Assassin's Creed Odyssey: 5 Reasons To Play As Alexios (& 5 To Choose Kassandra)

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It’s a difficult decision to make since open-world games generally last so long that you become attached to the protagonist, meaning there’s not much chance you’ll play again as the character you didn’t originally choose. If you’re still on the fence over this decision, then check out these 5 reasons you should pick Kassandra, and 5 reasons Alexios is the appropriate choice.

10 Kassandra: She's The Canonical Hero

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In case you were wondering who really is the real protagonist of the game, seeing as there’s no clarification within the story over this, the answer would be Kassandra. This was confirmed in the novelization of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, where the adventures we take part in the game are written down in print.

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Here it’s confirmed that Kassandra was the older sibling and that Alexios went onto become Deimos. Now that you know that, it’ll greatly take away the fun of playing as Alexios since everything you see there isn’t actually what happened. Odyssey is really Kassandra’s story that we unveil.

9 Alexios: He Looks More Like An Assassin's Creed Hero

If you check out the previous protagonists in the series you’ll find that Alexios’s build and style are reminiscent of the classic Assassin’s Creed hero. He can be comparable with the likes of Connor or Arno, which would make one feel as if they’re truly playing an Assassin’s Creed game.

Odyssey already took quite a lot of the “assassin” portion of the fun since there’s no actual creed during the story, so playing as Alexios will at least make you think that you’re continuing the same series you’ve been a fan of for years.

8 Kassandra: Better Voice Acting

There’s no question about it - Kassandra is a hundred times a more engaging character to follow because of her voice acting eclipsing Alexios' easily. Alexios sounds so clunky that he comes across like a total meathead who can’t think for himself; he’s all brute and no brains. 

Kassandra has the right conviction where it’s required and the appropriate amount of femininity where needed. If you compare even one scene of these two characters you’ll see just how much better it is to play as Kassandra as the story flows naturally without it seeming awkward when Alexios is chosen as the player character.

7 Alexios: Better Chemistry With Phoibe

Being of the opposite genders has always made a dynamic come out better than if the characters were both male or female, which is why Alexios’s relationship with Phoibe plays better than Kassandra’s.

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If you’ve played the game, you know just how important the relationship between these characters is as Phoibe represents the Misthios’s need to do right by a child in order to make up for the lack of their own childhood. Kassandra comes across completely motherly toward Phoibe, while Alexios can be both fatherly and the friend Phoibe wants.

6 Kassandra: She Complements The Supporting Characters

Other than with Phoibe, though, Kassandra’s chemistry with every other character exceeds that of Alexios’. In the matter of Myrrine, Kassandra comes across as the genuine child in search of her mother, while Alexios is better suited as Deimos who has to be convinced to let go of his brutal ways. 

Then there are characters like Sokrates, Herodotos, and Barnabas, all of whom seem natural with Kassandra, where their dynamic is that of unlikely friends coming together to help each other. In this regard, Alexios just looks like hired muscle for the aforementioned characters rather than their true friend.

5 Alexios: Smack Talk Fits The Character

Since there’s not much depth that shines out of Alexios, it makes sense that smack talk comes across better on him. Scenes that require sadness and conflict aren’t good on Alexios, but simple snarky ability is where he’s good.

In case you don’t want to invest yourself in the relationship between the Misthios and friends, then you should pick Alexios because the times where he makes sarcastic jabs at the supporting characters’ expense are good enough for simple amusement. Quite a bit of the fanbase chooses to skip cutscenes, so Alexios’s jokes might prevent them from doing so.

4 Kassandra: Going Against Deimos Feels Natural

Like we mentioned above, Alexios fits Deimos’s description better. He has that rage induced look, and his not-so-great voice acting fits on Deimos’s character who only speaks in a one dimensional manner.

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This complements Kassandra’s character, who is well rounded enough to be the perfect foil for Deimos. In this way, the two have a good dynamic going on as it becomes clear that Kassandra is the one we’re meant to root for, and that her characterization has enough variety for her to be able to bring Deimos back from the dark side.

3 Alexios: He's Historically Accurate

If you want to stick close to history as previous Assassin’s Creed protagonists largely have, then Alexios is the way to go since he fits the stereotypical description of a Spartan warrior. In fact, women didn’t go to war in Sparta and were largely the leaders of the household when men were out in battles.

This makes Kassandra come across as not entirely genuine, since her role in leading troops to war within the game is clearly fictionalized material. On the other hand, someone like Alexios could have been historically in charge of the Spartan force.

2 Kassandra: Armor Looks Appropriate On Her

Surprisingly, the game doesn’t opt for different armors for either protagonist, and you’re left with making Alexios wear armor that is clearly meant for female use. Since armor of a higher level is the ideal choice, you can’t do anything other than make Alexios look ridiculous in such garb.

Kassandra doesn’t have any of the problems, and instead looks very becoming in practically every armor she dons. Due to this, gaining new armor by completing quests gets an added intrigue level since you want to see how Kassandra will pull off cooler costumes along the way.

1 Alexios: Fighting Sequences Suit Him

As was the case with Jacob and Evie in Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, the physical appearance of both protagonists leads to them having one feature that suits them. In the case of Kassandra, she fits the part where you have to be stealthy and quick, while Alexios shines in the sequences that carry brutal and bloody action.

Seeing as Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is intended to motivate the player to throw out the stealth practice previous games gave, it’s more fun to use Alexios to mow down scores of enemies and feel as if you’ve become part of the Ancient Greek battlefield.

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