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8 Basic Tips for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey



    Assassin’s Creed Odyssey marks the franchise’s transition into a full-blown role-playing game. Yes, it incorporates many of the animations, mechanics and troupes established since the series’ first game, but moment-to-moment it behaves more like an RPG than … well, basically any of its predecessors (barring last year’s Origins — but it’s even more RPG than that one, too).

    If you’ve played an Assassin’s Creed game before, some of your knowledge will carry over. But that knowledge can fool you. Our Assassin’s Creed Odyssey beginner’s guide will explain the gaps between what the series used to be and what it’s become in 2018.

    Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is an RPG first …

    … and an Assassin’s Creed game (a distant) second.

    Forget a lot of what you know about Assassin’s Creed games, and you’ll acclimate to Odyssey much faster than we did.

    We wrote it above (twice), but it’s worth repeating: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is a role-playing game. You’re not just gaining levels to get more skills (though that’s a heck of a benefit). You’re leveling up to get more powerful, and you’re getting more powerful to take on stronger enemies and progress farther into the world.

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    If you find yourself wondering what in the world to do next, here’s some advice: Do anything that isn’t more than a level or so higher than your current level. The next Odyssey quest may be taunting you from the top of the menu, but you’re better off ignoring it until your levels are aligned. Go clear out a base or explore a question mark on your map. You’ll earn XP for finding new things, killing bad guys — basically for exploring and interacting with the world.

    And there’s a whole lot of world to explore. A lot of it is gated behind level suggestions (see below), though. And that means that you should focus just as much (or more) on leveling yourself up as you are on progressing the story.

    Level recommendations are not suggestions

    It’s tempting to think that you can handle an enemy that is only one level higher than you — and then you deal one point of damage per swing and get murdered by the first hit you take.

    That’s a (minor) exaggeration, but especially early in the game, those level recommendations are there to keep you alive. (Did we mention that Odyssey is an RPG?) You’re just not going to be able to stand up against an enemy that is a higher level than you are. You won’t even be able to assassinate an enemy if they’re too much higher than you. If Assassin’s Creed Odyssey recommends level 5, find something else to do and come back when you’re there.

    Pay attention to an enemy’s health gauge when assassinating

    There are three types of damage in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey — hunter (ranged), warrior (melee), and assassin (sneaky). For the most part, this doesn’t matter, and you won’t think about it. Damage is damage and when you deal enough, the bad guy falls down.

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    It does matter, though, when you’re trying to be sneaky. The game actually gives you a really big hint about how your attack will go. Look at your enemy’s health bar. When you aim a ranged weapon at an enemy or sneak up behind someone, a chunk of their health bar will turn red. That’s how much damage you’re about to do.

    If you’re trying to stay hidden, be sure that you’re killing your enemy, rather than just wounding them. If that’s not an option, either choose a different target or wait until you’ve got better circumstances (for example, your target is alone) to pick this fight (more on fighting smart below).

    There’s no wrong way to play

    While there’s certainly an emphasis on being sneaky and assassinating people — it’s in the name, after all — you’ve got a ton of freedom when it comes to approaching Odyssey. From dialogue choices to branching mission paths to which nation-state to side with to which weapon to use, you’ve got options.

    All of those choices can get a little (a lot) overwhelming. The first thing to remember is that no matter what you choose, you’re not wrong — there’s no single answer to any question or conundrum. The only thing you should worry about is what works for you and what you enjoy the most.

    Quick save often

    Assassin’s Creed Odyssey isn’t super generous with auto saves, and this can be annoying. Make a habit of saving before and after you do things that would make your eyes roll out of your head, off of the couch and onto the floor if you had to do them again (and possibly again and also maybe again we’re not bitter what?).

    If you scout out a location with your bird, tagging enemies and treasure and loot, hop into the menu and (on a console) press up for a quick save. If you travel a long distance to raid a fort, quick save before you infiltrate. That way, if things go pear-shaped, you won’t have to run 478 meters across the map, toss out your bird and mark everything again. You can just walk a little bit and get on with the murdering.

    Quick save is there and super accessible for a reason. Make using it a habit.

