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Old 04-12-2012, 13:52
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So now Desmonds story has been resolved what does everyone think of the franchise so far and where it can go from here?

I see they've just released Assassins Creed Anthology edition which is all 5 games plus all DLC for 120. Would be tempted to get this myself but as a fan of the franchise i've already got all the games individually so it's a bit expensive just for DLC.

Here's my thoughts on the games so far:

Assassins Creed
Was blown away by the graphics at the time although the Animus storyline was a bit of an uneccessary distraction in the beginning. Got a bit repetetive towards the end in terms of missions. Kingdom was a bit pointless and took an age to find all the flags and Templars, incuding one that i got last which was hidden in some kind of track in the middle of the map. I also missed the 2 achievements (talking to Lucy at every cutscene / 85% of glitches) which was really annoying and had to play through again.
Still overall enjoyed playing it though as i thought Altair was a great character. Acre was my favourite city due to the big cathedral, Templars castle and harbour.
Favourite moment had to be climbing the cathedral and entering the half built tower only to be surprised by the Templar hiding there. Managed to push him away as he attacked and was about to strike back when he fell off the back of the tower to his death!

Assassins Creed 2
The entrance of Ezio. Not sure i liked the new character as much as Altair but the storyline was good and gameplay was improved a lot with new assassination types. A lot more varied side missions also helped.
The Italian cities were all varied and had great huge buildings to climb. The addition of tombs to explore within the large buildings was also cool.
Was dissapointed to get all the way to Rome though and then you only got a small level at the Vatican to play through.

Assassins Creed Brotherhood
Not as long as the previous game but a good continuation of the Ezio story and Rome in all it's glory. Really enjoyed this one and the addition of the Romulus lairs to explore.
Great to have assistance from your own Assassins too.

Assassins Creed Revelations
Another Ezio game. A good game similar to Brotherhood but maybe a little too similar as it started to get a little boring. You got the impression they could have combined this and Brotherhood to make the "revelations".
Didn't really like Constantinople as a city and it seemed to just be the Italian buildings put in a slightly different setting.
Den defence?!?!? WTF was that about. Hated this pointless side game.

Assassins Creed 3
Have only played the first sequence of this so haven't got any major opinions on this yet. Like the new setting although i don't like the changes they've made to menus.
Might be just me but the city graphics i've seen so far don't seem as good as the previous few games.
Planning on playing through in the next few weeks and maybe my opinion will improve.

The Future?
There's talk of AC4 but i think they'll milk a couple of other titles out of the franchise before then. Maybe some games spun off AC3 with Conor as the main character (similar to the way they did with Brotherhood / Revelations with Ezio).
They may go for some prequels with a separate character (or maybe even Altair / Ezio) though in a similar way to the Halo franchise did with ODST and Reach before finally releasing Halo 4.

What does everyone else think?
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Old 05-12-2012, 02:51
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So now Desmonds story has been resolved what does everyone think of the franchise so far and where it can go from here?

I see they've just released Assassins Creed Anthology edition which is all 5 games plus all DLC for 120. Would be tempted to get this myself but as a fan of the franchise i've already got all the games individually so it's a bit expensive just for DLC.

Here's my thoughts on the games so far:

Assassins Creed
Was blown away by the graphics at the time although the Animus storyline was a bit of an uneccessary distraction in the beginning. Got a bit repetetive towards the end in terms of missions. Kingdom was a bit pointless and took an age to find all the flags and Templars, incuding one that i got last which was hidden in some kind of track in the middle of the map. I also missed the 2 achievements (talking to Lucy at every cutscene / 85% of glitches) which was really annoying and had to play through again.
Still overall enjoyed playing it though as i thought Altair was a great character. Acre was my favourite city due to the big cathedral, Templars castle and harbour.
Favourite moment had to be climbing the cathedral and entering the half built tower only to be surprised by the Templar hiding there. Managed to push him away as he attacked and was about to strike back when he fell off the back of the tower to his death!

Assassins Creed 2
The entrance of Ezio. Not sure i liked the new character as much as Altair but the storyline was good and gameplay was improved a lot with new assassination types. A lot more varied side missions also helped.
The Italian cities were all varied and had great huge buildings to climb. The addition of tombs to explore within the large buildings was also cool.
Was dissapointed to get all the way to Rome though and then you only got a small level at the Vatican to play through.

Assassins Creed Brotherhood
Not as long as the previous game but a good continuation of the Ezio story and Rome in all it's glory. Really enjoyed this one and the addition of the Romulus lairs to explore.
Great to have assistance from your own Assassins too.

