I’ll start this review by saying that I’ve completed nearly all of the Assassin’s Creed games, and thoroughly enjoyed them all. Assassin’s Creed: Origin breaks the mold from the traditional Assassin’s Creed game, while still holding true to the game series. This game has a great story, stunning graphics, and gameplay that makes me think of games like The Witcher 3.
With the setting in ancient Egypt, you play as Bayek of Siwa, with all the parkour moves you’d expect in an Assassin’s Creed. One of the biggest changes right out of the gate is the use of quests instead of sequences for story progression; as well as a change to traditional Assassin's Creed combat to make a free following feel. In past games, enemies would form a circle and attack one or two at a time. Not anymore, don’t expect the Romans or wildlife to play nice.
Equipment choices include a variety of melee weapons, shields, and bows, each with different attacking speeds and styles, giving you the freedom to control how you approach a fight. A new crafting system has been added to Origin, letting you collect and use ores and pelts, found in the world, to upgrade your damage, health, quiver size, and tool pouch.
Graphically, the game is beyond beautiful. The environments are stunning to look at, and when you synchronize, there is a sweeping camera shot of the area. I will say, I’ve played this both on the Xbox One and Xbox One X, and it looks even better on the Xbox One X. Interior environments are detailed and don’t feel like cookie-cutter buildings. And that’s saying something for how many different areas there are to explore in this game.
My only major criticism is Senu, Bayek’s eagle used for scouting locations and tagging enemies and objectives. In the early part of the game, tagging enemies and finding treasures is a little annoying because of how precise you need to be with targeting things. Thankfully, as you synchronize with more points, Senu’s scouting gets better and makes it easier to tag everything.
If you enjoy the Assassin’s Creed series, this game will not disappoint you. The story is wonderfully told, gameplay is fun and engaing, and there is a ton to explore. And it looks like they plan on adding events for free (along with DLCs). As of writing this review (11/12/2017) there is an Animus Glitch event happening for the next day or so. I will not spoil anything about this, but it’s a lot of fun and something completely new to Assassin’s Creed. More of these event are expected in the coming weeks.
Edited by Poolsharker