Best Gaming Laptops for Assassins Creed in 2020

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We compared and tested the Best Gaming Laptops for Assassin’s Creed in terms of Gaming Performance, Display Quality, Sound System and Gaming. Above you can see the Ranking of the best Gaming Laptops for Assassins Creed and below you will find an Assassin’s Creed game guide and the in-depth analysis of each Laptop in the Ranking.

After Origins showed the creation of the Order of Assassins as known from earlier series parts, Odyssey takes a different approach. Instead of continuing to spasmodically unroll the Assassin story (which would obviously be difficult at this point in the game), there is a different focus: the Eden artifacts.

These artifacts have been one of the major points of contention between Assassins and Templars since the beginning of the Assassin’s Creed series. How it came about in the first place is something we learn in Odyssey.

What is Assassins Creed about?

Assassins Creed Valhalla

After the predecessor Assassin’s Creed Origins sent the player to ancient Egypt in Cleopatra’s time, Odyssey takes another step back: This time we clap and sneak through Greece at the time of the Peloponnesian War, more precisely 431 B.C. Here the city-states of Sparta and Athens smash their skulls in and we get caught between the fronts.

After Origins showed the creation of the Order of Assassins as known from earlier series parts, Odyssey takes a different approach. Instead of continuing to spasmodically unroll the Assassin story (which would obviously be difficult at this point in the game), there is a different focus: the Eden artifacts.

These artifacts have been one of the major points of contention between Assassins and Templars since the beginning of the Assassin’s Creed series. How it came about in the first place is something we learn in Odyssey.

System Requirements for Assassins Creed in 2020

For Assassin’s Creed – Odyssey to run smoothly on your computer at all, your system must meet the minimum system requirements. The requirements refer to a smooth gameplay with 30 FPS at a resolution of 720p and with the lowest graphic settings.

  • Processor: AMD FX 6300 at 3.8GHz, Intel Core i5 2400 at 3.1GHz or Ryzen 3 1200.
  • Graphics card: At least AMD Radeon R9 285 or Nvidia Geforce GTX 660, both cards should have 2 GByte VRAM.
  • RAM: 8 GByte RAM.
  • Hard disk space: 46 GByte.
  • Operating system: Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 (64 bit only).

Recommended Requirements for Assassins Creed in 2020

If you want to play Assassin’s Creed – Odyssey in Full HD (1080p) at 30 FPS with high graphics settings, Ubisoft recommends the following equipment:

  • Processor: AMD FX-8350 with 4.0 GHz, Intel Core i7-3770 with 3.5 GHz or Ryzen 5 1400.
  • Graphics card: AMD Radeon R9 290X or Nvidia Geforce GTX 970, each with 4GByte VRAM.
  • RAM: 8 GByte RAM.
  • Hard disk space: 46 GByte.
  • Operating system: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 (64 bit only).

Requirements to Play Assassins Creed in 4K / 1440p / UHD

If you want to get the most out of Assassin’s Creed – Odyssey, you can play the game in 4K resolution. To create smooth 30 FPS at high graphics settings, your system needs at least the following components:

  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 1700X with 3.8 GHz or Intel Core i7 7700 with 4.2 GHz.
  • Graphics card: AMD Vega 64 or Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080 with 8 GByte VRAM each.
  • RAM: 16 GByte RAM.
  • Hard disk space: 46 GByte.
  • Operating system: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 (64 bit only).

Ranking First: Razer Blade Pro 17

Razer Blade Pro 17 review


  • Best Gaming Performance
  • Great Quality of Display and Keyboard
  • Useful Touchpad


  • Expensive

Gaming in notebook format and no compromises? Not imaginable just a few years ago, but the Razer Blade Pro 17 is supposed to do just that. Razer provides us with a test device with an Intel Core i7-9750H and the currently fastest single notebook graphic card. Paired with a 240 Hz monitor, hardly any wishes remain open. We’re curious how the gaming notebook performs in our test and whether the price of over $2400 is justified!

