Metascore
83

Generally favorable reviews - based on 86 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 73 out of 86
  2. Negative: 0 out of 86
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  1. Edge Magazine
    Nov 9, 2018
    70
    It also commits a few of the same sins: in particular, the deluge of gar drops feels vaguely insulting, conditioning the player to lust after items exclusive to the in-game store. It's lifted, however, by the relative wit and intelligence of its quest design, and the delicate notes of uncertainty and curiosity introduced by Exploration mode. [Christmas 2018, p.108]
  2. Oct 9, 2018
    70
    Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is a gorgeous looking game, and by far the most ambitious one in the series, but the world is so filled with repetitive activities that it’s difficult to feel completely satisfied with the experience. If you enjoyed the previous ones though – especially Origins – this is absolutely worth a look.
  3. Oct 5, 2018
    70
    This is a vast swords-and-sandals epic that’s rendered in the finest of details, and there’s little else like it. Seeing it through to conclusion, however, has a major cost: your money or your patience.
  4. Oct 5, 2018
    70
    Befitting its name, Odyssey is a mammoth game, the kind one can sink a few dozen hours into and still have a staggering number of tasks before the credits roll.
  5. 70
    We’ve enjoyed Odyssey more than any entry since Assassin’s Creed II but it’s still frustrating that the franchise has done so little to improve the gameplay fundamentals upon which everything else depends. Although at least the one thing you can always say about Assassin’s Creed is that it definitely offers value for money.
  6. Oct 1, 2018
    70
    Although it crafts a wonderful narrative in an awe-inspiring world, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, through its stubbornness and familiarity, sometimes feels like a “best of” compilation of its predecessors without being the best of them.
  7. Oct 1, 2018
    70
    Odyssey suffers in the same way Origins did as it searches for an identity within both the stealth and RPG genres. We obviously deeply appreciate the addition of such RPG mechanics and Odyssey often fines a nice middle ground between the two, but it ultimately isn't consistent enough on either spectrum to fully flesh out what the game could potentially be. If you enjoyed Assassin’s Creed Origins or want a game you easily sink over eighty hours in through exploration alone you will probably enjoy Odyssey, but if you’ve grown tired of the general monotony of the series you might want to wait until Ubisoft does something more innovative with this IP.
  8. Oct 1, 2018
    70
    Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is not a perfect game and the tech issues in particular are fair grounds for complaints. Even with its faults, however, the positives greatly outweighs its flaws, though some old school Assassin’s Creed fans may be in an uproar over some of the more drastic changes to the traditional formula. Despite its issues, this is a worthwhile odyssey to embark on.
  9. Oct 24, 2018
    65
    Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey is a perfect example of why pacing matters, and it also demonstrates that massive, sprawling worlds don’t make an excellent adventure through size alone. When all was said and done, Odyssey offers 40 hours of great material wrapped up in another 40 hours of busywork that made this Greek journey a slog to get through. heads up, developers — just because there’s a ton to do doesn’t mean that it’s worth doing.
  10. Oct 12, 2018
    60
    In a fantastic and enjoyable reconstruction of the Late Classic Era of Greece, Ubisoft Quebec feeds the gamer’s hunger with tons and tons of gameplay material with no real substance and no real relation to the spirit of the Assassin’s Creed series. Worst of all, side missions and map cleaning gameplay is baptized Main Mission material in an effortless attempt to make justice of the mmo-like mechanics of the game. This is a dead end for the series and this kind of gameplay design.
  11. Oct 5, 2018
    60
    If all you want is another huge, slightly lukewarm portion of a meal it feels like we just finished, then Odyssey certainly delivers that. Personally, I feel like I'm going to explode.
  12. Oct 1, 2018
    60
    As the game goes on, more and more quests are required to be completed to move on and frankly, I’ve found it exhausting. It’s hard to shake the feeling that Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is a game obsessed with making the player eat their vegetables.
  13. Oct 1, 2018
    60
