Assassin’s Creed: Origins — a video game review


I’m not finished playing this game. I just want to put that out there up front.

I’ve finished playing the campaign, which was fun and semi-fulfilling. I say “semi” because the beginning of the campaign was a little glitchy when I started playing (it’s feasible that there has been a fix since then) so that I didn’t get the full impact of the death of Bayek’s son. Also because the ending seems a bit anticlimactic. It seems like there was a whole lot of build-up and character development just to finish things off with Caesar’s assassination (no spoilers here unless you’ve never had a history class) and the creation of the Hidden Ones, who will become known as Assassins. I also wasn’t crazy about where things were left between Bayek and his wife, Aya.

The setting of Assassin’s Creed: Origins is ancient Egypt. It is a huge map with lots of secrets and side missions to explore. In completing the campaign, I still haven’t unfogged all of the map. This is one of the reasons I intend to keep playing. I’m not playing this in search of another platinum trophy because I’m still far away from that achievement.

It has been one of my favorite settings, in fact. Deserts, pyramids, the Nile river, the post-Alexander the Great cities and towns. There are wonders and dangers around every corner. There are also elements of Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag during certain segments featuring ship-to-ship combat. And even a hint of Far Cry at the inclusion of wild animals which you hunt to improve your gear but who also tend to show up during inopportune times, such as when you’re engaged in a conflict with other humans.

I’ve spent some time in the gladiator arenas and enjoy the melee combat there. But, I’ve spent almost no time in the Hippodrome, racing chariots. I want to explore that area of the game a bit more, as well as revealing the rest of the map.

The fact that I’ve completed the campaign but still want to continue playing the game says a lot about it. I can’t say the campaign itself has been my favorite of the series, but the gameplay and the setting itself probably have been. More than anything else, it has whet my appetite to play Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey. I think I will wait until I can buy it much more cheaply, though.

This is a good one. 2 Controller Thumbs Up from the Frugal Gamer.

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