So we have another Assassin’s Creed game and I know what you’re probably thinking… another one that looks the same. Well, you couldn’t be more wrong as a gamer. I’m like you as much as I love Assassin’s Creed games they tend to get repetitive and haven’t really been extraordinary since Assassin’s Creed 2, but for the first time in almost 10 years an Assassin’s Creed game has made me excited. And I’m talking about Assassin’s Creed Origins. After a week of playing oh, I can honestly say this is the best Assassin’s Creed game since the second one. And the first thing that you notice is it’s very much an open world as it takes us to ancient Egypt and the building blocks of the Creed. Since open world games have become so popular, why not do it for an Assassin’s Creed game and it definitely works.

The story takes place during Cleopatra’s accent to the throne in 49 BC and it centers around a new character called Bayek, the last of the Medjay. And he’s kind of a protector helping those who need is help while pursuing a certain mystery which will take him across Ancient Egypt. The first thing that I noticed and playing was how wide open the adventure was and that it didn’t feel so confined as it has been in previous games. You can definitely see that when you open up the map and instead of giving you specific little missions, the game gives you a side quest that you can choose to do and it’s all part of helping you to level up and make you stronger when you do assassinate your intended targets. It’s a fun concept and certainly works for this game, but I do have some minor complaints which I’ll get into a little bit later. Overall, it’s a lot of fun and very much feels like Skyrim or Horizon zero Dawn with each little thing you do, leading to the big request so that you’re not wasting your time in trying to complete the game. It does give Assassin’s Creed Origins a great sense of discovery making you think that there’s something hiding behind every corner in this wide open world. I haven’t felt this sense of wonder in a long time with an Assassin’s Creed game.

 

The gameplay is very good and feels just like the other games so that sense of familiarity is still there, but the game gives you a whole new world to explore. I will say that the fighting is a little bit harder because we are living in a world where everybody has a shield so there’s more tactics involved when killing someone. At moments,  I feel like I need just a good hack and slash type game just to complete my quests, but then I mainly put back in a Hitman Universe where it’s all about the stealth. Now here is for my first complaint about the game. If you want me to do everything and a stealth mode, then arrows need to be able to kill someone especially my intended target. Don’t get me wrong, I like a good challenge, but what’s the sense of having these kinds of weapons if they’re not going to work. But I guess that’s the way it has to be in Assassin’s Creed even though I think the smart play is to kill someone with an arrow from on top of a building without ever having to get close to them. Isn’t that the smart move!

 

Now the other complaint that I have but is also kind of Genius with this game is making you complete a lot of side stuff to level up so you can complete your mission. After the first part of the game, I’m assigned to kill someone where I needed to be four levels up to have the strength to do it. It’s kind of an unfair Advantage but then again this game is intended for you to explore a lot because there’s a lot of great things in the open world of ancient Egypt. This is for the gamers who want more exploration, but when you’re a gamer like me and only have so much time to play, sometimes you just want to get to the point and I feel like Assassin’s Creed origin doesn’t do that enough. But forcing us to explore a little bit is not a bad way to play a game as long as you know what you’re getting with the game play. But here’s the thing under leveling is no joke in the game and making you do everything to level up will allow you to get your money’s worth in the exploration so it’s a catch-22 between complaints and a good thing for gaming.

 

One of the interesting things that I noticed is your Eagle can detect treasure which is something new and pretty darn cool in ancient Egypt. The other thing that struck me as pretty genius is a blending of two of my favorite games of the last couple of years where you are crafting your own weapons as in Horizon Zero Dawn and Far Cry primal. But instead of wandering around just picking up trees you get to farm animal dens and be a hunter of sorts.

My initial impression of this game is that it is Skyrim for Assassin’s Creed and that is not meant to be an insult.  If  you’re going to spend $60 on a game we want a lot of things to explore a game that we’re going to put over 100 hours into. There’s always one or two games every year that gives us that level of gameplay. Final Fantasy was that game last year and it was a great one to go back to after the holidays in between this year’s game release. I mention that because I feel like Assassin’s Creed Origins will be that game for this year and it’s no easy task to complete so my advice to Gamers is take your time with it. There are a lot of great first person shooters that we’re all going to enjoy throughout the holidays, but Assassin’s Creed Origins will be our game that we keep going do when we have our Wonder last and games and just want to keep exploring.

 

So my verdict for Assassin’s Creed Origins is while it is not absolutely perfect it’s almost there. The gameplay is really good and the wide-open world of a place that we’ve never been to in this series is fantastic. It’s about time we got to a new place and Assassin’s Creed and something that wasn’t necessarily on the water although that was cool. There is certainly so much untapped potential with ancient Egypt through the rise and fall of the Roman Empire to the Middle Ages all the way up to when we first see the first Creed stories. The only complaints I really have is it’s not a quick gameplay and forcing us to really explore and level up to be able to complete our assassinations. If you’re like me and only have 30 to 45 minutes to really game and you’re not going to get through this very quickly. But that’s just a minor complaint because we love games are we can really explore in an open world just like Skyrim and this is our scrim up 2017. The replay value is definitely high and that makes this game worth $60. Plus, it’s absolutely beautiful in HD.  Well, there’s not a lot of games that I truly recommend are worth $60 throughout a given year oh, I can safely say that Assassin’s Creed Origins is definitely one. Every time I play and find new things I love this game more and more and as I mentioned before, it is the best game since Assassin’s Creed 2 which we all generally regard as the best one ever made.  If you’re a fan of the Assassin’s Creed games, then you will definitely love this one.  If you want a huge game that you can truly explore within then Origins is the game for you this year.  Now, I won’t give away every little thing that you should do because everybody should take the time to truly explore within Assassin’s Creed Origins so I’ll just say that my grade is easily 9 out of 10… 9.5 if we’re really being exact, but not every game can be absolutely perfect.

 

 

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