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Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Assassin's Creed Discovery Tour 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 11 weeks ago.
In Discovery Tour: Ancient Egypt you explore the world of Egypt, free of conflict or gameplay constraints. As you roam freely in the beautiful world of Ptolemaic Egypt you find information about its life, habits and customs by yourself, or let historians and Egyptologists guide you on one of the 75 available historical tours they have curated.
In Discovery Tour: Ancient Greece you explore the world of Ancient Greece through guided tours curated by historians and classical experts. Discover Ancient Greece’s history as the game’s world evolves into a virtual museum. It includes 30 tours, led by 5 different guide characters - each covering a different theme (Philosophy, Architecture, Daily Life, War, Mythology). You can free-roam the entire map, and by taking tours and visiting sites you unlock more avatars and mounts.
Discovery Tour: Viking Age is set in Britain and Norway, around 870 AD. It sheds light on the Viking era and allows players to discover more about the history and traditions of the time. Designed in close collaboration with historians and archaeologists, this non-violent, interactive learning experience is an engaging deep dive into the Viking Age in ninth-century Norway and England. Certain "discovery sites" in-game will feature images of actual archaeological items from the collections of partnering museums in the UK, France and Denmark.
Discovery Tour: History of Baghdad enables you to discover a sixty-six historical sites, each serving as a portal to valuable insights about the era, divided into five categories: Art & Science; Beliefs and Daily Life; Court Life; Economy; and Government. Each entry has been crafted in collaboration with historians and expert advisors and is illustrated by images carefully selected amongst the collections of eminent museums and institutions worldwide, including The David Collection, the Institut du monde arabe (IMA), The Khalili Collections, and Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design.
The latest of these games (Viking Age) replaces the guided tours with peaceful role-playing and quests to pursue. You step into the shoes of Viking and Anglo-Saxon characters from the time, while living out their stories and adventures and interacting with the world around them.
What’s great about this educational element is that you can still run, climb, jump, ride and fly around the Assassin’s Creed world, only without any danger of violence.
Rated for younger players in the US. Discovery Tour: Viking Age is rated ESRB EVERYONE for Alcohol Reference, Mild Language. As players move between landmarks/points of interest, they can read historical information, view cutscenes, and engage in dialogue with other characters. One mission prompts players to collect, among other ingredients, ale for use in a medical concoction/treatment. The word “damn” appears in the dialogue.
Discovery Tour: Ancient Greece is rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for Alcohol Reference, Mild Blood, Suggestive Themes, Violent References. As players move between landmarks and locations, they listen to lectures, view cutscenes, and take various quizzes. Some segments reference historical and/or mythical violence (e.g., “…Xerxes was so consumed by rage...he cut off Leonidas' head and ordered it impaled on a stake.”). A minotaur is briefly depicted with blood on its hands and mouth. Other sections contain educational and/or historical references to sexuality (no depictions): Aphrodite described as the goddess associated with “love, beauty, and sex”; “According to Strabo, the temple's most distinguishing feature was its servants, who acted as sacred prostitutes”; "The parades were full of phallic songs, dances, and symbols meant to signify fertility…”). Wine is sometimes described in text/dialogue (e.g., “Wine was an essential part of Greek culture"; "I'd offer you a drink but for some reason the workers won't let me borrow any of their wine."); players can also engage in/observe several tours detailing the process of wine making.
9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.
Discovery Tour: Ancient Egypt
Discovery Tour: Ancient Greece
Discovery Tour: Viking Age
The Discovery Tour is included for free in the main Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Origins and Valhalla as a free update. On the PC they can be purchased separately as a cheaper “Discovery Tour” only edition.
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