Difference Between Guided & Exploration Mode - AC Odyssey

Exploration and Guided Mode in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey are two ways to play the game. One is easier, and holds your hand more than the other, which does introduce a little more of a challenge. The difference between Guided and Exploration Mode is relatively small, but many players might be unsure as to what to choose. So, to help you make the right choice for you, here’s our AC Odyssey Difference between Exploration and Guided Mode guide.

AC Odyssey Difference Between Guided & Exploration Mode
AC Odyssey Difference Between Guided & Exploration Mode

What is the Difference Between Exploration & Guided Mode in AC Odyssey?

The main difference between Exploration Mode and Guided Mode in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is in how the quests work. In Guided Mode, you’ll see markers at all times, and you’ll get quest objectives automatically. It’s easy, comfortable, and the game holds your hand through the whole thing. Exploration Mode ups the ante at least a little bit. It’s not much of a difference, to be honest, but it’s something.

Here’s how quests work in Exploration Mode. When you get the quest, the game won’t just hand you the objective. Instead, it will give you some pretty broad clues in the upper left corner of the screen, usually related to the geographical locations that you need to look for. The game might hint that you should look in Kephallonia, in the south of Mount Ainos, for example. Make sure to milk your quest giver for as many hints as you can.

From there, all you have to do is go to the area that the hints point you to. When you get there, the game will tell you to use Ikaros to scan the area, and you’ll eventually find what you’re looking for. The game will then give you the marker, and it will stay there. Speaking of, you’ll still get to see all the markers and PoIs (question marks) that you’ve discovered at all times in Exploration Mode, so don’t worry about that.

AC Odyssey Guided & Exploration Mode – What to Choose & Play?

When it comes to what to choose between Exploration and Guided Mode in AC Odyssey, this is really ultimately up to you. Exploration Mode does not impact the game as substantially as it seems. Yes, it’s not quite as hand-holdy as Guided Mode, but it’s still not complicated at all. With the hints given to you by the quest givers, and Ikaros’s eagle vision, there really isn’t much of a challenge, but it is at least somewhat of a challenge.

That being said, the developers do explicitly tell you that Exploration Mode is the “correct” way to play. And, in my honest opinion, I’d also recommend playing in Exploration Mode. The alternative really is too simple. But, then again, that does offer you a more relaxed experience, if you just want to sit down and vacuum up those PoIs. So, yeah; in the end, it’s up to you, but I’d recommend Exploration Mode for the best experience. Besides, you can change your mind at any time.

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