Assassins Creed Origins is now available on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and was developed by Ubisoft.
For the past few years the Assassins Creed games seem to have dropped in quality, while I enjoyed Unity despite its launch issues, the quality really was going downhill and fast. Ubisoft decided to take a break from releasing it yearly and was developing Assassins Creed Origins behind closed doors. Rumours flew around the internet as what the new project would be, where would it be set, when would it be set? How much will the series change and will it be any good? We were finally given a look at E3 2017 at Assassins Creed Origins set in Ancient Egypt. From what I saw I loved, though the combat change did worry me a little bit I remained optimistic due to loving the series since 2007. From what it looked like it took a more RPG type approach this time around which I’ll get onto a bit later.
Assassins Creed Origins story places you in the shoes of Bayek, a man after revenge after the death of his son, he will journey across Egypt with his wife Aya to destroy the lives of those who caused a great loss, with that the Assassins are founded. The story really did engage me and the story of revenge was very heartbreaking because you really do end up becoming quite attached to the characters. I won’t keep going on about the story other than I enjoyed it as I don’t want to ruin it. Throughout the game you’ll come across many side stories, some are quite interesting, some are your basic sort of go here, kill these, fetch this but at least it offers some narrative behind each quest rather than being too basic with no real reason to complete these side missions.
October 27th came around fast and the game was released. Instantly jaw-dropping visuals, the gameplay had been redesigned a little bit to be smoother, a little more simplified but engaging. I felt like it had been turned into an RPG like The Witcher 3 rather than the usual gameplay style we’re used too. I’m honestly mixed on the new combat RPG system with levelled enemies rather than being able to assassinate everyone and everything. On one hand building your skills by hunting, doing quests and crafting is quite fun, it feels like a new way to play but the annoying part is getting into a camp with really high levelled enemies and not being able to do much about it. On the other hand, the new looting system is welcomed with open arms. I felt like I had a lot of control over the protagonist Bayek by choosing what style of weapon I’d like and a lot more control over the outfitting side without having to keep upgrading it due to needing more health. Bayek can also choose from many different mounts in game and even chariots which is really quite a neat feature.
The controls have changed a little too, no longer do you need to hold multiple buttons to free-run, all you have to do is hold X to go up and Circle to go down, I actually prefer this to the other control schemes in previous games. The combat-like I said is 50/50 thing, it has fluid movement, it is addictive but the levelled enemies I just can’t make my mind up on if I prefer it or not. Graphically Assassins Creed Origins is one of the most beautiful games that are out right now, being able to explore Egypt in this living breathing world is stunning and I cannot get over the beauty, I still just walk around experiencing all the sites and life that exists here. The map is absolutely huge as-well offering many new features across different zones of the map. The pyramids are amazing by the way. The music is again great and matches the theme.
Assassins Creed Origins is the best Assassins Creed game I’ve ever played and one of the best games of this year. The Egyptian setting is perfect, the Assassins origin story is fantastic and I just can’t believe the game that Ubisoft has given us. If more games that come out on a yearly basis could take an example from Ubisoft I feel some series could restore themselves to there former glory the same as Assassins Creed. I hope if there are any sequels that they are matched with the quality put into this title.