How the gameplay went according to my expectations: Coming into Assassin’s Creed Origins this week I did not have any expectations since this was my first time playing it.
Duration of my gameplay: Roughly five hours playing Assassin’s Creed Origins
Title of the game(s): Assassin’s Creed Origins
Platform: Xbox One
If any other members of the gaming community took part: All of my gameplay this week was solo play.
Welcome to week eight of BoScorvat’s gaming blog! To start this week’s entry I am going to discuss why I chose the game that I played during this last week and how the title came into my gaming world. Additionally, I will explain my reaction to the game in the moment and if I had any thoughts afterwards. I will also describe how gaming has affected me before, during and after I played. Finally, I will discuss what I have learned about my own gaming habits.
With the release of Assassin’s Creed Origins on Friday, it has since consumed all of my gameplay time. My first time playing the series came quite a while after Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag was released and it was free with my Xbox Live Gold Subscription. From there, I have since really enjoyed playing both Black Flag and Assassin’s Creed Syndicate that was released released a few years prior to Origins.
In Assassin’s Creed Origins, my reaction in the moment was one in awe of the amount of detail that went into the game to create a very realistic-looking Ancient Egypt. After I had finished playing for this weeks entry, my thoughts were ones of relief that the game wasn’t a flop and that I just wanted to continue playing.
Since Assassin’s Creed Origins was a new release, I was really looking forward to my first taste of the game. Before I played Origins this week, I was feeling a little nervous about the game since I had not played it yet and had solely pre-ordered the game because of my love for the series. During gameplay, my nerves turned to adrenaline as I rode a camel and ran through the ancient pyramids of Egypt trying to retain order from the Soldiers. When I finished playing, I was left with a feeling of wanting to play more to get myself further and further in the game.
Upon reflecting on my gaming habits almost all of my games have male protagonists. Williams et al. says “women, at 38 percent of game players but only 15 percent of characters, are the most underserved” (“The Virtual Census: Representations of Gender, Race and Age in Video Games.”). It wasn’t until the release of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate in 2015 that a female protagonist was included in one of my games. Even in Syndicate, I had the ability to switch between both a female and male protagonist in twin-siblings Jacob and Evie Frye.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. Ubisoft. 2013. Video Game
Assassin’s Creed Origins. Ubisoft. 2017. Video Game
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. Ubisoft. 2015. Video Game
Williams, Dmitri, et al. “The Virtual Census: Representations of Gender, Race and Age in Video Games.” New Media & Society, vol. 11, no. 5, Aug. 2009, pp. 815-834. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1177/1461444809105354.
Xbox One. Microsoft. 2013. Console.