    Fight smart

    Fighting in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey isn’t terribly difficult one-on-one, but it becomes exponentially more difficult when you’re surrounded by enemies. As different as Odyssey may feel, it’s still an Assassin’s Creed game — with an emphasis on assassin-ing.

    Eventually, you may be able to build an unstoppable Spartan warrior, but the first many, many hours favor discretion. Look for opportunities to take your enemies down stealthily. And if you find yourself outnumbered while you’re fighting, consider running.

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    Stealth, assassination, and ranged murder will give you a lot of control over most fights, but there are still going to be times when it comes down to a face-to-face brawl. There are three things you need to learn to make these fights easier (and less deadly).

    1. Dodge. It’s the simplest way to not get stabbed, and that makes it the most useful. If you time it right, you’ll get a brief bullet-time window where you can outmaneuver your enemy and dish out a light attack combo.
    2. Parry. Parrying is subtly a very, very powerful move. First, and most obviously, it prevents an attack from landing. But it also drops your attacker’s defenses (shield) and knocks back/down other nearby enemies.
    3. Learn the cues. Pulling off a parry or a flank requires you to mash the buttons at the right moment. Luckily, the game tells you when that moment is with a shining glint that appears on the end of your enemies’ weapons — wait for that sparkle, then make your move. There are also times when your enemy will glow red — this is an unblockable attack, so you just need to get out of the way.

    Our two favorite abilities

    All of the abilities you unlock as you level up will add some twist to your damage-dealing repertoire, so there’s no wrong answers here either — just match the abilities you choose to your style of play. Beyond that, at any point, you can just reset all of your ability points and start over.

    There are, however, two abilities that we unequivocally recommend. They’re basically essential.

    • Revelation — this is the bottom right Assassin skill. This gives you a radar-like ping that will mark all points of interest — mostly loot — in the nearby area. When you couple this with Ikaros’ airborne surveillance, you’ll be picking up all the loot you can carry.

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    • Shield Breaker — Warrior skill, second row up, right side. When an enemy has a shield — and a lot of them do — you have to break through their defenses before you can deal any damage. You can do that with a heavy attack, but those are slow and open you to counterattacks. You can do that with a parry or flank, but that means waiting for them to attack first. These work, but they only create an opening in the defense. They don’t solve the shield problem. The other, better option is the shield breaker ability. All you have to do is trigger the ability, and you’ll wrench the shield out of your enemy’s hands, hit them and anyone nearby with it, then toss it out of reach. This is the way to turn the tide in a fight.

    Equipment is a constant dance

    You’ve got eight (give or take) slot of equipment to manage, and each slot has multiple options across multiple levels for what to equip. It all depends on what you want to focus on — if you want fast, light weapons or heavy, slow weapons; if you want armor that boosts your punching or your sneaking; etc.

    There’s just a constant deluge of gear — weapons and armor — as you play. You’ll get gear from looting around the world and from defeating enemies (or by buying it in the Ubisoft store). And that means that, for a lot of the game, you’re going to be swapping gear nearly constantly. You’ll get something better in a just a couple minutes, so there’s no point in growing attached to any one piece of kit.

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    There is, however, a mechanism that lets you upgrade any of your gear at a blacksmith so that it matches your current level. This is a way to keep all of your kit up to date — even if you haven’t found any better gear recently.

    Upgrade smart

    There are four categories of gear, based on rarity — common, rare, epic, and legendary. How much your gear costs to upgrade — in drachmae and resources — depends on the rarity. Upgrades for common gear are pretty cheap, while legendary upgrades are outrageously expensive.

    This mean that you’re going to want to focus on keeping your common and rare gear leveled up first and only upgrade epic and legendary gear as a treat for yourself when you have some extra drachmae burning a hole in your pocket. Just remember that those gear upgrades aren’t going to last you long — so all that drachmae you spend is going to be mostly worthless in a matter of hours.

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    How do I get the most out of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey?

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    1. Focus on the Warrior Skill Tree Early.
    2. Pick Up as Many Contracts as Possible.
    3. Never Try to Pay Off the Bounty on Your Head.
    4. Talk to Nearly Every Quest Giver.
    5. Take Your Time and Explore.

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    Is it better to play as Kassandra or Alexios?

