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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 16 June 2018
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 16 JUNE 2018 19 FEATURE A scene from episode three of the new ‘Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’ game action-adventure game franchise is set in Ancient Greece and liberally based on Greek mythology. Set during the Peloponessian War, 'Assassin's Creed Odyssey' allows players to choose their protagonist, either Alexios or Kassandra, a mercenary who manages to obtain the spear of legendary New Assassin’s Creed series set in Ancient Greece T ALEX ANYFANTIS he newest series of the enormously successful 'Assassin's Creed' Spartan warrior Leonidas. The characters cross wartorn ancient Greece where the stunning images of sea, villages, markets and temples become the setting for adrenaline-pumping pursuits and blood-splattering battles. Players will be able to participate in new, 150-character battles, that carry great similarities to wars in ancient Greece, and there will also be the return of naval battles. According to the game's developers, the world map of this edition will be the biggest the franchise has ever seen, despite most of it being covered by water. The way players choose to interact with the world will have an impact on how the game responds to them; for example, if they choose to fight for honour, to be a mercenary or a ruthless killer will determine how the non-playable characters act toward the main character. What is most striking, however, are the game's vibrant colours, the architecture, and even the behaviour of the characters, which are very faithful to Greece. It seems that the team at Ubisoft have done their homework when it comes to researching ancient Greek mythology; even the islands of Mykonos and Delos carry distinct differences between them in the way the characters act and how the buildings look. There are also statues of ancient Greek entities sprinkled around the game's world. In a clip released this week from episode three, ‘Trouble in Paradise’, (go to meoskosmos. com) Kassandra island-hops to beautiful Mykonos City where she pursues soldier Mateos the Invincible on horseback and eventually renders him, well, vincible. It's amazing what she can do with right kick and a sword. The game was first developed in 2007 and has sold over 100 million copies since. Its story is based on a centuries-old struggle between the good guys, the Assassins, who fight for peace, and the Templars who fight for total, bloody control. The series has been adapted to a film, comics and novels and features historical fiction mixed with real historical events and figures. Ubisoft describes the game as set in 'Greece's Golden Age' a time when the architecture is impressive but the body count is excessive. The game will be released worldwide on 5 October. J’Adior Mykonos: Dior pop-up store opens in Mykonos with exclusive collection Just before the height of summer, this week the French label opened the doors to its first store on the Greek island W hen it comes to summer in Europe, Mykonos tops sought-after destinations, and this year it has attracted the attention of French fashion house Christian Dior. The luxury label opened a pop-up shop at Nammos shopping village, its first store on the island, on Friday 15 June. Open to visitors until 15 October, the store will stock an exclusive capsule collection designed by Dior's women's collections artistic director Maria Grazia Chiuri, inspired by the Cycladic island. Among the pieces are sweaters, striped bodysuits, cotton pareos and silk cravats adorned with the words 'J'Adior Mykonos' – a spin on the French 'J'adore Mykonos', meaning I love Mykonos, incorporated into the design. Also part of the collection are sandals, ballerina pumps, and bracelets adorned with 'Christian Dior Mykonos', along with a book tote bag with 'Mykonos' woven into the canvas, available in four variations. Aside from the capsule collection, the store will also stock an exclusive advanced selection of Dior's Fall/ Winter collection accessories before they become available worldwide in July. In a way, the pop-up store is a throwback to the label's history. Founder Christian Dior spent time on the island in the 1950s, helping to showcase the handwoven fabrics crafted locally. This experience had a flow-on effect, going on to influence his own designs in 1953, with dresses named after city centres and islands across Greece including Athens, Corfu, and Rhodes, to name a few.
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