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Assassin's Creed Origins Full Experience Review

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The Assassin's Creed series of games is one I have been enjoying for years, and have also reviewed the bulk of. Unfortunately, at the release of Assassin's Creed Origins, I was not able to get a copy to review, but after some time, and a Steam sale, I purchased a copy of the Gold Edition, meaning I not only get to benefit from all of the patches but also all of the DLC the game has received. I do mildly regret not getting to this review sooner, so it could be better separated from the review for Assassin's Creed Odyssey and avoid confusion, but other things came up that were a higher priority.

Assassin's Creed Origins is something of a departure from the series in more than one way. The first is that while it had an annual release cadence since Assassin's Creed II was followed by Brotherhood, Ubisoft decided to take a break to re-evaluate the series following the release of Syndicate. Part of this break was also spent looking at other games to learn from, which we see today in Origins most prominently with its RPG systems. It has a skill web for as you level up, a loot system with a host of different weapon types, crafting, and likely some others I am forgetting about.

Marking this change to the series, it also has taken a significant step back in time. Where before the games, with the exception of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, moved forward in time with their settings, Origins takes us back to Egypt, during the time of its civil war that ultimately saw Cleopatra rise as the last pharaoh. While this is a bit more than two thousand years ago, Egypt had existed for thousands of years prior, so the pyramids, mastabas, and other tombs you visit would already be considered ancient. They are presented in far better condition than we know them today, making the game somewhat educational, and the Discovery Tour feature provides exploration curated by historians and Egyptologists without the worry of enemies. (At this time, I have not yet tried this.) This is also far enough back in time that the events you take part in are the rise of The Hidden Ones, the group that eventually becomes the Assassin Brotherhood, and the Order of Ancients, the precursors of the Templar Order that has been the past and present enemy throughout the series.

Assassin's Creed Origins has an M rating from the ESRB, citing blood and gore, intense violence, nudity, sexual content, strong language, drug reference, and use of alcohol. If this means the game is inappropriate for you to play, then chances are this review is as well, as the captured media will include this content. As I have started doing when possible, in addition to grabbing screenshots and recording some clips, I have also captured the whole of my review playthrough. Obviously this will include all of the mature content, and my own commentary, which will sometimes include my own strong language. Sorry about that.

As I have done previously when reviewing games with their DLC, The Hidden Ones and The Curse of the Pharaohs have their own pages. Also, as the game does support Tobii Eyetracking, I did play with the Tracker 4C enabled (when I remembered to turn the device on).With that, I think I have everything covered, so time to get to the review!

  1. Assassin's Creed Origins Full Experience Review - Introduction
  2. Assassin's Creed Origins Full Experience Review - Graphics
  3. Assassin's Creed Origins Full Experience Review - Story
  4. Assassin's Creed Origins Full Experience Review - Gameplay
  5. Assassin's Creed Origins Full Experience Review - Conclusion (Base Game Only)
  6. Assassin's Creed Origins Full Experience Review - The Hidden Ones Expansion
  7. Assassin's Creed Origins Full Experience Review - The Curse of the Pharaohs Expansion
  8. Assassin's Creed Origins Full Experience Review - Additional Gameplay Media
  9. Assassin's Creed Origins Full Experience Review - Conclusion (Full Experience)
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