For me it does yes. I have played all Assassin’s Creed games and in the last games prior to Origins, the only major change was only the place and time where the so called story took place.
Well there is major improvement here. So there will probably be a few side quest that looks similar but even not so much. Regarding the main story, I would say it is quite varied with quite a few “Wow” moments.
The gameplay is quite varied to satisfy different players.
Egypt is also perfect to go and explore some tombs. Now, it is still an open world with sub regions, and side quests but I didn’t feel the game was repetitive this time.
@Shadow did you also feel the slow mo archery skill was not really usable? I wish we could do nice jumps with this slow motion skill but I’ve tried and it doesn’t feel as feasible as in the Zelda BotW for instance. Hence, I never used it. But for an AC game, I wish they could improve this, it’d be perfect to be able to make nice jumps in slow mo…
One of the things I miss is platform trials like we’ve had in some AC, I quite liked them. And I thought we would have had some in pyramids, but we didn’t
Maybe that’s just me fantasizing on Indiana Jones heritage ^^