Assassins Creed Revelations
Another Ezio game. A good game similar to Brotherhood but maybe a little too similar as it started to get a little boring. You got the impression they could have combined this and Brotherhood to make the "revelations".
Didn't really like Constantinople as a city and it seemed to just be the Italian buildings put in a slightly different setting.
Den defence?!?!? WTF was that about. Hated this pointless side game.

Assassins Creed 3
Have only played the first sequence of this so haven't got any major opinions on this yet. Like the new setting although i don't like the changes they've made to menus.
Might be just me but the city graphics i've seen so far don't seem as good as the previous few games.
Planning on playing through in the next few weeks and maybe my opinion will improve.

The Future?
There's talk of AC4 but i think they'll milk a couple of other titles out of the franchise before then. Maybe some games spun off AC3 with Conor as the main character (similar to the way they did with Brotherhood / Revelations with Ezio).
They may go for some prequels with a separate character (or maybe even Altair / Ezio) though in a similar way to the Halo franchise did with ODST and Reach before finally releasing Halo 4.

What does everyone else think?
Good post.

AC2 and AC Brotherhood were the two standouts for me. Revelations did fee rushed and I hated some of the mission objectives and the tower defense was rendered largely pointless as long as you reduced your notoriety.

AC3 though, the Frontier is great. But New York and Boston are the two boring major cities in AC yet.

As for the fast travel system - wow a truly awful implementation of what is an increasingly common feature. I also hate a lot of the mission objectives which are often counter-intuitive to the mission at hand.

The combat too, is worse in my opinion to previous games (though hanging people is quality!) and the stealth mechanics are rendered broken by some really shocking AI (especially considering the game has only one difficulty).

Whilst the hunting activities and the naval missions are pretty good, I do miss the puzzle's of subject 16 or the multitude of Templar Lairs.

The story of AC3 just isn't as compelling either, as Connor is too one-dimensional (he never seems to enjoy himself - unlike Ezio) and you never really feel like you make that much of an impact unlike in AC2 and ACB.

Plus I while I think that the factions in AC2 and ACB were perhaps too black and white, I think in AC3 they went too far the other way in that you're less convinced than you should be that the Assassin's are actually the good guys.

One big criticism I do have though, is the overarching plot seems to have been written on the fly. Especially for Desmond and the First civilization. Personally I don't feel that I had learned enough about the First civilization to be overly bothered about them and what I did learn was pretty underwhelming. The ending too was pretty poor.

I'd like to see them make a complete break from Ezio, Desmond, etc and approach it from a new perspective. In one of the animated movies, they alluded to the assassin's movement in China (which has great potential in my opinion) but the developers shot down feudal Japan before (it won a vote as the most popular location ahead of Revolutionary US if I remember correctly) saying that the cities would be boring.

Selfishly I'd like to see an AC game based during the Japanese Colonial period in Korea. Lots of foreign powers were involved, a definite bad guy in Japan, a good guy in Korea, and lots in between, including China, France, Russia and the UK.

I think that good old Blighty too, especially during the Industrial Revolution would be a good setting.

I'm a big fan of the AC series as a whole but Ubisoft must do better with the next AC.
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Old 06-12-2012, 10:55
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I just had a thought.

Napoleonic Europe would be a great setting!
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Old 07-12-2012, 08:05
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Yep. much more interesting than other settings.
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Old 07-12-2012, 08:29
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I think the franchise just took a serious nosedive with AC3. The more it went on the more dull it seemed to become.
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Old 10-12-2012, 18:16
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I'd like to see Victorian England as the next setting for AC.

Either that or f*ck the animus and have a proper modern day/near future setting taking it to the Templars (possibly in the wake of the Desmond prophecy)
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:19
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I have to admit AC3 has grown on me. So I'd be OK with another Connor game, say in the French Revolution. And then move it on to the British Empire in Victoria's reign for a couple of games (Assassins at Rourke's Drift, anyone?? We could also get the end of Feudal Japan in there, which many fans wanted instead of the American Revolution.) And maybe then go for the 'set in the future, ultimate slapdown' Assassin v Templars game'.

