Assassin’s Creed Origins: Where did I go wrong?

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I am new to the Assassins Creed franchise. That’s not to say that I’ve never played an AC game, but I’ve never enjoyed one. It’s never been able to keep me interested for more than one sitting. Even so, I decided to pick up the latest game and give it a go. To my pleasant surprise, I’ve had a lot of fun with it. Less so right now, but it’s still good enough to keep me playing.

Very early on in the game, right around the moment that I left Siwa, I started running into enemies that were way beyond my level. They had red skulls where their level indicator should be, to let me know that I should avoid them. I didn’t think much of it at first, but group after group, I found myself out matched. By the time I reached Alexandria, I was fed up.

I had been doing as many side quests as I could. I was taking my time, exploring everything I could. Why was I under leveled? What was I doing wrong? Then, like an arrow from my overpowered enemies, it hit me. It was an idea that I was hesitant to say out loud because it couldn’t be true. Was I too good at Assassin’s Creed?

I thought back on all of my combat experience thus far. It was few and far between. The stealth mechanics had allowed me to slip in an out of every situation unnoticed, only killing those who were required to die in each quest. I had yet to make a single mistake or unnecessary kill. Was I missing out on experience because I was completely avoiding combat? Was that the reason that I couldn’t seem to catch up to my enemies? My head was spinning.

I reached out to the other members of the Obilisk team to see if any of them had a similar experience. Most of them had not, so I was sure it was something that I had done or not done to cause this unique issue. Some of them pointed out that the experience from kills is negligible. This would destroy my theory of being too good at the game. (Easy come, easy go.) Others stressed the importance of the crafting system. I thought I was keeping up with it just fine. I was at least half done with my crafting when I reached out to them, but I decided to work on it just in case.

After a day of hijacking supplies and murdering unsuspecting animals, I raised all of my crafting levels substantially and set out to destroy my previously invincible foes. Using my powerful bow and trusty wrist blade, I was able to carefully fell most of them, provided that I didn’t fight too many at once. I’m still running into a few groups here and there that are too strong, or just on the edge of killable, but it was a marked improvement over feeling like I’m shooting spit wads at gods.

Was crafting my problem? Or, did crafting just balance out my problem? Should I need to have all of my crafting levels purple or gold when I haven’t even finished with Alexandria? I have so many unanswered questions.

In my heart, I still want to believe that my amazing stealth skills are what allowed me to progress so far, and fall so far behind in level, but maybe it was just my ineptitude that led my astray, and just some world class luck carrying me forward. I’ll let you be the judge.

If you had a similar experience or another theory about where I went wrong, drop a comment so we can talk about it!

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I'm a 27 year old Computer Science major from Las Cruces, NM. I spend most of my time playing RPGS, but I love every genre. My other hobbies include playing MTG, watching The Miami Dolphins, and reading about the latest and greatest technology.

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