Assassin’s Creed is one of the most popular video game franchises by Ubisoft. The latest iteration of the series transports players in the land of Egypt. Can the game rise itself from history, or will it be lost in the sands of time? Find out in our review of Assassin’s Creed Origin.
The characters have colorful personalities, but the most noteworthy is the main character himself. The story is about the origin and birth of the first assassin and how the conflict between the Templars first take root. Players take control of Bayek, the last Medjay. Bayek is out for revenge against the Order of the Mask for killing his son and for plotting to destroy Egypt. Bayek may be driven by revenge, but he is likable. He is like a friend who enjoys good company, a hearty laugh, and is willing to postpone his journey to help a man in need. The story is a bit cliché, but what’s exciting about this story is the many twists it provides along the way.
As a Medjay, he is obligated to serve and protect Egypt’s citizens with whatever problems they encounter. Sidequests are really well made as some of these help reveal Bayek’s past before the tragedy.
A complete first in the franchise, this incarnation is more RPG than stealth. The combat is completely revamped in Assassins Creed Origin as fights focuses more on strategy than overpowering their opponents. Players are encouraged to level up their character with three different skill trees. Each branch specializes in either combat, stealth, and tools.
In this Assassin’s Creed iteration, Ancient Egypt has never been more beautiful. There are many places to visit, exploring the tombs of great pharaohs, climbing the pyramids, even touring in Alexandra feels breathtaking. For players who just want explore Egypt without any worries, Assassins Creed Origin includes a “tourist mode” which removes all encounters and enemies; leaving players with a virtual tour of the ancient civilization without the fuss.
The game is not perfect however, as PC players need a powerful graphics card to see the sights in all its glory. Low or medium grade cards suffer from overworking the PC to 100%. The latest patch helps lessen the burden but only on NVidia and AMD cards. Another problem that this game suffers are the microtransactions (and thankfully it’s only minor). Of all the Assassin’s Creed games, Origin suffers from less bugs.
Overall, Ubisoft outdid themselves, as Assassins Creed Origin is the best game in the series since Black Flag.
Overall Score: 4/5