Assassin's Creed Odyssey is a complex open world title with tons of things to do. Are you undecided about what to decide or some things are not clear to you? Then read our guide with tips to start playing!
Assassin's Creed Odyssey is a big and quite complex game. It offers “layered” mechanics that fit together, and at first it can be difficult to understand. Although Odyssey offers a good introduction to the game system - the first island is practically a lengthy tutorial - there is still a lot to learn in the course of the adventure.
Odyssey is also the episode of the saga that crowns it transition to the RPG: it has some mechanics seen in previous chapters, but has added some noteworthy new features, even more than Origins, which was already going in the same direction. If you have played the previous chapters of the saga you will recognize some features of the gameplay, but do not be fooled: there are many new features that you will have to learn to manage.
Assassin's Creed Odyssey, tips to get started | Guide
We have prepared this guide for you with tips to start your game. The guide does not include any plot spoilers, but if you don't really want to anticipate anything, we advise you to read the various points with caution!
Alexios or Kassandra? (Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Tips to Get Started | Guide)
The first choice ever! For the first time in the Assassin's Creed universe you can choose whether to start the game with a female (Kassandra) or male (Alexios) character. What's the difference? Virtually none: it will all depend on your tastes. The stats are the same for both characters, they can wear the same gear - with a few minor differences in design -, the in-game choices are the same, although some lines of dialogue are slightly different. Choose your favorite character and enjoy the adventure!
Odyssey is above all an RPG… (Assassin's Creed Odyssey, tips for getting started | Guide)
… And immediately after an Assassin's Creed game. Mind you, Odyssey IS an Assassin's Creed, but “forget” for a moment what you know about the series. This chapter is an RPG, it was born with that philosophy and it behaves as such. You won't level up just to acquire new skills - which is always a good thing - but mostly for become stronger and to face stronger enemies. Explore the world, discover new places, claim victims to earn Experience Points, but remember that you have a whole world to explore, and that there is much more to combat: more experience will allow you to discover inaccessible places earlier.
There is no right or wrong way to play (Assassin's Creed Odyssey, tips for getting started | Guide)
Being an Assassin's Creed, Odyssey also places some emphasis on assassination and stealth, but you will realize that you have a lot of freedom of action. Today more than ever you can decide the fate of your character: from the dialogues to the choice of the Polis with which to ally you, you will have many choices to make. Sometimes it will be almost difficult to choose, because the options are many: in any case, remember that there is no right or wrong way to carry on your game, and that the only thing you should worry about is having fun and seeing. what consequences your actions will have.
Quick Save Often (Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Tips for Getting Started | Guide)
While an extremely well-made game, Odyssey isn't particularly generous at autosaves, and that can be annoying. Make it a habit to save before you regret doing something you didn't want. Save after finding a nice loot or point of interest, save before and after infiltrating a strong enemy - even if things go wrong, you shouldn't walk away and try again. Also because the quick save is very easy to use and put in plain sight in the menu: take advantage of it.
Quests are the best way to level up (Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Getting Started Tips | Guide)
As we mentioned, leveling up will allow you to do a lot of things. Some areas of the map are infested with opponents that you won't be able to face without the right level, but that's not all. To gain experience, as in most RPGs, you can kill enemies, conquer enemy bases or camps; the most productive method, however, is to tackle the quests.
That they are main story missions, side quests or mercenary contracts, it doesn't matter: check them often, because they can popping up all over the map. Occasionally you will notice characters with gray marks above their heads: from these characters you will be able to accept mercenary quests, so you may end up cleaning up bandit dens, killing a target or a powerful animal. As we have already said, these missions will appear on the whole map in a random way, so you will always have the opportunity to gain experience; be careful, however, to choose a mission compatible with your level. In short, if you want to gain experience, do your mercenary work - or μίσθιος, while we're at it.
Recommended level is not just a hint (Assassin's Creed Odyssey, tips for getting started | Guide)
It is always nice to think that you are invincible and that you can face every enemy, especially if they only surpass us one level… at least until they massacre you the first time. Okay, we are exaggerating, but especially at the beginning of the game those Suggested levels serve to keep you alive (Did we mention that Odyssey is basically an RPG? Yes we did). Do not fall into temptation and do not face an enemy stronger than you head down: the same is true for stealth assassinations. If the game tells you that that enemy is level 5 and you are level 4, do something else and only come back when you have reached the right level.