Hardware and Software

Our Blade Pro 17 offers some connections. In addition to the proprietary and quite tightly fitting power connector, there is a 3.5 mm jack, two USB-3.2 Gen 2 Type A and one USB-3.2 Gen 2 Type C connector on the left side. A highlight is the 2.5 GBbit RJ45 LAN port. On the right side there is another USB 3.2 Gen 2, a Thunderbolt 3, an HDMI 2.0B, an SD card reader and finally a Kensington lock on the edge.

The notebook tested here has an Intel Core i7-9750H, two times 8 GB DDR4-2666 RAM (16 GB in total), a 512 GB M.2 PCIe SSD and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q with 8 GB GDDR6 built in. All the hardware is housed in a 17-inch, 6.06 lbs aluminum chassis with a 240Hz full-HD IPS monitor and webcam. The built-in hardware is thus sufficiently dimensioned for both computationally intensive tasks and games.

The pre-installed Windows 10 version includes some additional software. On the one hand, applications for keyboard LED control, as well as applications for CPU and GPU power adjustment.


Razer Blade Pro 17 test

The Razer Blade Pro 17 is only 19.9 mm thin, consists of a matt black anodized aluminum unibody and is superbly crafted – no flaws are visible. The torsional stiffness is on a very good level. With approx. 6.06 lbs the Blade Pro has a normal weight in the 17 inch class.

On the bottom and backside there are large ventilation slots to be discovered. This is also necessary for the built-in hardware. Razer focuses on black and green in terms of color.

The Blade Pro’s hinge allows a sufficiently large angle. The impression from the outside is also continued here: the workmanship is very good and the torsional stiffness is top.

The Blade Pro’s keyboard feels pleasant to the touch and has an appealing look. Rather untypical for 17 inch notebooks, there is no integrated numpad. Instead, the loudspeakers are integrated on the side of the keyboard. The former can be illuminated very specifically if necessary. The brightness, as well as the color or color gradients can be configured.

The touchpad is placed under the space bar. Both the size and the operation of the touchpad is reminiscent of a current MacBook, but overall it doesn’t quite come close. In Windows, however, this should be one of the best touchpads.

Overall, the Razer Blade Pro 17 looks very chic and high-quality. Optically, it can be summarized as a simple gaming laptop, but in a positive sense. Overall, the Quality of our Blade Pro is on a very good level. Keyboard and touchpad are equally good and the torsional stiffness is excellent.


Razer Blade Pro 17 display

The notebook’s 17.3-inch Full HD display is matt and has a good viewing angle stability due to the IPS panel. The colors look very good due to the 100% coverage of the sRGB color space and there are no pixel errors or problems with illumination.

The display of our test sample delivers a maximum of 240 Hz. Touch displays or 4K resolutions are also selectable in other configuration options, but the refresh rate is then halved.

Considering the notebook’s intended use, the display’s maximum brightness of 300 nits is more than sufficient for indoor use. However, the brightness might be a bit too dark in direct sunlight, but still far above other notebooks.


The Blade Pro 17 has more than enough power for everyday tasks. But how does the notebook actually perform under higher load? Can the cooling system tame the CPU and GPU even under continuous load? In order to find all this out in our test, we used Cinebench R20 and a benchmark in the game CS:GO.

In both cases we run the tests three times in a row to find out the actual performance under continuous load. In CS:GO, the maximum settings were selected at Full HD.

After our test, it’s noticeable: The result stays within the measuring tolerance even after several runs. The cooling system can tame both the Intel Core i7-9750H, as well as the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q (mobile).

This impression is also reflected in several gaming sessions. FPS drops are not recognizable.

A short note on the different performance levels which can be configured in the pre-installed apps of Razer: These had no significant influence on the performance in our tests.

Finally, the performance of the SSD has to be assessed. Razer doesn’t install an SSD connected to SATA in the Blade Pro 17, but relies on NVMe. In our test, write and read rates of over 2000 MB/s could be determined.


Razer Blade Pro 17 ports

To determine the battery life, the Blade Pro was used in everyday tasks with approximately 50% screen brightness. After about 5 hours the laptop had to be recharged.

For a laptop with a thickness of 19.9 mm and the installed hardware components, this is a good value for this device class. If the possible performance is called up, the runtime is drastically reduced.

