Assasin’s Creed Origins
Developer Ubisoft Montreal / release 2017
What’s that saying? Tenth time’s a charm? Celebrating a decade of stabby freerunning, Origins’ trip to Ancient Egypt pushes the reset button on everything we knew about the Creed. Finally adding a new modern day protagonist, Layla Hassan, with her own fresh take on the Animus, Origins effortlessly pulls ten years of AC narrative into line and delivers the story of the birth of the Brotherhood. Medjay Bayek’s Egypt is far more than just sand, pyramids, and camels. Although they’re there too, this is a gloriously realized slice of living history matched with RPG-style quests, the binning of the AC mini map, and a new take on combat with light and heavy attacks and a serious difficulty spike. The journey of Bayek and his equally deadly wife Aya breathes new life into the series with its sprawling scope and seemingly infinite inventive to-do list. Just mind the snakes. Aaand the hippos.