Assassin’s Creed Origins Review
Posted: 8 weeks ago, last updated 4 weeks ago.
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.
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.
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.
How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.
Select Difficulty: Select difficulty from a range of presets.
Save Anytime: The game automatically saves progress or you can save any time, and not lose progress.
View Control Mapping: You can view a map of controls during play.
Assistance With Controls: You can get the game to assist aiming, steering, reloading, jumping, running etc.
Assistance With Direction: Indication of where to go next with arrows, cookie trail and the like.
View Game Map: View a map of the game world during play, with points of interest and missions highlighted throughout entire game.
Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.
How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.
Moderate Reading: Moderate reading required.
Large Clear Text: Text is large and clear, or can be adjusted to be.
High Text Contrast: Text colour contrasts to background.
Large Clear Subtitles: Subtitles are large and clear, or can be adjusted to be.
Some spoken content has subtitles: Some spoken content has subtitles.
Speaker Indicator: Captions or icons and speech bubbles indicate who is speaking.
Some Dialogue is Voiced: Some of the game dialogue and narrative is voice acted.
How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.
Multiple Buttons & Two Sticks: Can play with multiple buttons and two sticks.
Mouse and Keys: Can play with mouse and multiple keys.
Motion Controls Not Required: You don’t need motion controls to play the game.
You can customise the controls for the game as follows:
Select Preset Controller Mappings: Select preset button layouts.
Remap Mouse and Keyboard: Remap mouse and keyboard.
Invert X/Y Axis: You can invert the direction required to control looking and aiming.
Vibration Optional: Controller vibration not used in the game or you can disable it.
Adjust Mouse/Stick Sensitivity: Adjust how sensitive mouse/stick controls are.
How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.
Motion sickness friendly: Option to reduce motion sickness (motion blur, depth of field, field of vision).
Adjust Head Up Display: Remove or resize head-up display to remove distraction and make more visible.
Turn Off Blood: Reduce or disable graphic content of blood and gore.
How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.
Balance Audio Levels: Set music and game sound effects separately.
Play Without Hearing: No audio cues are necessary to play the game well
Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Stadia offers some system accessibility features. Tandem enables you to use two controllers to play one character. This also enables you to connect other controllers like the Xbox Adaptive Controller.
Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.
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