    In an issue of Game Informer, the game’s director Scott Philips revealed that the majority of players favored Alexios over Kassandra. Phillips said he was surprised as in playtests, the preference over both siblings was divided close to a 50/50

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    Do not blow all your resources upgrading gear to your level too often, wait for big jumps for your favorite weapons. You can respec your skill points for not that much money at any time in the tree menu. You will eventually unlock a second wheel for four more melee moves if it seems a bit crowded at first

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    What is the best build in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey?

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    • 7 Poison Assassin Build.
    • 6 Hephaestus Build.
    • 5 Artemis Archer Build.
    • 4 CRIT Pirate Build.
    • 3 Spartan Warrior Build.
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    • 1 Greek Legend.

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    Does it matter which side you pick in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey?

    It doesn’t matter which side you pick, though?even if you’ve been assassinating Athenians all day long to stir up trouble, you can offer the Athenians help in the battle you helped cause in order to profit.

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    Which horse should I pick in the Odyssey?

    In short, it doesn’t matter. There are three different colors of horse, that’s the only thing that matters. When you choose one you receive a skin for a mount. All are called Phobos, so all have the same name.

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    Does it matter what side you choose in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey?

    You can choose a side if you want to, but you will get a lot less XP and resources if you only help one side since contracts are issued by both sides and not doing half of them means losing lots of opportunities for XP, money and resources.

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    What is max level in AC Odyssey?

    Max Level Cap

    The level cap in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is currently 99, having been increased after an update in February 2020. This won’t increase when playing New Game Plus, but will remain a possible milestone in either playthrough. There’s no experience like reading at USG.

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    What is the most powerful weapon in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey?

    1 Falx of Olympos

    The Falx of Olympos is both the most unique and powerful weapon in the spear category, if not the entirety of the game, thanks to its legendary engraving. However, its great power comes at an incredibly heavy price, so one must be remarkably careful in its application.

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    Save the Family

    As far as we know, the family cannot be found afterwards, leaving it unclear if they survive, and there is no way to cure the plague. Kephallonia will be affected permanently by this, and will appear as a blighted hellscape for the rest of the game.

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    What is a Misthios?

    When it comes to Greek history, a Misthios is someone with a particular set of skills that can be hired for work (typically in jobs relating to those skills). In Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, Misthios refers to a type of mercenary as per the game’s main storyline.

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    Should I let the sick people go in AC Odyssey?

    If you choose, ?Let these people go,? you’ll be forced into combat with the priest and his soldiers. After you kill them, you’ll get another choice. You can take the money they offer you or let them keep it. If you let them keep it, they’ll leave to find a cure, if you take it they stay in the village.

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    What is Alexios called in Odyssey?

    Alexios (Greek: ???????; 451 BCE ? 422 BCE), also known as Deimos, was a Sage of the Cult of Kosmos, an organization based in ancient Greece.

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    Is Kassandra a demigod?

    So … Kassandra is carrying such kind of power the whole game and actually making her demigod even in lore .

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    Can you prevent the plague in Athens?

    If you prevent others from taking action, even with disasterous consequences, you are considered a hero. Later, you are given a quest to warn about The Plague of Athens. The plauge is historical, so it can’t be prevented. Warning about it has no effect.

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    Tips and Tricks – Assassin's Creed Odyssey Wiki Guide – IGN

