Assassin's Creed Origins Review

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Posted: 6 months ago, last updated 2 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, @gweronimo, @EamonGaudio and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Assassin’s Creed Origins is an adventure set in Ancient Egypt near the end of the Ptolemaic period (49–44 BC). This game in the series goes back to the start of the centuries-long conflict between the Assassins (who fight for peace by promoting liberty) and Templars (who desire peace through forced order).

Along with the action and suspense of the running, jumping, climbing, fighting and assassination, the games are known for strong narrative and characters. This not only gives you a compelling reason to play, but fleshes out the sense of place and historical accuracy of the game.

You progress by completing a linear string of quests that move the story forwards. As you do you gain new skills and equipment. As with all these games you can freely roam the world. Here, this is on foot, horseback, camel-back, horse-drawn vehicles or boat to explore locations, complete optional side-quests and unlock weapons.

Rather than unlocking the map by scaling buildings and triggering Eagle Vision as in previous games, here you can scout an area by control of an eagle. You can also tame various predators which will serve as a companion for the player and assist them against enemies. Along with this, Naval combat, underwater exploration and tomb raiding return to the series. Origins adds arena combat where you fights waves of increasingly difficult combinations of enemies culminating in a boss fight.

Of note to families with younger children not old enough to play the game but keen to explore the settings, there is a Discovery Tour mode and stand alone version on PC for Odyssey, Origins and Valhalla that provides a violence-free setting. This enables players to explore the full map without the pressure of quests and combat. It also adds enhanced cinematic scenes to focus on the smaller details being discussed during a tour. There are also quizzes to see how much history players have taken in during their exploration.

DetailsGame Details

Rating: PEGI 18+

Release Date: 26/10/2017

Price: 80% off

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Stadia and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Simulation

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: @UbisoftMTL

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 30 hours and 40 hours to complete. Although you can complete the game in around 30-40 hours, to collect and unlock everything can take you past 100 hours.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Assassin's Creed Origins usually costs £49.99 to £79.99. 

Assassin's Creed Origins: Deluxe Edition

Assassin's Creed Origins: Gold Edition

Xbox One £79.99
PS4 £74.99

Assassin’s Creed Origins

Xbox One £54.99
PS4 £49.99
 
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. This includes a regular subscription fee (known as a 'battle/season pass') to unlock access to reward items and other aspects of the game. You can purchase Helix credits that unlock extra items, in-game currency, resources and more. There is also additional adventures and challenges that can be purchased individually or via a Season Pass:
  • The Ambush at Sea missions
  • Desert Cobra Pack
  • The Hidden Ones
  • The Curse Of the Pharaohs
  • Deluxe Pack
  • Horus Pack
  • Roman Centurion Pack
  • Helix Credits Large Pack

You can buy the game in different editions to gain access to more content:
  • Assassin's Creed Origins Deluxe Edition - Includes Ambush at Sea mission, Desert Cobra pack with 1 outfit, 2 legendary weapons, 1 legendary shield and 1 mount. Also adds 3 Ability points.
  • Assassin's Creed Origins Gold Edition - Includes Deluxe additions and the Season Pass, giving you access to all major expansions.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Rated PEGI 18 due to depictions of gross violence towards human characters, motiveless killing of multiple innocent human characters, violence towards vulnerable and defenceless human characters, and use of sexual expletives. This game contains frequent depictions of strong violence towards human characters throughout. During gameplay, the player can kill multiple innocent and unarmed civilians. The game also contains frequent use of the word “*!@?*” and its derivatives.

ESRB MATURE 17+ for Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Nudity, Sexual Content, Strong Language, Use of Alcohol. Players use swords, arrows, concealed blades, and spears to assassinate targets and kill enemies in frenetic melee-style combat. Some cutscenes also depict intense acts of violence: a man beaten to death with an orb; a child getting stabbed. Assassinations and fights are highlighted by cries of pain and large blood-splatter effects. One sequence depicts human body parts and blood in a cave; another scene briefly depicts a headless corpse impaled on a stake. The game includes a mission involving prostitutes and a brothel in which a couple can be partially observed having sex (i.e., moaning sounds). Female characters are sometimes depicted topless in the brothel; some rooms contain drawings of figures engaged in various sex acts. During the course of the game, a character briefly mentions an opium pipe. The player's character is depicted drinking alcohol during a sequence of cutscenes; after a time, players must walk and engage in a fistfight while the screen and controls are impaired. The words “f**k,” “sh*t,” and “c*nt” appear in the dialogue.


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