Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Assassin's Creed Origins 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 7 weeks ago.
Along with the action and suspense of running, jumping, climbing, fighting and assassination, the games are known for their strong narrative and characters. This not only gives you a compelling reason to play but fleshes out the sense of place and historical accuracy of the game.
You progress by completing a linear string of quests that move the story forwards. As you do you gain new skills and equipment. As with all these games you can freely roam the world. Here, this is on foot, horseback, camel-back, horse-drawn vehicles or boat to explore locations, complete optional side-quests and unlock weapons.
Rather than unlocking the map by scaling buildings and triggering Eagle Vision as in previous games, here you can scout an area by control of an eagle. You can also tame various predators which will serve as a companion for the player and assist them against enemies. Along with this, Naval combat, underwater exploration and tomb raiding return to the series. Origins adds arena combat where you fight waves of increasingly difficult combinations of enemies culminating in a boss fight.
Of note to families with younger children not old enough to play the game but keen to explore the settings, there is a Discovery Tour mode and stand-alone version on PC for Odyssey, Origins and Valhalla that provides a violence-free setting. This enables players to explore the full map without the pressure of quests and combat. It also adds enhanced cinematic scenes to focus on the smaller details being discussed during a tour. There are also quizzes to see how much history players have taken in during their exploration.
Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Mature Accompanied (MA 15+) for Strong Violence, Sex Scenes, Coarse Language.
12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. It's also important to ensure children understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. You need to have patience and forward thinking for the assassinations. You also need to navigate the large map and work to collect the items you need. Resilience also helps when things don't go to play.
Assassin's Creed Origins
Assassin's Creed Origins: Deluxe Edition
Assassin's Creed Origins: Gold Edition
Assassin’s Creed Origins
- In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
- In-Game Pass: Purchase a season/battle pass to gain access to limited in-game purchases, reward items and other aspects of the game.
You can purchase Helix credits that unlock extra items, in-game currency, resources and more. There is also additional adventures and challenges that can be purchased individually or via a Season Pass:
- The Ambush at Sea missions
- Desert Cobra Pack
- The Hidden Ones
- The Curse Of the Pharaohs
- Deluxe Pack
- Horus Pack
- Roman Centurion Pack
- Helix Credits Large Pack
You can buy the game in different editions to gain access to more content:
- Assassin's Creed Origins Deluxe Edition - Includes Ambush at Sea mission, Desert Cobra pack with 1 outfit, 2 legendary weapons, 1 legendary shield and 1 mount. Also adds 3 Ability points.
- Assassin's Creed Origins Gold Edition - Includes Deluxe additions and the Season Pass, giving you access to all major expansions.
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Release Date: 26/10/2017
Out Now: PC, PS4, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
Content Rating: PEGI 18
Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds
Accessibility: 27 features
Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World
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