    Assassin’s Creed Odyssey features a rich, lush world lessened by its repetitive activities. Though the main story is compelling, completing it requires you to participate in a massive amount of level grinding through less-than-stellar side quests. There’s plenty to do in this world, but a lot of it feels like busy work that fights to stay exciting or compelling. Odyssey is yet another open world game that misinterprets the meaning of more content.
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  1. Oct 1, 2018
    Colossal in size, lavish in scope, Odyssey feels like a series landmark and Ubisoft's biggest ever game. [Eurogamer Recommended]
  2. Oct 1, 2018
    Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey is dense, detailed, and varied. It is more dense, detailed, and varied than I considered possible for a video game before playing this. It is a stunning accomplishment, and the 500-to-1,000+ people who worked on it should feel proud. It has its problems. Combat is clunky, the menus are a slog, and leveling feels off. But those issues never made me want to stop playing. I want to keep playing right now.
  3. Oct 1, 2018
    Assassin's Creed Odyssey follows Origin's steps in the process of trasforming the series in a big and rich open world ARPG.
  4. Oct 1, 2018
    Odyssey shines best only once it embraces the strangeness that helped make the franchise so noteworthy to begin with. You can play Odyssey however you want; as an exploration game, as a new open-world RPG, as a historical narrative. But it works best once it finally, after many hours, gives you the chance to treat it like an Assassin’s Creed game.
  5. Oct 1, 2018
    For all its faults, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is one of the best explorable game worlds yet made. It’s ambitious enough to recreate ancient Greece as a detailed panorama, and to populate it with lovable, faulty, funny human beings. Like great historical fiction, it feels like journey into a thrilling, alien and dangerous adventure. [Polygon Recommends]
  6. Oct 1, 2018
    The real pleasure of Odyssey, as in almost every Assassin’s Creed, is simply touring a vision of the past.
  7. Oct 5, 2018
    Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is one damn greedy game. In addition to its half dozen special editions, its Amazon Alexa tie-in, its Totino’s promotion, and its season pass, it’s filled to the brim with microtransactions. As well as all that, it’s been purposefully turned into a grindfest in order to sell XP boosters, like this is some free-to-play mobile game.
  8. Oct 1, 2018
    In a vacuum, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is a fantastic game, one that does a lot of things right. But put up against these other experiences, it doesn’t do enough to differentiate itself, and it eschews many of the series’s unique selling points. It’s an Assassin’s Creed game that doesn’t make me feel like an assassin at all.
  9. Oct 2, 2018
    Its world is big and beautiful, and there’s something winning about its sometimes Coen-esque vision of Greece as a land of shady dealmakers, savvy and irritable shopkeeps, and garrulous streetside philosophers. But it’s busy and crowded with too many things I have to deal with, and not enough that I want to do. I miss the stargazing of Origins, or at least, inhabiting a game built by people who thought it might be nice to go stargazing.
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 1613 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Oct 2, 2018
    10
    Played around 15 hours so far .
    As soon as you start off your story you will know this is a game not for the faint hearted ,the scale of this
    Played around 15 hours so far .
    As soon as you start off your story you will know this is a game not for the faint hearted ,the scale of this game becomes apparent within the 1st few hours .
    Yes it’s now pretty much an RPG ,does that really matter ?to some it seems to .
    For me this is the perfect game to get stuck into for the next couple of weeks ,probably months .
    If you like orgins you will love this ,stunning map(62% bigger than origins ) from land to ship battles ,great combat ,more advanced than origins .if you like RPGS and open world games then this is perfect for you.easy 9.5 out of 10 from me
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  2. Oct 5, 2018
    4
    It's just like AC Origins except with a greek aesthetic. The animations look quite bad, the horse keeps on the ground like a magnet, sometimesIt's just like AC Origins except with a greek aesthetic. The animations look quite bad, the horse keeps on the ground like a magnet, sometimes you execute the air instead of an enemy, etc, etc.
    Now this wouldnt bother me that much because we are all used to it by now as every AC game is the same nowadays buuuuut....

