As­sasin’s Creed Ori­gins

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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.

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