GamesBeat - Stephanie Chan | Review-In-Progress
Assassin’s Creed: Origins offers a rich world and a compelling story, but it’s waylaid in part by the repetitive side quests. It has secrets to find, but you’ll have to go looking for them. If you don’t mind hours of grinding to move forward a story piece by piece, then this is something you’ll enjoy. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next, but I wish that the open world aspect either didn’t affect the pacing so much or did more to expand on the story.
Wccftech - Alessio Palumbo | Review-In-Progress | PC
Overall, besides the aforementioned lack of instant assassinations in some cases, I do have a lingering concern regarding the depth and variety of content, an important aspect of games belonging to the open world genre. Ubisoft stated that it would always be meaningful, but I still have to check whether this will actually be the case. Other than that, though, Assassin’s Creed Origins is looking great so far.
VideoGamer - Alice Bell | Review-In-Progress
The scale and beauty of Ancient Egypt is stunning, and you might find yourself spending hours just exploring. But, within that, the main story is threatening to become lost.
PC World - Hayden Dingman | Review-In-Progress | PC
Assassin’s Creed: Origins reboots the reboot, but a year off hasn’t changed the series as much as you might’ve hoped.
TechRaptor - Samuel Guglielmo | Review-In-Progress | PS4
If you’ve said you want the Assassin’s Creed series to finally change, then Assassin’s Creed Origins is the reinvention you’ve been waiting for. While I haven’t played enough to make any final judgments on the game just yet, I have played enough to see that I’m really enjoying my time with it.
Kotaku - Kirk Hamilton | Unscored
Assassin’s Creed Origins is ungainly and uneven, beautiful and frustrating, expansive and unexpectedly conservative. It won’t challenge the palate; rather, it is a prime example of video-game comfort food. It’s here to be slowly enjoyed, offering a seemingly endless supply of gorgeous locales and steadily-filling progress bars. If Ubisoft is a digital travel agency, Origins provides one of the most sweeping, enveloping destinations they’ve yet offered. Come for the beautiful recreation of ancient Egypt, stay for the beautiful recreation of ancient Egypt.
VG247 - Brenna Hillier | Unscored
Assassin’s Creed Origins is not a dramatic departure from the formula as we last saw it, but manages to be much more fun and feel way more fresh than any entry since Brotherhood and Black Flag. It plays to the strengths of a genre Ubisoft helped bring into the mainstream, respects the player and their freedom, and allows them to beat up crocodiles. I’m into it.
AngryCentaurGaming - Jeremy Penter | Wait for Sale
This is actually a ‘Wait for Sale’. Make no mistake, I loved a good deal of this game and travelling across this world is so frigging awesome-looking. Unfortunately, that’s offset by a battle system that just wasn’t as slick as say Zelda’s, which I think it’s trying to crib from and the bugs that obviously got in the way. The game looks absolutely beautiful at times, but it does have a couple issues with pop-in and so forth. I think this is a title that, with a couple of patches, really could make me enjoy the part of the game that the game wants you to enjoy the most when it comes to change, and that is the battle. It just has some issues right now.
Eurogamer - Christian Donlan | Recommended | PS4
Assassin’s Creed returns and its vast and evocative Egypt inspires wonder - even if much in the game remains familiar.
GamesRadar+ - Louise Blain | 5 / 5 stars
As beautiful as it is deadly, Origins’ Egyptian playground is finally everything you wanted the Creed to be.
GameSpace - GameSpace | 9.7 / 10 | PC
Assassin’s Creed Origins is a breathtaking sensorial odyssey. It is the MMO I have been waiting for without the MMO part and boy would my heart skip a beat if it were massively multiplayer online. Ubisoft has won a new superfan.
Forbes - Paul Tassi | 9.25 / 10 | PS4
Assassin’s Creed Origins improves from its past few installments in almost every way, yet it never quite reaches the heights of the games it tries to emulate.
Critical Hit - Noelle Adams | 9 / 10 | PS4
Assassin’s Creed Origins is a pharaoh’s tomb chock-full of shiny treasures for gamers, especially those fascinated with Ancient Egypt. The side quests may feel a little repetitive, but the credible, nuanced characters and diversity of the main plot make up for it. And with so much to explore and do in its jaw-dropping setting, Origins is exceptional.