Pay attention to the health of your enemies (Assassin's Creed Odyssey, tips for getting started | Guide)
There are three types of damage you can deal in Odyssey: hunter (long range), warrior (melee) and assassin (stealth). At first glance it doesn't seem that important: damage is all good when it's enough to take down an enemy, right?
Wrong. Especially when you are trying to assassinate in stealth mode, the game will make you a prediction of how your attack will turn out. When you have an enemy at gunpoint or when you slip behind them, a chunk of their health bar will turn red: THIS chunk is the amount of damage your attack will cause. Especially in stealth mode, try to kill your opponent on the first shot, rather than just hurt him: if the damage you are going to inflict is too low, leave it alone or change your strategy.
Fighting Smart (Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Tips for Getting Started | Guide)
One-on-one combat isn't too difficult in Odyssey, but the difficulty increases when facing a group. Over time you will be able to make your Spartan a tough nut to crack, but this will only happen after several hours of play. If you have the opportunity to discreetly eliminate your enemies, do it: do not try to fight at all costs, and when the enemies become too many do not hesitate to flee. In short, don't be suicide bombers.
Stealth, silent assassination, and long-range weapons will help you in many cases, but the time will come for you to face hand-to-hand combat. Here are three quick tips to make your fights easier:
- Dodges - It is the fastest and most effective way to not get hit. Additionally, if your timing is correct, you will also have the opportunity to take advantage of the enemy's vulnerability and fight back.
- Ready - If used well, this strategy can help you in two ways. First, of course, it prevents enemy attacks from hitting; second, it lowers your opponent's defenses, and can sometimes even knock them back!
- Learn the signs - For your counter moves to take effect you will need to learn when to strike. Fortunately, the game helps you: when you see a glitter on the tip of the weapon of your opponent, it's time to act. Sometimes yours opponent will glow red: be careful, because he is about to make an attack that you will NOT be able to parry, so dodge or move away.
Avoid the bounty hunters, at least in the beginning (Assassin's Creed Odyssey, tips for getting started | Guide)
In Odyssey you will find that there is a real legal system. You are free to kill, steal, and generally be a bit of a bastard if you like, but if you get caught in the act it will put a bounty on you. The bounties work in tiers, for a total of 5, which obviously is the heaviest size: each level corresponds to a number of bounty hunters that will be sent to capture you, so if you have a level 5 bounty there will be five hunters looking for you.
As you may have guessed, this can be a problem. Bounty hunters are pretty damn good at finding you - imagine they'll even chase you across the sea! - and they are a lot tougher than normal opponents. If you manage to kill a bounty hunter in return, you will get some loot, but at the beginning of the game they will seem almost invincible, EVEN if their level is close to yours. If you can avoid them, at least until you can get some decent gear on. If they catch up with you, try to hide and sow them, but remember: bounty hunters can be very persistent, and they won't leave you alone until you take them out.
Cleaning up your criminal record will make things a lot easier for you (Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Getting Started Tips | Guide)
As mentioned in the point above, bounty hunters can be a nuisance. If you don't want to feel breathless throughout the game, maybe that's the case with reset the size on your head. You have two ways to do this: one is to open the menu and simply pay the required amount of gold, or to drive out in turn the one who issued a bounty on you; you can recognize it on the map by the symbol of a red coin bag. Once the principals are killed, your bounty will drop.
Be careful though; mostly if your bounty is very high, killing the principal may not be enough to nullify it altogether. Also because the principals could be more than one, so be ready to eliminate more targets.
Don't be skimpy (Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Tips for Getting Started | Guide)
You will be able to customize your character during the adventure: the skill tree offers you a lot of options, but of course it will be up to you to decide how to spend your skill points and practice the skills you have acquired. Your choices will depend on your style of play, but remember that skills must be used, and often too. Your actions will consume a certain amount of adrenaline (some less, some more), but the adrenaline recharges faster than you think, and as a result you can use skills quite often.
The adrenaline is reloads by doing damage, parrying and, surprisingly, dodging. Since you won't be able to equip a shield, dodging will be your best defense in Odyssey. Returning to skills, these will be the best way to do damage - some skills will even offer you a brief moment of invincibility once activated, so keep their effects in mind.
