Ubisoft’s 2018 release Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is free to play this weekend from March 19 to March 22. It’s a huge game, so with only three days to play, only the most dedicated players will be able to finish it in time. You’ll have to skip a lot of side missions, though.
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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was a bold departure from previous games in the series. It added additional RPG elements, such as dialogue and a branching narrative that wound into multiple endings. The story also felt more personal than other games, and I found it to be the most fun I’ve had with an Assassin’s Creed game since the second. Players choose between siblings Kassandra or Alexios, who are misthios, or mercenaries, and begin a journey of vengeance and self-discovery. (Pick Kassandra: Her voice actress injects the character with plenty of laconic charm but also seething anger that breaks out at pivotal moments in the story.)
Climbing and galloping through ancient Greece is a visual treat, and for history nerds, there are plenty of locations to mill about and characters to speak to. You can debate with Socrates, help Hippokrates cure diseases, and cavort with Alkibiades, who is basically the avatar of Dionysus.
Another awesome aspect of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is the Discovery Tour, which allows you to travel around ancient Greece as various characters and learn about locations, history, and mythology. I doubt you’ll have enough time to complete the tour and the base game in the free weekend, but I recommend at least trying it out — in my opinion, it’s worth 20 bucks all on its own.
If you end up playing during the free weekend and want to keep going, don’t worry. Your save will transfer over if you end up purchasing the game. And good news: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is currently on sale on Steam for $19.79, a 67% discount, until March 26. We gave it a 9 out of 10 when it released back in 2018.