November 1, 2017

Assassin's Creed® Origins: Players go back to ancient Egypt in one of 2017's best games

The Assassin's Creed series took a year off, but it's back and Origins is going to ancient Egypt
The main Assassin's Creed franchise may have taken a year off, but it's back in a big way in 2017.

With Assassin's Creed® Origins, developer Ubisoft has gone back further than ever before, as players will be exploring Ancient Egypt. 

Previous entries in the series have visited renaissance era Italy, the Holy Land during the Crusades, 18th century Caribbean, the American Revolution, the French Revolution, and Victorian era London.

This time however, Assassin's Creed is going back before the birth of Christ, to the Ptolemaic period in Egypt's history. 

You play as Bayek, the last of the Medjai, and he acts as a sort of law enforcement officer, protecting the people in a dangerous time. Unlike the other games, Bayek was there at the start of the creed and is one of the older of the Assassin's Creed.

The new main character, Bayek, will be exploring all over the country seeing all the scenery
In the game, Cleopatra has just been deposed, and her brother, Ptolemy XIII (who is being controlled by the mysterious 'order of the ancients') is struggling to keep the peace. The pharaoh has plans of expanding the kingdom, but Cleopatra has her own plans to take power back for herself.

Julius Caesar is a prominent character too, as there are constant fears from the Egyptians that the Roman Republic is planning to invade Egypt. Bayek comes into contact with all these forces straining at each other, and has a hand in the outcome of important events as he creates the brotherhood to serve a greater purpose.

With an extra year off, a total of four years in development, Ubisoft has had the time to pay even more attention to detail, and to bring in a few new game mechanics including Role Playing Gaming, a bigger land mass than any previous Assassin's Creed and the introduction of Senu, Bayek's eagle.

Senu can be used to scout ahead and learn enemy locations so Bayek doesn't have to risk himself infiltrating behind enemy lines. With your opponents marked on your map and in the world, it allows you to sneak into places where you don't want to be seen.

Senu will also be able to locate quest objectives, and find resources Bayek can use for crafting
She can also do simpler things like scouting for resources, finding the location of quest objectives, and set markers in the world which will show up on your map.

Plus, animal lovers among you will be pleased to learn that if you don't move for a while, Senu will land on your arm and you'll be able to feed her, and you can also stroke cats in the game. 

The world looks gorgeous, and you'll be spending time on sandy beaches, in lush green areas, in dusty towns, in large cities - including Alexandria - the capital of Egypt - and on the water. Assassin's Creed nailed the naval aspect in Black Flag, and that's brought forward here to Origins as you'll swim and sail over beautifully created lakes and rivers. 

The parkour which the Assassin's Creed series is known for is back, of course, but given the setting, it's a lot more horizontal than it has been before. There aren't as many tall buildings to climb, but the towns, as well as the large stretches of countryside, are still filled with areas Bayek can show off his acrobatic ability and plenty of structures to climb. You can even you can slide down pyramids!

As for the combat, it has been redesigned around weapon hit boxes rather than the timed animations of the previous games. You'll now have more control over fights, rather than the standard fare of waiting for the opportunity to counter attack. Enemies will attack you simultaneously, making combat more challenging, with several levels of enemy to get to grips with. As a battle goes on, you'll build up adrenaline which can be unleashed into a devastating finishing move.

The Only at GAME Edition of Assassin's Creed Origins has additional exclusive DLC
Combat looks and sounds brutal while Bayek attacks with his various weapons. He has a shield to protect himself, and you can choose between long, curved swords, spears, bows and arrows, sleep darts, and everything in between.

Each item Bayek uses has different rarities and stats which can change the way he approaches combat. However, the big thing which will determine how you play is in the sprawling skill tree, which has dozens of abilities, meaning you can choose what kind of Assassin you want to be, depending on how you want to play. 

Bayek also has a mount which he can call to his side, and you can even ride a camel around if you wish.

If you buy Assassin's Creed® Origins Deluxe Edition at GAME, you get rare examples of these mounts, shields, and weapons to use in the game. The Assassin's Creed® Origins Deluxe Edition with Tribal Pack DLC — only at GAME contains all this plus the official soundtrack, a hand drawn map, extra missions, free ability points, and more.

Assassin's Creed® Origins is due for release on October 27 for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

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