August 20, 2013 by thedavidryan
Am I Over Assassin’s Creed?
Assassin’s Creed is one of those games which sounds better on paper than it ever does in execution. The premise of being a lethal silent assassin whilst dodging Templar threats and skipping across rooftops sounds like gaming heaven. However, except for Assassin’s Creed II, the franchise has always underwhelmed.
When the first Assassin’s Creed game was announced back in the day, the gaming community was delirious with excitement. The awesome below trailer set expectations justifiably high:
Unfortunately, when I finally got my hands on the game, I didn’t like it. I thought the scope of the game was too big and I hated the Desmond arc from day one. Unsurprisingly it wasn’t long before I put the controller and the franchise to one side.
It was only when the trailers for Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood began to appear online that I became intrigued again. With my interest peaked I picked up Assassin’s Creed II, safe in the knowledge from my peers that ‘they had got this one right’ with a new character, story and setting. My peers were right; Assassin’s Creed II was fantastic. The fluid free running, devastating assassinations and a main character that made you feel like an elite renaissance hitman.
Through loving Assassin’s Creed II, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood. While Brotherhood featured more of the same, it also added new features here and there to keep my interest peaked. However, as Assassin’s Creed became a yearly title, my interest waned slightly so that when Revelations came out, I needed a break. I was completely burned out on the series and I only put in a few hours on Revelations before leaving the game behind. The series had become stale for me and as good as the Ezio story was, I’d played as much of him and that world as I ever wanted to.
After promising myself I was done with Assassin’s Creed for a while, an announcement was made about the latest title; Assassin’s Creed III. Great, another new rinse and repeat Assassin’s Creed game only a year after the last. However, I was wrong. This new Assassin’s Creed game was completely different. Europe was out and North America was in. A new era, character and enemy was in place for Assassin’s Creed III, and gamers everywhere were excited at the potential. A Native American hero versus the brute force of the British Empire had all the makings of a defining Assassin’s Creed title.
Sadly Assassin’s Creed III didn’t live up to the hype and some have even called it the worst of the series. Tedious missions, an irritating main character and a world that never lived up to its potential. The sour taste in my mouth from the previous games had just got worse. I didn’t even complete Assassin’s Creed III; such was my disappointment in the title. This time I was done and I was not coming back.
Another year came around and the announcement for another new Assassin’s Creed title shortly followed. However this time I was not budging. Sure, I watched the new trailers and read the articles, but my burnt fingers had not healed from the last time. As always, Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag certainly does look great on paper, but after the disappointment from Assassin’s Creed III, I knew not to let my guard down this time. That was until yesterday.
Last night I was scrolling through a list of launch title PS4 games, debating which ones I would pick up when I purchase the console this Winter. Whilst browsing I spotted Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, and for some reason, I was intrigued. The last I saw of the game was its announcement trailer. I may have glanced the E3 gameplay footage back in June, but that was during my ‘no chance will I be picking that up’ phase. So I went onto YouTube and watched the below commentary gameplay footage and god dammit, I’m intrigued:
Will I pick up Assassin’s Creed Black Flag? At the minute, no. However I am definitely intrigued, which is very important. If the game receives positive reviews from critics and the title transitions well to next gen, then maybe, just maybe.
Just when I thought I was out, they pulled me back in.
David is a massive computer game fan and regularly tweets about such topic on Twitter, you can follow him @TheDavidRyan