Here Is The Only Reason I Enjoy Assassin's Creed Games

Here Is The Only Reason I Enjoy Assassin's Creed Games

Hate it or love it, the franchise is unparalleled in its open world historical environments.
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After years of annual releases wearing down the franchise, Ubisoft decided to take a gap year to develop the latest Assassin's Creed: "Assassin's Creed Origins." Still, the usual issues with the franchise are rampant: bloated and unengaging "quantity over quality" side activities, repetitive gameplay, poor writing, and boring characters.

Although there have been some steps in the right direction – it's clear Assassin's Creed, the titan of a franchise that it is, is afraid of taking the necessary risks to innovate its now tremendously overplayed open world game design. But despite all of that, I continue to play every major entry into the series, and I always enjoy it. Here's why.

It's very easy to look past Assassin's Creed's flaws for the one thing it does well: an incredible and unparalleled recreation of the historical environments they place you in. If there's one thing Ubisoft has figured out, it's how to create ridiculously detailed open worlds that are both visually stunning and a joy to explore. In fact, "Origins" is so graphically impressive, that I spent a good amount of time simply using the Photo Mode to take in-game screenshots.

I haven't seen any other developer, aside from CD Projekt Red in "The Witcher 3," develop environments even close to the technological height of an Assassin's Creed open world. But "The Witcher 3" took years to develop, while Ubisoft churns these games out on an annual basis.

In the latest iteration of the franchise, "AC Origins," you're transported back to the waning years of Ancient Egypt. At this point in history the Egyptian Old Kingdom, the heavily romanticized civilization of pyramid construction and pharaohs, has long been replaced by the Hellenistic Ptolemaic Kingdom. Its culture is split between centuries of Greek influence and the, now waning, customs of traditional Egypt. All the while, the mighty Roman Empire looms overhead.

It's a cataclysmic time in classical antiquity and Ubisoft captures this period in stunning detail. The scale of the open world is incredible; the map includes a fully realized Alexandria, Memphis, and Giza, including vast swaths of the Egyptian desert, towns, and even parts of Roman-occupied Libya – all without loading screens.

There is so much detail packed into all these areas as well – from NPCs engaging in their own daily activities: pottery, trading, shipbuilding etc... to the incredible architecture. These cities feel real and lived in. Gone are the days of obvious copy and paste architectural assets – every building seems unique and handmade.

There is a wonderful contrast between the fully Greek city of Alexandria, with all its pomp and glamor, and an ancient city like Memphis, filled with the now millennia old remnants of the Old Kingdom. All of that is captured with an admirable level of historical appreciation.

In fact, that's when AC is at its best. Not when you're stabbing some one-dimensional archetype of a villain in the back with your hidden blade... but when facts and historical details are brought into the game world and story (saving the game's failing fictional narrative).

Historians are embedded within the development team, and their work in ensuring that the game contains some level of historical merit is apparent. AC games have always contained an in-game "codex" which houses dozens of factual footnotes on every historical monument, event, and character that you come across throughout your adventures. While missing from Origins, Ubisoft is instead promising to release a free add-on called "Discovery Tour". In this new game mode, there is no combat or story, rather you are simply guided by historians on a tour through the Egypt that Ubisoft has created. It promises to be complete with factual narration and annotations from Egyptologists.

To me, this "historical melding" is the greatest thing about Assassin's Creed. It's also why I was able to sit through and enjoy one of the most hated entries into the series: "AC: Unity." While the game was riddled with bugs and design issues, it recreated French Revolutionary Paris with jaw-dropping clarity. That was enough to get me hooked.

Despite all the flack the franchise gets nowadays, I believe Assassin's Creed deserves to be respected solely on the merit of its impressive open world environments, but it's a damn shame that they can't build an impressive game around them too.

Here are some screenshots that I took from "AC Origins":

Cover Image Credit: William DeLisi

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1. Life goes on, with or without you.

2. Don't Worry Be Happy! Bob Marley

3. Be Happy.

4. Be Confident.

5. Be Positive.

6. Don't be a liar, everyone hates a liar.

7. Chillin' with my peeps.

8. Go big or go home.

9. What's the deal?

10. The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it's all that matters.

11. Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.

12. Life is a gift.

13. You couldn't handle me even if I came with instructions.

14. Forgive, yes. Forget, never.

15.There's a hole in my heart where you used to be.

