Here’s To Assassin’s Creed Origins' Helpful Boat Guy

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Sometimes in Assassin’s Creed Origins, you’ll have to cross a body of water and you won’t have a boat. Fortunately, there’s this guy who really, really wants to let you use his.

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Origins tends to sprinkle its beaches and docks with boats your protagonist Bayek can freely use. Sometimes, however, you’ll find yourself out in the middle of nowhere with an objective directly on the far side of a lake. You dutifully start swimming, and more often than not, this will happen:

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This dude just sort of pulls up and sits there. If you keep swimming, he’ll slowly follow you. Wherever you go, he goes, too.

The first time I noticed this guy, I got annoyed. I think I was trying to sneak into an enemy base or something, and I couldn’t figure out what he wanted. Buzz off, guy! I’m trying to swim over here.

Then I realized, this is the game being helpful. It noticed that I was out in the water without a boat and thought it’d send one my way. The more times it happened, the surer I became. If you swim out into open water without a boat, Assassin’s Creed Origins will helpfully dispatch this dude to come and offer his boat to you.

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When you climb onto the boat and face the guy, a “borrow” prompt pops up. I love this. Borrow. It’s so much kinder and gentler than in a game like Grand Theft Auto. I’m not stealing your boat, I’m borrowing it! I really appreciate it, man. Medjay’s duty and all that. You understand. I swear I’ll give it right back when I’m done.

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Okay, sometimes things don’t go according to plan. I still appreciate you, Assassin’s Creed guy who shows up to let me borrow (and sometimes crash) his boat. I’m sure you’ll get a new one, and the next time I go swimming in deep waters, you’ll be there for me.

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DISCUSSION

One time I borrowed a boat, and then accidentally slammed it into the shoreline. It promptly broke to pieces, and the boat’s owner jumped onto land, screaming in terror and, presumably, shock and despair that his boat had been destroyed in the blink of an eye. I legitimately felt awful.

Also, are you enjoying the game more now that you’re not rushing through content? It took me a while to get used to everything (and also, I thought the prologue/Siwa section was terrible and confusing), but once I found my rhythm, I was in love. The game especially hit its stride once I got to Alexandria. It’ll definitely be in my top 5 games of the year (possibly top 3), but I’ll make that call once I finish. I do think its a shame though that such an excellent game started off on such a boneheaded tone - with both the narrative and the gameplay - that it might sour the overall experience for some people (first impressions and all that). Because it’s seriously gone from a 6/10 game for me in the beginning to a 9/10 game after 30 hours. The more I play the more I love it.