    Tips and Tricks – Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Wiki Guide – IGNHere, you’ll find all the tips you need to conquer Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and links to every how-to guide in the wiki. Video: Developer tips for the first 10 hours of Odyssey. advertisementJump to: More: How to Recruit LieutenantsHow to Tame AnimalsHow to Find Ainigmata OstrakaExploration & Misc. TipsThose bird symbols on the map denote synchronization locations. Head to the top of those points and synchronize to unlock a fast travel point. The more points you synchronize with, the faster Ikaros gets at identifying points, and at a wider range.You can actually fast travel to a synchronization point by aiming at it with Ikaros.Get trapped in an underwater cavern or just know you won’t be able to reach the surface in time? Providing you aren’t in conflict (i.e. fighting sharks) or too close to the ship, you can open the map screen and fast-travel back to the helm of your boat.Sometimes, you’ll have to light war supplies on fire, or light a dark cave. Hold right on the D-pad to take out your torch. Attack with it – or throw it with L2 then R2 – to light things on fire.Don’t forget that you can loot War Supplies before lighting them on fire to gain lots of resources like wood and ore at once.Ainigmata Ostraka are tablets that can be found while completing some Location Objections, and following the clues they provide to the treasure will grant you awesome, unique Engravings for your Weapons and Armor.; Make sure to pick them up, and to check out our Ainigmata Ostraka Locations guide.To upgrade your ship, you’ll need Ancient Tablets, a pretty rare commodity. Make sure to stop by underwater Ruins to find these!Tombs are occasionally inhabited by intimidating alpha animals, but they’re still definitely worth the trouble. Completing the Location Objectives at a Tomb will unlock an extra Ability Point!You’ll regret not picking up all that wood later when you have an awesome Legendary Bow you’ve out-leveled and no wood to make it better. Tsk. Make sure to pick everything up as you explore.You can pick up wood and iron ore from your horse as you ride around. Especially when riding through dense terrain, tap the interact button repeatedly to snatch resources even before you spot them.Speaking of wood, you can salvage quite of a bit of it and other upgrade materials by looting war supplies inside forts and picking up salvage while sailing. Cleave into a boat to get even more materials from it.Some of the most profitable loot containers in Odyssey are weapon stands. You’ll find lots of them in forts and enemy encampments. Each one gives you a weapon, and at higher levels, you can sell those weapons for thousands of drachmae – even the common ones.You can find new skins for your horse, Phobos, at various vendors around the Greek world. There’s even a Unicorn skin out there you can buy with drachmae.Daily quest are available at message boards and on your ship mast. At least one of them, every day, will be a daily quest that rewards a special blue currency called Orichalcum you can use at special vendors to buy Rare or better items and cosmetics. Orichalcum can also be found as glowing blue ore in out-of-the-way spots in the world, like on top of mountain peaks, along lonely beaches or small tiny islands. See our Interactive Map for known Orichalcum locations!Prioritize upgrading your Spear of Leonidas as soon as you have the necessary materials. Each time you upgrade the spear it provides more adrenaline bars and opens up higher…

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    12 essential Assassin’s Creed Odyssey tips to know before you play Home PS4 Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Dipping back in because you never finished? You’ll need some Assassin’s Creed Odyssey tips then because there’s a lot to remember and I bet you’ve forgotten the buttons. Coming up here we’re going to run through the basics, things like best way to upgrade and set up armor or weapons, what abilities are essential to unlock (hello Parrying and Second Wind) and plenty more. These Assassin’s Creed Odyssey tips cover everything, and should make the whole experience easier . So read on, safe in the knowledge that it’s spoiler-free and just full of the good stuff. 1. Regularly upgrade, swap out, and engrave your armorWhen you first start off in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (opens in new tab), you’ll probably find yourself with some ordinary grey armor. Give it some time, and there’s a chance that you’ll find yourself with a Legendary (gold) piece of equipment by level 10, and you’ll definitely have come across a Epic (purple) bit of gear. The armor and weapons system works a bit like Destiny 2 (opens in new tab): you should swap out anything of a higher level, damage rating, or armor rating than you currently have equipped, but there are a few exceptions. If you go to a blacksmith you can upgrade your armor or weapons as long as you have the correct amount of resources. Epic and Legendary gear requires harder-to-find gems and obsidian glass, but Rare (blue) and Common (grey) items should just require drachmae, leather, and iron. Upgrading Legendary weapons and armor is especially handy, as they’ll jump up about 20-30 points per go and usually end up having higher stats than Epic gear of a higher level. You can also engrave your armor and weapons with (surprise surprise) Engravings, which can also be found at the blacksmith. These are basically mods which add perks and status effects to your gear, such as giving you +4% Assassin damage or +5% chance for a critical hit. Most items already have engravings applied to them, which you won’t be able to change, but you’ll be able to add either one or two Engravings to help you out whether you’re stabbin’, hidin’ or shootin’ (arrows). So, engrave and upgrade your gear and you’ll find yourself in the shoes of a much deadlier assassin in no time. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Xenia Questline (opens in new tab): How to solve the treasure hunt and earn the Pirate’s Life for Me award2. Dismantle armor and weapons you’re not using so you can upgrade items quicklyDon’t be afraid to dismantle your armour. Yes, you won’t get any drachmae for it, but you will get resources, which alter in rarity depending on how powerful the item you’re dismantling is. It can be a bit of a bother running around the world hunting wolves and deer to find leather, or trying to spot chunks of iron in the ground – plus buying them from the blacksmith will cost you a pretty penny – so dismantling items really is a timesaver. Those resources are then at your disposal, so you can use them to upgrade weapons and armour. If you feel your heart rate increase at the thought of destroying armor, you can always choose to dismantle only the items that aren’t worth a lot and you’ll still be swimming around in a giant vault of drachmae like Scrooge McDuck.3. Perfect parrying as soon as you canTrust me on this: parrying is super important. Especially in conquest battles. Tapping L1 and R1 simultaneously just when an enemy is about to hit you allows you to parry and, on a successful hit, makes everything apart from you go into slo-mo so you can get in a handful of attacks before the enemy recovers. It’s tempting to just dodge attacks, but that’s not always reliable and isn’t a guarantee that you’ll completely escape the attack (as we found out the hard way). During conquest fights most of the time you’ll find yourself facing two or more enemies at once, and it really helps you prevent becoming overwhelmed if you’re a dab hand…

