Video Game Review: Assassin’s Creed Origins: The Curse of the Pharaohs

Details: Played through the game in about twelve hours. More information can be found at https://www.ubisoft.com/en-gb/game/assassins-creed-origins/ and https://store.ubi.com/ie/assassin-s-creed–origins—the-curse-of-the-pharaohs/5a9d712c88a7e30993e580c1.html

Score: 7.6/10

Curse of the Pharaohs is the last piece of downloadable content (or DLC) for Assassin’s Creed: Origins. There’s so much more to this downloadable content that it borders on being called an expansion rather than DLC. Curse of the Pharaohs introduces a few new beautiful areas to explore and a few new bosses to fight as well. The story goes more into the history of Egypt, but not of its protagonist, Bayek, unfortunately.

Curse of the Pharaohs picks up about four years after the end of Origins. Bayek is called to Thebes where the pharaohs of old have come back from the dead and are endangering the populace. Bayek suspects that it is the work of an ancient relic and searches for those who possess it.

The story itself delves into ancient Egyptian mythology, a subject I found fascinating. The game actually made go and look up aspect of Egyptian history that I was unfamiliar with because I wanted to get a better grasp on the story. Not a lot of games can do that and the focus on Egyptian history versus the fictional history of the Assassins is welcome.

The biggest attraction of this DLC are the new locations. There is the area of southern Egypt which primarily focuses on Thebes. What is more interesting are the inclusion of four new areas which reflect the ancient Egyptian afterlife. These are varied areas that mix ancient Egypt with the supernatural. Birds with statue heads, warriors of Anubis, giant blossoming lotuses, and plenty more for your eyes to feast on. The areas aren’t enormous, but they are large enough.

Gameplay is more of the same. There aren’t any new map objectives to do. There are some new, inconsequential abilities. There are some new items, but their perks aren’t drastically different from what already exists in the game.

Overall, this was a fun bit of DLC and is essential if you own Origins.

Score: 7.6/10

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