If you’re like me, a fanatic speedrunner, “Assassin’s Creed Odyssey” might feel more like a marathon. Sprawling open-world RPGs aren’t my usual preference. They often lose focus with too many side quests and collectibles. Let’s dive into what makes this game tick and if it can appeal to us.

Gameplay Mechanics

“Assassin’s Creed Odyssey” drops you into Ancient Greece, a visually stunning world teeming with lush forests, volcanic islands, and vibrant cities. While the environment is beautifully crafted, the game’s pace drags with its cumbersome RPG elements. The constant need to upgrade gear and acquire abilities through grinding feels like a chore, particularly when you’re used to fast-paced, focused action.

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The new dialogue system allows for multiple endings, which adds some depth, but honestly, it doesn’t amount to much in the grand scheme of speedrunning. You’re more likely to be frustrated by the labyrinthine quest lines and the numerous mandatory naval battles than to appreciate the nuanced story arcs.


On the graphical front, “Odyssey” is a knockout. Detailed environments and characters come to life with an impressive level of polish. The dynamic light and sun effects, especially with the Tobii Eye Tracking features, offer a unique immersive experience. However, eye candy can only go so far if the gameplay doesn’t keep you enthralled.

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Storyline & Characters

The game’s narrative is another high point, chronicling the tale of an outcast turned legend. The story is filled with intrigue and excitement, weaving historical elements with mythological undertones. Unfortunately, the well-crafted storyline gets bogged down in the overwhelming sea of side quests and fetch missions. Characters are well-developed, offering layers of complexity, but again, this can be overkill for those just looking to blaze through the game.

Overall Impression

“Assassin’s Creed Odyssey” is a visual masterpiece with a captivating story, but its gameplay mechanics will wear down even the most dedicated players. For speedrunners, the game’s sluggish progression and overwhelming content can detract from the thrill of a quick, rewarding victory.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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For those who enjoy detailed exploration and immersive storytelling, “Assassin’s Creed Odyssey” is a gem. However, if you’re a speedrunner seeking fast-paced action and streamlined gameplay, this might not be the game for you.

Gamer Tip: Focus on main quests and essential upgrades to minimize grinding. Utilize fast travel points to cut down on travel time and streamline your playthrough.

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“Assassin’s Creed Odyssey” offers a richly detailed world and engaging narrative, but its slow pace and extensive content may not suit gamers looking for quick, focused gameplay. Dive in if you’re ready for an epic journey, but prepare for a marathon, not a sprint.

Want to check it out yourself? Click here to see it on Steam.