“Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is clearly a very good game. Or at least, a very big game with an awful lot to do. The line is getting increasingly blurred in AAA’s current obsession with impossibly large open worlds, that took everything we learned about compulsive playing from last decade’s MMOsplosion and put them into single-player icon-tickers. It’s a game I don’t want to stop playing, certainly. Although the more I do, the more I experience this existential fog of wondering if I’m really having a good time at all.”
Don’t know about you guys, but from his general output I’d hazard the ‘existential fog’ is very much John’s own and has little to do with Assassin’s Creed. If you’re playing to the extent that anxiety as to the value of what you’re doing is creeping in, take a break, rather than plough on to the point where you need to write a churlish, nitpicking screed to get it out of your system. I’ve spent 40+ hours thoroughly enjoying Odyssey and feeling it’s worth every penny I paid: the world is stunning to the point that the combat and story being merely very good feels like a bonus, and I am very glad I hadn’t read this indulgent piece of miserablism before buying it.
Why not put pieces like this in a separate blog? Seriously, do you know of any other professional games site that features articles criticising acclaimed games in highly subjective, pedantic terms? ‘They’ve been too generous with their content for my specific set of circumstances!’ Jesus Christ.