assassin’s creed

Assassin’s Creed Origins Vs Odyssey

A Side By Side Comparison From Hidai Moya

I’ve poured 400 hours into Origins & 300 hours into Odyssey. While Odyssey overall is a more well rounded game, Origins is still my favorite one. Since they both use the same game engine it’s the way in which the gammakers decided to implement its design that makes all the difference. The Sahara Desert in Origins feels far more immersive & has a better layout than the Greek landscape does in Odyssey. Yet the melee combat in Origins feels anemic when compared to that of Odyssey. Both games are good, but they aren’t as similar as some may think. Their differences make each one worth exploring.

Late Gamer Plays Assassin’s Creed: Origins – The Curse Of The Pharaohs

A Review From Hidai Moya

Being set in Ancient Egypt it was naturally expected that AC Origins would explore mummies & curses.
This Downloadable Content adds two new lands to explore. Whereas AC Origins was entirely set in Lower Egypt, this finally adds Upper Egypt & all its iconic places like The Valley of the Kings & The City of Thebes. Encountering the undead however is only limited to four small underworlds, & though undeniably beautiful, their small self contained maps contrast heavily with the overall feel of the game, that & its boss fights are really unoriginal.
It is in the new combat abilities & in the new regions to explore, that the gameplay is at its best. In fact, the integration of Egyptian mythology, history, & AC lore, is told so well at times it is almost better than the main story.
I just wish they would not level cap Bayek since he could one hit/one kill everyone.

Grade B+

Late Gamer Plays Assassin’s Creed: Origins – The Hidden Ones

A Review From Hidai Moya

Whereas AC Origins established the creation of the Assassin Brotherhood, this Downloadable Content story, set a few years later, finally has us see the Brotherhood as the full fledged organization we’ve come to know them for. It is amazing to see the Brotherhood we know from later games, operate in its infancy.
As Egypt’s Nadir is at hand, the might of Rome expands its reach into the Sinai Peninsula oppressing the people. With the Sinai in conflict & members of the Brotherhood dead at the hands of the Romans, Bayek must kill the occupying Roman forces & refine how the Assassin Brotherhood must operates from the shadows.
It is an excellent & memorable story with original & distinct new challenges & set pieces not present in the main game. It didn’t explain everything about AC lore to satisfy me completely but it is still good enough to buy.

Grade A-

Late Gamer Plays Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey – Legacy Of The First Blade

A Review From Hidai Moya

I was disappointed with this Downloadable Content.
AC fans know that Darius of Persia was the first person to wield the hidden blade & finally having a game that would feature him was something special to look forward to. When he finally appears we get an excellent but far too brief look at his past & then it quickly shifts focus to an uneven story about yet another group of masked baddies, with Kassandra doing all of the action. Ideally this would have solely focused on Darius & his backstory, but instead we get more family drama with him & Kassandra.
Some of the beats later in the story are touching, but meagerly developed. It is also disappointing we do not get any new regions, especially considering that Origins gave us two new maps for each of it’s DLC’s!
I still had some fun with it but this could have been so much more than it was.

Grade B-

Late Gamer Plays Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate

A Review From Hidai Moya

There is nothing necessarily wrong with this game, but after a completionist playthrough, I can see why it is seen as the “Nadir” of the franchise.
It has new gimmicks; a GTA like vehicle system, a Batman-esque grappling gun, & the ability to switch genders anytime are amusing, but they do not amount to much.
This is a very by the numbers AC game without any of franchise’s trademark sex appeal or great original music. The writing is unimaginative & generic & it shoe horns in icons of history like Darwin, Dickens, & Queen Victoria. Industrial London may have changed the world forever, but it does not change the fact that it was an ugly, dull, & bleak place with hardly an ounce of beauty. Traversing cotton mills, smoke stacks, & foundries is not exactly rich historical escapism. I was amused but never amazed.
The Anglophile in me was disappointed.

Grade C+

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