a page out of Origins. Eagle vision once again uses an eagle to look around the area while tagging enemies. Sneaking is done by pressing the crouch button, allowing you to silently kill an enemy (as long as they are at the same level or lower.)

Romance Is in the Air

assassin's creed odyssey dialogue

The Assassin’s Creed games have been adding RPG elements for each iteration including leveling up the character for better abilities. With Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, the team decided to go do one even better with dialogue and romance options. Yes, the way players interact and choose dialogue will shape the outcome of the story.

We were given two different paths to completing a mission. There are two rebellious characters helping the player with different ways of thinking. Kyra wants the player to think before infiltrating, and Thaletas wants them to go in with swords drawn. In the demo, I chose to listen to Kyra, and this led to Thaletas being upset and walking out. Well, the good news is that since I chose to back Kyra, she starts to show some interest in my chosen character, Kassandra. As I did more missions for her, romantic dialogue options started to pop up. It’s imperative that one must choose their words carefully since the wrong answer can ruin the momentum. Whether you choose to play as Kassandra or Alexios, you’ll have the chance to romance a male or female character.

During the demo, I was free to do whatever I want. The Assassin’s Creed Odyssey team didn’t want to me to focus on a particular path, and I had the option of choosing what to do. The final build may be different, but I’m definitely enjoying this aspect of an open world filled with potential activities everywhere with mild handholding.

A part of me is weary with Ubisoft going back to its yearly Assassin’s Creed release schedule, but from what I’ve played so far, it’s looking to be a fun and historical ride during Ancient Greece.

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