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Sunday, November 15, 2020
Assassin's Creed Rebellion, played differently

While everybody else is playing the new Assassin's Creed Valhalla, I am still playing Assassin's Creed Rebellion, which is a gacha game on iOS and Android. You collect the Assassin's Creed heroes from all over the series, and do missions with them. For a gacha game it has good gameplay, and the monetization isn't too in your face.

Now I have been playing Assassin's Creed Rebellion for many months now. At some point I had all of my heroes at the maximum level, 50, and two thirds of them at the maximum promotion level of 5 stars. Then my wife started playing, and I abandoned my high-level account and started over to play at the same level as her. And this second playthrough, we are doing differently, and I think our way is more fun.

In Assassin's Creed Rebellion you gain experience points by two ways: Using the "intel" you regenerate slowly by playing or rushing missions, and by doing daily objectives. The daily objectives are easy, and produce over twice as much experience per day as the missions do. So in the standard way of playing, doing all the daily objectives every day, your brotherhood level rises rather quickly. So you can raise character levels quickly as well, which are capped by brotherhood level, but you are constantly short on all the resources you need to level up, equip, and promote your heroes.

So my wife and me are playing without ever claiming the rewards for the daily objectives. So our brotherhood level rises at only one third the speed of the standard way of playing. But in other words, we are doing three times as many missions per level, and every mission gives us the material needed to equip, level up, or promote our heroes. As a result, our pool of heroes is comparatively strong for our brotherhood level. Not only is that less frustrating to play than always being short on resources, but it also gives us advantages in the events that happen 5 days out of 7. In the events you indirectly compete in the ranking with other players who have the same brotherhood level than you have. But if they play the standard way, our heroes are at a higher promotion level, and better equipped, so we are doing rather good in those events. Which then gives us even more DNA fragments to promote heroes.

So, if you ever plan on playing Assassin's Creed Rebellion, I can only recommend skipping the rewards of the daily objectives. In the long run it makes the game better. And you can play for longer before you hit the level cap and get bored.

If you enjoy the story (aside from the gameplay itself) and if you're into the vikings stuff... AC Valhalla is very good. Solid story, clans, raids, a village to build, great combat system (it takes its time to be mastered but is damn good and it's very very very "slaughtery") and superb acting. It's very very good, despite some bugs here and there. It's been years I didn't get so involved in a video game main story.
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