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    13 things to know when starting Assassin's Creed Odyssey

    Tips for playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey – PC Gamer

    Tips for playing Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Home Features RPG Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Despite being another entry in Ubisoft’s nearly annual series, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey has enough new systems and stuff to confuse new and veteran players. The big open world is open enough that I accidentally wandered into a few situations before the game had explained how to handle them. To help you avoid the same issue, here’s eight general Assassin’s Creed Odyssey tips that I wish I’d known from the beginning of my Odyssey.1 Choose Exploration mode instead of Guided modeIn Origins, the rash of unsightly, overlapping map icons had been reduced by quite a bit, and in Odyssey it’s gone entirely. Instead, the game offers you a choice right at the beginning: do you want to play in “Exploration” mode or “Guided” mode? Guided mode is the Assassin’s Creed maps as you’ve always known them, while Exploration strips away almost every icon, leaving a beautiful, clear map suitable for famous map activities like navigation. Instead, map icons are replaced with directions: the bandit camp is on the eastern coast of Kephallonia; the Spartan fortress is north of Mount Geranaia.To be honest, unraveling these clues isn’t hard. Sometimes there’s only one unknown location, marked with a question mark, on the entire eastern coast. This mystery isn’t exactly the Murder on the Orient Express, is what I’m saying. Still, when icons appear on a rotating compass in a game, I tend to get tunnel vision and spend more time eyeballing the compass than the beautiful handcrafted world around me. All I needed was a little bit of an excuse to keep my brain plugged into the physical world to get really lost in it.That said, the world of ancient Greece is big—really big. Every mode of transportation has some sort of auto-run feature that really comes in handy. On horseback or on foot, pressing Z will get your character running so you can take your hands off the keyboard, while Space Bar does the same thing for boats. Horses in particular are good for this: hold Z for a moment and then press E, and your horse will auto-follow roads to navigate straight to a map marker.Though I wouldn’t recommend leaving the game unattended while on foot, having the horse drive or setting sail to an island a few thousand meters away gives you a break just long enough to go get a cup of coffee.2 Upgrade your favorite weapons and armorWeapons and armor play a huge role in character growth in Odyssey. There are a bunch of different weapon types—including swords, axes, staffs, spears, and daggers—and they all handle a bit differently and have different special attacks. Thankfully, I found that I was pretty much free to pick whatever I thought looked cool, since all of the weapons seem to be equally effective. Heavy maces are huge and slow, for example, but they kill Athenians every bit as dead as a dagger.In fact, one of the really liberating things about gear in Odyssey is that it’s almost absurdly customizable and upgradable. I keenly remember equipping some polka-dotted jester’s monstrosity in the Witcher 3 just because it had the best armor stats I could afford at the time. Odyssey avoids that shame by offering an unlimited (though expensive in in-game resources) ability to upgrade any piece of gear to the current player level. Have a favorite sword you’ve been using since level 10, but it just can’t cut it (har har) now that you’re at level 15? Pay a blacksmith and boom, your favorite sword is now a level 15 sword.One thing to keep in mind is that when collecting sets of Legendary Armor the…

