This is the best Assassins Creed game I've played in a long while. The visuals are stunning, the map is huge, and they really have created a great world this time. They really should stick with the two year release time lines. The story is pretty good, though there is so much to do i've sometimes had a hard time remembering what the heck im doing a quest for.
They have done away with being able to go wherever you want, in Origins the map is divided into zones. Each zone has recommended levels. If you are level 5 and you walk into a level 20 zone, you are going to get destroyed, no matter how well you've mastered the fighting mechanics. Likewise, if you are lvl 20 and you go back to a lvl 5 zone, you are going to feel like a god. To add in some good measure in some zones they have added in Phylakes which are high level bounty hunters looking just for you. They add in a challenge when you think there is non and makes you always have to be aware of your surroundings.
The combat is also different, instead of just endlessly countering everything (which every good Ass Creed has used so far) which is a breath of fresh air. There are tons of different weapons, bows, and gear to use now. And they have different levels so you do change them fairly often. You have to charge your attack to break an enemies defense or shield. Gone are the days where if you're surrounded by enemies will only one attack at a time... They will all jump you now, and you will die.
Besides that you get a little eagle buddy, that can mark enemies for you ala Far Cry.
I'm a few hours in, but I have a few thoughts. This is the first Assassin's Creed game I've played since Black Flag. The series for me has been hit and miss. I loved Black Flag, I thought AC 3 was garbage and felt really burned by the experience. As for Origins, I really like the game world and graphics, it's hard for me to put the controller down, which is a sign that it's pretty good. I haven't experienced any glitches yet, so this isn't a Unity-type fiasco. The story is a bit bland, but hopefully it will pick up as the game goes along. It's pure B movie sword and sandals pulp, complete with cheesy accents. In terms of game mechanics, it doesn't play or feel like a typical Assassin's Creed game.If I had to compare it to anything recent I'd say it feels more like the recent Tomb Raider game as well as Horizon Zero Dawn. All in all, pretty good.
As for microtransactions, they're right out in front, as you navigate the menus. I guess I land somewhere in the middle on the issue. They're distasteful, sure, and the way they push it in your face is a bit off putting, but they aren't mandatory to finish the game. I really don't know why anyone would pay money to progress in the game, but am I going to lose sleep if someone else decides to do it? No. By the way, the microtransactions absurdly labelled "time savers" -- absurd because, let's face it, a large open world game like this is all about wasting time.
Are usually write pretty lengthy reviews on video games but I will try to keep this one short.
To be honest, the only reason that I bought this game was because I had just purchased an Xbox One X and a 4K TV, and needed a game that supports 4K. Plus, Amazon had this game on sale for $30 instead of the original price tag of $60. After just completing the game after playing it for several months, I’ve got to say, it’s worth all of $60.
I’ve played about five assassins creed games and this one originally did not strike my interest that much. I guess I kind of figured that the whole Egyptian thing wasn’t that interesting. I was wrong. After several months of playing this open world game, I was blown away at the graphics of the 4K quality single time. I’ve been playing video games Since the first games of the original Nintendo or coming out, and this is the best looking game that I’ve ever seen. The beautifully detailed scenery and amazing lighting are mind blowing. It’s almost like watching a movie, but when playing it, it’s like you’re really there in that time. That’s how good it looks.
The controls took a little getting used to. The last assassins creed game I played was Black flag and the controls were a little different in that game compared to this one. At times they were a little clunky and sticky. One of my biggest pet peeve‘s of assassins creed games has always been getting stuck on an object, and Origins is no exception.
Not only is the story and main missions interesting, they are true to history. Ubisoft always does a fantastic job on research for their assassins creed games.
The combined play of the main and side missions combined took me about 4 months to complete, playing casually. Getting towards the end of the game, I was getting a little bit burned out with playing side missions. Nearly became pointless to play them because of how close I was to the end of the main mission of the game. At that point it was really just for fun.
