Assassin’s Creed, a series now ten years old, has long appealed to the, for lack of a better term, antiquarian in me. The series has allowed me to blend seamlessly into the crowds of Jerusalem, trot on horseback through the Tuscan hillside, thwart an assassination attempt on the father of his country George Washington and navigate the notorious Caribbean during the Golden Age of Piracy.
Now, I can happily say I’ve had the chance to climb a pyramid. Sure, that mightn’t appeal to some of you, but pulling myself up the sheer side of the man-made marvel, and the resultant picturesque view, was well worth the time invested. It was a cavernous labyrinth where the end goal, an ancient tablet, was a handful of physics-based puzzles away. It felt a whole lot similar to Tomb Raider’s, pardon the obvious phrase, tomb raiding, except this time it’s in an actual tomb.Memphis stretches out far and wide, a mixture of lush, exotic city and barren, hot sand swept desert. From the top of my perch, I could see it go for miles, and Memphis is but a small taste of the Origins journey.
My playthrough placed me, for the first time, in the shoes of new protagonist Bayek, the last Medjay and all-around good dude. I was placed in control of a felucca, one of the game’s wooden boats. I was told there were faster ones, complete with sails, but for now, I was happily propelling myself along through the narrow channels of Memphis as I rowed nearer one of the city’s stunning landmarks, the Temple of Ptah. Walls higher than buildings surrounded the sacred site as beautiful ornate statues backed onto it, making it a sight to behold. It was there I met Aya, the loving and clearly powerful wife of our protagonist Bayek.