Taking a two year break seems to have done wonders for the Assassin’s Creed franchise, with Origins turning out to be a great game. As much as we like the game, we can also notice some major titles that seem to have inspired the different elements in Origins, and it’s sure worth mentioning. Here are the 5 games that seem to have a major influence on Assassin’s Creed Origins.
1. MGS V: The Phantom Pain
The first thing that comes to mind when you get spotted by an enemy and time comes a standstill (not romantically), is The Phantom Pain. The same mechanism exists in Origins as well and provides an extra layer of intensity to the stealth. Additionally, the amount of freedom that the player in choosing how to reach an objective is another area where Origins may have been inspired by Kojima’s creation. You can combine and use various skills that suit your play style, just like Snake in The Phantom Pain.
2. Souls Series
There are a lot of elements where a game can take inspiration from the Soulsborne titles; combat, level design and bosses to name a few. Where Assassin’s Creed Origins seems to be influenced by the Souls titles is the offensive and defensive capabilities. Combat feels a lot more active now, though there is no stamina management, which forms the core of combat in Souls games. But AI has been improved a lot, and instead of waiting for their turn like in previous games, enemies will now attack you all at once and you have to balance your attacks, blocks and dodges efficiently in order to survive.
3. The Witcher 3
Even though Ubisoft has made open world titles before, the world of Assassin’s Creed Origins seems closer to The Witcher 3 in terms of its immersion and liveliness. NPCs involve you in their daily conversations, offering quests. And even when you’re done, they don’t magically disappear, but continue to have interesting dialogues after the quest is over. Not to mention that these side quests often lead you to some breathtaking locations, where you discover fascinating objects giving you an idea about the history. The world of Witcher 3 does an amazing job of sucking the player into it, and Assassin’s Creed Origins does the same, although here the world is a lot less fantastical.
4. Batman: Arkham Asylum
We may not have the Batman Arkham combat anymore, but the detective abilities still live on in a way, with Assassin’s Creed Origins. You can scan areas around you for clues and points of interest that will help you in a quest, or evidence for an investigation. You can also interact with people and items in a similar manner in order to solve puzzles.
5. Far Cry Primal
Though this could be said for most Far Cry titles, Primal seems to be closer to Origins is maybe because they’re both set in ancient history. The hunting and crafting in Far Cry Primal plays an important role in Origins as well, as you can hunt various wild animals for raw materials that you need to advance in the game. You can mark targets and locations like in Far Cry Primal, using your trusty eagle Senu. Not to mention the numerous outposts you have in the game to liberate. Now all this may seem repetitive, but these elements are present in most Ubisoft open-world titles and serve their own purpose.