Digitally Downloaded - Matt Sainsbury | 4.5 / 5 stars | PS4
This is the best game in the Assassin’s Creed series. That extra year of development time has really helped Ubisoft find its creative centre again, and craft something that feels both fresh and energised. I could take or leave the shifts in gameplay to make this more like the loot-grind RPG-likes that dominate blockbuster game development now, but when Ubisoft is playing so beautifully within a fascinating period of history, all I care about is how utterly engrossed I am with the storytelling.
IGN - Alanah Pearce | 9 / 10 | PC, PS4, XB1
Assassin’s Creed Origins is a deep-dive into a truly stunning realization of ancient Egypt, with a rich series of cultures, genuine characters, and more mission variety than any other game in the series. The combat is challenging and thoughtful, and while the loot system doesn’t match up to games like Destiny 2, there are enough different weapon types and enough enemy variety to keep you swapping between weapons, catered to the situation. The RPG elements encourage challenges of their own, and even despite a handful of bugs, I desperately wanted to keep playing.
Game Revolution - Paul Tamburro | 4.5 / 5 stars | XB1
The extra year of development time paid off and ensured that Assassin’s Creed Origins likely wouldn’t underwhelm its audience by repeating its past sins. Instead, it modernized itself by adopting a more open structure and intuitive set of controls and gameplay systems, effectively marking a new chapter in the franchise. It’s fitting that Origins showed the birth of the Assassin’s Creed while also indicating the much-needed rebirth of the Assassin’s Creed series.
Press Start - Brodie Gibbons | 9 / 10 | PS4
I fell out of love with Assassin’s Creed a long time ago, but Origins has recaptured the magic that made the series a powerhouse all those years ago. With its humble protagonist, whose outlook on life is clouded by relateable and crushing heartbreak, and a world so detail-rich, it’s hard not to be floored by everything Origins manages to be. Assassin’s Creed Origins is the definitive action-adventure game of the year. It’s a wild power fantasy that satisfies not only a curious thirst for knowledge but both bloodlust and wanderlust to such lengths it’s almost gluttonous.
EGM - Ray Carsillo | 9 / 10 | PS4
Assassin’s Creed: Origins delivers a robust experience that mixes up the traditional Assassin’s Creed formula in a way that’s fresh and fun to play—but which also harkens back to the series’ roots in some welcome ways, too. It marks an evolution fans might not have even known they were waiting for, delivering one of the best overall experiences we’ve seen yet from the series.
Twinfinite - Ishmael Romero | 4.5 / 5 | PS4
What we have here is a game that is more than it seems. Origins is a fitting title because there are a lot of beginnings to witness, many of which will pique the interest of lore aficionados.
Pure Playstation - Kyle Durant | 8.8 / 10 | PS4
Ubisoft needed to recapture the magic that made the series great in the first place, and it seems it has done so. It’s just all the quintessential problems within said magic tag along for the ride.
DualShockers - Noah Buttner | 8.5 / 10 | XB1
Assassin’s Creed: Origins may not be as revolutionary of a release in the open-world, action adventure RPG genre as The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt or The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but it does provide an expansive single-player experience, filled with hours of memorable content without having to purchase anything extra. Assassin’s Creed: Origins is the most memorable entry in the series in years, answering age-old questions like “why are assassins missing their ring fingers?” and is an excellent game to start with if you’re a newcomer. While the story wasn’t consistent in quality throughout the entire game — and I didn’t know what was going on or what the stakes were at times — it culminates in a payoff that any fan of the Assassin’s Creed franchise will nerd out about for a long time.
Game Informer - Suriel Vazquez | 8.5 / 10 | XB1
Expanded progression, open-world freedom, and a fascinating backdrop make for an enticing origin story.
PlayStation LifeStyle - Ahmed Mohamed | 8.5 / 10 | PS4
Assassin’s Creed Origins blew my expectations away in so many areas, but there’s still something missing that made the likes of Assassin’s Creed II and Brotherhood so special. However, this is most definitely the best title since then, and one that I’ll be jumping back into very soon. The new combat system makes for some incredibly satisfying moments, while the design of the world is only matched by the likes of The Witcher III. Ubisoft Montreal can be proud knowing that they’ve delivered a level of AAA-production that likely won’t be seen again until Cyberpunk 2077 rolls around, but there’s just that last leap of faith that needs to be made to once again deliver a generation defining game.