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    Assassin's Creed Odyssey Tips for new players – VULKK.com

    Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Tips for new players This Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Tips Guide for Beginners focuses on helping new players get the most out of the game by taking advantage of all possible systems Please note, this article does NOT contain any story spoilers from Assassin’s Creed Odyssey! Ubisoft kept their promise to create a fully fleshed out RPG with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. In this guide I will share a few tips and tricks that will help you get a nice head-start as a new player and allow you to enjoy the game to its maximum potential. I’ve split the tips in several categories – Tweaks to gain Better Performance, Best Starter Abilities and Ship Upgrades, Exploration and Gameplay Mission Types (how to read and use the map of Ancient Greece) and a few general misc tips at the end. (If you can’t watch the videos in this article, your AdBlocker may be blocking them.Please, consider white-listing VULKK.com to help and support the site. Thank you!) GRAPHICAL SETTINGS FOR BEST PERFORMANCE This may be specifically aimed at PC players. The port is not exactly the most flawless one and the game is quite heavy for CPU power. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey doesn’t run well on Gen 1 processors and the developers only added AVX support with Update 1.0.3. There are, however, a few settings that have significant impact on the performance of the game. Lowering some of them down, can yield great increase of FPS at minimal to no cost at all on visual fidelity: VOLUMETRIC CLOUDS – be honest, how often do you stop to stare at the beautiful skies in any game. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey looks stunningly beautiful, but the sky sure is one of the things you can compromise with. It is also the thing that will have the biggest impact on the game’s performance. If you have been pumping it up to the maximum setting, try lowering it to High or even Medium and check the difference. The clouds look only a tiny bit less impressive, but my personal test showed 5 to 10 FPS increase – less noticeable in crowded areas, where the frames drop for so many other reasons, more noticeable in the wilderness. SHADOWS – Yeah, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s shadows, like pretty much every other game can look incredibly good at a very high cost or slightly more blurry, but with much less strain on your hardware. In my personal tests I got on average 5 frames more from dropping the Shadows setting from max TEXTURE DETAILS – the third place is taken by the setting for the quality of textures of items and characters around you. While this setting’s performance cost is quite high, I would strongly recommend you try to leave it to as high as possible. Part of this game’s charisma is the exploration and it’s a lot more entertaining to look around at the incredibly good-looking vistas and landscapes rather than something muddy and blurry. ANTIALIASING and AMBIENT OCCLUSION – Lowering these will not produce any great visual quality decrease, especially if you…

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    8 Basic Tips for Assassin's Creed Odyssey – Paste Magazine

