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01-23-2018

Assassin's Creed Origins: The Hidden Ones

"Have we done good?" Bayek asks Aya (now Amunet) toward the end of The Hidden Ones, the first proper expansion to Assassin's Creed Origins. Although Assassin's Creed doesn't always advertise it, there's a moral uncertainty permeating much of the series. Both the Assassins and the Templars share an ultimate goal of societal utopia, but they have conflicting ethical views about how to get there.

This perspective manipulation was best achieved in Assassin's Creed Rogue -- the only game seen through the eyes of an Assassin turned Templar. The Hidden Ones does it second best, eventually asking what sort of casualties are acceptable when in pursuit of a noble cause.

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