The fans are continuously active and audible during the test with Cinebench, but not disturbing. In comparison, the fans are one level louder in the gaming test. However, the noise level is quite pleasant, as there is no rattling or other background noise to be heard.

The notebook is often not audible under low load, like surfing or watching videos. The fans sometimes get a bit faster for a short time, but still work quietly and not disturbingly. In battery mode, the fans almost never start in browser mode.


Maintenance flaps are a rarity in notebooks these days. However, the Blade Pro’s complete underside can be removed without any problems. All screws can be loosened with a small screwdriver.

The interior reveals a surprisingly well maintainable interior. There is even a free M.2 slot. Moreover, the already installed SSD and RAM can be removed and replaced without any problems.


The Razer Blade Pro 17 tested here is a very good gaming notebook. The manufacturing quality is excellent, the keyboard and touchpad on a very high level. The battery life is good for the installed hardware and the case thickness, and the volume is within limits. In return, the performance is consistent and quite high. Overall, you get a good but expensive device for the price of $2400. There are only two alternatives: MSI GS75 and ASUS ROG Zephyrus S.

At the end of the test, one thing is certain: With the Razer Blade Pro 17 you get a very good gaming notebook with 17 inches and decent performance. Those who like the total package from Razer and want to have a superior Gaming Laptop won’t go wrong with the Blade Pro 17. That’s why the Razer Blad Pro 17 is ranking first in the Best Laptops for Assassins Creed in 2020.

Ranking Second: MSI GS65

MSI GS65 review


  • Great Gaming Performance
  • Best Price
  • Very Good and Slim Screen


  • Gets a bit heated under Workload

The GS65 is one of the thinnest and lightest gaming notebooks we have recently tested. It’s thin, and a light body doesn’t mean less performance, in fact it’s the latest 8th generation six-core processor with up to 32GB of RAM! This beast also has a VR-enabled Nvidia GeForce 1070 Max-Q GPU integrated into a thin case. The GS65 comes in a great new design and feel.


If you prefer a thinner gaming laptop, then the MSI GS65 is just right for you. This device is powered by the latest Intel Core i7 processor of the 8th generation, up to 32 GB RAM, GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB GDDR5 with 15.6″ Full HD (1920×1080), 144 Hz 7 ms, an optional IPS level gaming display and an RGB gaming keyboard.

The software allows you to switch to an exclusive gaming mode, which increases the performance of the device. The MSI GS65 has a USB 3.1 Gen 2 port, a headphone port, a microphone port, an RJ45, HDMI, a mini display port and three Type-A USB 3.1 ports. At just 14 X 9.7 X 0.7 inches and weighing about 4.1 pounds, this is one of the thinnest gaming laptops you can get in 2020.


MSI GS65 test

The GS65 has a 15.6-inch screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The screen also has a 144 hertz refresh rate, which means there is no longer any latency or cracking of the screen. The image was also sharp, with vibrant colours. I had no problem seeing the strands of hair when I played my favourite high-end games on this PC.

I also didn’t experience any screen cracks or latency during the game, which is a plus. This beast reproduces 150 percent of the sRGB color space, which is fantastic when you consider that the category average is 141 percent. It also beats other brands like Zephyrus (with only 120 percent) and Alienware 15 (with only 114 percent). According to our light meter, the GS65’s panel gave us 293 brightness levels, which is slightly above the category average for gaming laptops (288 levels). It is also brighter than the Zephyrus (with only 286 nits).


MSI GS65 review

Speaking of build quality, this hardware is no match for other gaming laptops in its price range. Made from a matte, sandblasted aluminum alloy, the entire laptop is colored black, with gold stripes on the top of the lid and side vents. It also has a printed black and gold emblem. The GS65’s flexible screen is designed for both work and play, and can be laid flat to the touch for easy collaboration.

Press CTRL + ALT + down arrow to reverse the screen orientation for easy viewing by the second participant. Let’s talk a little about the interior; MSI went with black aluminum, with the power and the touchpad in gold. You’ll also enjoy the backlit keyboard, which in addition to its beautiful looks is also useful when playing in a dark room.

