2. Assassin’s Creed Origins
Available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC
“With a stream of post-launch content bolstering what it is already an epic 50-hour-plus adventure, Assassin’s Creed Origins is one of the most engrossing and awe-inspiring experiences of the year, especially on Xbox One X where the visuals are pushed to the max. You can nit-pick all you like about the odd funny glitch here and there and some duff NPC dialogue, but Assassin’s Creed Origins is a near flawless open-world gaming experience. After a year’s absence, Assassin’s Creed is back and it has been reborn. And I’ll happily admit that I’ve got egg on my face, because it’s better than ever.”
Why is it on the list?
“Engrossing and awe-inspiring” pretty much nails it; I’ve always been a fan of the Assassin’s Creed games, but Origins takes everything they stand for and turns it up to 11. The series has had its ups and downs in the last several years, which is why Ubisoft made the decision to take a year’s hiatus before releasing Assassin’s Creed Origins into the wild. Clearly, that extra year to work on it made the world of difference, as this is by far the best Creed game we’ve ever seen.
I’ve never played a game with a world so massive yet so rich and full of life as Origins’ rendition of Egypt is. While it’s obviously not historically accurate, it’s plain to see that the era has been painstakingly researched to make it as realistic and believable as possible. It’s these touches that make the game a cut above the rest. It helps, also, that Bayek is such a humanised protagonist; he’s far from perfect, but he’s been through pain and heartache that makes him more relatable than any who’ve come before him.
While a few years ago, we’d sigh at the news of a new Assassins Creed game, knowing we’d enjoy it but it would be more of the same, after Origins, I cannot wait to see what Ubisoft can do next. — Kim