Assassin’s Creed Origins

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Assassin's Creed Origins

Assasins Creed Origins is a pleasantly surprising open world which is still expanding at the moment of writing, Egypt shines, the sound is compelling and everything you do feels like it all has a meaning. Obviously, the Game thrives on the foundation of some other titles, it mimics but it does so by not giving you the impression to have stolen the ideas or copying the ideas of others.

It, however, saddened me that the Publishers involved in this well-crafted game decided to implement one of the most controversial game mechanics of the year. This comes from a person that plays free to play games on a regular base.

One that does not mind to spend the occasionally extra buck on Cosmetics and Optional Subscriptions when they turn out great, this with the intention to support the developers and even the publishers at full, a payment mechanism that I can live with.

This is when they are offered in the form of either straight up front paid Cosmetics or even optional subscriptions.

 We have plenty of Laws who do not allow children to Gamble, this in the form of prevention or plain prohibition of such an act while publishers sadly don’t “want” to see any harm into them and keep implementing them at will!

VISUALS & SOUND:

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NARRATIVE:

Origins is set in Egypt, they attempted to recreate a believable world, influenced on the historical events during the last rulers of the Ptolemy Dynasty near the end of the first century BCE where Cleopatra was forced into Exile and into the Arms of Ceasar.

Backtracking back and forth between past and future you will be introduced with Dr. Layla who is a researcher at the Abstergo’s research division, tasked to retrieve an artifact she ends up in a tomb which contains the mummified bodies of Bayek and Aya.

Trough her you will Experience the story told, this by means of the DNA timeline found on Bayek and Aya who will encounter massive hurdles which will lead onwards to the introduction on what seems to be the first of the first Assassin’s Order!

The Story feels like an overcomplicating mess at the very beginning, but, there is a lot of depth to it if you are willing to follow it through, according to me there is no rush needed to complete the Game. I honestly believe that when you take the time to suck all the information you are given in and let the Game do its work as intended you will enjoy the overall Gameplay a lot more.

The story creates a mistery, troubling things like the death of a loved one, hate, revenge, betrayal will lead to the Assassination of many, this in the pursuit of the truth and the one responsible for what has happened!

The Game will start at Siwa, Bayek, a Medjay (Ancient Police Force) and protector for all the people of Egypt will go through Various tasks which will introduce you to the first bits of the Game, it will also indulge you with Bayeks personality with some flashbacks to his past, here  you will Experience some troubling things, like the loss of a loved one, frustration and regret.

This will allow you to understand why Bayek is, who he is. It took time for me to shake that feeling of, but in the aftermath of the event and onward in the story, it became more clear to me why Bayek and Aya were steered by that mutual Hate and Revenge. Bayek and Aya’s only purpose is to find the one who is responsible for the death of a loved one, swallowed by their Grief, Hate and thirst for Revenge they task themselves to eliminate anyone who was involved in the matter!

The raw a gritty feeling that surrounds Bayek and Aya has been done very well, the developers were aiming to recreate real-life loss, both Bayek and Aya clearly carry that loss on their shoulders, especially Bayek blames himself the guilt since that loved one was unwillingly struck by his own hand, he tries to justify this by finding the one who was responsible in his own mind!

Cutscenes are doing a seemingly good job reflecting the setting and the feelings of the entire main Cast!

Although, I have to say in all fairness that the lipsync could have been done better on some of the other characters you meet. Luckily, both Bayek’s, Aye’s voice acting encountered throughout the entire game can be classified as top-notch quality.

In my humble opinion, while the story build up is slow, the entirety of it seems strong enough to matter this time around!

GAMEPLAY:

Origins made good use of its setting, showing off a clash of ideologies and cultures during Ptolemaic Egypt In their 30 plus hours of the main story. While they did move away from their identical formula of previously released Assassin’s Creed’s, they were able to manage to keep the biggest three pillars of their Usual Gameplay, Stealth, Combat, and Parkour completely intact!

The First Pillar, “Stealth”, is, according to my Experience, a lot better than in their previous titles, some of the reviews mention that the Stealth is somewhat broken, but, I honestly have to completely disagree, like previously mentioned when you plan your approach correctly and implement the Use of Senu as intended you will be able to clear out a lot of areas without being spotted.

Interaction with the environment, however, is sometimes clumsy, which may annoy you from time to time, but other than that I did not notice any unresponsive controls, at best, you only need to be skillful enough to keep an eye on your surroundings and pace your approach and take your time to eliminate any threat around you, this by not rushing your selves through the Game!

 Some of these reviews and reports also mention unresponsive controls on the PlayStation 4, I personally played this game on the PS4 myself, and thus far I can not say that I have experienced this sort of behavior on my console at all!

This is to me common sense when you know that the combat is completely reworked from scratch, some even try to compare it somewhat with Games like “Dark Souls 3“, or “The Witcher 3” where I personally prefer to compare it more with “Nioh’s” Combat system, but, in the end, it is a matter of opinion, to me the combat is more simplified compared to those Games, but still  to such degree that when you make a mistake on a higher difficulty setting you are still going to be punished just enough to feel sorry!

Regarding the combat system in Origins, I’ve seen only one downside. I do feel that the combat mechanics are designed more for intimate engagements, a huge battle can turn out pretty messy and clumsy when more enemies are added to the pool and this turned out problematic for me at certain times as I got disorientated when the surrounding was flooded with both enemies and civilian bystanders who end up being clipped by my hand from time to time, this is especially true if I used the lock-on mode!

  As long if you have limited numbers of foes, you are pretty much fine. This is why I prefer stealth over any direct engagement when I am about to clear an enemy encampment or stronghold with a lot of enemies wandering around.

I am currently playing on Nightmare Difficulty, an acquaintance of mine asked me whether I am crazy! But, I like to try things out as they are, I truely  love the flexibility  which gives me the option to change  various aspects in a game  with the tip of my finger.

The UI is pretty much streamlined, I personally enjoy that there is not to much clutter on the screen in the game, you get options to show curtain UI elements constantly or turn them off completely. However, one annoying thing that I did notice in this title is that after every Game update that I received that they throw in a pop up add in the middle of my screen every time when I opened my in-game map, this until I completely re-launched the Game, while not a biggy I would’ve preferred something more discreet.

CLOSING COMMENTS:

I do not see our blog entries here as a review, neither should you, in the end, it will be up to you to decide whether this Game appeals to your needs as a gamer or not, I urge you, not to let my experience guide you to whether you have to purchase this title yes or no!
Therefore this is purely the personal Experience and viewpoint of the author for this specific game title, treat it as such!

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Assassin's Creed Origins

7.5

VISUALS & SOUND

8.0/10

NARRATIVE

8.5/10

GAMEPLAY

8.0/10

QUALITY

8.0/10

PRICING

5.0/10

Pros

  • Compelling Story!
  • Superb Voice acting.
  • Outstanding Graphics.
  • Great Exploration 💖
  • Quality Sound.

Cons

  • Microtransactions 😠
  • Some Clipping with Chariots.
  • Lip Sync lacking at times.

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