Longtime-fans and those new to the series are once again dazzled by the new Assassin’s Creed:Origins. Blending historical fiction with a sci-fi twist in the present time, players travel back to Egypt during the Ptolemic period. In present time, Layla Hassan’s research at Abstergo takes her to Egypt where she finds the mummy tomb of Bayek and Aya–two of the very first assassins in history. Against her superior’s direction, Layla uses the animus to relive Bayek’s journeys through the sands of Egypt during the reign of Pharaoh Ptolemy and Egyptian resistance to Roman law. The story begins when the Medjay Bayek and his son are kidnapped by a gang of masked men who demand Bayek help them open a secret vault. What follows fuels Bayek’s quest for revenge and the origins of the Assassin’s syndicate are revealed.
Long time fans of the Assassin’s Creed games may be a bit confused at the new style of play in Origins. A roleplaying game at heart, fans of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt may find Origins awfully familiar. It takes but an hour of gameplay to notice the similarities. On the other hand, combat is fundamentally different than other AC titles. Rather than quick timed attacks and defense, the player is now able to equip different types of weapons which all vary in speed, size and attack combination forcing players to tailor their style to that of their weapon choice. The combat does a fantastic job of never devolving into a button masher–a genre into which it could have easily fallen into. Narratively, the game makes a compelling choice. After murdering Bayek’s main targets, a cutscene will show the assassin ushering his target into the afterlife with a climactic, often heart-wrenching encounter, presenting a climax the killer can only have in his imagination after ruthlessly assassinating his victims with little-to-no conversation. This title’s tour de force is its setting and historical accuracy. Having hired Egyptologists to ensure a realized Egypt, Ubisoft created a realism rivaled only by the game’s predecessor Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag. Overall, Assassin’s Creed: Origins is a vacation in history with stunning graphics, a fine weapon/loot system and story that deepens the mythos of the series even more.