The Gamers Perspective

Why I’m Drawn To Open World Games

As of lately, I have been playing a lot of Ubisoft games such as Assassin’s Creed Origins, Far Cry 5 and Watch Dogs 2. Since playing my first open world game three years ago, Assassin’s Creed 2, I have become a fan of Ubisoft games and open world games in general. I find that I am always getting drawn back to open world games more so than any other genre.

Why am I so drawn to the open worlds? I suppose it all started three years ago. It was the first time that I played a game in an open world, after taking a long break from gaming in general. I managed to get an Xbox 360 finally and the Assassin’s Creed series was among the first games I had gotten. For some strange reason when playing Assassin’s Creed 2, it had managed to draw me in like no game had done before.

Why was I so drawn into Assassin’s Creed 2? Could it have been the storyline of Ezio and Desmond? Most likely yes. Was it the history and lore of the Assassin’s Creed games, even though they might not be entirely accurate all the time? Anyways, it seems like the magic that Assassin’s Creed has is what drew me to these types of games.

After I finished my way through the Assassin’s Creed series, I began looking at other open world games like Watch Dogs, Bethesda’s Skyrim, and Fallout 4. Exploring other open world games and diving into the great storytelling and amazing graphics that these games have.

Some of my favorite moments in a free roam game would have to be in Assassin’s Creed Origins. When I went looking for all of the different locations on the map to complete. By exploring around Origins, I came to appreciate how vast and different the Egyptian area was. How one minute you could be in an open field with workers, in the next minute you’re experiencing hallucinations in the desert. I loved how I could just slide down a pyramid after climbing to the top of it. Different star locations that I needed to find in order to unlock an outfit in which you can get by entering the Great Sphinx.

Overall, I love and cherish open world games because of the freedom. Having the ability to just walk around explore or sit on a hillside looking at a sunset or the night stars. Having no restrictions on what I can and cannot do. Open world games for me offer a true escape from reality. A couple of hours I can spend every day to relax, and visit a place I could never really go to in real life.

Hopefully, developers can continue creating these amazing open world games for years to come. By the looks of the latest titles, Assassin’s Creed Origins and Far Cry 5, it appears that they are definitely on the right track in making games more realistic and believable to get lost in.

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