These days I run a life so busy the world seems to ignite in its friction. Most results are dismal. And the burnout is real. As of late I've been playing "Mega Man 11" and while it started out fun, learning how to speedrun it is just adding to my stress. After which, I'd switch back to "Assassin's Creed Odyssey."
After obtaining Odyssey I felt, right off the bat, Ubisoft was cheating its fans. The slow pace of the game, the microtransactions, and the Herculean effort to keep you from exploring the world on the get-go. It's frustrating. However, in my experience, despite all of these complains, I managed to find a certain rhythm. Galloping through dirt road, climbing high places, stabbing a random Athenian, or showing Spartans the proper way to kick someone in the face.
Sometimes I forget I'm playing a videogame and what Odyssey has turned up for me, has become a relaxing simulator. Even intruding forts that are full of guards, there is something cathartic when you stealth kill someone. Even as three of four high leveled mercenaries are racing to get that bounty over you, running away from a fight, only to ambush them one-at-a-time later. If you confront a mercenary a few levels higher than you, I found fighting with a spear to be highliy effective. Run when you need to. Climb mountains as the mercenary chances after you, only to Spartan kick them off a cliff. It's not cowardly. It's strategic fighting. It gets the job done and it offers a few good laughs.
Riding into the sunset, standing atop cliffs to watch the sunrise, swimming in the sea with dolphins, or watching whales leaping over the water as you casually sail around in search for a ship to wreck. Sometimes you'll find a nice spot to pose and then take a quick selfie and upload it, and then you wait for other players to like your photo. There's a lot in this game that you can appreciate and find something to relax with, even though it appears that Ubisoft is forcing you to appreciate their hard work.
Until a bigger game shows up that will let me do a bunch of other stuff, I'm good with Odyssey for now.