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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and the Powerful Desire to Punch Sokrates in the Face

Sokrates Assassin's Creed Odyssey

I feel it’s been too long since I did a totally random and nearly nonsensical post about whatever video game I’m playing.

Of course, that’s probably because I have been too busy to play any new games and there’s only so much you can say about your 10,000th (let’s be honest, that number might be a bit low) Heroes of the Storm match which you allowed yourself in-between struggling through edits and answering emails.

But I finally got the time to play some of the games I got during Steam’s summer sale.

(Please be proud of me for holding out for months in order to make all my various deadlines. Months.)

Right now, I’m playing Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.

Now, I have a long history with Assassin’s Creed games…

I got the first couple of games on sale. Played the first game.

Didn’t get far because I kept falling off buildings.

I was told that the first two games weren’t all that good and that I should try the third one. I did, and I enjoyed it a lot more… until I got pissed at constantly failing stealth missions where I wasn’t allowed to start killing my way out if I was discovered.

Didn’t finish that one, either.

Then a friend told me that the fourth game, Black Flag, was by far the best game, and besides, it was all about pirates.

I like pirates, so I bought this game as well. Did enjoy all the content taking place on dry land, but the ship missions bored me to death.

Got stuck, didn’t finish that one either.

Bought a Collector’s Edition of Assassin’s Creed: Unity in a clearance sale, because the box was nice.

Never even installed this one.

I’m also pretty sure I once bought a Humble Bundle with a bunch of other Assassin’s Creed games…

My point is that games about assassins jumping off tall buildings and stabbing people while wearing flashy outfits obviously appeals to me in theory, but I should have accepted long ago that I’m simply too crap at them to ever finish one. And truly, I was about to make my peace with this.

Then… Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was released.

At first I didn’t think much of it as it looked like just another AC game, but without the nice coats. But all my gamer friends were going crazy about it on Twitter and my interest was peaked once I heard it was an open-world RPG.

Considering my all-time favorite games include Witcher, Dragon Age and World of Warcraft, this seemed like it would be more up my alley.

However, I wasn’t about to buy a game from a franchise I have famously always given up on in the past at full price, so I promised myself I would only try it out once it started to hit the sales. This brings us up to the present, where I’m writing a post about this game once everyone else has moved on long ago.

That’s just how I roll.

Speaking of rolling: I’m finding Odyssey to be a much smoother experience for me, compared to my previous attempts at Assassin’s Creed games.

Not only have I only accidentally fallen off tall buildings about 4 times, but the game allows me to kill just about everyone, as long as I have the money to pay off bounty hunters or the ability to run fast enough to get my ass to safety.

This is especially nice, because I keep accidentally knocking out people and upsetting the soldiers.

It’s not my fault, okay? The key for “Loot”, “Talk”, “Mount horse” and “Knock out” is the same, so it can’t be helped that I knock out the occasional innocent passersby when trying to get on my horse. And maybe I assaulted a soldier or two, just because they happened to be standing next to the general I wanted to talk to.

For some reason, that upsets them.

But luckily, they have a horrible attention span, because even if I – on accident – slashed open their shoulder, they will forget it if I run far enough away before returning. Sure, they will still be covered in blood, but it’s all water under the bridge as long as I don’t actually kill them.

Which – sort of – brings me to my next point. Odyssey, like the other Assassin’s Creed games, are based on actual historical events, places and people. As the name suggests, Odyssey takes place in ancient Greece some time after the whole deal with the wooden horse and the cyclops and all that. Which means you get to meet famous characters from that time. Characters like Sokrates.

Sokrates Assassin's Creed Odyssey

Now, let me be clear: I have never had any beef with Sokrates. Hell, I even considered naming my owl Sokrates (though I eventually settled on ‘Artemis’… which also comes up a lot in this game).

After two interactions with him in Odyssey, I wanted to punch him.

After three interactions, I wanted to punch him more than I really wanted to achieve anything else in the game.

I think you tend to forget what bullshit philosophy is until you’re forced to talk to a philosopher…

This guy argues about everything, but has no opinion on anything. Seriously, dude, if you don’t care what I do either way, don’t force me to have a moral discussion on it!

And if you’re going to do so anyway, I feel it’s only fair that the game gives me the option I have with nearly every other NPC in the entire game:

To punch you in the face.

13 thoughts on “Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and the Powerful Desire to Punch Sokrates in the Face

  1. Hey, I’ve got a big love for talking about games after everyone else has moved on! Get people to either relive their good points or bring attention to a game everyone else has missed.

    I think I had the same trajectory with the Assassin’s Creed series. I like the idea of it, its gameplay seems like it should be good, but I played the first game and it was absolute dreck, so I’ve had little interest in the rest of it, until now when everyone seems to be all super up on Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.

    In any case, I’ve known a great many people who try to bring up socratic questioning in most every situation, and yeah, I understand the punch urges. Yes, thinking and understanding your own reasoning for decisions is important, but you also want the decisions themselves. Those are kind of a big deal too. But that’s the fun of video games, right? You do get to punch people! As long as they’re not plot-important though. But maybe someday, Sokrates will have it coming.

    1. Yeah, that’s exactly my point:
      Considering your reasons for doing things is good, but if you don’t actually ever make a decision, then you’re just a major pain in everybody’s ass!

  2. I haven’t played any of the Assassin’s Creed games because I usually suck at stealth missions (patience? What is that?) and so a game with “assassin” in the title didn’t seem like one I was likely to succeed at. However, Odyssey sounded like a bunch of fun because I’ve always loved the concept of Ancient Greece — though admittedly, I’m sure I’d love the reality of it a lot less. I still haven’t picked up AC: Odyssey though, because it seemed pricey for a game I might do very poorly at and therefore not enjoy. It sounds like it’s worth it, though! I’ll have to see if there’s a used PS4 copy or a sale on next time I go game shopping.

    1. I can safely say that you don’t have to worry about not being good at stealth. Sure, it’s a lot easier if you manage to kill off everyone without being seen, but I always get spotted eventually and this game allows me to just go into full-on berserker mode and see if I can take on 9 guards at the same time.
      I think I have played for 50 hours now, and there has yet to be any quests where you failed it just because you were spotted.

      (Oh, and if you love Ancient Greece, you really should play this: you get to explore the entire Greek world and it’s absolutely gorgeous!)

      1. Awesome! This sounds like my kind of game, then. I enjoy attempting stealth, but I’m rarely much good at it.

        1. I’m also more of a “charge right in and hope it works out” type of gamer, but it does help if you thin the numbers a bit first… xD

          1. Good point! I usually play a rogue in the Elder Scrolls games, but I think my character is probably the least stealthy thief in Skyrim…

            1. In my first D&D campaign, I played a rogue with nearly no points in Stealth, but very high Performance and Acrobatics.
              She was the most flashy rogue anyone has ever seen.

              1. That’s a good way to do it! Charm your way through situations where you’re supposed to Sneak. Though… I think that we just described a Bard. 😀

                1. She’s not exactly charming, she’s just so over-the-top that people don’t know how to deal with her xD

                  1. LOL, that works too! “Give her the things so she goes away…”

                    1. There was literally a major NPC that caught her trying to steal his potions and he ended up just giving them to her, confusing her completely xD

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