A learning tool full of mistakes, but still – better than nothing! :-P
I’ve been wanting to do a video of the Discovery tour with commentary, but I cannot, for the life of me, record any decent video with this game. Must be my PC.
But in short: I am rather disappointed that the Discovery Tour, as far as I have been able to tell, doesn’t once admit bits that are clearly wrong, or what things they deliberately changed for the game. Examples include the huge Clash of the Titans (remake) statues, the weird Knossos ruins (I can understand wanting to showcase the Minoan “palace” complex – even if the palace was long gone and the hill occupied by a temple dedicated to Rhea – but what are those huge stairs doing in the north of the central court, for example?), the underwater (!) Mycenaean/Minoan palace complex (mud brick walls don’t work that way), let alone anachronistic and ridiculous things like Greeks using banners and flags (recalling imagery ripped straight from a Leni Riefenstahl propaganda movie), etc. etc.
I can understand Ubisoft changing things for gameplay purposes, or even adding things to make stuff more familiar to modern audiences (like the Thermopylae tutorial that is taken straight from 300, the terrible “wrist handshake”, the forearm bracers, the ubiquitous Corinthian helmets that were actually seldom used after ca. 450 BC, the giant statues, and so on). But if they want the Discovery Tour to be used as an actual tool to teach people about Classical Greece, at least explain which bits are not historically/archaeologically accurate…