Assassin’s Creed Origins: First Impressions15th June 2017
Assassin’s Creed Origins. Wow! Need I say more? Well yes, I do really, otherwise, this blog post will be quite short.
It’s the latest game in the long-running series by Ubisoft. It’s developed by the same guys and girls who created Assassins Creed 4, yeah the pirate one, so expect it to be good.
AC Origins takes us back to where it all began, ancient Egypt. Check out the official trailer below:
Looking mighty fine there assassin
The live demo after the Ubisoft E3 conference was shown running live on an XBOX One X console in all its 4k glory.One of the guys did stress though that this was an alpha version of the game so to expect some glitches during the demo.
One of the guys did stress though that this was an alpha version of the game so to expect some glitches during the demo.
I think I only saw one slight glitch and that was when a lion was freed from the wooden cage as an enemy base. Its animation appeared a little bit stuttery. Hopefully, this was just a glitch that will be ironed out and not the final animation for the game when it goes gold.
Apart from that, the game looked absolutely stunning. One thing that caught my eye was how shadows were projected onto the gaming world of the main protagonist. Oh and also the water on the lake is probably the best looking water I have ever seen in any game.
Gameplay in Assassin’s Creed Origins, the pharaohs would be proud of
The gameplay looks strong and exciting. Let’s hope there is enough variety in the side missions as to not become too repetitive. That is one of my main gripes of past Assassins Creed games.
I particularly enjoyed seeing the variety of interactions with the environments and NPCs. One stand out instance for me during the demo, was when our assassin was stood on a small fishing boat on a lake. He lit one of his arrows on a nearby torch then fired it at another boat passing by which then caught fire.
A new notable feature added to the game is the use of a beautiful hawk. The hawk is used as a scout to fly over enemy camps and bases to tag the positions of enemies and points of interest. I think it is a good addition to the game. Hopefully, this is one of many new features that have been added to the game to breathe new life into what was a game series beginning to look and feel a bit tired.
Round one fight
While watching the demo a major part of the game is the combat and how you can choose to tackle various scenarios in the game. The two main ways are the stealth approach and the all guns blazing approach. It really depends on how you feel I suppose.
The stealth approach looks slick as you would expect from an Assassins Creed game, but the second approach of tackling the enemies head on in combat looks a little clunky to me. It looks like the cool animations had been removed. These animations are a signature of the combat in past games. Maybe it is down to it being the alpha version. Fingers crossed they reappear.
It also looks like there are more tactics at play. A lot more dodging involved. Maybe I was tired when I watched this but that’s how I felt.
The weapons we saw on display were interesting and varied. We saw bow and arrows, staffs and swords. Another stand out feature that grabbed my attention was the upgrade system. It allowed you to not only upgrade your weapons but also your character. There is definitely more of an RPG feel to this instalment. That I don’t think is a bad thing, if anything it could be just was it needs to give it new life.
Wild thing I think I love ya
Wildlife in Assassins Creed Origins is abundant. I spotted camels, horses, hyenas, gazelle, cows, cats, birds and more. During the demo, we saw our assassin shoot arrows at a couple of hippos bathing in the lake. This led to the hippo chasing and attacking the assassin. What followed was an exciting fight under water between them. The hippo unfortunately died.
One scene in the trailer showed our assassin sat upon a camel. I wonder what other animals we will see thrown into the mix. Time will tell but I doubt there will be other animals you can ride apart from horses and camels.
Big map incoming
The world map shown is absolutely massive. I think it could well be the largest map in a game that I’ve ever seen. Hold on, the map of the USA in The Crew is pretty big.
So far, this game looks promising. I’m sure there will be tonnes more footage over the coming months for us to feast our eyes on.
Assassin’s Creed Origins is due for release later this year. Let’s hope it’s not delayed.