Pt. 1 (The Beginning)
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which was used by the franchise to give players the ability to scout an area by highlighting enemies and objects, has been replaced by a Bonelli’s eagle named Senu as a companion.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%
A young girl, a big fan of Mario and his games and a skilled inventor, is working in the basement of her home with her AI assistant, Beep-O, to finish off her latest creation called the SupaMerge helmet – a device that can merge any two objects it targets into a single entity, in the hopes it could solve an energy crisis. However, the helmet has an overheating problem when merging a flower with a lamp. After leaving to take a lunch break, her basement is suddenly invaded by a group of Rabbids via their Time Washing Machine, who start to explore and cause chaos with her stuff. One of the Rabbids soon takes a keen interest in the SupaMerge helmet and puts it on, before messing around with it, merging one Rabbid with a wig and the girl’s phone and changing him into Princess Peach Rabbid, another with a red object into Mario Rabbid, and another with a toy sunflower and some glasses into a living Sunflower. But in having fun with the helmet, the Rabbid strikes the Time Washing Machine, sucking all of the Rabbids, Beep-O, and the girl’s stuff, into a dimensional vortex.
In the Mushroom Kingdom, Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Yoshi, attend a ceremony for the unveiling of a new statue to Peach at her castle, when they suddenly spot a giant vortex forming above Peach’s castle, which sucks up everyone attending the ceremony and deposits them elsewhere. At the same time, the Rabbids arrive in the Mushroom Kingdom, along with the girl’s stuff which is now gigantic in size. As they are being dropped across the Kingdom, Beep-O watches as the SupaMerge helmet is merged to the Rabbid wearing it, who in turn merges more Rabbid with other objects before disappearing elsewhere. As the Time Washing Machine, now gigantic, is about to smash into Beep-O, it is soon rescued by Mario, who teams up with Princess Peach Rabbid and Luigi Rabbid in order to tracked down the SupaMerge helmet. Aided by a mysterious figure that sends Beep-O e-mails, the team are given special weapons to combat the Rabbids that oppose them, rescuing Luigi in the process from a Rabbid merge with a Piranha Plant, and eventually track down the helmet to a giant tower of building blocks. However, Bowser Jr. quickly grabs the Rabbid merged to the helmet and calls it “Spawny”, before leaving the group to deal with a Rabbid resembling Donkey Kong.
Realizing they need Spawny to undo the damage to the Mushroom Kingdom, the group soon head off to find the pair, acquiring aid from Princess Peach, Rabbid Mario, Rabbid Yoshi, and Yoshi, while contending with further tricks by Bowser Jr.. As they continue to deal with more attacks by merged Rabbids, Beep-O begins to notice that the vortex from earlier is still in the sky and growing in size, eventually discovering that a corruptive entity known as the MegaBug, is causing it and gaining strength from every Rabbid that is defeated and sent back to Peach’s castle completely returned to normal. After battling against Bowser Jr. once more, the group manage to rescue Spawny, only for him to run away and be captured by the MegaBug and merged into it. Shortly after witnessing this, Bowser Jr. discovers that his father Bowser is coming home early from a vacation, and rushes to warn him of the danger to their castle from the MegaBug. Mario and the group soon arrive, and witness the MegaBug merge with Bowser into the powerful MegaDragonBowser, forcing the group to fight and defeat him, freeing Bowser and Spawny from its clutches. A relieved Bowser Jr. soon apologies to the group, thankful his father was saved.
Sometime later, the group return to Peach’s castle for a new unveiling ceremony with the Toads and the Rabbids, in which a statue of Rabbid Princess Peach is unveiled to the crowd. Delighted, Rabbid Princess Peach decides to take a photo of herself and the rest of the group. In an epilogue, Beep-O spots the Time Washing Machine, and decides to send letters back to the past, in order to warn themselves of the dangers they’ll, but later consider it might not be wise, and questions what could possibly go wrong from such actions.
Fan Review : 63% Good
Excellent: 13% | Average: 25% | Poor: 0%
The game takes place in Bolivia in July 2019. The country has become increasingly unstable as the Santa Blanca, a previously minor Mexican drug cartel, gains more power and influence within the county to the point where Bolivia has become a narco-state and the world’s largest producer of cocaine.
The rise in power of this drug cartel concerns the United States Government, as Santa Blanca’s influence has begun to spread beyond Bolivia. The last straw comes when a bomb targets the U.S. embassy in La Paz and its intended target, DEA agent Ricardo “Ricky” Sandoval, is kidnapped, tortured and then killed by the Santa Blanca. As a result, the United States initiates Operation Kingslayer, a joint operation between the CIA, DEA and JSOC. The United States Army dispatches a fireteam of elite special operations unit called “Ghosts” to destroy the cartel and reveal the connection between Santa Blanca and the local government. The Ghost team consist of Ghost Leader “Nomad”, Tactical Gunner “Midas”, Engineer “Holt”, Sniper “Weaver”. The Ghosts individually make their own way into Bolivia. They rendezvous and are brought to the mission area in Bolivia by helicopter along with their CIA contact, Karen Bowman. When they land in the province of Itacua thet are met with Pac Katari, leader of the Kataris 26, the only resistance against Santa Blanca. Pac Katari gives them their first mission – to recover Amaru, an older man who’s ideologies founded Kataris 26 along with Pac Katari who was captured by Santa Blanca. After this mission the Ghosts are, more or less, free to tackle the cartel in any way and order they see fit.