16. I don't need any part-time people in my life.

17. Get the gist.

18. Boy, it's the 21st Century, get with the program.

19. Hey, I just met you, this is crazy!

20. I woke up like this.

21. Keep smiling because life is a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about.

22. Beauty is power, a smile is its sword.

23. Last day of class!

24. I donut care!

25. Got my donut and coffee today.

26. Happy as a clam

27. Beach days are the best!

28. A friend will always make you smile, especially when you don't want to…

29. Always classy, never trashy, and a little bit sassy.

30. If only we could turn back time...

31. With you, I forget all my problems. With you, time stands still.

32. Life's a climb, but the view is great.

33. "Ohana, means family, family means no one gets left behind or forgotten." — "Lilo & Stitch"

34. We come to love by not finding the perfect person, but by learning to see the imperfect person perfectly.

35. If I ever write a story about my life, don't be surprised if your name appears a billion times.

36. She's got that red lip, classic thing going on.

37. I don't know what's tighter, our jeans or our friendship!

38. Best friends make good times better and hard times easier!

39. Not sure what I did to deserve you as my best friend :)

40. I don't need your approval to be me.

41. So call me? Maybe?

42. "I am who.I am, I am what I am, I do what I do and I ain't never gonna do it any different. I don't care who likes it and who don't." — Buck Owens

43. Take me as I am, or watch me as I go.

44. "Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars." — Ed Sheeran

45. Cause you're a sky full of stars — Coldplay

46 . I keep dancing on my own — Calum Scott

47. Can't keep my hands to myself — Selena Gomez

48. I just want to look good for you — Selena Gomez

49. Kill em with kindness — Selena Gomez

50. I am not perfect. I make mistakes. But when I say sorry… I mean it!

51. Me? Weird? Please! I am limited edition!

52. Turn that frown upside down.

53. Smile, it's the best thing a girl can wear!

54, Stay true.

55. Laughing is the best medicine you can ever get!

56. "You're the king, baby I'm your queen." — Taylor Swift

57. Best Friends Forever!

58.Throwing it back to the good ole days!

59. Ugg Life.

60. I know you like, first-name-basis.

61. *Sends selfie to NASA cuz I'm a star*

62. Basic white girl.

63. Frisky Friday!

64. My thoughts are stars that I cannot fathom into constellations. — "The Fault In Our Stars"

65. "Maybe our okays will be our infinities." — The Fault In Our Stars

66. So hold onto me because I'm a little unsteady — Unsteady

67. This has got to be the best day of my life.

68. She's the beauty and he's the beast.

69. "All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them." — Walt Disney

70. "If you can dream it, you can do it." — Walt Disney

71. "Hakuna Matata, it means no worries for the rest of your days." — "The Lion King"

72. "The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it." — "The Lion King."

73. "Remember you're the one who can fill the world with sunshine." — "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"

74 ."The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all." — "Mulan"

75. "You don't have time to be timid. You must be bold and daring." — "Beauty and the Beast"

76. "All it takes is faith and trust." — "Peter Pan"

77. "A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference." — "Winnie the Pooh"

78. "If you focus on what you left behind, you will never be able to see what lies ahead." — "Ratatouille"

79. "Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." — George Bernard Shaw

80. "A true hero isn't measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart." — "Hercules"

81. "Life's not a spectator sport. If watchin' is all you're gonna do, then you're gonna watch your life go by without ya." — "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"

82. "The things that make me different are the things that make me ME." — "Winnie the Pooh"

83. "Giving up is for rookies." — "Hercules"

84. "Happiness is the richest thing we will ever own." — Donald Duck

85. "Change is good." — "The Lion King"

86. "In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." — Abraham Lincoln

87. "An unexamined life is not worth living." — Socrates

88. "Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky." — Rabindranath Tagore

89. "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart." — Helen Keller

90. "The sky broke like an egg into full sunset and the water caught fire." — Pamela Hansford Johnson

91. "Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success." — Swami Sivananda

92. "Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain... To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices. Today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity, but embrace it." — Kevyn Aucoin

93. "Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'," — Audrey Hepburn

94. "Keep your face always toward the sunshine and shadows will fall behind you." — Walt Whitman

95. "My power's turned on, starting right now I'll be strong." — Rachel Platten

96. "Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared." — Buddha

97. "Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf." — Rabindranath Tagore

98. "I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'" — Muhammad Ali

99. "Why don't you be you, and I'll be me." — James Bay

100. Life is like a camera, we focus on the positives and develop from the negatives.

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Your wrist is vibrating — when your watch is not even on.

I can always get this "feeling" that my wrist is vibrating, but when I glance down my watch is not even on. I always have this feeling for a few hours after I take my watch off, but it eventually goes away.

Your watch tells you to stand up, when you're already standing up.

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You can find the cutest watch bands.

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Don't think you're gonna talk to your watch to send a text.

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