Alexios or Kassandra?

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Poll: Alexios or Kassandra? (467 votes)

Alexios 12%
Kassandra 70%
I'll do two playthroughs, one with each. 2%
I don't care. 16%

As someone who can spend hours in character creation/selection screens, AC Odyssey turned out to be another personal nightmare.

I know there's virtually no difference story wise and even the dialogue seems to mostly be the same, but I still can't decide on anything.

So help me out guys and girls and tell me who you picked and if you are happy with your choice. Thanks in advance.

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#1 Posted by Efesell (4320 posts) -

Alexios channels every other generic dude protagonist in video games and Kassandra represents something we don't get to see very often. I think she also has the better voice acting.

Also I think she is technically (based on the novel which I'm sure is great) the 'canon' protagonist if your the type where such a thing would matter.

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#2 Posted by Ares42 (4258 posts) -

After watching the QL I decided I'd rather be the creep than be creeped upon.

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#3 Posted by Efesell (4320 posts) -

@ares42: Oh that's not gonna change very much.

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#4 Edited by MattGiersoni (587 posts) -

Ever since reveal, I have been #TeamKassandra. Don't regret my choice, she's just way more interesting imo and way cooler. Alexios just seems, I dunno, boring. Felt the same way about Evie and Jacob from AC: Syndicate, Evie is way better than Jacob and I wish it was possible to play all missions with her. (so happy Odyssey is structured that way!) I'm also super tired and bored of playing the cliche "tough, dark-haired, straight white dudes" who are protags in like 95% of games (all games not just AC) so whenever there's another option I'm gonna choose it.

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#5 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (3643 posts) -

Alexios seems to get a lot of hate but I actually like him. He seems like a lovable goofball thats a bit dim.

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#6 Posted by TheManWithNoPlan (7829 posts) -

Kassandra. No question for me.

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#7 Posted by Memu (454 posts) -

Her face is beautiful to look at in cut scenes! And she wears some really cool armors. I think I usually play the female character in RPGs and 3rd person because I prefer looking at a female for hours. I played Mass Effect123 as male initially and just played it all again (+andromed) as a female and liked it better. And I had sex with everyone as the male Shepard, and no one as the female. Same in Odyssey, I am having sex with no one (so far) as Kassandra. It seems so shoehorned in and unnatural. "Here is the head of your enemy. You're cute, let's fuck!" It seems you can do it with a lot of different NPC, but I hear it just fades to black anyway. Overall Odyssey is wide but not so deep. Give me just a couple sex incidents but make them quality or just leave it out! Same with a lot of the side missions.

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#8 Edited by MerxWorx01 (805 posts) -

@memu: I'm certainly not going to tell you how to approach the game but there are some really weird scenes that occur when you decide to "do the do". I don't think it changes much gameplay wise but story missions play out slightly differently if you decide to bang. Also the day long cut scene where a dude is playing music, having dinner or chatting with friends while he's waiting for his wife and Kassandra to finish "knowing each other... biblical sense" was kind of funny. He even paid you extra for it.

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#9 Edited by IVDAMKE (1823 posts) -
@mattgiersoni said:

I'm also super tired and bored of playing the cliche "tough, dark-haired, straight white dudes" who are protags in like 95% of games (all games not just AC) so whenever there's another option I'm gonna choose it.

Alexios is a white dude now? Weird, I coulda sworn he's Greek.

(you can also play him as gay or bi)

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#10 Edited by MattGiersoni (587 posts) -

@ivdamke You're right, I apologize. Shoulda been more clear, my point is that most AAA games still have a dark-haired, tough looking dude, mostly white as protags and I'm just tired of playing that type of characters. The description was aimed at that general type of characters. Only in recent years that has started to change and we got a lot more diversity among male characters as well as lots of women protagonists, both groups of different races and orientations and so on. It's just nice to see more representation and diversity.

I'm actually curious to see in following months some stats percentages between Kass and Alexios. I'm sure Ubi will show some infographic, they did one for Origins if I'm not mistaken.

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#11 Edited by The_Ruiner (1766 posts) -

@ivdamke said:
@mattgiersoni said:

I'm also super tired and bored of playing the cliche "tough, dark-haired, straight white dudes" who are protags in like 95% of games (all games not just AC) so whenever there's another option I'm gonna choose it.

Alexios is a white dude now? Weird, I coulda sworn he's Greek.

(you can also play him as gay or bi)

Greece is located in Europe. So I guess whether or not he's white depends on your definition of white. I've certainly seen people taughting Greek accomplishments as things white people have contributed to society and as the cradle of western civilization. Would you consider Italian white? There's a lot of cultural elements they share over the centuries and they're geographically close to one another. Where is the line? Some would say it's the Europe/Asia border but others might not. I work in New York and there is a large Greek community in Queens. Some of my Greek friends identify as white and some don't. So it might not be as cut and dry as your snark would suggest.

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#12 Posted by Memu (454 posts) -

@merxworx01: Good to know! I am only level 16 yet so I probably have some more chances to do it. It has just been so awkward each time so far. I almost did the delphi sister.

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#13 Posted by norm9 (36 posts) -

Picked Kassandra and based on the five or six hours I've played, her being a woman makes the story much more tragic, so far.

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#14 Posted by handlas (3372 posts) -

Kassandra because I watched a comparison video and thought Alexios voice acting didn't seem great, like many have said. Though, now playing, the game feels pretty silly right from the start so he may of fit right in.

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#15 Posted by doctordonkey (1799 posts) -

Everyone seems to be picking Kassandra and she is the canon choice, so naturally I'm going with Alexios. I think he actually makes a lot of sense, I want to play as a brutal Spartan warrior, so obviously that would entail being sort of a meathead.