Battery runtime

When we first received the GS65 and read the datasheet, we assumed that the battery life would be miserable due to the high specifications. Surprisingly, this was not the case! This beast lasted about 5 hours and 45 minutes during our test, which consisted of continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits brightness. That’s about 2 hours more than the category average of 3 hours and 49 minutes, with other competitors such as Zephyrus slipping after 2 hours and 47 minutes in similar conditions.

Software and Warranty

MSI GS65 side

The new GS65 comes with a variety of software options to choose from to enhance your device’s performance. With edr new Dragon Center software, you can customize various hardware and software settings to optimize your overall gaming experience. Starting with the great design, the app has a futuristic cockpit design that allows you to monitor your laptop’s diagnostics via System Monitoring.

You can also use the System Tuner to optimize performance settings and adjust language settings with the Voice Boost App. Other applications include Battery Calibration and Burning, which are very useful when it comes to battery condition. The GS65 even comes with a special button to unlock memory that we thought was cool!

Need more utilities? You can try the Nvidia GeForce Experience, which offers battery calibration, WhisperMode and game optimization, among others. All these features help your laptop work much more quietly and smoothly. Other features of this slot machine include XSplit Gamecaster (for live stream) and Killer Control Center (for bandwidth control).

Bloatware: Like any other Windows 10 PC, the MSI loads with some bloatware, including Evernote, CyberLink PowerDirector 14, CyberLink PowerDirector 8, Bubble Witch Saga 3 and LinkedIn. The GS65 also comes with a one-year limited warranty from MSI.


If you are into thin but powerful slot machines, the MSI GS65 might be what you are looking for this year. We love the fact that this machine carries so much firepower in an incredibly thin and light body.

The team behind this masterpiece actually made every inch of space. Whatever your playing style or the type of games you play, we are confident that you will have a fantastic gaming experience on this device. That’s why the MSI GS65 is ranking second in the best Gaming Laptops for Assassins Creed in 2020. Due to the comparatively low price, compared to other gaming Laptops, it also won our “Best Price” category!

Ranking Third: MSI GE75 9SF Raider

MSI GE75 9SF Raider review


  • One of the best Laptops when it comes to Gaming Performance
  • Awesome Sound System
  • Lightweight for a Gaming Laptop


  • Very Expensive

An Nvidia RTX 2080 in a gaming laptop that doesn’t look like a giant block? The MSI GE75 Raider 9SG makes it possible, because it offers top class hardware while remaining relatively compact. We have tested this powerful notebook.

The name is on the Raider program, because in terms of graphics performance it simply steals the show from most other gaming laptops. Of course, this also has its price. What you have to expect from this MSI GE75 Raider apart from high performance and a proud price tag, you can read in the following review.


MSI GE75 9SF Raider test

The intended use of the MSI laptop is visually unmistakable. The red dragon logo on the back, the two same-colored accents next to it and the large fan slots are just a few elements that convey that this is a gaming notebook.

One surprise is the form factor: While other notebooks of this caliber look like a mini desktop with display and battery from the outside, the MSI GE75 9SG remains relatively compact. But this doesn’t apply to the included power supply, which weighs more than two lbs and is thus heavier than many ultrabooks.

The upper side and the top case are made of aluminum, while the rest of the case is made of plastic. Considering the hardware, this makes for a still acceptable weight of 5.64 lbs. The case also appears stable and is largely torsionally stiff. However, the impression of workmanship is diminished by the plastic underside, which takes some getting used to. A unibody metal case would be appropriate in this price range.

Ports and Keyboard

MSI GE75 9SF Raider ports

Contrary to the current trend, you usually don’t have to do without many connections in gaming notebooks. This also applies to the MSI device. It offers two audio ports for microphones and headphones, Mini-DisplayPort, HDMI 2.0, Ethernet, an SD slot and a conventional charging jack. There are also two USB 3.1 ports, one USB 3.0 port and USB-C with 3.1 speed. Thunderbolt 3 was omitted despite the high price.

