The Best Assassin’s Creed Game Is Free This Weekend

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Screenshot: Ubisoft, Steam
Screenshot: Ubisoft, Steam

Ever wanted to scale the Pyramid of Khufu? How about the Great Sphinx of Giza? The Lighthouse of Alexandria? Well, you’re in luck: This weekend, Assassin’s Creed Origins is totally free-to-play on UPlay. If you missed it the first time around, now’s your chance to play the best Assassin’s Creed.

Ubisoft’s 2017 entry in the popular stealth-action franchise brought players to Ancient Egypt, at the twilight of the Ptolemaic period. (Yes, of course Cleopatra plays a role. As does Julius Caesar.) You play as a man named Bayek. At certain points in the game, you’ll play as Bayek’s wife, Aya. The two of them are on a quest to avenge their son, Khemu, who (spoilers?) dies in the game’s opening moments. On the way, a certain order centered around a certain creed comes to fruition.

If you get a kick out of the series’ modern-day segments, you’re bound to be disappointed. There’s not a whole lot in Origins, and the segments that do exist don’t exactly push the envelope. The truly cool, new stuff is all in the gameplay. Origins did more to overhaul the gameplay than any other franchise entry. For starters, the RPG elements introduced in 2015’s Assassin’s Creed Syndicate were expanded into full-blown skill trees. The gear system is as robust as something you’d see in Destiny 2 or Borderlands 3. It’s also set on a staggeringly large map. Where Assassin’s Creeds before largely centered on densely packed ancient metropolises, Origins offered up an entire country for sneaking and stabbing.

But the true draw of Origins, as with all Assassin’s Creed games, is the historical tourism. The Nile and its surrounding hamlets are lush with life and colour. Grecian marble shimmers off the Mediterranean coast. Origins also introduced an educational mode called Discovery Tour. In that mode, combat and missions are disabled, replaced with historian-guided tours of famous relics.

You can also climb a not-on-fire Library of Alexandria. Try doing that in another game.

Assassins Creed Origins is free on UPlay until 4:00 p.m. (your time) on June 21. After that, if you want to continue your save file, you’ll have to purchase a copy.

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  • Assassins Creed Origins is free on UPlay until 4:00 p.m. (your time) on June 21. After that, if you want to continue your save file, you’ll have to purchase a copy.

    Oh, so it’s not actually “free” free. Just free to play for a limited time. Basically a time-limited demo. Meh.

    I haven’t touch AC since Black Flag – not because I thought it was bad, but because of the opposite. I felt that the series reached its peak with that entry and I wasn’t inclined to play any more after that. This isn’t going to make me change my mind.

    • Yeah this. I was like “Oh wow.. Uplay bringing the big guns to the freebie show!” (even though I already own it). And then saw it was only a temp demo for a couple of days to try and lure people in -_-

      Less impressive.

    • i bought origins when it was on sale during the recent epic sale. but its a damn good game. i know nothing of black flag since ive never played it, but origins got me back into the series after the failure that was AC3.

    • Honestly, I loved Origins. An absolutely top notch game. But when Odyssey was coming out I was absolutely in the camp of, “Oh this will be some quick game they made off the back of Origins.”

      Then when I started playing Odyssey that definitely shifted to, “No, that’s not right at all. Origins is the game they made to prep for THIS.”

      Origins is still fantastic and still very playable, but Odyssey definitely fires on all cylinders a lot more I think.

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