As the Ghosts dismantle the cartel piece by piece, they eventually are given the option to go after El Sueno. Ordered to regroup with Bowman, the Ghosts find her captive in the presence of the rebels. Told that Pac Katari has betrayed them, the Ghosts race to El Sueno’s fortress to capture him. After fighting their way through enemy opposition. The Ghosts and Bowman find and surround El Sueno, who has just beheaded Pac Katari. Despite surrendering to the Ghosts, Bowman receives a call from her superiors informing that El Sueno had made a deal with the Department of Justice to give up the heads of other cartels in exchange for immunity. The games ending will depend on whether the Ghosts fully dismantled the cartel or not. If the ghosts have fully dismantled the Cartel, Bowman takes El Sueno into protective custody, having taken down others involved with Santa Blanca. If remnants of the cartel remains, Bowman will instead execute El Sueno in cold blood, leading to her dismissal from the CIA and arrest for murdering El Sueno, although she has no regrets of doing so.
Fan Review: 35% Good
Excellent: 30% | Average: 15% | Poor: 20%
The warlord Apollyon takes control of the knights of the Blackstone Legion after murdering his rivals, who fight for and protect the people of the land of Ashfeld, allowing her to sow the seeds of perpetual war and create stronger men to rule over the weak. During the Blackstone Legion’s attempt to bring another, dishonorable lord-turned-mercenary, Hervis Daubeny, to justice, his second-in-command, known as the Warden, helps to stop the Blackstone siege and battles the champion of the Blackstone knights. Upon defeating his opponent, the Warden is made a knight of the Blackstone Legion by Holden Cross, Apollyon’s lieutenant and leaves with him. During his time in Apollyon’s army, the Warden helps to defend against the Viking raiders of the Warborn, but soon realizes shortly after meeting with Apollyon that his commander cares nothing about protecting people and seeks to manipulate his enemies into endless battles. Starting with the Vikings, Apollyon and his warriors including Cross, the Warden and fellow lieutenants Stone and Mercy, attacks their settlements and sacks their strongholds in the northern land of Valkenheim, leaving only enough food and supplies to fight over, and sparing those who would eagerly fight for those scraps or are strong enough to do so. Sickened by this and by the senseless slaughter he helped to bring about, the Warden deserts the Blackstone Legion, soon followed by Holden.
Afterwards, in Valkenheim, the Viking clans fight amongst themselves, killing one another for the dwindling scraps left by Apollyon. One of the survivors of her final attack, a warrior known as the Raider, begins uniting the warriors of the various clans under his banner, alongside his warlord friend Stigandr, valkyrie warrior Runa and berserker Helvar, first by killing the brutal raider Ragnar, who steals what little remains from those who cannot feed themselves, and then Siv the Ruthless, who seek to conquer and plunder their own people. After killing his rivals, the Raider and his rapidly growing army retake a Warborn stronghold from knights of Apollyon’s army, and then set out to the land of the Myre to raid the Dawn Empire of the Chosen, a group of powerful Samurai, to resupply and feed their people after finding treasure in the stronghold. The Raider then leads the assault on the Samurai, and succeeds in overrunning their forces, causing them to retreat back to their greatest city. In the chaos, Apollyon strikes and kills the Dawn Empire’s ruler, killing his Daimyos that refuse to fight each other and setting free the ones she believes will kill one another and in turn become stronger.
Into this chaos is brought the Orochi warrior known as the Emperor’s champion, the strongest and most fearsome warrior in the Dawn Empire. After learning of the devastation of the Viking raid, she, fellow samurai Ayu, the Shugoki Okuma and Nobushi Momiji attempt to reunite the Daimyos under one banner, using the vikings as a common enemy to rally against. It is also during this time that the Emperor’s Champion learns of Apollyon’s manipulations of the various factions and rallies her allies to stop Apollyon, invading Ashfeld to attack Blackstone Fortress. During a scouting mission with Momiji, the Orochi is met by the Warden, now leading a rebellion against Apollyon with Holden by her side and, after dueling her, realizes they are allied against the same enemy. Both armies besiege the castle on separate fronts, with the Orochi searching for Apollyon. After finding Apollyon, the Orochi duels with and barely manages to kill her, but not before learning that she wanted to create eternal war to weed out the weak and create the strongest of men, making them evermore bloodthirsty like her. In the aftermath, the armies of all three factions attacking the Blackstone Fortress; Knight, Samurai and Viking alike all turn on each other, resulting in a terrible war lasting seven years. Realizing the war’s futility, Ayu, Holden and Stigandr meet after their respective leaders send them as envoys to end hostilities. Though all three people realize that the prospect of peace may be futile and they may all die in the attempt, they all agree that peace is worth fighting for and that it will make for an unforgettable tale.
The Fan Review Score is: GOOD (39% of Fan Vote)
The Spring of next year is looking to be pretty packed full of games! From Ghost Recon, Halo Wars 2 and now For Honor, we are looking for next year to be packed full of awesome games. February 14th will bring Ubisoft’s For Honor. Check out the trailer below!