Writer’s Note: This article got lost in the depths of our draft folder, but we’ve found the piece and are publishing it to give the (albeit late) review Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey deserves.
Let’s start this review with the obvious, already overdone main point: Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey is not a very good Assassin’s Creed game. Not a bad game, mind you, but a game almost wholly uninterested and unattached the the previous adventures and lore of older Assassin’s Creed stories.
Now, onto the review, shall we?
Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey is technically the twelfth installment of this sprawling series, releasing on October 5th and quickly becoming a hot topic among gamers. Some are upset about its departure from its roots and its leveling obstacles. Others marvel at its open world experience and RPG adventuring. But, trying to be as objective as possible, what is Odyssey?
Assassin’s Creed is a great video game, taking players back in time to experience historically significant times in an action packed format. Whether the movies can do the same is still up in the air. Michael Fassbender‘s involvement is a plus and will draw in viewers, but will he be enough to turn this game franchise into a movie franchise? Certainly there are great stories that can be told in the Assassin’s Creed Universe as it skips through time, but remove the built-in fan base from the equation. Will those new to the franchise flock to the theater? (more…)
There is no secret that most film adaptations of video game properties are…mediocre, at best. Sure, you have the occasional adaptation that scores with critics and audiences alike (the original Tomb Raider, for instance) but those films are generally the exception that proves the rule. While international box offices have somehow been able to drive some of even the worst of these films (Warcraft has somehow managed to generate $422 mil worldwide, 90% of which was international box office), those numbers cannot be counted on when it comes to generating revenue for a property. One of the next films that will be trying to break the box office is the upcoming Assassin’s Creed adaptation, starring Michael Fessbender. The video game franchise, developed by Ubisoft, has a massive following but in a recent interview with MCV, Ubisoft’s European Head, Alain Corre, doesn’t seem to believe that those fans will lead to revenue once the film hits screens. (more…)
2016 seems to be the year of the video game adaptations even though Hollywood has not had much success making movies based off of video games. Still, Warcraft‘s lukewarm reception in the U.S. (though it killed in China) must have those studios concerned that their future game-based movie might end up at the bottom of the box office with a stack of less than favorable reviews. In what might be an attempt to prevent a similar fate, Assassin’s Creed has released a new trailer that shows what they hope audiences want: more Fassbender!
Movie adaptations of video games aren’t always met with the most positive criticism. Like a reboot of a beloved franchise, fans feel as if they are owed something when a game they have committed a massive amount of time to is turned into a blockbuster movie. If you can remember back to October of 2011, Sony Pictures finalised talks with Ubisoft Motion Pictures to begin development of the Assassin’s Creed movie and people became a little bit excited. A year later, fans received the news that Michael Fassbender would be the film’s protagonist and people went wild. That seemed like an age ago but today we were given our first look into the world of Callum Lynch (Fassbender) and his silent killer ancestor Aguilar. The Assassin’s Creed game series has a rich tapestry of stories, characters and action to follow up on and the trailer looks like it won’t disappoint.
For those viewers who aren’t familiar with the story of Assassin’s Creed, the trailer explains within the first thirty seconds exactly what the premise of the film is. This is essential for any adaptation, not to just expect previous knowledge. So if you’ve ever played the games… You can enjoy this too! The action across a beautifully set 15th century Spain looks incredibly slick and has the classic Assassin’s Creed feel to it. That classic feel being hidden blades, plenty of flips and kicks and more parkour than you’ll know what to do with. The trailer also introduces parts for Marion Cotillard (who played Lady Macbeth alongside Fassbender in Macbeth) and the ominous Jeremy Irons.
One of the most interesting points about the film isn’t even indicated in the film and that is the question of where this film lies in the Assassin’s Creed lineage and if it is even set in the same universe already created by the games. The good news is, is that it does fall into the same universe. The even better news is that Sony and Ubisoft aren’t trying to create a sequel or a remake of an existing title. The story of Callum and his 15th century Spanish ancestor Aguilar will run alongside the games, in a place and period not yet tackled by it’s interactive counterpart.
Assassin’s Creed will be released on December 21st, directed by Justin Kurzel.
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