Basking In the Awesomeness of Assassin’s Creed: Origins - Cebu X-Geeks


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Basking In the Awesomeness of Assassin’s Creed: Origins

Do you ever feel like you want to sneak up on people, assassinate, and then walk away feeling cool? Or you just want to go all out, guns blazing (well sword slashing), and revel in the guts of your enemies? Well, you can do both now with this new iteration of the Assassin’s Creed. Assassin’s Creed Origins has finally redeemed the franchise and by Osiris it feels good to be back. You want a reason to play it? Here’s my review.

Title: Assassin’s Creed: Origins
Initial Release Date: October 27, 2017
Series: Assassin’s Creed
Writers: Alain Mercieca
Developers: Ubisoft, Ubisoft Montreal
Gaming Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows

A Testament of Ubisoft’s Perfect Graphical Work

The first thing that you will notice with Assassin’s Creed Origins is its stunning visuals. The draw distance of this game is just awesome, even if I’m playing on the PlayStation 4 Slim. I saw the comparison vid for the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X and by Ra it’s so beautiful. The 3D models are carefully designed to synch with the dubs, even if it is just an in-game scene. The flora is almost realistic in design. The towns and big cities are well populated as well. It does not slow down even though the area is super populated with tons of AI characters.

So I have to say, the visuals of this game is a huge improvement compared to the previous titles. Sure, there are some bugs from time to time, but hey, at least it does not crash the game totally. I’m looking at your AC Unity.

Graphics: 9/10

Voice Dubs are Sublime

Another feature that the AC franchise totally nails is the voice dubs of their characters. I dunno about you guys, but I definitely like how their characters talk. They are all believable and totally in sync with the mouth animation and this time, AC Origins totally nails it. I like how they sound and for me, they sound like how ancient Egyptians would talk… well I’m no expert though lol. Anyways, they are all well matched with their voice actors, compared to one game with an English dub that I hate a bit *cough* XC2 *cough*

The music matches the theme of the game too, which is somewhat a double-edged blade for me. While it best describes what Ancient Egypt would sound and feel like, it tends to get a bit boring at some point of the game. You know, I feel a bit sleepy when I travel to a long destination without anything happening in between. The background sounds just makes me feel… zzzz… But if you do meet up with enemies, the game suddenly lights up. Really, I’m just looking for something that the devs need to improve, but it’s just a little.

Sounds and Voice Dubs: 7/10

Go Rambo or Total Assassin

The best part of Assassin’s Creed Origins is its feature to let their players choose whatever style they want. You want to be gung-ho and fight your enemies outright? Sure, go ahead. You want to sneak up on your enemies and just flee without anyone seeing? Sure, no one’s judging you. And the best part of the gameplay? NO MORE FORCED REQUIREMENTS!!! Yay Ubisoft! Congrats on having common sense this time around! I love most of your previous titles, but your friggin’ forced requirements to finish a mission are just ridiculous. This time around, you can do whatever you want. You can approach a mission site and use any method to finish it. Well, there’s not diplomacy option so that’s out, but hey, at least you can go melee or take out enemies one by one. Or poison them. Or make them berserk. Or lure an alligator/croc to the mission area.

There are tons of sidequests to choose from. You can go hunting if you like, well you know, for upgrades. Horse riding is back, but no more naval battles… well, not that of a main feature anyways. It’s part of the story, so just play AC 4 Blackflag if you want to play pirate. There are boss battles too, which are awesooooooooome! You fight gods, mummies of ancient Egyptian pharaohs, and more. It’s a brand new experience for me. So far, I’m having fun playing this game and I see no fault on the gameplay.

Gameplay: 9/10

Main Story is Kinda Short

Before you throw your insults on me, let me remind you that I’m talking about the main game without the rest of the DLC. Clear? Okay, here we go. So yeah, the main story is kinda short for me, but it is compelling and I feel for the main characters. The rest of the DLCs make a conclusion of the story though, which saves it from being short. The characters are relatable as well and you feel the despair of Bayek. This also gives you a lot of information about the beginnings of the Assassin group and their mission.

Story: 7/10

Walking Around Ancient Egypt w/o Fighting is Awesome

The best part of Assassin’s Creed Origins’ replay-ability feature is walking around the whole country without fighting anyone. You can just stroll around, watch how this marvelous civilization thrived, and view the beautiful landscapes. The whole trip is breathtaking and it’s a breath of fresh air compared to the previous titles. You can also go around rampaging if you want or finish other side quests without any worries. The also has tons of DLCs to purchase if you want to expand your experience.

Replay Value: 8/10

Assassin’s Creed Origins is a must-play game if you are following the whole franchise. The whole thing is quite an experience and you will definitely have a great time. Just ignore the bugs, it’s not that bad.

Total Average: 8/10

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