Hands On Assassins Creed Origins is Murder Prince of Egypt

Hands On Assassins Creed Origins is Murder Prince of Egypt

first_imgStay on target Can you open your heart to the idea of a good Assassin’s Creed video game again? By all accounts, 2015’s Assassin’s Creed Syndicate was actually not bad. But by then the ten-year-old annualized franchise had clearly worked itself into a rut both narratively and mechanically. Meanwhile, last year’s Assassin’s Creed movie certainly didn’t reignite love for the key Ubisoft #brand.After taking a year off, Assassin’s Creed returns later this year with a new hero, setting, and time period. Assassin’s Creed Origins explores the beginnings of the stupid lore in ancient Egypt, and at E3 I got to play some of the game running on an Xbox One X dev kit.As I rode into town on horseback, the first thing that struck me was the change in scenery. Assassin’s Creed loves to recreate nature-heavy, pre-modern civilizations but the colorful burning yellow Egyptian sands and pyramids and villages by the riverbank popped in a way I couldn’t say about past locales like Revolutionary France or Victorian London. New protagonist Bayek walks around like a half-wrapped mummy confronting corrupt priests in extravagant cat and crocodile costumes, planting the seeds for the global, endless assassins-templars conflict. It’s a funny contrast to Bayek’s more serious and stoic, Altair-style demeanor compared to other, later heroes of the franchise.However, the new setting quickly gave way to typical Assassin’s Creed stealth open-world action. I swam across the water and clambered up lavish ships to reclaim stolen gold while taking out everyone in my way with a silent knife or loud bow. The full game should let players control boats, as the naval combat in past Assassin’s Creed games was so good Ubisoft is making a whole new game (Skull & Bones) out of it.The raid did force me to use one of Origins’ new mechanics. Instead of activating Eagle Vision to spot hidden objectives, you just straight up control a bird to find points of interest. Your flying friend’s name is Senu and using him like a drone I marked sunken treasure on my map, swam down, retrieved it to complete the mission.The second part of the demo had me fight waves of gladiators in an arena. I wonder if this will be the next Assassin’s Creed game to turn slavery into a gameplay feature. I’ve never been a huge fan of the series’s weightier take on melee combat, and even with my dash maneuver I still felt like I was taking a lot of hits due to sluggish controls. However, instead of fighting the boss, I baited him into killing himself by walking him into spinning spikes in the environment. That was as satisfying as a Zelda puzzle, and I didn’t expect the game to let me do that. The choice to either murder or spare the boss, on the other hand, was entirely expected.It seems like the final version of Assassin’s Creed Origins will add more expansive environments and RPG leveling-up mechanics to further differentiate itself from its predecessor. But what I played felt like the Assassin’s Creed games I remember, a good and gorgeous Assassin’s Creed game set in a cool spot in history, but an Assassin’s Creed game nonetheless. Decide for yourself if that’s good enough when the game launches this October. The Xbox One X Looks Nice, But Twice as Nice as the Xbox One?Super Mario Odyssey and Other E3 Nintendo Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda last_img

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