Before the Assassin’s Creed games I was not much of a gamer. As a child I played video games, mostly Pokémon on my game boy. Over the years my household had a Nintendo 64, a Sega Megadrive, Playstations 1 and 2, and the original Sims games on PC. Playing games was not a new concept to me but I was never really invested in gaming. Games were peripheral activity in my life, not a hobby that I was passionate about.
Dave and I met in 2011 and started dating a few months later. He soon introduced me to some of his games. Until this point I hadn’t ever held an Xbox controller. I remember being sat in his room one evening doing my school work and he started playing Assassin’s Creed Revelations. Seeing astounding gameplay like that for the first time captivated me. I sat and watched him play for hours, marvelling at the complex movements and animation and the breathtaking views that the Assassin’s Creed games are famous for. It was glorious.
The next week he set me up playing the first Assassin’s Creed game on my brand new Xbox live account and I greedily consumed the entire game. I became one with Altaïr, quickly achieving full synchronisation, making short work of viewpoints and collectables. Ezio was up next with Assassin’s Creed II and Brotherhood, each more immersive than the one before. I could explore and interact more each time. When I got to Revelations I took my time, finally understanding all of the intricate things I had seen him doing months ago. Taking my time, I was careful to make sure I was soaking it all up.
It probably shows, but I love the Assassin’s Creed franchise. The games are undeniably spectacular and I eagerly await each new release. AC: Revelations was a revelation in itself for me, it was the game that drew me in, it made me want to play more open world games. When I finished the Assassin’s Creed games I moved on to the much less linear Dragon Age and Fable games. I was hooked. I was a gamer.