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Assassin's Creed Origins Video Focuses on Stealth and Freedom of Choice

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    If you don't like your Assassin's Creed Origins media to have a touch of humor with it, perhaps this is more your style. Ubisoft also released a new video today that focuses on the use of stealth. You remember stealth, right? It's only been a staple of the franchise from the beginning.

    Here is Mikel Reparaz detailing how they approached some gameplay scenarios.
    In what might be a series first, Assassin’s Creed Origins pushed me to use all of the tactics at my disposal, without any prodding from the story or mission guidelines. This happened during my latest hands-on session with the game (set in the Nile Delta and Giza Plateau), somewhere around my fourth attempt to free Ghupa, an old man caged at the center of a hilltop camp. Ghupa had been kidnapped after asking too many questions about a shadowy villain known as the Scarab, a member of the mysterious Order of the Ancients whose preferred method of killing involved burying people up to their necks in the desert and leaving them to die. This fate hadn’t yet befallen Ghupa, but for now he was surrounded by a generous handful of guards – all of whom, being several levels above me, could annihilate Bayek without much effort.

    I tried storming in and attacking the guards directly. That failed, so I took up a nearby perch and fired remotely guided predator arrows into their heads from hiding. On my next try, I smashed open the cages of captive lions, freeing them to attack the guards for me. The following run saw me hiding in the bushes and trying to stealth-kill my enemies – which, given that I hadn’t yet upgraded Bayek’s Hidden Blade, only wounded one guard before the rest spotted me.

    All of these attempts were carried out in broad daylight, and they all ended with Bayek fleeing the area with next to zero health and getting stabbed by a pursuer. Then I tried a new tactic: I found a hiding spot, and with a button press, I passed time until nightfall and watched as the moon rose rapidly over the desert landscape. Then I crept through the underbrush and threw a couple of sleeping darts at the only two guards who had a clear line of sight to the cage. This only knocked them out for a few seconds, but that was more than enough time to open the door, sling the old man over Bayek’s shoulder, and flee into the night before anyone raised an alarm. It was only a small step in the journey that is Assassin’s Creed Origins, but it was as satisfying as any heist.

    Maybe stealth isn't your thing and you know you can do in with guns arrows blazing. What does the game offer for you? Well, there seems to be a number of things you can do thanks to the whole "freedom of choice" thing this most recent Assassin's Creed Origins blog entry is talking up. You'll have to read the rest for yourself. All I know is that there's new gameplay footage below and a picture of a stampeding elephant above and that's all I really need.

    Assassin's Creed Origins is out on October 27 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.