Why Assassins Creed Origins is worth your attention

Assassins Creed has taken a break from our stores.  Later this week Assassins Creed Origins will release.  Origins has been developed by the team who previously worked on Black Flag.  This longer development time is reason enough to be very interested in Origins.

Assassins Creed Black Flag released 4 years ago and, to my mind, remains the best the series has ever offered us.  The open world was incredibly interesting to explore, naval gameplay was stunning and its characters were varied and interesting.  Most Assassins Creed games have had far shorter development periods than Origins, let us hope the time has been spent well.

Since the last Assassins Creed game released open world games have evolved.  The likes of Horizon: Zero Dawn and Zelda: Breath of the Wild have moved the genre forward and Assassins Creed: Origins looks set to do so too.

What does Assassins Creed Origins do to move the series forwards?

Much like this year’s Zelda, Assassins Creed Origins removes the mini map.  Much as a map can still be accessed and waypoints can be used this is not done with a mini map.  This opens up the user interface in gameplay to provide players with a much more cinematic experience.

Roleplaying systems take a far more important role in Origins.  Players level up and can use a far wider variety of weapons than in previous games in the series.  The skills of the RPG side of the game directly feed into your ability with different weapons and these in turn affect the game’s new combat system.

Thanks to these changes assassinations are far more like puzzles to be solved.  Each important target has a level that gives an indication of the difficulty it will provide to take out.  By careful consideration of approach, skill set, weapon choice etc. assassinations provide more challenge than in recent titles.

Assassins Creed Origins is out on October 27th 2017.

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