Preview: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Hands-On Gameplay At Toronto’s Fan Expo

Fan Expo has been running this weekend until September 2 and you are able to spend countless hours exploring the aisles of comics, science fiction, artist alley, celebrities, and gaming. Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony all have their booths that were attracting crowds of people waiting eagerly to get some hands-on gameplay time with their upcoming titles. One title that I thoroughly enjoyed was Assassin’s Creed Odyssey at the Microsoft area.

When first diving into Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, players are able to decide if they want to play as Alexios, or Kassandra. After selecting your desired character, you are quickly thrown into the heart of a Conquest Battle when deciding to back Sparta in the endeavor against the Athenian forces. These battles have hundreds of soldiers against one another and can take place with or without the player’s help if a nation becomes weak. The decisions you make throughout the story and the outcome of these Conquest Battles will heavily impact and shape the very future of Greece.

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You are immediately surrounded and outnumbered as you charge into battle along the shores of Delos. Your tasks within a Conquest Battle are to complete feats such as killing the enemy commander and specific captains on the battlefield to reduce Athenian strength. Combat felt fluid and showcased the variety of attacks at your disposal when chaining combos together. Unleashing a Spartan kick upon your enemy was extremely satisfying as you break their guard and watch them fly across the screen.

Utilizing the bow and arrow to quickly weaken an enemy before engaging them with your sword gave you the upper hand in combat. Paying close attention to your surrounding was also essential as being surrounded by enemies can result in being attacked when you least expect it. I also decided to strike various enemies while dodging enemy attacks, which resulted in having most of the Athenian force shifting their attention to me.

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The Athenian commander Diokles proved to be the fiercest Athenian on the battlefield and removing him as a threat greatly reduced the Athenian meter. The three feats needed to attain a victory is killing the commander Diokles, six captains, and at least fifteen soldiers. Defeating the Athenians within this battle resulted in a message saying that the Delos Islands will now side with Sparta, so it will be very interesting to see exactly how all your victories will play out to form a Greece, unified through a Spartan sword and spear.

You can expect there to be many Conquest Battles within Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and I highly recommend trying it out at Fan Expo this weekend. If you are unable to attend, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will be releasing on October 5.