image5Video games are better looking than I’d have ever thought possible. We’ve reached a point in terms of graphical fidelity where nearly anything is possible. The leaps that have been made in how our games look this generation is nothing short of stunning and this year has been particularly noteworthy, having explored so many jaw dropping worlds from a glimmering recreation of Manhattan to the scenic British countryside.

The Assassin’s Creed series has always been one that has pushed the envelope when it comes to graphics. Hundreds of artists work tirelessly to recreate gorgeous historical locations with each installment and they’ve brought us from 12th century Damascus to Ancient Egypt. The latest in the series, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey transports players to Ancient Greece during the Peloponnesian war which took place between 431 and 404 BCE and features their most stunning visuals yet.

As I made my way through the map, from the island of Kephallonia to the city of Athens, I was constantly stopping to admire the beauty around me. The talented folks at Ubisoft have outdone themselves, creating a world that’s impressive not only for it’s technical achievements, but for the way in which they’ve pieced together all of these assets in a way that makes it look and feel like a real place. Everything fits so well together that it doesn’t feel “designed” as much as it feels like a living and breathing world.

Thankfully a world this beautiful features a great photo mode to capture it with. As I went through all of the pictures I had taken I realized that these images were so impressive that they’d feel right at home framed and hanging from somebody’s wall. The world of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is an amazing work of art, and I thought I would share some of my favorite snapshots from around Greece.

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And because he looks really neat, here’s a lion seconds before it mauled me…

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