Assassin's Creed Odyssey PC Performance Review

Introduction - Has Ubisoft addressed Origin's issues?

Assassin's Creed Odyssey PC Performance Review

Introduction - Has Ubisoft addressed Origin's issues?
  
Assassin's Creed has had a mixed history, especially on the PC platform. Back in the days of Assassin's Creed II, the series was mired with controversy due to Ubisoft's use of an always-online DRM solution, or even the original game, which to this day offers PC gamers a restricted graphical options menu when played at resolutions of 1080p or higher.

What I'm getting at here is that Assassin's Creed has had issues on PC for a while, even during its early years, long before the likes of Assassin's Creed: Unity and Syndicate forced the series into a two-year hiatus. 

With the reemergence of the series in 2017 with Assassin's Creed: Origins, we can summarise our thoughts on the game's PC version with a single word, disappointing. Yes, the game offered new gameplay options and an enjoyable single-player mode, but PC performance wasn't where it should have been, with the game being almost impossible to run at 60+ FPS in demanding areas while offering atrocious performance on Radeon hardware. 

For those who are interested, our original Assassin's Creed: Origins PC performance Review remains available to read on the website, with Odyssey promising one of two things on the performance front, more of the same, or a level of improvement which could transform the title's PC version into something spectacular. 

When we heard that AMD had partnered with Ubisoft to create Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, excitement started to build. The performance of Radeon graphics hardware was sub-par in Origins, something that would no doubt be addressed thanks to the aid of AMD's Radeon Technologies Group. On top of that, AMD is a major player in the CPU market, a factor that could help Ubisoft address the game's CPU performance issues, potentially two of our greatest criticisms of its predecessor in on fell swoop.  

In this review, we will be looking into Assassin's Creed: Odyssey's performance on PC hardware, which will hopefully show you what to expect from the game when you run it on your system. Will it be good, bad or awful, read more to find out. 

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12-10-2018, 16:13:46

ImprovizoR
They didn't even bother to optimize the game. You can easily tell even without a benchmark simply due to the fact that they expect you to run it at 30fps on a machine that would run almost every other game at 60. And it doesn't really look any better than Syndicate or Unity which ran much better. Since the dawn of time their biggest issue has been CPU optimization. Remember Assassin's Creed 3 and how horrible the performance was due to poor CPU utilization as soon as you got to Boston? And even now, years later, it's like they never bothered to fix the underlying issue with their engine and CPU performance.Quote

12-10-2018, 16:56:26

NeverBackDown
Runs fine on my PlayStationQuote

12-10-2018, 17:08:07

WYP
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Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
Runs fine on my PlayStation
TBH, when I get back to playing this game I will limit the framerate to 30 and play it at 4K on the GTX 1080 with custom settings with a gamepad.

It's a shame that recent Assassin's Creed games have so many issues on PC, as I personally think that they have taken the gameplay in a good direction. Its very Witcher 3-like, but I am enjoying it so far.

While this game is super demanding you guys shouldn't expect this game in any future GPU reviews. The benchmark is too inconsistent to get my approval. If this is addressed it could go into the maybe pile, but don't hold your breath on that.Quote

12-10-2018, 17:18:38

NeverBackDown
Yeah the last good AC game was Black Flag for performance.
Half the reason why I just play on console is the performanceQuote

12-10-2018, 17:27:08

WYP
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Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
Yeah the last good AC game was Black Flag for performance.
Half the reason why I just play on console is the performance
Consoles have the "It just works" factor. I can see why that is appealing for a lot of games. I have a PS4 Pro, but I only really use it for console exclusives.

I really hope that Ubisoft can fix the CPU issues in this game, as it is ridiculous how bad this game can run. It's hard to believe that Ghost Recon Wildlands and For Honor use the same engine.

TBH if I worked for AMD I would be ashamed to have my brand logo in this game. While it isn't Arkham Knight level of bad, it isn't exactly a badge of honour.Quote
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