Feature: Why Bayek is the new best Assassin’s Creed protagonist

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Here thar be spoilers for the main story of AC Origins.

Assassin’s Creed Origins has done a lot for a bit of a tired series. It refreshed it – almost rebooted it in fact – and gave players back a sense of being part of a great adventure. But it’s easy to miss the good work they’ve done with the new protagonist Bayek, because he is by design only a small part of a large machine, like we all are.

In the pantheon of Assassin’s Creed protagonists, I’ve always held that Ezio is the greatest. Altaïr, though fleshed out in later entries, was a stoic, empty vessel to carry murder around in, Evie was great but came bundled with a weird slab of beef in the form of a brother, and Arno Dorian left so little impression that I forgot he existed until right just then. But with Bayek we may finally have found an assassin worthy of challenging Ezio.

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