Assassin's Creed Origins is a massive game, with lots of systems working together (something we appreciated in our review), and although it might be a bit overwhelming at first, we've got 10 tips to share with you that we believe will help you be better prepared to approach the game and its many charms.
Hunt & Craft
While leveling up does increase your health points and your damage, one great way to boost your survivability and your damage is to hunt wildlife and craft gear. It's easy to overlook this, as there's so much to do, but crafting gear is something you should consider. Some materials are transported by soldiers that you can raid, and as you unlock the option in the skill tree, you can buy these materials at vendors too. Also keep in mind that you can destroy unused weapons for materials such as bronze, iron, and cedar wood, which is great, particularly when you just need a couple of materials to craft new gear.
Many of the resource materials are used for multiple crafting purposes, so make sure you focus your crafting on areas that will support your particular build. If you tend to use tools, make sure you expand the tool bag, whereas melee damage and health points are always useful. If you're focusing more on the hunter side of things you'll want to increase your quiver and arrow damage. Don't forget to upgrade your hidden blade either, as there's nothing quite as embarrassing as setting up a stealth kill only to not do enough damage to off the enemy in one go.
There are plenty of options in combat
Assassin's Creed always offers a smorgasbord of weapons to choose from, including blunt weapons, axes, and swords. The combat itself is a dance of blocking, dodging, and pouncing. It's a bit more tactical than you'd think as many enemies use shield and so they will block any standard attacks, and it's also viable to create some distance to fire a quick arrow (aiming for the head and pulling the trigger for a bit is vital as normal arrow hits do little damage compared to critical ones). It's also important to time your adrenaline attacks correctly as they can cause massive damage, but if you trigger it facing the wrong enemy it can be a bit of a waste.
We found one of the later perks in the Warrior tree to be particularly useful in this respect as it allows you to enter combat with a full adrenaline bar. This lets you take out even the stronger enemies rather easily or at least decimate their health bar right off the bat. This isn't a game where you'll only use one branch of the skill tree as you'll need many skills, but clearly the Warrior branch is the one you'll want to invest in to make your life easier.
While picking off enemies one by one is the preferred method you'll often find yourself in situations when you're outnumbered. One strategy is then to take out easy enemies first and build your adrenaline meter to overpower the stronger enemies. Another strategy is to focus on the tough enemies, first making sure you get your shield-breaking charged attack in, and go from there. A variant on the first is to try and target the archers first, but be aware that they tend to want to skip around so this strategy can leave you open to taking damage from heavy units. Judging distance is key and there's a rhythm to pouncing on an opening that you'll need to learn.
Oh, and make sure you make good use of fire arrows when there are explosive jugs around.
It's still a stealth game
While Assassin's Creed Origins has taken a massive turn towards an RPG, it still favors the stealthy approach to most of its combat scenarios - isolating enemies and picking them off one by one is the preferred way to tackle most of the scenarios you'll encounter.
Your eagle friend Seru also comes into play here. While you're prompted to use her for many missions, she is also very useful when scouting out camps and tagging enemies to keep track of them. Seru also notes if guards are resting, eating, or otherwise engaged in activities, which opens up interesting tactical opportunities for you.
Speaking of Seru, as you upgrade her perception (by synchronising and unlocking fast travel points), she becomes more and more invaluable for scouting and exploring areas.
Don't be scared to ride into a camp
While Assassin's Creed Origins is a game that generally favours stealth, sometimes you'll just want to let loose some mayhem. While perhaps not as precise as on-foot combat there's no doubt that you have an advantage over on-foot enemies when on horseback. Riding into a camp and cutting down enemies left and right is immensely satisfying and while not a good strategy against a difficult mob, it's a fun way of clearing camps, especially camps you out-level. Not only is the combat mapped the same while on horseback, but the ability to let the horse ride on autopilot while you aim your bow is neat, and you can even pick up loot or loot chests while on horseback. It feels seamlessly integrated.