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Assassin’s Creed Origins – PC/Xbox One/PlayStation 4

Last year, Ubisoft took a year off but is set to be back later this year with a vengeance. The Assassin’s Creed Origins is geared towards Ancient Egypt, going back to the beginning where the tale the assassins’ guild founders all began.

Assassin's CreedAssassin’s Creed Origins was unveiled officially last Micosoft E3 of 2017, amazingly the game is at 30 frames running per second and showing in 4K  for the Xbox One, and other platforms such as PC and PlayStation 4 and PC. October 27, 2017 is the officially announced release of the game and Bayek, the lead character representing a lawman who is seeking revenge in ancient Egypt was introduced.

Assassin’s Creed Origins: The Gameplay

By far, there are more RPG mechanics in this new series that includes quests that requires a certain level, upgraded items and gears such as speed rating of an upgraded horse. The Master Seer, The Master Hunter and The Warrior, these are the additional master skill list during gameplay. The player has the option to play towards any of these skill branches, choosing one won’t affect the other skill’s statistics. A great addition to this new instalment is seeing Bayek being able to dive underwater in order to retrieve treasures. Also, Senu, the protagonist’s eagle comes in very handy to pinpoint an enemy’s location, works best when in close range combat. For a much needed advantage and guide on the map, the player is in full command of the protagonist eagle for a seemingly bird’s eye view advantage.

A hands-on with Assassin’s Creed Origins shortly after the reveal at E3, showed some great and significant modifications. An updated combat skills were introduced, there will now be heavy attack using the right trigger while the left will offer you the vast options for weapons; shield is now available on the left bumper while the right will give the player a light attack. A bigger weapon is much needed as your enemy gets bigger, that goes with getting a stronger weapon to be able to get through the enemy’s shield. Unlike the previous Assassins Creed games, stamina is no longer required to dodge. Meaning to say, there are unlimited chances to perform dodging to help you avoid enemy attacks. As mentioned, the protagonist will now have the skill to swim underwater; this is a first in the game series not to mention there are boats everywhere along the rivers of the Assassin’s Creed Origins gameplay.

Pre-Order Details of Assassin’s Creed Origins

A Gold Edition pre-order card was said to leak from a target store. The leakage showed the exclusive “Secrets of the First Pyramids” mission, there are yet to be known contents from included Deluxe pack, and the Season Pass for this year’s release on top of the Steelbook that will surely hit the collectors rack. However, the price of the Gold Edition is yet to be announced, it has been said that the price for the Gold Edition is quite a pain on our pockets.

Apart from the previously mentioned leak, the Assassin’s Creed Origin will have the Dawn of the Creed Legendary Edition as announced officially by Ubisoft during the Microsoft E3 2017 presentation. This will include a Bayek’s resin statue measuring 73cm, complete replica of the skull amulet of Bayek in resin, a collector’s certificate of authenticity that is number coded from 1 to 999 only, Two Steelbooks of the Assassin’s Creed Origins and four lithographs personally signed by artists of Ubisoft. There will only be 999 units to be produced worldwide, and this comes in with a hefty price of $799.

Amazon, once again lets you get ahead of the game with their pre-order price guarantee on top of the prime savings they offer once you have the Prime membership which will also come with a free shipping of the game. The game is available in digital and disc copy at around $59.96- $59.99 for the standard edition for all available platforms. This item will hit the game stores both online and to any physical store in your area at 12AM PST on October 27, 2017. Pre-order will allow all game enthusiast gain access once it has been released.

On a higher note, for those who will choose the PC as their platform, game requires Windows operating system and Uplay account is a must for the installation and game activation. And this item is made available only to customers in the United States.

A Quick Review Of Assassin’s Creed Origins

Assassin’s Creed is the series that came to a halt for the past three years. It blew up and took the Ubisoft sometime to create an instalment to release to be able to redeem themselves, that lead to somehow a not-so-good but not-so-bad releases. The video presented during the E3 2017, Ubisoft changed the gamers view for this new instalment. The narrative of the game took people big backward steps to the Assassin’s Creed Origins and introduced new chronicles of the lead character, Bayek, while he explores Ancient Egypt back in 1354, placing the most recent instalment game plot even before the Assassins and the Templars founding.

The game featured excellent details with 4k textures with silky smooth animation but will still take you to the old format like pick up item, find this marker on the map, of the past Assassin’s Creed titles. However, as the game progresses, the so called Arena made for the combat demo during E3 will prove most of the expectations wrong. Unlike the past Assassins Creed games, this one’s combat is not limited to just basic attacks and counter dodge options. There are now improved and upgraded fast paced system that allows you to combine dodges with some shield blocks together with light or heavy melee and a vast range of bow attacks. As mentioned earlier, one can never be too complacent in playing the game because the level of difficulty increases as the game progresses.

For those who have played the past Assassins Creed games, one can say Ubisoft has taken a step and is heading towards the right direction this time. One of the fundamental flaws in the core mechanics of the series has been greatly addressed and is set to be fixed by the improved combat system. Moreover, we are keeping our fingers crossed that Ubisoft will keep an open eye and back this up with more interesting set of quest with narratives of the game that will go beyond what the previous instalment of the Assassins’ Creed failed to do so. Nevertheless, since Ezio hung up and put his wrist blades to rest, this is by far the first Assassin’s Creed game that ignited my curiosity.

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