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Photo mode is the best thing to happen to Assassin’s Creed

A photo tour of Ancient Greece

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Ubisoft Quebec/Ubisoft via Polygon
Simone de Rochefort has been producing & hosting YouTube videos for Polygon since 2016. She co-directed the upcoming documentary The Great Game: The Making of Spycraft.

Did you know Greece looked like that?

Don’t answer — I know I should have realized that one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations was flipping gorgeous. But playing Assassin’s Creed Odyssey has shown me vista after stunning vista, and I’m sick of it.

I’m so sick of it I’m looking at flight deals. I think fall would be a lovely time to go. Check out these photos of Delphi, the land of Apollo, under soft orange leaves.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Image: Ubisoft Quebec/Ubisoft via Polygon

I’ve been using Assassin’s Creed Odyssey to take my own photo tour of Greece. Last year’s Assassin’s Creed Origins introduced a photo mode, and at the perfect time, too. Both Origins and Odyssey take place in jaw-dropping locations that are full of color and life.

As I played through the first 30 hours or so of Odyssey on PlayStation 4, I kept getting distracted from my quest to take yet another photo of a gorgeous view from the top of a cliff. Welcome to my vacation slideshow, y’all. Just wait, you won’t believe how gorgeous this next one is.

Of course, this game takes place many, many, many years in the past, so I have to take it with a slight grain of salt. This may not be what Greece looks like today, or even ever. Still, it’s so, so good to look at.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Admiring the sunrise in Delphi
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This could be Kassandra’s last sunrise because the wilderness is full of wolves. And boars. And bears.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey — Kassandra faces down a bear
The beauty of nature.
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But your ship is one fast travel away, and then it’s all open water and rolling waves and sea spray.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Kassandra hangs out on a boat Ubisoft Quebec/Ubisoft via Polygon
Assassin’s Creed Ubisoft Quebec/Ubisoft via Polygon

Before long, you reach Athens. It was a grey day when I took these photos. Up close, the Parthenon is painted with bright colors and watched over by an enormous bronze statue.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Ubisoft Quebec/Ubisoft via Polygon

Athenians worship at many locations around the city.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Ubisoft Quebec/Ubisoft via Polygon
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey - Kassandra being laid out with a broom Ubisoft Quebec/Ubisoft via Polygon

And they will beat you with brooms if you misbehave. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is stupid pretty, and comes out on Oct. 5 for PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.

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