Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Modern Assassin's Creed

Assassin's Creed Origins is really really cool ya'll. I'm a big fan of Ubisoft's crowning series when they can stick to the fundamentals and avoid microtransactions / things like Facebook connectivity to Facebook Live or Facebook Just Collectin' Information or whatever.


Been looking forward to playing this one for over a year, and the Egypt setting does not disappoint. This is sort of a "reboot" to the series, making it more like The Witcher III than the previous games. Bigger world, more quests, etc.

The visuals here are astounding. The gameplay is a little harder to get used to and more of a challenge than previous games in the series, and deaths abound early on.

We got moonlight and water and MY GOD IT'S SO GOOD LOOKING

There are all kinds of historical locations to visit here, like the Library of Alexandria and the Pyramids of Giza.

Here's the most historical of historical locations, the Sphinx. It's intact here... and it's a lot smaller than I would have thought, standing only a few dozen feet.

Speaking of which, here's the Library itself. IT'S! SO! GOOD-LOOKING!

The attention to detail in these Creed games is astounding. It's hard to believe they make one almost every year. Course, it feels like most of the internet just focuses on complaining about whatever glitches are found in each new game. Glitches go with the territory when you're making a big open world where the player can go anywhere. I've never encountered that many glitches in this series, and the ones I do encounter are sorta small potatoes compared to all of the good aspects of these games.

Back to Origins, the main characters are Bayek and Aya, who may or may not end up being the founders of the Assassin's Order. They also have sex like, all the time.

Speaking of sex, here's Cleopatra, who does a lot of opium and torments the men around her with proclamations that she'll sleep with anyone who agrees to be put to death the next morning.

Yes, Cleopatra is a bit nefarious. Dem hips, however.

He...he LET THE WINE GO TO VINEGAR.

There's a lot of swimming and some ship-to-ship combat in this game. It's a welcome, small amount, compared to the other games in the series that heavily-emphasized ship-to-ship combat (generally, the games in the middle). This series is hit-or-miss with these things.

This game is at its best when you play as Aya, seen here leaping over flaming boats. Unfortunately you don't get to do that very often, though she's playable more in later parts of the game.

Yeah, it would have been great to have Aya playable for the entire game, even though Bayek is cool.

Moving on, we're switching from Egypt to Greece as I check out Assassin's Creed Odyssey...


This game isn't as good as Origins...to its credit it DOES let you play a female character for the duration though. Alas, the game borrows HEAVILY from other media, and case in point: Kassandra is basically Wonder Woman.

While Origins has the Sphinx, Odyssey has giant Greek lion statues. Check out the detail on those pillars.

Trading in camels for horses and trading in the gorgeous desert environment for a somewhat plainer Greek countryside. This looks more like every RPG ever. If this game had come before Origins I think I'd like it more.

It's also a bit derivative of games like Horizon: Zero Dawn and modern Tomb Raider. A lot of this can be forgiven easily when IT'S SO! GOOD LOOKING! though.

Here's a clip I recorded of the waves coming in from the ocean. I've never seen nicer waves in ANY video game.

Even though I'm glad she's playable, Kassandra isn't as interesting as the Origins MCs. She's more of a mercenary than someone particularly driven by anything, though maybe that'll change as the game goes on.

Both of these games do light and shadow REALLY well. I was impressed enough by the visuals of these games to do a post and show these images off. Back to the RPGs tomorrow.




4 comments:

  1. I'm just glad the sites back online! You ever play Enslaved: Odyssey to the West or last generation's Prince of Persia reboot?

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    1. I played Sands of Time, but that's it. I actually covered it on here: http://www.coronajumper.com/2013/04/prince-of-persia-sands-of-time.html

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    2. I've played that one too, gotta try the 2008 one or Enslaved if you ever come across a copy.

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