This past weekend at Fan Expo, I had the opportunity to try out the latest game in the Assassins Creed franchise. After taking a short hiatus last year, Ubisoft is back to bring us Assassins Creed Origins. Origins is set in Egypt and takes place before any other Assassins Creed game, detailing the beginning of the Assassin’s Order. You play as Bayek as you explore the Great Pyramids and hidden tombs of Ancient Egypt, discovering the secret origins of the Assassins Brotherhood.
First, I’m going to go over the biggest change I noticed during my session, the controls. The controls have undergone some major changes and I’m going to run them by you right now. The right trigger is now your heavy attack, while your right bumper is a light attack. Left trigger will draw your bow (right trigger shoots) and left bumper brings up your shield and locks on to enemies. Pressing left on the d-pad will switch between your bows. When I played I had a normal 1-shot bow, and a 5-shot fan bow. Pressing up on the d-pad will switch control from Bayek to his hawk allowing you to scope out and mark enemies (not unlike Far Cry’s camera function). Lastly, no longer need to repeatedly press A or X to run or gallop. You’ll only need to press it once to continuously run or gallop while on a horse.
My time with Assassin’s Creed Origins was spent on the Xbox One X in native 4K. While the game looked great overall, the one thing that stood out most to me was the water! Both on and below the water looked incredible! While sailing the Egyptian seas I marvelled as the waves crashed and thrashed, water would splash on the screen and leave little water droplets. It makes little sense in a third-person game, but it still added something to the immersion. Under the water is a beautiful site on its own, as you swim with the various marine life and see the underwater flora wave back and forth with the current of the ocean. This all made me wish I could play the whole game underwater…although I guess that would make for a pretty boring Assassins Creed game.
Other than the major changes in the controls, and the game being on Xbox One X in 4K, the game looked like Assassins Creed and that’s perfectly fine. It’s set amongst the gorgeous backdrop of Ancient Egypt, and therefore will need to introduce many different elements that we haven’t had in this franchise before, different weapons, different outifts and clothes, different people, different languages, and of course different cultures. Personally, I can not wait for this game to drop in October.
Please stay tuned to Console Creatures in the coming days as we have a super cool Assassins Creed surprised to share very soon.