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10 years of Assassin’s Creed with Ivar

Ten years already, I can barely believe it. The journeys this franchise took me and the characters I became so close with. Back in 2007/2008 I got my Xbox 360 and along with it came the original Assassin’s Creed game. I was baffled when I first saw the gigantic walls of one of the cities in the game, never in my life had I seen a game with so much detail, a game which brought a world “to life”. Never will I forget the moment I arrived at Damascus with my horse, the city glooming beneath the cliffs. This was my introduction with the Assassin’s Creed franchise.

My fondest memory of Assassin’s Creed (and gaming!) to this day!

When Assassin’s Creed II was announced, I quickly went online and purchased my first Pre Order ever! Well happy me a few months later, the moment I came home from school and there it was, my first Collector’s Edition of the collection I have right now. I quickly put in the disc and started playing. I was addicted to the game and finished it 100% after playing it for months, returning each week when I had the time. The cities like Firenze, Venice and more were so real, and having been in Tuscany and Firenze in real life, it was like going home.

While I was gaming before on an old desktop, playing games like Age of Empires, Empire Earth and Gothic II, getting an Xbox 360 and Assassin’s Creed marked the start of gaming for me. Playing Assassin’s Creed, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Two Worlds, Far Cry 2 and Grand Theft Auto IV opened a world I never held possible. I was very happy with the Assassin’s Creed yearly games, as I loved the games and there was always something new to discover.

Then Assassin’s Creed III was released, around a year and a half after my all-time favorite game Red Dead Redemption. While I still played Red Dead Redemption, Assassin’s Creed III sucked me in and didn’t let me out. The moment I saw the vast forests, the sea and the cities, I fell in love. Yes, Assassin’s Creed III might actually be my favorite Assassin’s Creed game! Not due to the story, which I didn’t really like, but due to the fact it brought us to new locations, to brand new regions and the option to hunt in the gigantic open world. The RPG elements were also very nicely done, and everyone who knows me, knows that I love RPG’s. I loved the naval combat in the game as well, I replayed and replayed those missions. And then the announcement came: Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. The moment that trailer dropped I was screaming like a little kid again, I was so excited.

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag brought back memories of an old Ubisoft game from 2003: Pirates of the Caribbean, which was released along side the movie. I had played Pirates of the Caribbean for a couple of years on my old pc before I got a Xbox 360 (and Xbox One), so Black Flag definitely was a nostalgic moment for me. Also: It did everything better! I collected every sea shanty, found every cave and looted all treasure chests in the game. To me this was home coming. One of the reasons I did a captain cosplay on the famous Dutch vessel: The Batavia. Assassin’s Creed also inspired me to do two Assassin cosplays, which to me is a very important aspect in my life.

A photoshoot in cosplay at the Dutch ship: The Batavia.

While I loved Unity (the setting was AMAZING) and liked Syndicate (which seemed more to be a GTA set in the 19th century), I was glad Ubisoft took a break from their yearly releases. And then, as rumored, it was announced: Assassin’s Creed Origins. Back to the roots. Back to the time of Prince of Persia (The sands of time is still in my PC collection) and set in ancient Egypt during the reign of the Roman Empire. I was screaming with my mates when we saw the trailer. We were so hyped, and the more I see, the more I know one thing: Origins will be a game changer in the world of gaming. History has never been this much fun and has never been more interesting! Ten years ago it all started and I can’t wait for the next 10 years. Assassin’s Creed is back with a brand new setting in an exotic location. It is here to stay, trust me on that one!

Me in Assassin’s Creed cosplay at Elfia Arcen in 2016 (photo made by Shelley’s Photography)
Ivar Jens Harald Blaauw

Writer, Editor and Blogger at MyCreed Global and Cosplay. Cosplayer, writer and artist in my spare time.