Is 'Assassin's Creed Origins: The Hidden Ones' Worth It?

Assassin's Creed Origins: The Hidden Ones game art

The Hidden Ones released on January 23, 2018, as the first content expansion for Assassin’s Creed Origin, is set four years after the base storyline and adds three to four hours of gameplay depending on your pace.

Before Assassin’s Creed Origin I could never really get into the series, so when it came out I was happily surprised by how much I fell in love with it. I quickly put all my time into playing through side quests and eventually completing all of the main quests in the game. After that, I put it to the side and focused on other games in my backlog until I heard about The Hidden Ones coming out. I'm not the type of person to get excited about DLC, but this actually made me giddy because of how much I enjoyed the base game.

Major Spoilers ahead! Seriously do not read after this point if you wish to remain unspoiled.

Set four years after Aya, now Amunet, and Bayek create the Brotherhood, The Hidden Ones, takes place in the region of Sinai. Not much is new as far as the scenery goes, although it is still gorgeous and fun to explore and discover new places.

Be warned that the level cap has been raised by five; I went venturing a little too far off the main path and got wiped out from being too adventurous.

Whether you liked them or not, Phylakes are back in the form of 'Shadows' which act in the same way, there are far less of them on the map which I found nice as the sheer amount of Phylakes was overwhelming to me in the base game.

Easily the biggest disappointment in the DLC was the lack of development between Amunet and Bayek. We can tell that they still love and care about each other very much but that they still have not found a way to be friends without it being too awkward for the both of them.

Another big gripe I had with it were the cutscenes after assassinating someone which were so underwhelming compared to the epic scale of the base game ones.

Other than the very last one in the DLC, there is no interaction between Bayek and any of the targets which were a big driving point for the story when playing the base game.

Assassin's Creed Origins screenshot

I would only recommend The Hidden Ones to hardcore fans of the Assassin’s Creed series or anyone who is like me that became big fans of Assassin’s Creed Origins. The lack of additional content and story progress is understandable with a price tag of $9.99 if you do not own the season pass. If you are looking for a bigger experience, the second content expansion, Curse of the Pharaohs, will be releasing on March 6, 2018, at the price of $19.99 without the season pass.

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