My Big, Fat Greek Adventure
HIGH It’s one of the most gorgeous worlds I’ve ever seen.
LOW It’s bloated beyond any sense of reason.
WTF Hyper-aggressive chickens too eager to fight.
GameCritics was invited to a recent preview event featuring Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, and I was happy to attend because the few hours I had with it highlighted one thing for me above all others — Ubisoft is going whole-hog into the mythological side of ancient Greece, and I’m all for it. From semi-metaphysical special moves to fantastical creatures that never walked the Earth, Ubisoft has set Odyssey up to be more removed from reality than any other game in the series, and it’s about time.
The recent Far Cry games tend to have a split personality when it comes to their tone. One moment, they’re an insane, drug-fueled episode of Looney Toons with swirling colors and apparitions appearing from nowhere. The next, they’re a somber look at the terror of conflict, and how society can fall apart with a nudge in the right place. It’s an odd dichotomy that works surprisingly well for the series, and Far Cry 5 looks to carry on that same tradition.
The most exciting piece of information I took away from last week’s Ubisoft preview event for Assassin’s Creed: Origins wasn’t the revamped control scheme or changes to the core gameplay the series is known for. No, for me it was the announcement of the Discovery Tour, an open-world and combat-free deep-dive into the history of Ancient Egypt.