I have mentioned many times that I play video games. I find them entertaining, relaxing, and fun. They are like a story in motion and I control the details. I have been playing the Assassin’s Creed series since the first game (released in 2007). The recent trilogy is coming to an end and man it was a journey. Here’s a very brief background.
Assassin’s Creed is a video game series that chronicles a shadow war between the Templar’s (who seek control of the people because they believe regular people can’t govern them selves) and the Assassins (they believe all people should be free to choose their own path). Over the years the game and story has expanded on the lore. The last 3 installments delved more into the back story of the mythological gods, the Isu (a group of highly advanced beings who came to earth thousands of years ago and were seen as gods) and how they interacted with humans. Origins, Odyssey and Valhalla combine ancient earth with advanced technology that can only be “magic” at the time.
Assassin’s Creed: Origins follows Bayek who was a Medjay (warrior) in ancient Egypt. After the death of his son he vows to hunt down the killer and avenge his son. He and his wife’s marriage become strained due to their son’s death. They find common ground in their revenge. He and his wife discover a bigger threat than just the murder of their son. They find a large group tied to the man who killed their child. They then vow to free Egypt from the grip of this group. They inadvertently birth the assassins of the whole series.
Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey follows the journey of Kassandra/Alexios (You can choose your gender and the non selected gender will be your sibling) in their journey through ancient Greece. You discover their history, family, friends and have a huge adventure while trying to stop a shadow group trying to keep Greece in Chaos.
Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla follows Eivor’s journey through ancient Norway, England, Vineland, Ireland, France, and Asgard. As Eivor you meet the “hidden ones”, and gladly take on the challenge of taking out a shadow group who are at war with the hidden ones This shadow group is keeping a choke hold on England. To keep your people safe, you vow to get rid of them.
As we come to the end of this trilogy I reflect on the game play, story, DLC’s, and what I thought of each game over all.
Assassin’s Creed Origins was a good start to the series. I honestly did not like the button configuration, at first. I was so used to the last couple of games. When it changed I was like, why, but, it grew on me. Since Bayak was a warrior it was a nice change to know that you could switch from all out brawl to stealthily assassin. Plus, It was almost like a real world piece was added to the stealth combat. In the older games many mission conditions were not to be seen. A mission would end if you were seen. In Origins, being seen did not end the mission. It was like the game said, “Deal with your mess up”.
The story was great, betrayal, political schemes, assassinations, revenge, and love. Bayek grew from grieving father to hero-like proportions while dealing with some hard choices. In one mission Bayek had to kill a man who had a family. His family loved him. They didn’t know about his unforgivable acts in the city. Bayek kills him and his son swears revenge on him. You face the fallen man’s son years later and he’s now older and stronger. Not gonna tell you how the fight ends. LOL
The DLC’s were great. At the time, Bayek’s other outfits/armors and weapons were top notch. The Osiris, Anubis, and Isu armors looked awesome. Lets not forget the weapons. Past AC games had weapon effects but a lot of it was just aesthetics. Origins made effects a staple to the series. There was now a reason to find or purchase weapons and armor.
The Making of a Demigod
Odyssey sent the series to new heights. It was a sequel that wasn’t just a reskin of the last game. It was an entirely new game. The button configuration was minutely different from the last game. But not too much change. Unlike the spans of deserts and towns you rode around in Origins, Odyssey is full of Islands. Because of this they bought back boat travel and naval battles which were wonderful and necessary. Fighting and action in this game was further expanded with massive battles and Colosseum battles. It also replaced a lot of the sneaking around. One of the biggest goals was to be the best fighter or take out captains in battle. You could only do that by defeating traveling mercenaries, other fighters, or fighting in a battle between Athens and Sparta. Her divine jump from extreme heights and landing with no damage taken was beyond epic.
Odyssey presented us with a true rags to riches story. You literally are in rags and the slums when the game starts. BUT! You can fight. As you progress you start to, of course, level up and dive deeper into your past and the mythology of ancient Greece. After you solve one mystery another one pops right up. on your journey you will meet important Greek figures and gain renown in ancient Greece.
The upgrades and DLC’s still hold up. Following what Origins started each armor set and weapon held a special effect. As good as they were, the later (DLC) stories added to the game were the best (in my opinion). Going to Atlantis, The Elysium Fields, Tartarus, and meeting Poseidon and Hades was crazy. Not to mention facing Medusa, The Minotaur, and Cyclops. It was awesome. Her Isu armor and weapons also made you want to find or purchase more.
Valhalla rounded the series out. The button configuration was changed a lot. It was like learning a new game (again) but it felt like an update to the last game. Evior was very practical and when you started you already had all the tools you needed. Evior also had a gender choice, it only changed some of your relationships and some armor looks. After the other 2 games some of the battles became repetitive. The DLC’s did a great job breaking up the repetitive game play.
The story was tragic but very good. It also kept on growing. The main story took me forever to finish and I was not mad about that (I did spend a lot of time doing the side missions and looking for other armors). There were so many twists and turns. It was full of intrigue, mystery, plot twist, espionage, betrayal, insanity, and a cliffhanger.
The DLC’s, OMG! A sword that sends down light from the sky that takes out your enemies. Bows that have knock back abilities, Excalibur, Mjlinor, come on! (As I’m writing this they just came out with the Vorpal Sword and Light saber like swords). Then the armor sets, muah! The look and functionality of them were phenomenal. The sets also ventured from the normal Norse themes. Sets like the Shinobi armor, the Lunar Year set, oh and a better version of the Isu set (energy wings came out the back of it, mind blown). Who could ask for more. Plus they also expanded on the story (like Odyssey) in each DLC.
The series was a very, very good series in my opinion. I read the reviews online and each game got flack in some area. Unfortunately the first game gets the least amount of love. It pioneered a new style for the series and, it’s just my opinion, I notice a trend of when a game strays from the American/European format or setting and ventures to the rest of the world, they get flack or bad ratings.
Some will say, “But we have been saying we want a game set in Asia for years”. That’s because you think you are gonna get a kung fu or shinobi like game. Honestly, I want that too. I also want the series to go to South America, The Era of Genghis Khan, any country in Africa, and India. Ezio traveled the world. Each game had letters from other Assassins in the creed from other countries. We can’t be so small minded to think the whole of the series will be centered in Europe. People don’t like change and I can admit, I wanted my old way of playing the series like in Black Flag. BUT! I’m open enough to try a new experience.
The series as a whole just celebrated 15 years and I can’t wait to see the next game (Assassins Creed Mirage and others) and how it will expand on the Series.
Assassin’s Creed: Origins
Game play: 3.8/5 Story: 5/5 DLC’s: 4:5
Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
Game play: 4/5 Story: 4/5 DLC’s: 4.5/5
Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla
Game play: 3.7/5 Story: 4/5 DLC’s: 4.8/5
Series over all
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