The keyboard with branding from Steelseries has individual RGB lighting for each key. This offers all kinds of lighting effects, which you can change at the touch of a button below the power key. You can also make your own changes and define macros and profiles for certain games in the corresponding software. The brightness can also be adjusted in several steps.

The typing feel is good for both games and everyday writing tasks. The keys have a precise pressure point and a medium stroke. But there is a Windows key only to the right of the space bar in the bottom row. On the left, it was probably left out to prevent accidental typing during gaming. A better solution would have been to keep the key and automatically disable it in games. The Enter key is also a bit small, but at least there is a number pad.

The trackpad is of average size and can’t be physically clicked. But there are two dedicated mouse buttons underneath it. The trackpad always reacted precisely during the test, but it is only made of plastic. The target group of this laptop will, however, choose an external mouse anyway.


MSI installs a 17.3 inch IPS display in the Raider. It resolves in Full-HD and offers a refresh rate of 144 Hertz. On the product page it says that there is also a configuration with a 240 hertz display, but we couldn’t find this at any dealer. Unfortunately, G-Sync isn’t on board, as the manufacturer has opted for Nvidia Optimus instead (more on this later).

As expected, the contrasts are good and the color rendering also looks solid for a gaming notebook. According to MSI, the panel should cover the sRGB color space to about 100 percent. The display doesn’t become brighter than average, though.


MSI GE75 9SF Raider performance

An Intel Core i7-9750H serves as processor in the GE75 Raider 9SG. This offers six computing cores and twelve threads. By the way, an optional Intel Core i9 is listed on the product page, but we couldn’t find this configuration at retailers. There are 16 gigabytes of DDR4 memory and two slots for PCIe SSDs as well as a connection for a 2.5 inch hard disk. In the cheaper variant, a PCIe SSD with 512 gigabytes and a 1-terabyte HDD is built in. The full configuration tested by us offers two PCIe SSDs with 1 terabyte of memory each in a RAID-0 array.

The read and write speeds are correspondingly fast, with a maximum of 3.53 and 3.38 gigabytes per second respectively. However, similar values would also be possible with a single PCIe SSD, for example the Samsung 970 Pro. The RAID-0 group does not bring you a noticeable advantage. You can see what kind of performance the core components such as the processor, the graphics card and the main memory achieve with the following benchmark results in the table.

Cinebench R202.405 Punkte
PCMark 105.581 Punkte
3DMark Time Spy8.594 Punkte
3DMark Fire Strike18.584 Punkte
VRMark Orange Room6.744 Punkte

Explanation: Cinebench R20 focuses mainly on the processing power of the processor, while PCMark 10 rather measures the general system performance. 3DMark Fire Strike evaluates the performance in applications with DirectX 11 and 3DMark Time Spy is designed for newer DirectX 12. VRMark Orange Room tests the performance required for VR systems such as the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift

Gaming Performance

Not surprisingly, the high-performance notebook cuts a particularly good figure in games. No matter which demanding game we started, every time it was smoothly displayed in full graphic splendor. Only with enabled raytracing effects, the frame rate sometimes fluctuated noticeably, but this complex technology for the correct calculation of light, shadows or reflections was only supported by three games at the time of testing anyway.

Some titles even run smoothly in 4K resolution, but we would still recommend Full HD in view of the 144-Hertz display. Fortnite achieved an average of 144 fps in the graphics setting “Epic”. In Doom from 2016 it was also over 100 fps under OpenGL with the highest settings. More results from Metro Exodus, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Assassin’s Creed Origins and Rainbow Six Siege can be seen in the gallery.

Battery runtime, Fans and more

MSI GE75 9SF Raider back

This laptop supports Nvidia Optimus, but the runtimes of the 65 watt hour battery are sobering. The device lasted exactly four hours in PCMark 10’s battery test “Modern Office” with 50% screen brightness and the energy saving setting “More battery efficiency”. Not an exhilarating value. The mobile use for normal activities, such as surfing and writing emails, is therefore rather entertaining without a nearby power outlet. MSI could have confidently done without Optimus and instead provided G-Sync.

