As is evident by the very name, Assassins Creed Origins marks the origin of the Assassin brotherhood less commonly known as The Hidden Ones. It dates as back as 49 BCE making its timeline the oldest among the other games in the franchise. The game takes the Assassins Creed series back to the ancient Egypt during King Ptolemy’s reign, recounting the story of Bayek, the last Medjay, marking the beginning of the Creed.
The map is divided into two major regions namely, The Sinai Peninsula and Egypt. Egypt being further divided into numerous regions making the map as huge as 120 square kilometers. Like the other games in the franchise the game provides us with the facility to fast travel to certain locations to cope up with hugeness of the map. This has enabled the developers to introduce new game-play features including riding camels and horses on land and boats to travel on the waterways.
Just a few hours into the game and the beauty of ancient Egypt doesn’t go unnoticed. The map is filled with barren deserts featuring occasional sandstorms, huge rocky mountains most of which are climbable. Talking about synchronization points, it gets as breathtaking as it could. It recreates the Egyptian architecture in the most accurate way ranging from abandoned settlements, sacred pilgrims to breathtaking pyramids with synchronization points. There aren’t any shortage of secrets to be kept getting discovered. Tombs being the spots where the so called “secrets” can be discovered giving the game an adventurous touch. There are multiple cities to be explored each featuring a different culture, gods and architecture giving each of them a different face and making them distinct not just by their name but several different aspects.
The immersive game play is something that shouldn’t be missed out as far as the Assassins Creed franchise is concerned. Being an Assassins Creed game parkour is one of its most primary aspect. There’s a lot of parkour in the game which is pretty smooth. Bayek can climb his way through any way which would seem an obvious success for an Assassin. Talking about combat, its realistic and demands some skill in towards the beginning of the game owing to the low experience points which gradually gets better as we progress through the game. The variety of weapons that the game has to offer is enough to confuse the gamer, ranging from heavy weapons to lighter and agile ones. The choice depends all upon the gamer’s preference. The game doesn’t offer Black Flag like ship battles during free roam irrespective of the fact that it enables us to travel on waterway using boats but only during certain story missions.
The game portrays the protagonist as The Bayek of Siwa, a Medjay. Along with his wife, Aya who is also a Medjay work to protect the Pharaoh and the people of Egypt carrying out the very primary duties of a Medjay. It is in 49 BCE that Bayek and his son Khemu are abducted. Khemu helps his father escape but also gets accidentally stabbed by him in the chest by his father during his struggle to save Khemu. Bayek then dedicates himself in the quest to track down the one responsible for his son’s death.