Hey all. Hope you’re enjoying the packed gaming season! Looking back at 2017, it’s been one hell of a year for gaming with 2018 looking to be even more promising! If you haven’t checked it out, our review for Super Mario Odyssey is up and it’s one of the many well-informed and honest reviews we plan on delivering to you.
In the mean time, I thought I would give you some general impressions of the game I am currently playing and reviewing for WWN, Assassin’s Creed Origins. It’s been clear from the get-go that I was very excited for Origins because of the new direction the series was taking, it’s set in Ancient Egypt, and the fact that the same team and director that worked on Assassin’s Creed Black Flag was working on Origins.
Currently, I have 20+ hours logged onto the game since its launch. If it wasn’t for personal and school responsibilities, I would have way, way more hours put into the game. Lately, I’ve been calling Origins the beautiful love child between The Witcher 3, Assassin’s Creed II, and any Far Cry game after 3, and it’s more evident every time I boot the game up. I lost count on how many times I said, “Wow” or “Holy sh*t” because of how beautiful Egypt is realized.
It’s one thing for the world to look pretty, but it’s another to make it feel alive, which Origins totally nails. Something The Witcher 3 is also praised for, Origins has robust environments filled with NPCs with their own agendas. Whether it’d be a pack of lions fighting crocodiles, people praying in the ancient Egyptian temples, or even an enemy soldier taking a leak off of the side of their ship, there’s this sense of life that seems to go on even after you stop playing.
The story is a little messy in the very beginning, but I am enjoying what it’s offering so far. It also helps that our main protagonist Bayek, is a badass character that you want stick by. The relationship between him and his wife Aya adds to his character immensely, giving him another sense of purpose to keep going on his quest.
The combat is revamped and it feels sooooooo much better than previous iterations, possibly the best in the series yet. It can feel clunky at times, but it’s ultimately fun, intense and requires skill for maximum efficiency. Enemy AI will attack in groups, block properly, and counter, keeping me locked into the fight at all times.
Lastly, the gameplay in Origins is a huge departure for the series and it works. Leveling up, the loot system, and crafting upgrades feel rewarding enough to keep playing and searching for better weapons. And so far, I haven’t ran into any garbage throw-away quests. Each quest I have completed have ranged from mildly interesting to fun and added to the world.
Safe to say, I’m loving Assassin’s Creed Origins. For a game that takes place in Ancient Egypt, nearly 2000 years before our time, the development team did a phenomenal job with the level of detail. It somehow manages to be the most diverse AC game while still having the DNA of an Assassin’s Creed game.
Well, that’s all I have to say for now, but stay tuned to WWN for our full review when it goes up!