    The game is pumped full of microtransactions. It really is a grind to finish it and everytime you open the menu and even in some loading screens its urging you to pay for some exp booster or for some stupid legendary item.
    It amazes me that they sell SEVEN different editions and still pump the game full of these damn microtransactions. Shame on you Ubisoft.

    Also the romance options are forced and sometimes really creepy. They shouldve kept them out of the game, AC isnt an RPG.

    Im returning this game tomorrow, dont buy this for more then 20 bucks.
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  3. Oct 5, 2018
    1
    "The beginning of the end of Assassin's Creed."

    That alone should be at the top of every professional review because everything you ever
    "The beginning of the end of Assassin's Creed."

    That alone should be at the top of every professional review because everything you ever loved has been squeezed out of this series and replaced with a beautiful slog.

    Like Origins, both the art style and aesthetic style are quite pretty. Also like Origins, it is the same art style and aesthetic style, which makes Odyssey nothing more than a reskinned game--just more massive. Also, you remember ship fights? You loved ship fights! Well, here, ship fights. It gets old real quick because again...it's the same thing!!

    The voice acting is unbelievably bad both in the lines the actors were given and how they are delivered. Combat is a "refined" version of the one in Origins, which means you can cheese almost everything in the game.

    The in-game story is pathetic but what's worse: the meta-narrative is effectively dead, and I blame the gaming community at large for killing it. The whole reason this series is a franchise is that meta-narrative, but you mouthbreathers couldn't handle more than one thing at a time (STOP TAKING ME OUT OF THE ANIMUS!!) and this gave Ubisoft all the ammunition to create a stupid chore-grind simulator devoid of any reason to do them.

    Now, let's talk about that chore grinding, shall we?

    This isn't a "game." Games are supposed to be fun. You're supposed to enjoy doing all the content right? Well, in true Ubisoft fashion, Odyssey is littered with nothing but mindless busy work. "Treasure" is littered across the map which will take you dozens of mindless hours to collect. Does it do anything for you? Not really, the loot is nonsense and vapid. Then there are all the other little things, exploration markers and side quests, so many of these things are here that eventually the rest of the game just fades away. If you were to remove all this padding and just did the main narrative, I will bet you could finish the entire game in under 20 hours.

    But then comes the scam that is Ubisoft game design.

    See, you can't just go and play through the main story ignoring everything else. No, you will NEVER make the level you need to be to get there because Ubisoft designed this game in such a way that you MUST grind levels out before you can progress. In every game, there is an element of grinding that is to be found. This usually is up to the player to do if they want to be a bit ahead of the curve dealing with the rest of the game. In Odyssey, it's the backbone to SCAMMING THE PLAYER TO BUY HELIX CREDITS!

    So what Ubisoft effectively did was scaled back XP accruement (experience points) to an absurd degree. It throttles progression so severely that you are left doing one of two things:

    1)Grit your teeth and spend WAY too much time grinding nonsensically.
    2)Buy Helix Credits and pay for a PERMANENT 50% XP BOOST.

    You read that right: Ubisoft throttled regular XP earnings in an RPG, only to "Sell it back to you" so you could play the game normally. Also, In-game currency is throttled, and you can buy a PERMANENT 50% BOOST to further even out the game. Without buying these "upgrades," you are effectively playing a game with a 50% handicap the developer set as the default. They literally made the game painful to play so you'll ease your pain by giving more money. And let's be clear; you've already given them a minimum of $60 to play it. If you bought any of the higher-end versions, you don't somehow get a normal experience either; you're in the same boat as the person that paid the base price.

    This game is a scam plain and simple. This isn't about player choice (always a lie), Ubisoft is banking heavily on the Assassins Creed IP to carry the day over their blatant scamming practices. It is greed, and it is wrong. And I'll be honest with you here: I don't own it, I am playing a borrowed copy (well I was until I couldn't take it anymore, it's so damn dull), but even so; my time with Assassins Creed has come to an end. Frankly, the series was over after AC3.

    Do not buy, do not try, this is a scam and stop enabling Ubisoft to make games like this anymore.
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