Assassin’s Creed initially started off with a tiny crossbow, one which Altair wore on his back. This feature was scrapped however and we ended up with long bows only. Not that this is a problem; as we had throwing knives to kill our targets from a distance. Let me introduce you to the ranged combat of the Assassin’s Creed series..
In this series of articles, I am going to explore the characteristics of Bayek and some other main characters from the franchise. Enjoy the read, as I will take you on a journey across time, locations and lots of violence… *warning! spoilers ahead!*
Ptolemy and Cleopatra are both on opposite sides in the civil war. Bayek and Aya serve Cleopatra, while a secret force tries to keep Ptolemy in place. This ensures their reign of power, as Ptolemy is just a puppet, but then everything changes… *warning! spoilers ahead!*
From the moment you start up the game, you recognize a familiar soundtrack, but one cannot quite place it. Familiar but different, that is what the soundtrack of Assassin’s Creed Origins is, this is completely in line with the entire game. A reboot of the franchise, familiar but entirely reworked. Assassin’s Creed Origins isn’t just stopping at the visuals, the story and the environment. No, the soundtrack is also entirely fitting to the age of ancient empires…
I saw them from the rooftops of the city of Alexandria, the ancient buildings created by empires long gone. But I longed for it, they called to me and my drift for adventure. Slowly but steadily they appeared closer, until I could finally touch them. My hands touched to white stone and a shock went through my body. These huge buildings are ancient, they have been here for millennia, and will be here for even longer than that… Welcome to the Pyramids of Giza.
Bayek is slowly moving through the sands of the seemingly endless desert. The warmth of the sun heats both the desert and his mind. Sometimes “fata morganas” appear right in front of his eyes, but the moment he touches it, his hands go right through it. What the sun does to Bayek, that is what Origins did to me…
When it was announced that Origins would go to the country of Egypt, I was flabbergasted. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the trailer, in which Ancient Egypt was so beautifully crafted. This is the game I have waited on since the release of the original game and the silent dead of Prince of Persia. Remember that name, as this name will come up multiple times during this blog. Enjoy the read and let me take you back to the time of pharaohs, mummies, pyramids and the Roman Empire…
Ten years already, I can barely believe it. The journeys this franchise took me and the characters I became so close with. Back in 2007/2008 I got my Xbox 360 and along with it came the original Assassin’s Creed game. I was baffled when I first saw the gigantic walls of one of the cities in the game, never in my life had I seen a game with so much detail, a game which brought a world “to life”. Never will I forget the moment I arrived at Damascus with my horse, the city glooming beneath the cliffs. This was my introduction with the Assassin’s Creed franchise.
For the first time ever, I went to the Firstlook Festival in the Netherlands. This festival is an annual event, in which players from the Benelux get to see and play upcoming games. There is also the opportunity to see some cosplayers, get merchandise and take some pictures with exhibitions. And of course we hung around the Ubisoft stand for quite some time.
I have been interested in history since elementary school. My favorite time periods were the eras of the ancient Roman Empires and the Vikings. The latter due to my own Scandinavian and Germanic ancestry. Anyhow, the Roman Empire had my main focus, due to them being so progressive (albeit due to annexing other cultures such as the Greeks and Egyptians) and I read dozens of books about their culture, heritage and conquests. One of their most influential states was the one of Aegyptus, currently known as Egypt.