Thursday, January 23, 2020

Eric Vs. 365 - Day 207 - Assassin's Creed Odyssey

I love Assassin's Creed Odyssey and can easily say it has become one of my favorite games ever. I've already poured 160+ hours into it and could jump back in on another New Game Plus run and do it all over again (again) and have a great time. Almost everything about it is perfect and wonderful and amazing. The discourse around it on the Internet is incredibly frustrating, though, because, for whatever reason, people decided that this game, the game that I love, is the one to nitpick and dump on and try to convince other people not to play. I just don't get it. Read more on Assassin's Creed Odyssey and watch gameplay right here.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey has a number of problems with its public perception, which is the main reason why people are so hesitant to embrace its greatness. 

-First, Assassin's Creed as a franchise was kind of over-exposed as Ubisoft released way too many of them way too fast and people got tired of it. So, despite Odyssey being very different from past entries, people say they're tired of AC and don't bother to play it. 

-Second, Ubisoft released AC Origins and AC Odyssey in consecutive years so people that played Origins to death were tired of it by the time Odyssey came out and couldn't get into it. Why those people decided to try to convince everyone else not to play it is a mystery. 

-Third, the damn booster DLC nontroversy. AC Odyssey has paid DLC you can buy that gives you additional XP and other bonuses to help you get through the game easier. Loudmouth idiots (JIM FUCKING STERLING) then jumped to the conclusion that because this DLC existed, it meant that the game was artificially jacked up in difficulty in order to entice people to buy the DLC boosters. This isn't true. At all. I mean, if this was the case Ubisoft probably wouldn't have put a ton of sliders and difficulty options into the game so people could play it however they wanted, right? This stinky cloud of misinformation has hovered over the game since it launched, though.

-Fourth, "The game is too big". Shut up. Just shut up, idiots. Yes, the game is massive. Yes, there is a lot to do. Yes, some of it gets repetitive. But you don't actually have to literally do everything in the game in order to have fun with it! People not wanting to play the game because it is too overwhelming or they think they'll get bored of whatever are just doing mental gymnastics to convince themselves not to play it because they already made up their mind (probably due to the above three things ...). 

Obviously, two of the above things are Ubisoft's fault. They made way too many AC games and people got tired of it. And releasing Origins and Odyssey so close together was definitely a mistake. That doesn't mean you aren't wrong if you use this as an excuse to not even try Odyssey, you lame loser morons, but this was a hole Ubisoft dug itself into. The other two problems, however, are pure fantasy created by people that have a hate boner for Ubisoft and don't want you to play this amazing game. Screw them.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey is awesome. Play it. Oh, and one final note. You know how everyone wants to drool all over Zelda: Breath of the Wild on Switch or Horizon: Zero Dawn on PS4? AC Odyssey is similar to both and is much better than both! It literally does everything better than both of them. But, no let's pretend it's bad because it's a third-party multiplatform Ubisoft title.