Two large fans and lots of heat pipes are found inside. The air is sucked in at two slots on the bottom and the waste heat is released via a total of four outlets. The device still gets quite hot under load. The processor temporarily reaches temperatures of 99 degrees Celsius and then throttles its performance. It stays at 83 degrees on average during games. We measured a maximum of 80 degrees on the graphics card and an average of 70 degrees. These rates aren’t too unusual in view of the equipment, but there are also competing models that stay cooler.

You should therefore use headphones while playing games, as the fans turn up very loudly. They’re even a bit louder than on other gaming laptops we’ve tested so far. Even in everyday use, the fans sometimes become clearly audible for a short time and otherwise remain quiet.

Four loudspeakers with 3 watts each are built into the MSI laptop. Two of them are woofers and subwoofers, respectively. The sound is correspondingly solid, but don’t expect too much. The bass is only slightly present and the trebles are a bit tinny. Moreover, the fan noise is still disturbing during gaming. The webcam is, as in most laptops, of rather poor quality. At least the MSI Raider is relatively easy to maintain.


The Raider from MSI is clearly only aimed at a small, paying target group of hardcore gamers and high performance enthusiasts. But they also get their money’s worth. It offers the fastest graphics performance that we have tested so far, if there wouldn’t be the high price.. That’s why the MSI GE75 9SF Raider is ranking third in the best Laptops for Assassins Creed in 2020.

Assassins Creed Guide 2020

Assassins Creed Guide 2020

After Origins showed the creation of the Order of Assassins as known from earlier series parts, Odyssey takes a different approach. Instead of continuing to spasmodically unroll the Assassin story (which would obviously be difficult at this point in the game), there is a different focus: the Eden artifacts.

These artifacts have been one of the major points of contention between Assassins and Templars since the beginning of the Assassin’s Creed series. How it came about in the first place is something we learn in Odyssey.

What is Assassins Creed about?

With the new era in which Odyssey plays, there is also a new hero – and for the first time in the game series you can choose if you prefer to play the whole game as a male (Alexios) or female character (Kassandra).

By the way, Cassandra is the canon character in the novel that will be released in the game, but according to the developers there is no right or wrong choice of gender. Concerning the content the stories of the characters hardly differ at all.

No matter which version of the character you choose: You slip into the role of a grandson of the Spartan King Leonidas (exactly, who fought the Persians at Thermopylae with his 300). However, as you know from the Assassin’s Creed games, the family has suffered great injustice and the chosen character did not grow up in wealth, but as a mercenary with the appropriate training.

Assassins Creed (2020) tips

While Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is similar to its direct predecessor Origins in many respects, there are still small but subtle differences, but these have great implications. Starting with the combat system, which no longer lets you block, but gives you plenty of skills to choose from.

The crafting system has also been enhanced, allowing you to not only upgrade your equipment, but also engrave it with different characteristics, which means additional bonuses for weapons and armor. You can also upgrade your ship, the Adrasteia, but you will need to collect crafting materials to do so.

The only thing that remains is the Open World’s fast travel system: synchronise the viewpoints and you can travel across Greece without having to use the sea route.

What historical persons are in Assassins Creed (2020) ?

One of the highlights of the Assassin’s Creed series is always the historical characters you can meet. For example, while Ezio fought the Borgia clan in his trilogy, and Leonardo Da Vinci was one of his friends, Bayek faced Cleopatra and Gaius Iulius Caesar in Origins.

Of course, the real personalities are not neglected, especially in Ancient Greece. The following historical personalities appear in the game:

  • Anaxagoras
  • Aspasia of Miletus
  • Euripides
  • Herodotus
  • Hippocrates
  • Leonidas I
  • Pericles
  • Socrates
  • Sophocles

Assassins Creed 2020 Test

Between Athens and Sparta there is a huge crash – and I am right in the middle of it. The Peloponnesian War is just one of many scenarios that shape the career of the main character – in my case Cassandra. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey has made it its mission to be a “real” roleplaying game. Origins wanted that in 2020, but this time Ubisoft is changing the genre and reinventing Assassin’s Creed – again.

