All right, so I had to put down Red Dead Redemption 2 Online to play this game, but, I had heard such good things through various social media sources.
Build Up For Nothing?
My wife and I had seen the release video at this past year’s E3, and I would be the first to admit, I was intrigued by the setting of this game.
Anything that revolves around Spartans immediately has my attention, and that’s precisely the period you find yourself in once you load up this game.
For the first time in the series they allow you to play through as either a male protagonist or a female, their stories unfold the same, but I have noticed that the female’s voice actress is quite a bit better than the male one. So, let’s go ahead and jump into this review.
First up, this game is massive, allowing you to either play it in the standard fashion or the exploration mode, which the game recommends.
You play as Alexios or Kassandra, Spartans who are children of Leonidas, on their quest throughout this world.
I won’t go into the story on this beyond what I have told you already. I say this. If you’re a fan of the original games, up to my favorite, Black Flag, then you find this to be an entirely new type of game.
They changed up quite a lot in the design of this game. The combat is similar, but, there is a ton to unlock to become the mighty Spartan you expect.
Assassin’s Creed Legacy
Abilities play a significant role in this game, abilities like the Spartan Kick and numerous others are game changers in their way. I admit that you find yourself Spartan Kicking enemies at every chance you get, especially when a cliff is nearby.
This game seems to think it’s a massive RPG, you level up, earn ability points, finding new gear and the like. However, if you’re not expecting that kind of game, I say this; you’re going to be disappointed.
This game feels like it’s trying to break out of the Assassin’s Creed mold and become a new entity. While this does work in some areas, others as you see, do not work.
The story in this goes so many ways it gets confusing at times, between main story missions, side quests, random quests and then there is upgrading your spear — which as you see is a solid piece to the story, it gets confusing as to what to do next at times.
You are in the middle of a mission, finding out the truth about some aspect of your existence, then, accidentally trip into some manner of side quest, or colossal battle, or hunting a legendary beast.
While story missions flow pretty well, it breaks up when you can’t do the next piece of the equation. I say that leveling up your character is slow, very slow.
Grinding becomes a must as you progress further in the game, things like discovering locations, defeating mythical beasts, taking enemy bases and the like become more and more important and can bog down your pace if you are trying to enjoy the story.
Graphics & Glitches
The graphics are great, but, there are plenty of glitches if you look around. I have a quick video on my YouTube page showing just one instance of this.
While the game is beautiful, you see frame rate drops and glitches here and there for some reason. There are lush environments, beautiful open oceans, massive cities to explore, and gorgeous sites to see.
That doesn’t even include the underwater sections which are beautiful if a little contrived. See, Black Flag did the oceans the best, and no one changes my mind about that.
Be it sailing or the deep sea diving for sunken treasure, while this one is fun, it’s not as developed as it was in Black Flag.
Combat has changed as well. While there is the sneaking around, parkour assassinations and things of the sort, there is a more significant emphasis on larger scale combat.
This game introduces the battlefield to Assassins Creed in a unique way. There are two sides to these battles, defending and offence, helping one side or the other nets you some intriguing gear and makes you feel like you’re in a set piece from Zack Snyder’s 300.
However, in my opinion, this takes away from the game. I understand that this is a different period, and these battles are a bit more commonplace in that era, but, you’re playing an Assassins Creed game.
That’s not what these games are supposed to be like, maybe I’m wrong in thinking that, but, I feel like stealth is more important in this respect than charging into battle and taking on thirty enemies at once.
I may seem a tad harsh with this review, but, I expected a bit more polish from Ubisoft on this game, a bit more refinement in the gameplay if you will.
However, longtime fans like me may feel a bit like the series is heading down a path that you may or may not want to follow. While it is still a good game, it just feels like the series is becoming a wholly different game than we may remember.
This one does take more from the Abstergo subplot from the original games, even visiting the present day as it does so. However, when it does, it feels like it is just an intermission in the game or just a break in the flow of it all.
So, I go ahead and start bringing this review to a close. While I’ve been playing this on our PS4, all I’ve wanted to do is play Black Flag again.
Sad as it is, something that should be awesome like playing in Ancient Greece and Athens as a Spartan feels disjointed and a tad underwhelming.
While it’s a good game, it just feels like it should have been better, especially coming out just after playing Red Dead Redemption 2.
So, in closing, I’m giving this game 3 out of 5, and I’m only giving it that because it should have been so much better than it was.
While I haven’t beaten the game as of writing this, I am deep in the game and continue it to its conclusion.
Side note, I am about to begin my play through on Assassin’s Creed Origins and Syndicate, so expect reviews soon.
Until then, I see you all in the game.