My Year of Gaming: Assassin’s Creed Origins
I purchased a Playstation 4 at the beginning of 2017 and it is the first time I have had a console since Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword came out on the Wii. Naturally, I have a lot of catching up to do and my backlog is incredibly massive. During the course of a year, I played my way through 23 games, and I figured I would take the time to share a little bit about each game. Perhaps you’ve played them and want to hear another opinion, or maybe you’ve been holding off on investing in a particular game. Either way, it’s never a bad time to spread your love of gaming.
I’ve saved my favorite game of 2017 for last. Assassin’s Creed Origins (2017) takes you back to the first days of the Brotherhood, showing how the ideals that we’ve experienced in later days came to be. In Origins, the player assumes control of Bayek, a Medjay, who has vowed revenge upon a number of people who assisted in the murder of his son. As Bayek continues on his journey, it becomes clear that there is something bigger at play in the world, and it’s up to him to stop it.
I loved Origins so much. It is my second favorite Assassin’s Creed game and I dumped a lot of hours into it. My favorite thing about the Assassin’s Creed franchise is the world. Being able to explore the past is fun for me, and the creators put so much time and effort into making it as truthful to the time period as they can. Origins far exceeds the other games in terms of immersive game-play. The world that they have created is incredibly rich, with the little details enhancing the overall experience. If you run in the desert for too long, you start having hallucinations. The work put in is astounding and makes the game that much more amazing.
The DLC for the game includes “Hidden Ones” and “Curse of the Pharaohs” and both are definitely worth picking up. “Hidden Ones” was a short snippet that continued the main story and further explained how the Brotherhood came to be. Some players were left a bit unsatisfied with the end of Origins, so “Hidden Ones” is a must. I enjoyed it. Plus, it expands the map and offers more side quests and exploration. “Curse of the Pharaohs” is vastly different from “Hidden Ones,” and is long (which is why the DLC comes in at $19.99). This DLC was a treat for me because it heavily deals with Egyptian mythology, which I love. It’s a bit weird and not anything that’s been seen in the Assassin’s Creed franchise, but it was fascinating. Again, the map is expanded and there are some special regions that are opened up that are visually stunning.
Another aspect of Origins was a free add-on to the game called “Discovery Mode.” In Discovery Mode, you can assume face of several different characters and run around Egypt. There’s no killing, just free reign to explore Ancient Egypt. Modules are set up throughout the world that give a history lesson and were actually quite fascinating. If you’ve ever had an interest in Ancient Egypt, Discovery is a great tool for learning. It was also really fun to make Cleopatra do parkour.
Origins faced some criticism for following the same formula as its predecessors, but I think that it worked because the world was so well developed. It also fit within the realm of history and provided plenty of glorious moments for history buffs. There are also side quests galore, and I found myself getting easily distracted in the early days of playing the game. I honestly had to force myself to play the main story because I wanted to explore every ounce of the world. For that reason, it’s definitely worth the play. Good story, great characters (Bayek is an amazing protagonist), an immersive world. What more could you ask for from a video game?