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#16 Edited by soulcake (2629 posts) -

Kassandra is definitely growing on me, voice acting is pretty okay. The weird thing for me is them talking in modern greek accents. But then nobody knows how Greeks sounded back then.

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#17 Posted by meaninoflife42 (675 posts) -

Kassandra. Easy choice.

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#18 Posted by burncoat (543 posts) -

Every time I see Kassandra's massive scar covered biceps I'm rewarded in knowing my choice was perfect. She's an incredibly, uniquely designed protagonist. I honestly can't think of any other intentionally designed, jacked girl main playable character. It's refreshing. Nothing against Alexios, but he feels a bit too generic and safe to me, from a design standpoint.

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#19 Posted by Efesell (4320 posts) -

@burncoat: Yeah it's a real nice chance of pace. Many games are getting better about having good female protagonists but they still fit a... particular aesthetic. Kassandra is a proper warrior as a day job and looks the part.

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#20 Posted by NameRedacted (283 posts) -

Kassandra.

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#21 Posted by dgtlty (1216 posts) -

By all accounts there's absolutely zero reason to choose the meathead

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#22 Posted by BradBrains (2257 posts) -

I could be wrong but it kinda feels like Alexios was added just to appeal to the types who get mad or refuse to play as woman characters based on how everyone talks about how boringly written and voice acted he is.

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#23 Posted by IVDAMKE (1823 posts) -

@bradbrains: Only the performance is different. Other than that the characters are more or less interchangeable. They only have minor differences in the writing.

I think after Unity's coop debacle they're just doing both to not have that instance again.

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#24 Posted by Sessh (3373 posts) -

I wound up choosing Kassandra, everyone was correct, she's pretty great.

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#25 Edited by Tennmuerti (9445 posts) -

I was leaning towards Alexios, because of what Alex said he is more of a goofball and might fit the crazy world more (also coming off of mr. serious Byak), plus pretty much everyone I follow on streams is playing Kassandra so it would be nice for a different experience. Thirdly I think her jog animation looks awful (especially compared to how awesome animations we in some previous AC game, like 3).

But having looked up the comparisons of conversations ... just oooof, Alexios voice acting feels real all over the place and out of place with many scenes and frequently at odds with even the sound design around him and everyone else and even his own animations. It seems hella cheap/rushed. While I don't think Kassadra is in any way shape or form stellar (from what I have seen), it's a far cry from femshep for example, she is just barely above average. I think I will take at least baseline competency and not feeling out of place from the scene the character is in. So Kassandra it is.

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#26 Posted by lokihellfire2008 (159 posts) -

I've only played up until the part where you get a boat, but so far I think Alexios is fine. I think he is supposed to be a kind of clueless meat head, and the conversations seem to play up that angle. I look at the Disney Hercules and I think that the intelligence level of those two are probably equivalent. Some interactions make him seem like he is totally lost or that he is pretending to know what the other person is talking about, and I kind of like how freely the developers just went with the big love-able dummy.

I initially picked him because everyone else is going Kassandra, but I like it because he seems like what I'd imagine a mercenary for hire back then would have been like. He seems like a guy who found out he was better at fighting than anyone else around, so he just focused on that and nothing else, which I think fits from his backstory.

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#27 Posted by Maxszy (2376 posts) -

Kassandra is fantastic! I'm about 10 hours in, and I think she's really well done. The voice acting is great and the character seems well fleshed out.

I did not try Alexios, but as others have stated, seems very much like the generic video game dude protagonist. Not that he's done poorly, just that its a common mold. I really enjoy how Kassandra is breaking that mold.

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#28 Edited by AdamALC (278 posts) -

I picked Alexios and he is fine, but at the end of the day they are pretty much the exact same except for a different model so I don't think it really matters.

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#29 Edited by nasher27 (299 posts) -

I picked Alexios and I haven't noticed anything wrong with his voice acting. Other than the weirdly goofy tone of a lot of it, but I'm getting that from other characters as well and not just his voice acting (which most people seem to be blaming it on). Seems pretty par for the course for AC games and hasn't been impacting my enjoyment so far after 12 hours.

Also I have no idea what is going on with the accents in this game. I guess all Spartans have Scottish accents because of Gerard Butler in 300 (this is especially noticeable in the intro).

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#30 Posted by Tennmuerti (9445 posts) -

Hmm , seeing as everyone else is saying that Alexios voice acting is not off putting during gameplay (I've only watched some comparison videos) I think I'm back on board of rather giving him a try :P In any case if it becomes jarring early on i can just switch.

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#31 Edited by nasher27 (299 posts) -

@tennmuerti: I think a lot of people's negative impressions are from the first island, which has a much more innocent/goofy tone than the rest of what I've played so far. Once things get more serious in the story, I haven't had any problems with his character or his performance.

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#32 Edited by Max_Cherry (1575 posts) -

Kassandra

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#33 Posted by WixedWon (12 posts) -

Neither. Straight up don't play this game.

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#34 Posted by nasher27 (299 posts) -

I think there's another factor in this discussion that is worth bringing up.

First 12-15 hours spoilers: I think Kassandra makes a really great antagonist. Makes me more happy with my Alexios choice.

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#35 Posted by Efesell (4320 posts) -

@nasher27 said:

I think there's another factor in this discussion that is worth bringing up.

First 12-15 hours spoilers: I think Kassandra makes a really great antagonist. Makes me more happy with my Alexios choice.

I dunno I deeply appreciate just how much Alexios GNAWS on the scenery as a villain though.

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#36 Posted by mems1224 (2494 posts) -

@dgtlty said:

By all accounts there's absolutely zero reason to choose the meathead

which one? they're both meatheads lol

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