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Assassin’s Creed Origins Review – Welcome to Ancient Egypt
Posted on 9th November, 2017 - By Dan Whiteside
After finishing the main story, it is time for the GoneFullGeek‘s Assassins Creed: Origins Review.
Ancient Egypt has to be one of my favourite moments in history; and it’s amazing that no other game developers have tried to do an open world role playing game in such a beautiful setting. And after playing the game for over 20 hours; most of that time was exploring what Ancient Egypt has to offer.
From vast deserts, to the Great Pyramid’s; there is a lot to take in all at once. But exploring the game is only one part of what Ubisoft have done really well. The combat system has been completely revised. Stealth combat is still a thing, but going on a rampage with a large battle mace is just as fun!
The story starts off with you playing as Bayek, the last Medjay during the time of Cleopatra‘s ascent to the throne in 49 BCE. You start off with a short encounter against Rudjek The Heron; following on from his death, you are greeted with his trusted body guard Hypatos in combat to the death.
Without revealing too much to prevent any spoilers for those who are new to the game. The story campaign is absolutely amazing! The missions are engaging and the dialogue keeps you on your toes as you make your way through Ancient Egypt!
Other great additions are all the side quests available; so you don’t have to feel like you have to rush through the main story. As there are many little adventures to be a part of; you feel like you become part of the community.
We have captured the first 17 minutes of gameplay; so you can get a first look at what the game is like.
Visuals / Graphics
Having opted to go for the PS4 version; I was quite sad that I could’t see how the game looked with max settings on my PC. But on the PS4, the visuals hold it’s own.
From exploring the uncharted Tombs in the Great Pyramids, to the hustle and bustle of Memphis. You feel like you are there. The environment artists at Ubisoft have done an amazing job at bringing Ancient Egypt to life.
I did come across a couple of graphical glitches; where the occasional bull was missing it’s textures; but other then that I can happily say that the visuals are some of the best I’ve come across this year whilst gaming on the PS4.
If you haven’t already watched the trailer, this shows the capabilities of the in-game visuals.
With playing the likes of the Uncharted Series, The Last of Us and Tomb Raider. I have been really been keen to sink my teeth into a fully fledged RPG. The Rise of the Tomb Raider was pretty close, but the linear story kept you on a certain path. In Assassin’s Creed: Origins you have the ability to explore everything.
With that being said; my dreams did come true – Questing? Check; Levelling up? Check; Upgradable Armour and Weapons? Check! Skill tree? Check.
With having a large skill tree to play with made levelling up much more rewarding. With opting to go down the ranged assassin route, I was not disappointed. Especially having so much fun with bows in the Tomb Raider series. Who doesn’t want to control an arrow as it lands in the enemies face? Nothing made me happier then one-hitting a guard from over 60 metres away and as an added bonus unlocking a new trophy!
Stealth combat didn’t disappear though. With the one-shot assassination mechanic being changed, you had to make sure you were a high enough level and strong enough to get the kill. But taking out a whole bandit camp was still possible purely in stealth. So if you liked how the previous generations played out, you can continue to follow that play-style!
Even though it was a tonne of fun assassinating with a bow and arrow or with your hidden blade. Brute forcing your way through a bandit compound with a 2-handed heavy axe was also enjoyable. The new adrenaline and combo system made chain killing extremely enjoyable.
Some other noticeable features that I really liked was the removal of the mini-map! We now get a Skyrim style compass that we can use to track near by quests and NPCs with ease; and it doesn’t take up that much space on the UI (You still have access to a full world map). And lastly, how can I forget about your loyal eagle companion Senu. You are able to use Senu to scout far away locations for friends and foes alike; as well as crafting materials and hidden treasures.
I was interested in seeing how the voice acting played out with a game set in a foreign location. How would they get the dialogue correct without tarnishing the era the game is set in? They got it spot on! Once again the voice acting gives an extra dimension to the game. Whether you are browsing the wares of the local market or inside the local bath house; you felt like you were in Egypt!
Just walking past groups of people in the streets and overhearing their conversations was an awesome feeling. Hats off to the voice acting talent! Especially the voice of Bayek, Abubakar Salim and Alix Wilton Regan as the beautiful Aya. They brought the story of Assassin’s Creed: Origins to life with their voice acting.
Assassin’s Creed: Origins has a lot of replay value. You can increase the difficulty (or decrease) to give you more of a challenge. With the implementation of skill trees; you can start invest in a different path next time round. I will be going down the stealth route on my second play through which I will document over on our YouTube channel.
The world looks like it can be expanded even further and with two DLC’s already planned for the start of the new year; there will be plenty to do. There is also tonne of free content planned tv is going to be released inbetween the expansion which is quite rare coming from Ubisoft.
Overall, I have enjoyed every minute of my play-through of Assassin’s Creed: Origins. The amount of research and historical accuracy Ubisoft have put into this game is second to none. Everything just clicked and having last visited the Assassin’s Creed franchise with Black Flag; this reboot has done it justice for future games to come.
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