With my Odyssey playthrough into the Atlantis DLC, after wiping out the Cult and the Order, I decided to dive into Origins. Man, what a good setting. Not as spiffy or as sprawlingly massive as in Odyssey, maybe, but it’s very atmospheric and evocative. The game mechanics are not quite as slick as in Odyssey, either, but despite some different (and essentially unchangeable) control key differences, I’ve adapted pretty well.
The setting is interesting, if a bit odd. I mean, if you wanted hard-core Egypt stuff, you’d go Old Kingdom or Middle Kingdom I would thing, but that would put you waaaay back and make it pretty hard to tie into more familiar stuff. As it is, the late Ptolemaic period gives us traditional Pyramids ‘n’ Stuff Egypt, albeit even then pretty well plundered, post-Hellenic era Greeks, at the tail end of their hegemony, and of course the newbies, the Romans, who are coming into their own. All in all a ton of stuff to draw on–chariot races, triremes, crocodiles, snakes!