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Assassins Creed: Origins Fan Review

The player takes on the role of a Medjay named Bayek as he works to protect the people of the Ptolemaic Kingdom during a time of widespread upheaval: the Pharaoh, Ptolemy XIII, struggles to maintain his rule whilst harbouring ambitions of expanding his kingdom; his sister, the recently deposed Cleopatra, begins marshalling loyalist forces to launch a counter-coup against Ptolemy; and frequent incursions into the Kingdom by the Roman Republic under the command of Julius Caesar lead to fears of an imminent invasion. Bayek’s role as a Medjay brings him into contact with the secretive forces manipulating these events and sees him become the first Assassin.

Assassin’s Creed Origins is an action-adventure stealth game played from a third-person perspective. Players complete quests—linear scenarios with set objectives—to progress through the story, earn experience points, and acquire new skills. Outside of quests, players can freely roam the open world environment on foot, horseback, camel-back or boat to explore locations, complete optional side-quests and unlock weapons and equipment.

The “eagle vision” mode, which was used by the franchise to give players the ability to scout an area by highlighting enemies and objects, has been replaced by a Bonelli’s eagle named Senu as a companion. Players are able to take control of Senu and scout an area in advance, highlighting enemies which will then be visible when they return to controlling Bayek, the game’s main character. Players can also tame various predators which will serve as a companion for the players and assist them against enemies. Naval combat, underwater exploration and tomb raiding return to the series. However, unlike previous games in the series, Origins Does not include many tall structures for climbing to unlock areas of the map.

The game also features revised combat mechanics. Previous titles in the Assassin’s Creed series used a “paired animation system” whereby the player character would engage with an enemy and combat would be dictated by a series of predeterminted animations based on player inputs and scripted AI movements. Assassin’s Creed Origins will move to a “hit-box system”. When the player wields a weapon, they will strike at whatever is in range, allowing them to hit enemies directly, injure individual body parts, and creating the possibility of missing an enemy entirely. Complementing this is the way weapons fall into different categories and are rated on their damage dealt, speed and range. Enemies will be drawn from several basic archetypes that use a variety of tactics in combat which, combined with the hit-box system, will require players to learn the attributes of individual weapons and tailor their playing style to succeed in combat. As enemy combat is also dictated by the hit-box system, the player will be equipped with a shield and will need to balance their offensive and defensive capabilities. Locations within the game world will be designed to enable players to choose their playing style by offering stealth and open combat as equally-viable choices for completing objectives.

Origins introduces an arena-based combat system where the player fights waves of increasingly-difficult combinations of enemies culminating in a boss fight. While the introduction to the arena is incorporated into the main story, the arena mode stands alone from the wider narrative. The game world features several arenas, with a variety of enemy combinations and unique bosses not found in the game world. Players will be able to unlock additional weapons and equipment by completing arena fights.

A future update to the game will add “Discovery Tour”, a sandbox mode allowing players to freely explore the open world with no objectives or combat, and embark on guided tours that highlight aspects of Egyptian history.

Fan Review : 82% Excellent
Good: 12% | Average: 6% | Poor: 0%

Assassins Creed: Syndicate Review

Assassins Creed: Syndicate PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC
Assassins Creed: Syndicate
PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC

Assassins Creed has been one of those titles that has been a “Love-Hate” relationship with me. The First game I thought was very bland and lacked substance, but with the return of the franchise and the introduction of Ezio, I was hooked. There have been bumps in the road along with way to “Syndicate” (“Assassins Creed 3” , and “Unity”) but the franchise seems to have gotten back on track. Notably the development team removed any and all multiplayer from the game. A choice that I think many fans of the franchise will applaud at. Many of those resources have been pushed to backdrop, and overall feel of London in the late 1800’s.

You play as twins Evie and Jacob Frye. Evie is a devoted assassins who’s main goal is to stop the Templars by finding the remaining pieces of Eden, while Jacob is a brutish reformer who seems to do everything he can against the Assassins Code of Arms. He is outgoing and seems to find himself in tight spots often. The sibling rivalry plays a good story as you can interchange between both characters as often as you like. Sure there are some story plots that can only be playable with a specific character, but you can complete any of the side missions, or character events with either one of the two. They will share XP, money, and items, however they each will have their own set of skills. Jacob will take the lead on many of the main assassin missions, but Syndicate is more about liberating London from the gang oppressors.

Throughout the game your fighting to take back the city of London, and little bit by little bit you liberate different parts. You can recruit new members to a group you call “The Rooks” to your aid, and if used correctly can come in handy when trying to take down gang strongholds.

I was a little let down in their skill variations. Jacob is supposed to be more combo heavy while Evie is more stealthy, however their skills are not tailored that way. Beside the obvious stealth and combo slots, the other skill tree’s are the exact same. The combo’s are a bit repetitive and become problematic at times, but are fluid in animation.

The London landscape is breathtaking, which leaves Syndicate as one of the better installments since Italy. Sure the team has to nip and tuck various landmarks to bring them closer together, but they are all there. You can explore them, and get a birds eye view of the industrialized city of 1868 London. The game does a good job of introducing characters that make the game amusing and entertaining. Going from tracking down hallucinogenic orchids for Charles Darwin, to doing secret missions for Charles Dickens, this game has a little bit of everything.

There is a lot to enjoy about this game. Does the franchise need a break? Sure it does, but they did turn out a very entertaining game. The choice to ditch multiplayer all together was a very smart move and one that, I believe, made the game better. There was no need for it and would have made the game feel loose. Syndicate is a very good game with a lot to enjoy, and the rivalry between the twins is a breath of fresh air.