Assassin's Creed Origins presents a fresh return to form for the franchise

By Dale Bashir on Aug 24, 2017

Up until Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, the video game world has hit an Assassin's Creed fatigue. For a while, it was just an annual release with a new map, reskinned protagonist and maybe one or two new mechanics. For the most part, it was alright. We've been to colonial era America, sailed the seas of the Carribean and explored Victorian era London. Ubisoft surprised everyone by taking a year off from all things Assassin's Creed and unleashed Assassin's Creed Origins back in June. And it has paid off, putting a new engine under the hood brings new life to the Assassin's Creed franchise. Assassin's Creed Origins looks to be the next best Assassin's Creed game.

The latest trailer shows off historical figures like Julius Caesar making their debut and causing trouble in Ancient Egypt. As the ancestor to all the future assassins, you play as Bayek, who seems to be working for Cleopatra, and it is your duty to take care of the common folk in Alexandria and Memphis and ensure the future of the assassin lineage. The previous entries had a more rigid game-style, with only certain walls being able to be climbed by the player and a combat system that places emphasis on countering enemy attacks. Origins seem to take many inspirations from its contemporaries, like making everything climbable and slow motion arrow shooting in mid-air like in Breath of The Wild or a straight compass on the top of the screen straight out of an Elder Scrolls game. The combat is also much more stylish, with Bayek pulling off sweet kill moves with his sword. He also has a shield with him at all times and is able to use other melee weapons besides the sword, drawing more comparisons to Breath of The Wild. 

One of the coolest features is the revamped Eagle Vision, by entering an Investigation Area, Bayek can look around for clues and piece together what happened to a ship and find out the mystery of what happened to a street urchin's sister when the ship perished. Truly an innovative way to spice up side-quests. Another important part of Bayek's arsenal is his pet hawk, Senu, which the player can assume control and help scout the area for enemies or in the case of the aforementioned mystery, find the exact ship that was holding the street urchin's sister captive. The video above from Game Informer gives great insight on what Assassin's Creed Origins has to offer.

Assassin's Creed Origins is shaping up to be another great entry to the franchise and might bring new life to it after the usual annual releases and lackluster movie adaptation. Be on the look out for this game when it releases on October 27 for X Box One, PS4 and PC.

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