I'm only 7% through the game, but it's better than I expected (and I expected quite a bit with all the hype). I'm not a huge gamer, due to time to play, but I own all the AC games, having only completed the first one (with 'someday' plans to finish the rest). This one, however, I'm making time for. Loving the story line, and sailing the ships (and battling with ships) is much better than I anticipated. Plus, I keep hearing from friends that it gets better further into the game. Being a casual gamer, games rarely 'hook' me, but this one has managed to do just that. It makes me want to go back and complete the entire series, after I've finished this one, to see what I've missed.