Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Preview: It’s the Small Things

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey has a lot of small quality of life improvements to the Assassin’s Creed series that, in the grand scheme of things, don’t really amount to much, but nonetheless go a long way towards making the series more playable. Also, I climbed Zeus’ penis. What more do I need to say?

In a major change to the series, when performing a leap of faith Alexios or Kassandra now automatically jump out of the haystack/bush/cushy material that they landed on. More importantly, you cannot re-enter said bush or haystack afterward. That means no accidentally running into a haystack and jumping in (something that has happened to me on more than one occasion and caused much frustration). I discovered this after performing my first leap of faith, from a giant statue of Zeus that included his aforementioned penis (he’s uncut if that’s important to anyone.)

Going along with the leap of faith, you now no longer desynchronize (or die) when falling from a high place. You will take a significant amount of damage, but you will not die. This incredible ability (which is apparently unlocked and turned on by default), can be upgraded later to taking no damage whatsoever from falls.

Another small quality of life improvement to the series is that the game will now automatically group a lot of loot together, so instead of looting five vases right next to each other, the game will group them so you only have to loot one. This is a major time saver for players like me who like to collect everything.

You can now mount your horse while running. The first time I did it, it took me by surprise. I was calling my horse while running and I just hopped right on as it rode up beside me. That’ll be fun to play around with.

I’ve only clocked a handful of hours into Odyssey, and I’m still very much in the starting area of the game, so it’ll be a long while before I’ve come anywhere close to finishing, but so far I’m loving the game. Also, Zeus’ penis. I just cannot get that image out of my head.

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