SegmentNext - Omar Majeed | 8.5 / 10
Assassin’s Creed Origins is a step forward but not a complete overhaul of the franchise.
Polygon - Colin Campbell | 8.5 / 10 | XB1
In essence, Assassin’s Creed Origins is much the same game as the original Assassin’s Creed, which came out a decade ago. It’s a formula that people like to play, and it’s certainly been honed and improved over the years. Origins is, then, undoubtedly the best iteration of this formula yet. But I yearn for a fresh approach and new ideas, something that astounds the senses as much as the wondrous world this game inhabits.
GearNuke - Khurram Imtiaz | 8.5 / 10 | PS4
Assassin’s Creed Origins manages to rejuvenate the series with a solid foundation built on a fun combat system.
GamingTrend - Hunter Wolfe | 85 / 100 | XB1
Assassin’s Creed: Origins is as much a departure as it is a homecoming. Revamped combat mechanics defibrillate the series with much-needed challenge. The guided open-world design encourages and rewards exploration unlike any Assassin’s Creed game before it, and takes place in one of the series’ most memorable settings. But at the end of the day, and despite some growing pains, Origins is a culmination of the best aspects of the series. And for that, some hiccups in the transition to full-fledged RPG are a fair trade.
TheSixthAxis - Gareth Chadwick | 8 / 10 | PS4
After taking a year off, Assassin’s Creed is going through a transitional period and taking players back to the very founding of the Brotherhood in Ancient Egypt is symbolic of that. The vast new setting, the improved combat system and moving the series towards being a real action RPG have injected this series with a new life.
Gaming Nexus - Randy Kalista | 8 / 10 | PS4
Origins was worth taking the year off. Egypt will be hard to top as a location. The series’ dry, ironic, corporate sense of humor is still dull. But nobody can beat Assassin’s Creed’s architectural history lessons, even if you’re still just stabbing folks and jumping out the window while you’re sightseeing the entire timeline.
GamingBolt - Pramath | 8 / 10 | PS4
Almost at the cusp of true greatness, but not quite there, Assassin’s Creed Origins is nonetheless a rousing adventure that truly manages to reverse the franchise’s momentum after the double whammy of Unity and Syndicate.
Hardcore Gamer - Adam Beck | 4 / 5 | XB1
The extra year of development has helped Assassin’s Creed as a whole, as Origins is the next level for the series.
Worth Playing - Chris “Atom” DeAngelus | 8 / 10 | PS4
Assassin’s Creed: Origins manages to be both experimental and safe. It tries a lot of new things, but it never ventures too far from the Assassin’s Creed formula. There’s a lot of potential in Origins, and it’ll be exciting to see how the new features evolve in future games. Fans of Assassin’s Creed should find a lot to like, and it may be time to revisit the battle between the Assassins and the Templars.
Gadgets 360 - Rishi Alwani | 8 / 10 | PS4
All in all, there’s more than enough to give Assassin’s Creed Origins a go. Revamped combat, a fantastic representation of ancient Egypt, and a world crammed with things to do, Assassin’s Creed Origins is a return to form of the franchise that has us optimistic on what to expect next.
TrustedReviews - Jordan King | 4 / 5 stars
Assassin’s Creed Origins is the revitalisation I was desperately hoping for. My cautious optimism has been rewarded by an excellent open-world adventure that could lead to an exciting future for Ubisoft’s blockbuster franchise. While it lifts its finer ideas from other open-world titles, it executes them well enough to form a whole that entertained me for hours and hours. It’s a shame the narrative eventually jumps the shark, or this could have been something truly special.
Easy Allies - Michael Huber | 3.5 / 5 stars | XB1
Assassin’s Creed Origins isn’t the reinvention of the prolific franchise that many had hoped for. Instead, it refines the formula put in place a decade ago while telling an important story about the Assassins. Ancient Egypt is a compelling playground to explore, and the RPG elements make it easy to stay engaged. If you love the franchise, Origins is an easy recommendation. Just don’t except much change. Written
GameSpot - Alessandro Fillari | 7 / 10 | PC, PS4, XB1
In charting out a new storyline and the largest setting for the series yet, Assassin’s Creed Origins makes a few stumbles along the way.
RPG Site - Kazuma Hashimoto | 6 / 10 | PS4
Embracing a more RPG approach, Origins’s engrossing open world experience is marred by persistent glitches and a narrative that suffers from poor pacing.