ASSASSIN'S CREED: ORIGINS
By Ferry "Sadhonker" Adams on October 31, 2017
Are you ready to fight for what you believe in? Are you resolute enough to take the life of the ones that are oppressing the good people and hunger only for absolute power? If so, you've come to the right place, because it is time for a new installment in the series that has come to be the benchmark for that particular mix of stealth and action/adventure gameplay. Yep, you've guessed correctly; Assassin's Creed is back!
The latest installment in this long running series is called Assassin's Creed: Origins and transports us back to the dawn of the Assassin order. Caught in the middle of ancient political struggles, you must decide who's to live and who's to die. So let's explore ancient Egypt and become the very first Assassin in the history of the world...
In this new adventure, you will take on the role of a Medjay called Bayek. The Medjay were a elite force of paramilitary peacekeepers, highly skilled in the art of combat. You are true to Cleopatra, who was just deposed by her brother, Ptolemy XIII. Who needs enemies when you have a brother like that, am I right? Nevertheless, Cleopatra is now planning to overthrow Ptolemy and take back her rule. You, as Medjay, will play a big part in these proceedings and must strive to complete your goals in order to see Cleopatra restored to power.
Assassin's Creed: Origins is most reminiscent of the very first game in the series, mostly due to the fact that there are huge tracts of land to discover and explore. Also, the desert theme reminds me of the good times I had while running around as Alta´r, nearly a decade ago. Visually, the two couldn't be further apart, but the same classic feel is there, and I personally like that very, very much! But, no more dwelling on the past, let's concentrate on Ancient Egypt! Wait, that didn't come out right... oh well, nevermind!
So, what sets Origins apart from previous Assassin's Creed games? Well, first and foremost: combat. The traditional combat system we all came to know from previous games in the series is completely revised. No longer is it a matter of action and reaction. No sir, the developers chose to throw all that overboard and integrate a brand new Hit Box system. This basically means that you no longer press a button when an enemy attacks you to overrule that attack and do some damage of your own. Instead, this new system allows players to strike at any part of an enemy, which gives us the opportunity to hit everything we can hit within the range of the currently equipped weapon. This also means a strike could miss its intended target completely, so be sure to plan your attack a bit more careful.
Also, the world contains much more open spaces, so traveling on foot might not always be your best bet. You are often better off mounting a horse or camel and cover greater distances that way. Naturally, where water is concerned, these animals don't amount to a whole lot, so feel free to commandeer a ship and travel in style. In this respect, Origins has taken the nautical mechanics of Black Flag and adapted them to its own needs. The underwater exploration portions are also back in play, greatly expanding the already humongous game world.
Another major change is the disappearance of the well-known Eagle Vision. Well, I say disappearance, but that is not a hundred percent correct. Instead of the standard Eagle Vision, you can now control an actual eagle! With the press of a button, the view shifts to one of Bayek's most trusted companions, a eagle named Senu. When in control of this majestic animal, you can soar high above the desert floor and spot targets and other points of interest with pin-point accuracy. This also means you will not have to climb every towering structure in order to unlock new portions of the map. Simply guide Senu to where you want to go and mark your goal this way.
Weapons are abundant in this ancient world and it is wise to get to know most of them intimately. Different tactics require different weapons, and while stealth is still an option, open combat is also a good solution to most of your bad guy troubles. Assassin's Creed Origins really gives you the opportunity to choose the way you want to approach a situation. Be it sneaky or by using brute force, it's up to you to decide which one you like best. You can use upgrade points to build your character's traits and also adapt him to your preferred playing style. Not a big fan of stealth; no problem! Just be sure to upgrade your health and armor so you don't get slaughtered and your bones left to dry under the scorching desert sun!
Visually, Origins is a stunning game. The grand vistas of Ancient Egypt are nothing short of breath-taking and the entire world is filled to the brim with even the tiniest of details. The characters look awesome and the voice-acting is of the highest quality. I personally like the fact that the developers have taken real historical events and worked them into the Assassin's Creed universe, giving us a glimpse into what secretive battles might have been fought behind the scenes.
All in all, I can only say that Assassin's Creed is a worthy successor to the throne, giving the player the opportunity to explore a vast and intricately built world. Bayek is a powerful character that one can relate to with great ease. And, let's be honest; who, in his right mind, is not at least a little intrigued by the mystery and beauty that is Ancient Egypt? See, I knew you'd see things my way! If you're a fan of Assassin's Creed, this is one game you will not want to miss. If you have never, ever, played an Assassin's Creed game before than now is your chance to finally see what all the fuss is about. And if you've never played an Assassin's Creed game before and you're as old as I am, then what the hell have you been doing all these years?!
ASSASSIN'S CREED: ORIGINS
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