“Looks like Origins” – was certainly not my only thought when the first pictures of Odyssey were revealed. After all, the technical framework of the game is based on the predecessor. That’s where the great similarities end, because Odyssey playfully goes other ways. While Bayek’s decisions were predetermined in ancient Egypt, Ubisoft gives me the choice this time.

I influence the outcome of each quest – and only learn about the consequences of my decisions later. Here’s an example: On a mission I am given a choice by priests to save a family from certain death or to save their lives. The risk factor: The family is seriously ill. I ignored the warnings of the priests and still saved them.

Later I learn that a serious epidemic has broken out on the island of the family. And indeed: there are less people walking around and the rest of the people who are still there look sick and frail. Every decision has consequences and in this case it was only a small sub-mission.

The quest design was clearly based on CD project RED’s The Witcher 3. Main missions start several sub-quests which are branched into each other and even behind a simple sub-mission a whole series of quests can hide, which keeps me busy for several hours. While Origins was still scratching the RPG surface here, Odyssey gives me what I wanted: A real life role-playing game. I actually feel like I’m spinning my own story with Cassandra.

Every Fight can be deadly

The draught is also transferred to the fights. Although the level-up system is similar to Origins, the active skills set it apart from its predecessor. Skills like the “Spartan Kick” or area attacks with bow and arrow are activated by pressing a button – and without the use of the skills I often don’t stand a chance in the fights.

But even with their use the fights are no walk in the park. In Odyssey tactics are required – the fighting system punishes missteps. Because just like Cassandra/Alexios, the soldiers of Athens and Sparta master special attacks.

This ensures that confrontations with level 20 are just as exciting as with an assassin who is just leaving the first island. Of course I can also proceed silently and try to avoid open combat. After all, this is still Assassin’s Creed.

The other reason why fights never become too easy is the level-up system of Odyssey. If Cassandra rises, the level of all other creatures also increases. Assassin’s Creed levels up with me – at least to a certain degree. Initial areas will eventually level up two levels below my current one.

Granted, a game world whose level increases with mine doesn’t suit everyone. But I liked the consistent standard. In Origins many fights were only annoying after a certain point – especially when crocodiles and co. attacked me. In Odyssey, on the other hand, every victory is deserved and even at level 30 a fight against a boar ends deadly if I’m not on my guard. Of course, this also means that you never have the feeling of being overpowered.

War in England?

Assassins Creed Guide 2020

Black Flag had it and so did Origins: Ship battles are an integral part of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and a pretty big one at that. This time there is a separate progression system for my Tribes, in which I can invest a lot of time. Upgrades for the ship consume many resources. Without Grinding it is not possible to upgrade the ship to the highest level – and upgrades are necessary to survive in Greek waters.

The mechanics are similar to those of Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, but do not involve the targeted plundering of resources. This time I can also recruit reinforcements for my crew again, which enhances the abilities of my Triors with their own Perks.

My pirate heart beats faster, allowing me to capture enemy ships. Here Odyssey skillfully combines naval battles with close combat – capturing enemy ships also has a useful purpose: After I have eliminated the crew and sunk the Triors, the life energy of my ship regenerates.

For all sea grouches: Thanks to the fast travel points on the islands, time on Greek waters can be minimized – but who wants that?

The sea battles are an entertaining change to the other gameplay focuses in Odyssey. Fight against pirates, Spartans or the soldiers of London- I can fight with all parties on the high seas as well as on land. Playfully Ubisoft played it safe and didn’t dare any big pirate experiments, but Odyssey as a whole benefits from the gameplay variety.


My worst fears didn’t come true: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is not an Origin 1.5, so instead of resting on the laurels of Bayek’s adventure, Ubisoft is thinking ahead with the Assassin formula and making the franchise a role-playing game – and rightly so. Decisions have short- and long-term consequences. The positive influences from the world of the sorcerer are clearly visible.

Everything I do has consequences and does not end up in a single decision where I have to choose between three colors – Mass Effect 3 still haunts me today. Only the present is weakening again, but that’s almost tradition. But considering the gigantic scope of the game, this is no more than a moment that can’t harm the otherwise great end result.

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