While slow to start this game has gentle and normally amusing tutorial into its game plan which seems much less contrived then anyother AC game since 1. It has a fair number of bugs but the new controler layout allows you to play much more agressivly then in previous AC games allowing you to take the offense often against your foes not just counter attacking mindlessly. The largest flaw I find in the game is the ending (no spoiler) I found it a great let down the likes of the orginal AC a contrived "to be continued" sign over it not the smooth ending of AC2 or Revaloutions.
My opinion honestly
Gameplay: 9/10 (too many bugs to overlook for the 10)
Story: 9/10 (slow to get into but strong)
Combat: 10/10 (fluid assassin combat)
Secondary Content: 6/10 (numerous but often annoying)
Multiplayer: 10/10 (perfect!)
Overall a strong game which I hope is patched up through downloads.
This game was exactly what everyones been writing. The good and the bad. Fantastic scenery to the point that I gave it an extra point just for that. Too much tutorial and the story wasn't well executed by the gamemakers. Gameplay was frustrating at times. Mostly I had a great time. Assassins games are still one of the better lines of games so I would suggest playing the others first there better.
I normally don't write reviews but this game was so dissapointing to me and it has such an absurd amount of good reviews that I must.
To start...I've absolutely loved the AC series up until this point...I was really looking forward to this release...I possibly set my expecations too high...but this game actually feels like it is a step back from the AC2 Series. I felt like Ubisoft had 2 seperate teams that worked on AC2 and AC3, and the AC3 team almost completely ignored any advanced made by the AC2 team when it came to the combat system, controls, and game features.
Many of the aspects of this game that should have felt entertaining felt more like a chore. The main storyline was terrible...I kept playing hoping it would get better but it never did, I kept going from quest to quest feeling more like I was just doing it to get ti done rather than being excited to see what happens next. The side quests were too easy and were never worth the distance you needed to travel to complete them. This all concluded with an ending that truly made me feel like I wasted my time working for it.
Your character isnt even very likable. He is arrogant and naive...I constantly found myself slapping my forehead saying "REALLY?!" almost every time he interacted with someone. Also...in all the othe games your characters outfit fit with the times and you actually blended in with other people. In this game you stick out like a sore thumb...yet its also easier to run around without raising suspicion than it was in the other games. It makes no sense.
The only good features of the game is yes....its quite beautiful. So are many games. So are many THINGS. The ocean combat was another plus to me. I felt it was very innovative. Unfortunately it was a very small part of the game.
If you havent wasted your time playing this game just for the sake of seeing how the story progresses, do yourself a favor and look it up online, you'll suffer the same dissapointment without all the work.