Two skills you can't do without (Assassin's Creed Odyssey, tips for getting started | Guide)
As we said in the previous point, the skills you choose for your character will depend on your tastes and your style of play. If you really are not satisfied with your choices, you can also reset the points and start over. Despite this, there are two skills that we can highly recommend:
- Revelation: this skill is practically an acoustic signal, a kind of "ping" that you will hear when you approach points of interest - especially booties - nearby. Combined with Icarus' ability to view the map from above, this ability will help you tremendously.
- Shieldbreaker: When an enemy is equipped with a shield - and you will encounter many of them - you will have to break their defense before you can do any damage. You can do this with a heavy attack, but they are slow and leave your flank uncovered. Another strategy is to parry an attack, but you will have to wait for the enemy to attack first; however, both strategies do not solve the shield problem. Then opt for Shieldbreaker, which once activated practically he will literally tear the shield out of your opponent's hands, even hitting his teammates close to him. But.
Make good use of your eagle (Assassin's Creed Odyssey, tips for getting started | Guide)
Since we're on the subject, let's talk about Icaro, your trusty eagle. This magnificent bird will become indispensable when you want more information on an area. Sooner or later it will happen that you will forget about him, but Icarus will reveal many secrets: unlike Origins, in Odyssey the chests will not only be in the enemy fields, and the sight of Icarus will help you locate them, and also discover valuable equipment.
Especially if you want to play stealth, make sure you take Icarus with you when you want to clean up an enemy base. Your feathered companion can mark guards and other points of interest from the sky, letting you see everything on screen as you explore: knowing the location of your enemies, as you may have guessed, is a huge advantage.
Equipment is a constant change (Assassin's Creed Odyssey, tips for getting started | Guide)
You have roughly eight equipment slots to manage, and each slot has more options to choose from. Here too it will depend a lot on what you want more in terms of weapons - for example light and fast, or strong and heavy - or armor that enhance characteristics in particular. In the course of the game you will collect a lot of items - or you will buy them in the Ubisoft store -, and you will find yourself at modify your equipment many times. Don't get too attached to any particular piece, as it is very likely that sooner or later something better will come your way.
Despite everything, you can always upgrade your equipment from the blacksmith, so that it is balanced at your level. If you can't find better pieces, remember that you have this option.
Upgrade Wisely (Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Tips for Getting Started | Guide)
There are four levels for equipment based on acquisition rarity: common, rare, epic, legendary. The cost of upgrades - in drachmas or resources - will depend precisely on the rarity level of the weapon: therefore, an upgrade to a common weapon will cost little, while that to a legendary one will have exorbitant costs.
This means that at the beginning you will want to upgrade the common equipment, and only after you can afford to upgrade the epic or legendary one. We would like to point out, however, that power ups are not eternal: your gear will go bad sooner or later, so maybe it doesn't make much sense to ruin yourself for legendaries.
Taking to the sea is a great way to get materials (Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Getting Started Tips | Guide)
Will find useful materials throughout the map. Mining veins and trees will give you minerals, metals and wood, while killing animals will give you their skins. Collecting materials is simple, but what happens when you really need a lot? Upgrading your ship, for example, will require a lot of resources, not counting upgrades for your equipment.
And here is where naval battles come to your aid. Indulge in the pirate life for a while and sunken military ships or, if you are feeling particularly daring, merchant vessels sunk and plunder everything. You can also find useful materials in the chests of enemy camps - be sure to loot them before setting the camps on fire!
A useful tip also for real life: think before you speak! (Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Tips to Get Started | Guide)
For the first time in the Assassin's Creed le options in the dialogues are a key factor for the story. The game will put you in front of many choices, and yes, your decisions will have consequences tangible on history. Precisely for this reason you will have to be very careful about how you treat people: depending on how you talk to the various characters you could make them allies or enemies, and the key choices you make during the game will change the situation in Greece permanently.
Our advice is not to worry too much about making the right choice; there is no right or wrong way to play, remember? Act as you feel and have fun discovering what kind of hero your character will be, but he is It is always better to evaluate the various options before deciding, and perhaps regret your answer.
And we have come to the end of our guide! These are our suggestions for starting your adventure in ancient Greece in the best possible way if you haven't had the chance to play the title yet; if, on the other hand, you have already started it, we hope that our suggestions have highlighted things that you might have missed. Write us in the comments which advice was most useful to you!
We leave you reminding you that Assassin's Creed Odyssey, the latest episode in the saga of the Assassins of Ubisoft, came out on October 5 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One!