Assassin's Creed Odyssey - It's time to Greek out

You’re kidding. If you hijacked a carriage that was too small for your gang buddies, they hijacked one of their own to follow along. One of my favorite things in gaming ever, watching them cram themselves into a hansom cab or something and careen off.

Nope. All the carriage activities were terrible. Additionally, putting carriages in the game pushed the designers to accommodate their presence. They had to widen the streets so you could fit the vehicles in them, but that meant the path along the rooftops was interrupted by the now too wide avenues. To solve that, they gave players a grapple gun so they could fire a line over to the far rooftops, but the gun then negated the need to actually climb anything.

It changed the balance of traversal methods a bit, but that’s a good thing. Not all entries in a series have to be identical. Kassandra leaps off mountains…

The sheer amount of climbing boring mountains in Egypt and now Greece has me longing for the the grapple gun.

Some people are just city people :)

Only a few spots on the map I have to climb regularly. Some forts in Odyssey are on mountains, so those are also obvious exceptions.

You’re aware there are roads in Odyssey, and you have a horse, right?

I am not gonna lie, I totally forgot about having a horse for the first 6-7 hours I played, till I got to the main island.

I hope you didn’t swim there :-)

No sir!

I loved the carriage stuff in Syndicate, too. :-/

And yeah, the grapple gun was a handy thing to have. But I love the fact that in Odyssey you can basically scale anything. There are virtually no obstacles in the game that cannot be climbed over. When I first arrived in Athens, I was like, “Let’s get to the top of the Acropolis, and screw the Propylaia!” – and then just flung myself unto the rock face and climbed straight up.

I do not recommend doing that in real life.

As the series has gone on they’ve smoothed both the skill and mishap from traversal. Parkour is like a really involved walking animation now.

For people like me–PC gamers, mouse and keyboard, not very skilled/experienced with traditional fighters/action games like the big console hits–Odyssey hits a real sweet spot (I bought Origins on super duper Steam sale as well, for whenever I get around to it). I can actually climb stuff, jump, and fight, without looking like a complete imbecile. And given that I spent most of my time in Kingdom Come: Deliverance just roaming the countryside, roaming around ancient Greece is quite satisfying. Well, except for the unnaturally aggressive and stupidly numerous wolves. If Greece had had that many wolves, we’d never have had Plato. He’d have been eaten.

TheWombat if you don’t mind me asking – how do you set up your mouse/kb in this game? I’ve played with a controller but I would prefer to play mouse/keyboard.

I probably need to ask LK this as well.

Never mind the wolves - how about the Lynx!?

Being smaller cats I’d have though them somewhat timid around humans, but no… so savage. Chase my horse for miles for the crime of passing nearby. :)

I just leave it at the default controls, in this case. They seem to work fine, though for the life of me the “F” key does not make my silly eagle harass anyone.

Haven’t run into them yet (though I did almost get killed by a boar 20+ levels higher than I was). I did accidentally stomp someone while trying to loot a weapon rack, forcing me to finish the job by running him through. Oops.

Ikaros might need an upgrade before he’ll harass on command. You get a button prompt above the target when it’s an option.

I dislike that I can’t see how many points I’ve synchronized/have yet to find with Ikaros. What level is my bird?

You can find that info on your abilities screen. It’s in the bottom row of skills, near the middle. It’ll at least tell you how many viewpoints you need to synchronize to level up Ikaros.

Really? Thanks I’ll have to check it out later tonight.

Yeah, I finally figured it out when I actually, um, paid attention to the stuff the game was trying to tell me :).

But wow, there is so much stuff here. Main quest, side quests, mercenaries, cultists, war…sheesh. Though I will say I am constantly, and chronically, running out of resources, so I spend a lot of time harvesting. And apparently, in Greece, olive trees and clumps of iron grow together, who knew?