Assassin’s Creed Origins (PS4)
The new Assassin’s Creed: Origins (PS4, XBOX & PC) seems to have been well worth the wait.While it’s only been three years since Assassin’s Creed Syndicate was released. It’s been a lot longer than that since the franchise graced us with a truly memorable game.
So what makes Origins such a great return to form? Over the last few years, this-person action-adventure stealth game has become bloated with too many ideas and half-baked additions. Origins cut back on these elements and focus on a great story, fantastic setting, and simpler game mechanic.
You play the majority of the game as Bayek- the people’s champion – who evolves to become a fully fledged assassin, but there are visits to his wife Aya’s paralleled story. After a tragedy strikes your family, you begin your quest for vengeance. Which includes ridding ancient Egypt of The Order of the Ancients, who are essentially the Templars before they became known as such. As the game’s title suggests, this does hail back almost to the beginnings of the creed known as the assassins.
It’s a story and adventure that will keep you buried for many hours. The in-game map is very big in no huge and it should be explored carefully. Some regions have enemies that will destroy Bayek when he is still a low-level character in Assassin’s Creed: Origins (PS4, XBOX & PC).
Completed encounters and quests award experience points, allowing for leveling up and ability improvements. It also means access to better weapons and gear. With Origins, Assassin’s Creed has completed its mission to become a lightweight RPG more than anything else, bringing a little bit of crafting, weapons upgrades, plenty of side quests and a lot of exploration.
The series combat system and climbing mechanic have been simplified since the original games. In Origins, the combat is possibly the most accessible yet, with enough nuance to ensure a satisfying fist pump after a successful engagement with multiple enemies. The weapons feel more relevant in combat than ever before, and selecting the right weapon type for the right weapon type for the eight enemy frills more critical than in previous versions.
Of course, you could choose to rather use the shadows and natural cover to sneak up on your enemies and quietly end them one by one. Or take them out with ranged weapons, such as your bow and arrow. The game allows you to really play as you please and thankfully never punishes you for choosing a more explosive approach over finesse.
A review of any Assassin’s Creed game would be meaningless without a critique of its graphics. Frankly, it’s breathtaking to behold. Egypt is vibrant and varied. There are moments where you could be caught off-guard simply because you’re absorbed by the incredible sights, and forgetting you’ve entered a wild animal’s lair. Yes, there are animals and so much more in the game, and certainly far more than we can cover in this brief review. This has got to be a serious contender for game of the year, and every kind of gamer would be doing themselves a huge disservice by not playing it.