This isn’t my first time playing games from the Assassin’s Creed series. However, I don’t recall ever choosing between outfits that provided a different set of skills. The thing is it made sense. Within the first half hour of the game, you are exposed to three different outfits for your main character. One which you are wearing at the time is your assassin’s outfit. You are notorious in this outfit and thus, easily noticeable by guards. However, the combat benefits as well as having access to your full range of movements makes the notoriety worth it.
When the character automatically changed into this outfit I didn’t think twice about it. However, when I had to choose I started to think about why the outfit makes such a big difference and what that difference actually says about the game. Aside from the obvious fact that an assassins outfit makes you stand out amongst the crowd, the strengths and weaknesses of Aveline’s outfits were clearly well thought out and show a lot about her environment.
This outfit is a symbol for the high class status of an otherwise oppressed woman. In any other outfit, Aveline’s wrongs quickly draw the attention of guards. However, an expensive looking outfit shows that Aveline has money and power, unlike all the poor slaves. Guards associate this power and money with innocence.
What do you think Aveline’s clothing and the strengths and weaknesses that each outfit give her? How did you read into what it says about the game environment?