The Hidden Ones DLC
In Assassin’s Creed Origins: The Hidden Ones, Bayek travels to the Sinai region, where corrupt Romans rule with an iron fist. Still in the shadows, but hunted nonetheless, the Assassins only hope is the help of Bayek. They have only one chance to rid their land of the corrupt Romans…
The Sinai region is beautifully crafted and the expansion of this beautiful open world is exactly what Origins needed. Sadly we can’t travel to the region by riding or sailing, but now we have to go via the Atlas. Not my preference, but it works like a charm. The regions gives us two new cities and a couple of new towns and fortresses. There are dozens of new locations to discover and these are different enough to feel like seeing something entirely new.
The Hidden Ones continues the story of Bayek, Aya, their brotherhood and the recruiting of its members. Gameplay wise, expect a combination of the original Assassin’s Creed, Assassin’s Creed II and Brotherhood. The more I played, the more I hoped I would eventually be able to call in my personally trained Assassins. Sadly, this wasn’t the case, as it would have helped with playing the game on Nightmare mode. While Origins originally focused a lot on melee combat, the Hidden Ones really focuses on sneaking, which isn’t a bad thing.
The new content also adds new missions in northern Egypt and more variation in assassin contracts, which means that you can’t truly ever finish the game. A big plus I saw in the Hidden Ones is the increased drop of Carbon Crystals, which makes it easier to craft end game gear. Each of the gear items can be crafted in even better variations, but the game never becomes “easy” if you let enemies scale to your level. This means that making a mistake during a battle can and will cost you your life.
The Hidden Ones delivers more end game loot, missions and dozens of new locations to explore. For the price tag it truly isn’t that expensive, as it took me 10 to 15 hours to finish the main story of the DLC. Beautiful waterfalls, streams, new regions, mountain tops and fortresses, the Hidden Ones DLC has all of the features the original game has to offer, but with an brand new story which feels like an ode to the original two Assassin’s Creed games. If this is the new standard of DLC’s Ubisoft will create, I look forward to the next couple of years! Luckily in early march we can return to Egypt in the next DLC of Origins and I just can’t wait!
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