    8 Basic Tips for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey A new year brings a new Assassin’s Creed, and this year’s adventure, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, sees another round of updates and new features added to the basic foundation. Odyssey builds off of last year’s Egyptian-set Origins, using the same revised combat mechanics and RPG systems and adding some new elements that you’ll have to get used to. A full walkthrough would run for tens of thousands of words—this is a long game—but we can offer up a few basic tips based on our experience with Odyssey to get you started. It might be easy to get overwhelmed by a game this big and long, but these pointers should help keep you moving in the right direction. Don’t Be Afraid to Explore At the very start of Odyssey you’re presented with a huge decision between Guided Mode and Exploration Mode. Exploration Mode removes many of the on-screen markers and icons that tend to clutter the screen in these games. It also makes it vital to actually explore the Greek countryside. From old ruins to abandoned temples to hidden bandit camps, there’s a lot to discover, and almost all of it will give you experience points, money and more. Exploring is also a great way to find the materials you’ll need to upgrade your arms, through foraging and hunting. It pays to stray far from the roads and settlements in this game, more than ever before in an Assassin’s Creed. Upgrade Weapons and Armor The RPG nature of the game leads to some awkwardness with how weapons and armor are valued. You can have a Legendary weapon that’s less powerful than a common one that’s just one or two levels higher, or a full suit of Legendary armor that can’t match the strength of piecemeal scraps randomly picked up throughout the game. Fortunately every weapon and piece of armor can be upgraded by the blacksmiths found in major towns. Upgrades boost an item to whatever level you’re currently ad, increasing its stats accordingly. If you have a Legendary weapon that’s level 6, and thus far less powerful than a common weapon at level 9, the Legendary weapon should be upgraded to level 9 too; at that point it’ll be far more powerful than the common weapon. It can take a lot of materials to upgrade something—and the bigger the gap between the item’s level and yours, the more materials it’ll take—but it’s absolutely worth keeping your best items as close to your level as possible. Make a Point of Collecting Materials Again, materials like soft leather, olive wood, precious gems and others are crucial to keeping your best armor and weapons in their best shape. There are six different kinds of crafting materials, and there are different ways to find all of them. You’ll often find some in chests, in war supplies, and when looting the bodies of dead soldiers. Blacksmiths will also often sell them, although the prices usually aren’t great. Soft leather can also be found by hunting animals, and olive wood grows naturally throughout the forest. Iron metal is often found in deposits in caves, and precious gems can be acquired by taking on bounty quests or also sometimes in caves. Obsidian glass is often found in unique chests and on the bodies of dead leaders, and ancient tablets are occasionally found in the historical ruins you’ll often come across. All of them are vital, and you should always take them any of them whenever you find them. Another Way to Get Materials: Dismantle Unneeded Items Instead of Selling Them Drachmae is much easier to come by than crafting materials. When you have weapons and armor that you don’t need any more, instead of selling them you should dismantle them to recoup some materials. It’s faster than traipsing around the woods looking for animals to kill, and also saves you the guilt of,…

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    Assassin's Creed Odyssey beginner's guide and tips – Polygon

    Assassin’s Creed Odyssey beginner’s guide Assassin’s Creed Odyssey marks the franchise’s transition into a full-blown role-playing game. Yes, it incorporates many of the animations, mechanics and troupes established since the series’ first game, but moment-to-moment it behaves more like an RPG than … well, basically any of its predecessors (barring last year’s Origins — but it’s even more RPG than that one, too). If you’ve played an Assassin’s Creed game before, some of your knowledge will carry over. But that knowledge can fool you. Our Assassin’s Creed Odyssey beginner’s guide will explain the gaps between what the series used to be and what it’s become in 2018. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is an RPG first … … and an Assassin’s Creed game (a distant) second. Forget a lot of what you know about Assassin’s Creed games, and you’ll acclimate to Odyssey much faster than we did. We wrote it above (twice), but it’s worth repeating: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is a role-playing game. You’re not just gaining levels to get more skills (though that’s a heck of a benefit). You’re leveling up to get more powerful, and you’re getting more powerful to take on stronger enemies and progress farther into the world. Ubisoft via Polygon If you find yourself wondering what in the world to do next, here’s some advice: Do anything that isn’t more than a level or so higher than your current level. The next Odyssey quest may be taunting you from the top of the menu, but you’re better off ignoring it until your levels are aligned. Go clear out a base or explore a question mark on your map. You’ll earn XP for finding new things, killing bad guys — basically for exploring and interacting with the world. And there’s a whole lot of world to explore. A lot of it is gated behind level suggestions (see below), though. And that means that you should focus just as much (or more) on leveling yourself up as you are on progressing the story. Level recommendations are not suggestions It’s tempting to think that you can handle an enemy that is only one level higher than you — and then you deal one point of damage per swing and get murdered by the first hit you take. That’s a (minor) exaggeration, but especially early in the game, those level recommendations are there to keep you alive. (Did we mention that Odyssey is an RPG?) You’re just not going to be able to stand up against an enemy that is a higher level than you are. You won’t even be able to assassinate an enemy if they’re too much higher than you. If Assassin’s Creed Odyssey recommends level 5, find something else to do and come back when you’re there. Pay attention to an enemy’s health gauge when assassinating There are three types of damage in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey — hunter (ranged), warrior (melee), and assassin (sneaky). For the most part, this doesn’t matter, and you won’t think about it. Damage is damage and when you deal enough, the bad guy falls down. Ubisoft via Polygon It does matter, though, when you’re trying to be sneaky. The game actually gives you a really big hint…

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