I've always liked the story of this series but the gameplay has been hit or miss for me. This title has a suspiciously low required assassination count for this series. But it's mainly filled with lots of stuff that I felt questioning the point of.
The biggest example is the weird tower defense minigame that I played once in the tutorial. I guess it's a punishment for allowing your infamy to get too high. But why would you let it? It's so easy and cheap to bring your notoriety down that it's hardly something that's ever a threat. And the few times I did allow my notoriety to get a little too high nothing happened at all.
Then there's the shop buying which is incredibly annoying to me. I'm not sure why buying everything has to crank my infamy up another 25% but apparently it does. It's strange that buying a shop would crank it higher than killing many soldiers in plain sight does.
There's a large arsenal of weapons and I bought some of them buy to be honest there was never really a reason to use anything other than the assassin knife things and a sword. I didn't even use the bombs because I thought they were incredibly tedious and ultimately not worth my time.
On the plus side, the free running is better than in previous iterations. And that seems to me to be the bane of this series: as the free running improves the rest of the games get bogged down by stuff that I ultimately dislike.
posted by CrkdWookie (MINNEAPOLIS, MN) Dec 31, 2012
Member since Sep 2010
Which I realize may disqualify me from rating it, but I throw that out there because I think it's telling that it's the only Assassin's Creed game I did NOT finish. I played the heck out of all of the previous ones and came back for whatever DLC they had for dessert - and I'm a guy who tends to play a game for a while then get distracted and never quite finish it.
That said, I did play a lot of the multiplayer in this one, and while I don't know if anyone is still playing it with AC3 out there, I have greatly enjoyed the cat and mouse multiplayer games since they were first introduced to the series.
Here are the main reasons I couldn't be bothered to finish this game:
1. The Desmond stuff. It's the weakest part of any AC game, yet is shoved to the forefront quite a bit. I wish they'd just do a Desmond game where he becomes a proper assassin and get it out of their system. There's an extended sequence where he's trapped in the animus, being haunted by the spirit of a previous test subject, and has to do platforming and solve puzzles to escape. Or something. I honestly got so bored and frustrated with those bits I flipped over to the multiplayer.
2. Ezio is like 60. Ok, well 52-53 to be more precise. Either way, it starts to strain credulity that he's climbing walls and throwing himself off rooftops and not breaking a hip or something, let alone outfighting people who are now half his age.
3. The setting just wore out its welcome. The Renaissance setting was novel at first, and then they had some more story to tell, but by this, the fourth, I think, game starring Ezio both the Italian Renaissance and the hero were starting to wear a bit thin for me.
A very good game but I can't say I'm disappointed that Ubisoft finally decided to move on.