Ubisoft made a wise decision when they gave Assassins Creed a break from its annual release schedule and Assassins Creed Origins has benefited greatly from it. If you’re hoping for a complete fresh experience though you might be in for disappointment.
Assassins Creed Origins doesn’t reinvent the wheel but it’s a much more refined experience than some of the earlier games with various game mechanics receiving a bit of a tweak more thoughtful use of the open world and simply beautiful visuals. I opted to buy the PC version of the game and am running it at native 4k with the settings pretty much maxed out.
Aside from a few audio glitches and the odd stutter I haven’t suffered any major performance issues. Assassins Creed Origins takes place in Ancient Egypt . You play as Bayek the last Medjay – an Ancient Egypt militia that protected the interest of the pharaoh. You are accompanied by Senu a Bonelli Eagle plus the mount you choose. Senu can be used to scope out areas of interest and look for enemy positions, he will also distract your foe from time to time by swooping down. The game world has been beautifully crafted to give a genuinely authentic feel. The ambient sounds and the sound track further add to this immersion.
The story feels a bit slow to get going and with so much o do in the game world it is easy to forget what’s going on which in turn has led to me not really connecting with the main character like I would hope. Once you get going though things seem to flow much more freely and becomes easier to follow.
The games controls feel tight, with combat getting a rework which for the most part works well. The loot system has also recieved attention and feels meanigful and worthy of your time. Theres awide variety of weapons for you to master and if you find something you like you can upgrade them so you can continue to use them on your travels.
The AI can be challenging when playing on hard mode but I’ve not found them to be too frustrating. If anything I think they could do with being a bit harder to offer more of a challenge but all in all Ubisoft have done a decent job. There’s plenty to do in this open world game and whilst you will find similar tasks repeat where ever you go it’s not as bad as it’s been in other Ubisoft open world games. Completing the tasks on offer are for the most part fun and rewarding which in turn encourages you to complete other that you come across.
Assassins Creed Origins comes complete with a photo mode which you’ll find yourself using as the game world is Stunning to look At, especially in 4k. What’s good is that your pictures can be seen by other players.
The RPG elements of the game have been implemented thoughtfully and give a nice feel of progression as you make your way through the game. There’s a lot of upgrading to be done and various routes you can take with each having their own unique feel. There’s a nice sense of variety in how you can approach various tasks and the thoughtfulness put into the games design is easy to pick up on.
Assassins Creed is a series that desperately needed some attention and it’s paid off with Origins. The game feels fresh, plays great, looks and sounds awesome and is a he’ll of a lot of fun to play. It’s great to see the series return to form.