LOS ANGELES – Believe it or not, the first Assassin’s Creed game came out ten years ago, and a decennial is as good an occasion as any to shake things up. Assassin’s Creed Origins winds the clock back to ancient Egypt, long hinted as one of the pivotal eras for the Assassin Brotherhood. More than just a new chapter in the story, though, Origins represents the first radical combat overhaul in the series.

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I went hands-on with Assassin’s Creed Origins at E3 2017, and played through two different missions: an open-world adventure where I got to experience exploration and stealth, as well as an arena mode where combat comes first and foremost. For both modes of gameplay, I took control of Bayek: an Egyptian Assassin of Medjay (Nubian) descent.

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