With Assassin's Creed Valhalla on the horizon, you might consider jumping back to some of the series' most beloved games. Entries in the series such as Assassin's Creed Origins have experienced a revival of late, with many players visiting ancient Egypt. Origins plays much differently than older installments, releasing the simple stealth game in favor of a much more challenging, robust RPG action hybrid. But just because the game is different doesn't mean you won't be able to master it! Here's what you need to know when you start the game.
Approach every battle with caution
The first change you will notice immediately in Assassin's Creed Origins is its new combat system, because you are thrown into a fight with virtually no exposition at the beginning of the game. In previous games, you waited for enemies to attack and used a resistance to disarm them before you went in to kill. This is no longer the case. Instead, the new killer Bayek has access to heavy and light attacks, a dodge and a parrying move that is much harder to use than the counters and pairs found in previous games. While the old line "it's like Dark Souls " has been constantly used in recent years, it is the best reference point for Origins .
As you enter into a fight, note how far away your enemy is, as well as any other targets that may soon join the fight. Distance is much more important in Origins than in previous games, because you do not move to the nearest target when you press the attack button. Similarly, if an enemy is within range and swings his weapon, it doesn't matter if you're in the middle of a dodge animation: You get hit. When you see an enemy that is about to attack, your best way to avoid them is because you will be hit by a hit or two before the enemy can respond and you will do damage to the backstack … just like in Dark Souls . You also want to keep your shield up always if you don't attack. If you do this to your default setting, it will save the headaches from taking lots of damage.
Another thing to keep in mind is your injury multiplier. When you defeat an enemy, your multiplier will increase by .10. This means you will do more damage if you consistently defeat an enemy. Try to back them into a wall to collar against them over and over for maximum damage.
In previous Assassin's Creed games, there were a few different enemy types that required slightly different strategies in battle. There is much more variety in Assassin's Creed Origins . Ordinary rubs are still a relatively simple affair – just avoid, block and attack – but enemies using shields must have their guard broken with a heavy attack before you can hit them. Larger enemies with full-length shields must first be hit with a loaded heavy attack, an ability you unlock on the condition tree. Finally, there is another great enemy type that exerts a huge tip, which must be avoided at all costs.
You will recognize the weaknesses and strengths of each class over time, and you should always prepare for a fight to make sure you are not caught off guard. Send your Eagle Senu around enemy camps to mark enemies, then you will be able to see the toughest guards before you actually get into the area. This is also a great opportunity to exchange your weapons – against multiple targets, quick swords and sickles will not cut it (literally), so you will want to have access to a large ax, tip or scepter in your other weapons hatch.
Stay on your grind
If you encounter an enemy more than two levels taller than you, you will not be able to make so much of a tooth, they take you out without having to call for backup, but even if you have reached parity with the enemies you are facing, you can still run into trouble as you try to charge several soldiers for your big plans sp To prepare for the worst, consider pumping up your level a notch or two above the recommended level. You will find that the targets drop much faster and you will be able to take some extra hits before you die.
Killing enemies will give you a little experience, but the quickest way to increase your level is to complete the side mission. If you are level 15, you can try to perform assignments designed for as low as level 12, as the experience you gain from completing it will still be significant. In general, you should do as many side assignments as you can before continuing the story, as several main assignments have multiple stages with increasing level requirements. If, for example, the first part of the main quest suggests that you get to level 16, it may be followed by another mission designed for players three or four levels higher. Going into "over-prepared" is always a good idea.
Thin out large groups with your bow
Using the bow is crucial to succeeding in tricky fights. There are four different types of arcs – predator arcs, warrior arcs, hunter arcs and arcs. Each is useful in a different scenario. We thought the two stealthy options were best for a classic, stealthy playstyle. The hunter arc corresponds to a standard arc that you will find in many action games, with a medium drag time and enough power to take out most targets with a few shots to the head. The predator class is much quieter and can kill a standard enemy at your level in a single head shot.
The bow is particularly useful because oblivion is not guaranteed to die in Origins . Against high-level goals, they only take up part of their health. As a result, a well-placed shot from a predator's bow is often a more effective way to start a fight. Just don't fall into the trap of shooting the bow when the battle begins, as your peripheral vision is almost completely eliminated and you will be flanked by enemies you cannot see.
Go hunting and upgrading your gear
Hunting animals was largely voluntary in previous Assassin's Creed games, but it is actually mandatory in Origins. In addition to providing extra income when sold in stores, the leather you collect from animals can be used to upgrade your armor – which gives you more health and closer damage – as well as fur for your bow. If you are struggling to remove an enemy that is already at the appropriate level, you may want to try upgrading your armor a few times. It might just give you the edge you need.
You can also pay a blacksmith to upgrade your weapons and armor. If you have the money, a blacksmith can bring all weapons to your current level and increase its stats. While useful, upgrading weapons is very expensive quickly. Use it only when you find a particular weapon you like to use. Even then, do not be afraid to release your equipment when you find something more powerful. You will break if you upgrade your weapons too often.
Get the most out of your environment
Your axes, swords and maces offer you plenty of tools to take out the many enemies scattered across ancient Egypt, but Egypt itself can often give you the greatest advantage. When you enter an enemy camp, there will always be at least a brazier short distance from the guards inside. If you warn them of your presence, they will throw themselves at the hair and light it, triggering a wave of reinforcements that are often too much for Bayek to handle on their own. If you reach the shower before the battle begins, you can set a trap that will explode when a guard tries to light it. Make sure you have reported all the braziers in the area, as larger forts and camps often have some scattered throughout the area.
You will also often find dead animals like lions trapped in cages, which you can use to your advantage. Just unlock the cage and reach higher ground. All enemies in the region will be distracted with their new-found lion problem, which allows you to collect some deaths before they take down the beast.
Climbing the Towers
You do not need to technically climb the game's many towers to unlock missions and vendor locations on the map, but you should do so anyway. Each tower you climb becomes a fast travel destination and synchronizing with them enhances Senu's ability to discover interesting places. Given the size of the game, if you ignore the towers, you will find that you spend a lot of time running and riding. In the end, you will waste more time than you would have spent on climbing the towers in the first place.
As you synchronize with more towers, you increase the perception of your eagle, Senu, so that the bird can find targets further away and even see enemies behind the walls. It can be quite difficult to see enemies with the naked eye, so this should lower the chance of Bayek being ambushed by an enemy he had not seen when he scouted before.
Clear the map
It's an Ubisoft game, after all. Get the most out of this by clearing the map before going through the story. Origins has a massive world with hundreds of things to do. Almost everything you do will earn you XP and you will be able to level up your character by performing all the page tasks first. Open your map and pay attention to the points of interest that are scattered around the world.
You will find question marks, cities, forts, taxes, graves, viewpoints and side quests to complete – some of which will help you upgrade your character upon completion. Some side quests, such as those that require you to kill a certain animal, will give you different crafting tools, while others will reward you with money. Of course, you can go through history without exploring the map and clearing interesting points, but you will probably find it easier if you take the time to do all the small tasks first.
Ubisoft Club Rewards Experiment
During this generation, Ubisoft implemented Ubisoft Club Rewards in most of its games, giving you an incentive to pursue additional challenges. These include information you would see in a typical PS4 trophy or Xbox One performance. Implementing Ubisoft Club challenges gives you the currency to spend on in-game goodies such as weapons, extras and costumes. In Origins there are many different things to spend your units on, so be sure to check the list from the pause menu. Don't forget – you can upgrade the weapons you buy from Ubisoft Club to make them even stronger.