This piece comprises spoilers for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.
The most important quest of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is not actually about preventing an evil cult. It’s not even about settling the destiny of the Greek world, although, hey, in case you’re passing by means of why not kind that out yeah? Odyssey is a story of household. Its title evokes the story of Odysseus attempting to return residence, and so too is Kassandra. (Oh please, like I performed as Alexios.) She’s not headed for her literal residence actually, however somewhat to her household. Throughout the course of this journey you will confront your step brother, your father, your precise brother, your mom and uh, your actual dad. It’s a complete factor. For me although, this is not the household Kassandra cared about.
The sport itself appears to wish to push gamers in direction of an try and restore damaged bonds. Forgive your father (he threw you off a cliff as little one) and your brother (he is the prodigy of a war-mongering cult) and possibly make peace along with your step brother (a blind Spartan nationalist hell bent on killing you at practically each alternative). Manage all that and preserve your mom secure to be rewarded with a saccharine candy pleased ending the place you sit down for dinner.
I didn’t get this ending.
Because that lot? They weren’t my household. Kassandra’s household to me had been the surrogate household she’d assembled whereas adrift in Ancient Greece. The troublesome Markos who took her in when she wanted it. Little Phoibe who was all too keen to assist and was like a sister to Kassandra. Barnabas, Kassandra’s dearest buddy and god-fearing sailor who by no means hesitated to assist her and stand by her throughout all of Greece. In the tip it isn’t the good little villa in Sparta that seems like residence however the Adestria, the ship that is carried you round Greece. A giant a part of the sport is amassing officers in your ship, and that felt like an extension of the concept, Kassandra constructing a brand new household for herself.
See, your blood family members can solely be embraced in case you forgive all their appreciable crimes. Their love is deeply conditional. But this unconventional household? This lot are there for Kassandra irrespective of the climate, with out hesitation. As somebody who’s been distanced from their very own household, whose pals have turn out to be their one and solely assist community, that is the side that earned Odyssey a spot in my coronary heart.
So by comparability to some, my playthrough was an absolute massacre. I stabbed my father the primary probability I bought, having found he’d performed nothing to redeem himself within the years since his failed try and kill me and my brother, as a substitute remaining true to Sparta. I killed my step brother twice because the first time did not stick and he refused to go in peace. And on the finish I killed Alexios for what he’d performed to tear my new household aside. I can not recall if Kassandra mentioned it or I simply thought it in my head as I drove our grandfather’s spear by means of his throat, however “This is for Phoibe” was uttered.
I did not care to place again collectively my authentic household as a result of, frankly, they had been a bunch of arseholes who solely redeem themselves if Kassandra does all of the work. Meanwhile throughout Kassandra was that more true, extra caring household. For me this was a sport about reducing blood ties, about not letting familial connections management you and about embracing those that are already there for you. Which makes the DLC Legacy of the Blade’s makes an attempt to stress vital bloodlines with a eugenics-like mentality really feel all of the extra misplaced past the queer erasure.
It’s clearly not the meant studying however due to the wonders of branching narrative and participant alternative I used to be capable of fortunately make that studying of the sport for myself. At the tip of the principle quest solely Kassandra’s mum remained alive (on good phrases together with her no less than) however that is okay. Her actual household was ready again aboard the ship.
And that is actually the place Kassandra’s and Odysseus’ quests differ for me. My Kassandra wasn’t attempting to return residence. She was constructing a brand new one for herself.