Assassin's Creed Origins

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Historical action game has sex, language, brutal violence.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 26 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 17 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Complex character motivations, with themes investigating both good and bad elements of love, vengeance, betrayal, ambition. Glamorizes realistic medieval combat.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Bayek and Aya have good intentions -- Bayek is essentially a sheriff who helps people in need -- but allow themselves at points to become consumed by revenge. They admit to enjoying killing, being now and forever instruments of death.

Ease of Play

Selection of difficulty levels, tweaks -- such as auto-aiming -- allows players to customize degree of challenge. Hardest part may simply be coping with scope of game, its world, finding some of its better hidden secrets, such as locations described in papyrus puzzles.

Violence

Brutal melee combat involving humans using swords, axes, daggers, bows and arrows. Animations show intense stabbing motions, vicious stealth kills, blood spreading to coat faces, bodies. Narrative sequences show belly of a dead person during mummification process. Seafaring combat sees players ramming, setting fire to ships full of seamen.

Sex

Statues, pictures show naked women. Scenes with men, women engaged in sex don't show nudity but players see straddled bodies, grinding, intense kissing, hear moaning. Suggestive settings include a bathhouse in which men wear only towels, as well as a brothel house dedicated to sex with paintings of people engaged in the act, topless women.

Language

Infrequent but sometimes strong, including "f--k," "s--t," "c--t," as well as less extreme curse words.

Consumerism

Microtransactions tempt players to spend real money on helpful items, such as crafting supplies and weapons, but don't confer any advantages that can't be earned by playing game. Could interest players in other games in franchise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Beer, wine are frequently seen, mentioned in dialogue. Bayek gets drunk, staggers through street, fights a friend. Cleopatra requests an opium pipe, but players don't see it.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Assassin's Creed Origins is a third-person historical action game set in a vast virtual re-creation of Ancient Egypt. Players take on the role of Bayek, a police officer on a mission to avenge his son; players also occasionally become his capable wife, Aya. Combat is brutal, with Bayek using swords, axes, spears, daggers, and bows and arrows to stab, slice, bludgeon, and shoot his enemies. Non-interactive narrative sequences can be even more intense, depicting Bayek assassinating victims in vicious hand-to-hand combat. Other adult content includes infrequent but strong language -- including "f--k" and "c--t" -- as well as a scene in which Bayek drinks to excess and another in which Cleopatra requests an opium pipe. There are also instances of nudity involving statues, paintings, and a brothel with topless women. Parents should be aware this game supports microtransactions, though most purchases are just shortcuts to get things players can earn within the game simply by playing.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bypeter w. November 3, 2017

good game age limit is too high

This game is not that bad. The original rating is over protective and way to high.
Parent Written byJohn O. November 15, 2017

Good demonstration of historic egypt

I bought this game for my kids and they love it and so do I.
Teen, 13 years old Written byMac Wood November 10, 2017

Amazing Game shines a new light on the series

Assassins Creed origins is one of the best games I have ever played, full stop. But the real reason you are here is for the age rating. So this is my opinion. I... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byChris G. November 3, 2017

THE BEST ASSASSIN

This game allows you to learn about Ancient Egypt in a educational way with a little bit of violence.

What's it about?

ASSASSIN'S CREED ORIGINS delves further back into the past than any previous Assassin's Creed game, transporting players to Ancient Egypt circa the time of Cleopatra. It also presents the series' biggest world yet, allowing players to explore the entirety of Egypt, from Alexandria and the Nile to sprawling deserts, Memphis, and the great pyramids. Players assume the roles of Bayek -- a sort of ancient police constable -- and (occasionally) his wife, Aya, both of whom begin the game consumed with thoughts of avenging their dead son. As the story progresses, they discover that his death was more than the work of just a few people, that there is a secret organization with more nefarious ambitions than they could have imagined. They also learn there's something even more mysterious at play, something they can't understand but that the women experiencing their memories via Abstergo's mobile Animus machine in the present are desperate to know. Play involves plenty of third-person combat against human enemies and exotic animals whose resources can be used for crafting, as well as time spent exploring the vast expanses of Egypt, running through cities, riding across the desert, and climbing ruins to unravel secrets, loot ancient tombs, and solve riddles and puzzles. All of these activities earn players experience and money, allowing Bayek to learn new skills, grow stronger, and equip better weapons and gear.

Is it any good?

Ubisoft is a master of creating historically accurate digital versions of famous cities and lands, and its depiction of Ancient Egypt might be its finest work yet. Assassin's Creed Origins' version of Egypt is almost overwhelmingly huge, providing players with detailed re-creations of everything from the Sphinx and the Great Pyramid of Giza to clothing styles and the patterns used on temple tiles. Players will feel like they're really in Ancient Egypt. And since much of this world was created with assistance from historians and Egyptologists, kids may even learn the same sorts of things about its people, religions, architecture, and customs that they would from a textbook or documentary. The level of historical authenticity is unmatched, and made all the more compelling by the stunning visual presentation that transforms landscapes into jaw-dropping panoramic vistas with living skies, sparkling water, sprawling cities, blowing sands, and lush vegetation. This is a game worth playing simply to explore and drink in its world.

It's fun to play, too, though the action and story are perhaps not quite as engaging as other entries in the series. The game's sheer enormity can keep its narrative from feeling tight and well paced, despite introducing us to some fantastic and memorable characters, most notably Bayek and his sly wife, Aya. Players will sometimes need to spend hours performing side quests -- a mixed bag of fetch quests and more interesting story-driven activities -- simply to level up so that they can take on the next primary mission. Combat, meanwhile, has been redesigned for better and worse. Using the right weapons for the right enemies is now absolutely necessary, which can make certain fight sequences much more strategic and rewarding. And planning out stealthy assaults on tough fortresses by using Bayek's eagle to identify enemies, entrances, and objectives is always fun. But there are also some frustrating elements, such as a difficult-to-master parrying system. And chasing down archers who nimbly run around while unloading arrow after arrow at Bayek can grow tiresome. These are far from deal-breakers, but they do remind us that the real reason to play Assassin's Creed Origins is to experience the scope and dazzling awe of its ancient world.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the impact of violence in the media. Assassin's Creed Origins is at times a brutally violent game. Does this enhance or detract from its story about family, political strategy, and ancient mystery?

  • Talk about microtransactions in games. Were you tempted to purchase any of the items available for sale? Is there a point to buying things that you can earn just by playing the game?

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