Interestingly, while having been a die hard Assassin all the way through the previous games, when Haytham was explaining what he was about to Connor, I started to think the Templars might have a point. I was so shocked I had to put the controller down! Maybe I'm just getting a bit reactionary in my old age!
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:19
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ims till trying to complete AC1! its so repetitive
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Old 11-12-2012, 16:11
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I have to admit AC3 has grown on me. So I'd be OK with another Connor game, say in the French Revolution. And then move it on to the British Empire in Victoria's reign for a couple of games (Assassins at Rourke's Drift, anyone?? We could also get the end of Feudal Japan in there, which many fans wanted instead of the American Revolution.) And maybe then go for the 'set in the future, ultimate slapdown' Assassin v Templars game'.

Interestingly, while having been a die hard Assassin all the way through the previous games, when Haytham was explaining what he was about to Connor, I started to think the Templars might have a point. I was so shocked I had to put the controller down! Maybe I'm just getting a bit reactionary in my old age!
Hmmm, just had the conversation with Lafayette, who says he'd like Connor to come visit Paris some time in the future....fingers crossed it happens!
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Old 12-12-2012, 21:05
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ims till trying to complete AC1! its so repetitive
I think the makers had it 'right' in AC1 in the way one would research a target and then go for the kill...however, they must have realised it didn;t make for great game play...but remember they had also created the whole game mechanics.

The next game they were able to develop the sotry more and the missions.

I am just watching the credits roll on AC:revelations having replayed all the Ezio ones over the past few weeks.

Still superb and they do fit together well when played one after another.

Have not played AC3 yet but have heard Conner is 'boring'? Not that bothered really as not all assassins will be the same and he does seem to be defending himself against invaders etc.

The makers are a bit damned if the do damned if they don't.

A lot of people complained about 'Ezio AGAIN?' and then when they go for somehting very different there are complaints about the character not being like Ezio etc...

Darn...no special end of credits bit for AC:Revelations...
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Old 12-12-2012, 21:06
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Hmmm, just had the conversation with Lafayette, who says he'd like Connor to come visit Paris some time in the future....fingers crossed it happens!
They'll have to go some to beat Saboteur...one of the best unknown games of the past few years - set in WW2 Paris.
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Old 13-12-2012, 02:16
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Yep, I love Saboteur - sadly I don't think it sold well enough for EA to make a sequel.
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Old 13-12-2012, 16:54
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They'll have to go some to beat Saboteur...one of the best unknown games of the past few years - set in WW2 Paris.
Yes, but what I meant was that Lafayette's invitation could pave the way for Connor to be in Paris during the French Revolution...
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Old 13-12-2012, 17:55
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Enjoyed 1 & 2 more than Brotherhood & Revelations haven't played 3 so can't comment on it.
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Old 16-12-2012, 08:00
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Bob, I really didn't like it much at first, but it's grown on me.
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Old 17-12-2012, 22:01
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Still ploughing through Revelations.
Starting to become a bit of a slog now.
I'm sure Brotherhood never felt this long.
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Old 23-12-2012, 02:11
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Just finished Assassin's Creed III. Wow Ubisoft. Has to be THE worst ending in history, worse than Mass Effect 3. 5 years and 5 games for that!

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Did enjoy the naval battles though
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Old 27-12-2012, 18:00
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Playing through AC3 now, about half way through.
Starting to get a little bored, new controls are annoying and fed up of constantly being swarmed by guards for the slightest thing.

Ubisoft have really ****ed this up!
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Old 14-01-2013, 10:46
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Have completed AC3 now and i have to say it warmed on me over time.
Only have 500 achievement points though so now going back and mopping up all the ones i haven't got.

Managed to pick up Assassins Creed Anthology off eBay for 80 which i was quite chuffed about.. except for one of the DLC codes is for the wrong content!
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Old 14-01-2013, 15:18
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I have played the first one which i loved and Brotherhood which is also a good game.

Agree with the Saboteur comments.Im currently playing this and it is a really good game
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Old 14-01-2013, 15:33
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I have played the first one which i loved and Brotherhood which is also a good game.

Agree with the Saboteur comments.Im currently playing this and it is a really good game
You should try the one in between those (AC2) which many would agree is the best game of the franchise so far!
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Old 14-01-2013, 21:51
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I loved the the Assasins creed 2/Ezio games.

1 was very good in that it sets the tone and laid the foundation, it is a bit repetitive though.

3 just doesn't appear to have the feel of an assassins creed game. The setting has put me off straight away, the many negative reviews even more.

The great thing about the other games was the settings. The cities look beautiful and interesting and are part of what makes the game, 3 just doesn;t appear to have that.

I'll buy it eventually but not until it's 10 is Tesco or whatever.
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