I docked 1 star for the aggravating clunky controls and repetitive side missions
This game is absolutely incredible. Unity was extremely disappointing, and while Syndicate was an improvement, it just wasn’t as good as Black Flag. With all that being said, I’m extremely pleased with how Origins turned out. The map is huge, and the gameplay is outstanding. The loot system got a complete overhaul and it compliments the game nicely. I also liked the skill tree. You can choose whether or not you want to play stealthy or as a 1 man wrecking crew. The controls are a little different than the past, but given how much more you can do, it greatly improves the fighting mechanics. Overall, I give this game a 9.5/10. Definitely recommend it to anyone who’s a fan of the series.
Amazing game, well structured, addicting, engaging, fun, and challenging. But my only critique of this game is Ubisoft has made a great game, but not a great assassin's creed. Even though they justify many of the changes as "trying something new" or it makes sense because this is before all the assassins creed elements we know and love were introduced, I don't believe it's as satisfying as a few of the games in the past. What made the past assassin's creed games were, no matter who you were or what you were, you felt like an assassin, you felt cool, you felt swift. The parkour in the game isn't as fluid as Unity plus there's less to parkour around on but it's Egypt so what can you do about that, but the point i'm trying to make is, there are certain satisfying moments in past assassin's creed games that made you feel like cool and assassin like. I don't think what would make this game (or future games) better is reimplementing better and technical take down/kill animations (maybe similar to God of War) and better parkour fluidity. Combat wise it's all up to preference, some prefer the old school fighting of the ezio trilogy, some prefer the quick and easy one button counters in AC3,Rogue, and AC4, some prefer the button mashing of Syndicate, and others like the strategic fighting of Unity and Origins. But I feel everyone can objectively say satisfying takedown cutscenes and fluid parkour are some of the most satisfying moments gameplay wise.
Great game, nearly forgot about the real world. Glad they made so updates on it, in particular the white question marks on a very light background can be very hard to see so glad they fixed that. I very rarely finish a game but this one I did and they keep adding new quest and items to get you to return. Have to admit the combat configuration has changed a bit compared to previous versions so it will take some time to get use to making it frustrating in the beginning.
Awesome game. There is lots to do in this game. Many side quests, lots to explore, large maps for hours of game play.
I really like the open world concept and style of play, so after reading and watching a few reviews online i decided to get this game having never played an assassins creed game. It hasn't disappointed. The visuals are stunning, the maps are expansive with tons to see and explore, the game controls and mechanics are really well thought out too. I think i have around 30+ hours into this game and have barely explored 1/3rd of the overall map.
It is really easy to spend hours playing this game.
some of the gameplay/movement/fighting is clunky and can be aggravating, but visually the game is excellent and a welcome addition to the franchise. players not familiar with the AC genre may find this game monotonous, because it basically replays the same scenario over and over and over (go to location, recon enemies, fight enemies, gather treasure, level up).
All of the updates are for the better. This is the best assassin's creed gameplay there has ever been. The story is average, and about what you expect from recent games in this series. I actually think the story was better in the earlier games, although it's always been convoluted, and a bit of a mess. But there's a lot of historically accurate stuff, and history buffs will go nuts for some of the free updates which were all about historical accuracy, and not at all about gameplay. The paid DLC is amongst the best DLC I've ever played, and well worth the price of admission. All around, this is a fine example of a AAA game in 2018.
One of the better Assassin's Creed games I've played- not as great as Brotherhood or Black Flag, but certainly better than Unity and slightly-better than Syndicate. The world is very expansive and offers a little bit of what made the previous ones fan favorites special like full-blown exploration of the world with few loading screens in between, gorgeous graphics and decent voice acting, and even a bit of character-switching and sea warfare. The lore is a bit lacking in this one and the mystery is so understated that it's difficult to get into the story. The gameplay itself is on point, though, and luckily the only repetitive aspects of it are the usual synchronization points. But even that can be fun.