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Submitted by JumpToGamer 368d ago | opinion piece

Has Assassin's Creed Gone Wrong?

When the first Assassin’s creed released for consoles in 2007 the game didn’t fail to disappoint. The inherent repetitiveness of the mission structure and gameplay left many gamers wanting more. A game that clearly had so much potential didn’t live up to the expectations that the hype had brought it. Enter Assassin’s Creed II: a game that arguably should have been what the first Assassin’s Creed wasn’t, it made so many radical changes to the series that everyone wanted. It ditched the bad, built on the good, and made a world that felt so real. (Assassin's Creed, Assassin's Creed 2, Assassin's Creed III, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Kanzes  +   368d ago
It should be "Pirate's Creed" than Assassin's Creed
iamnsuperman  +   368d ago
I feel Assasin's creed has gone too far left field. AC1 was dodgy at best but vastly improved into AC2 and AC:B since then it has a bit of a weird identity crises for AC series. AC Revelation (I did like by the way) had some weird additions like tower defence and AC3 was just pure wrong for the series. The series just didn't fit in that world and adding to that the awful voice acting just made the game feel wooden and empty. It wasn't an AC game (I was generous in my review giving it an 8). The only thing I really can praise AC3 for is making the Templars more appealing (should have done that from the beginning) but again this wasn't fully played out

Now we have Black flag which is (like Kanzes said above) more Pirate's Creed than Assassin's Creed. The AC series had so much potential by weaving a conspiracy story in real life events but they have failed to capitalise on this and have created a B rated movie style story with random adventures between the big releases.

They need to reboot it, sit down, plan the story from the beginning and not add story related stuff later on just to pad things out because at the moment it is poorly done.
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KwietStorm  +   368d ago
I agree with everything you said verbatim. It's actually almost weird how exact I've said the same thing to my friends. It's not like it's a 'bad' series, but they lost focus when it turned into a yearly thing, and it's just all over the place now.
theWB27  +   368d ago
I too agree...but not with the reboot part. The stories didn't fall off too much either. I was actually very into the modern aspect of AC3, but that ending killed it. It was worse than the Mass Effect ending.

BTW..the yearly release isn't like a Madden yearly release. These teams are getting 2 and 3 years to work on the next game.

http://www.pcgamer.com/2013...

I am admittedly a little biased...it's my favorite franchise by far : )
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Brasi1989  +   368d ago
Huh, while Assassins Creed 3 was my game in the series I thoroughly enjoyed it (WiiU version). I did feel that Connor felt a generally generic character and feel they wasted a ton of potential due to the time period and his heritage. He just seemed to simple to have much appeal. So I agree that Connor was dull and his father more appeal i cannot comment on the other aspects of the nonrecurring games being better, but I can attest to the amount of joy I had while playing AC3.

P.S. I also agree the Desmond section was atrocious.
starchild  +   367d ago
I completely disagree. In my opinion each entry in the series has surpassed the previous. Assassin's Creed 3 was the best game in the series, not only in terms of game mechanics, but also in spectacle and narrative.
Einhert  +   368d ago
the story probably would have been better for the series if they had just actually had it take place in those time periods. The desmond sections are pretty bad.

AC3 went wrong with its story but mainly the main character was a chore to play as.

I have never felt so disconnected and disenchanted with a character before. Connor was a total and utter bore while his dad was by far the more interesting character and should have been the playable character the whole way through.
Koyes  +   368d ago
Agreed. Haytham was so amazing to play as and then the focus shifted to Connor
starchild  +   367d ago
I don't understand that at all. Connor was a very cool character to me. It seems like some of you have a problem playing as a native american character.
Einhert  +   367d ago
way to assume it is a race issue

First of all, I am Irish so why would I ever have a problem with native Americans? I'm not some american yokel.

And he was flatline, boring and he completely lacked any emotion even in his supposed tragic scenes.

He just was not interesting and every piece if dialogue he had was just focused on one thing and he didn't display much of any intelligence so there was nothing there to make him likeable.

But don't listen to reason or me, just assume I have a problem with playing as other ethnic groups.
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GameCents  +   368d ago
It all went downhill after Brotherhood, which was a slight downgrade from II in my opinion.
sonicsidewinder  +   368d ago
Only cattle will willingly buy this game.
HumanAfterAll  +   368d ago
I was unaware they made controllers compatible for hooves.

I should probably call the local dairy and tell them that Cows have learned to play games.

They could be losing a lot of money.
sonicsidewinder  +   368d ago
http://www.youtube.com/watc...

They're capable maaaan! I've SEEN IT!!!

*shudders in the corner, murmuring madly*
Heisenburger  +   367d ago
Or fans of Moby Dick.

I want to hunt, chase, defeat, and be defeated by some whales.

Plus I am terrified of open water. That screenshot of that shark attacking the boat got me excited.

My phobias incarnate.

Very exciting
0pie  +   368d ago
on of the thing the did wrong is to do an assassin creed every year. assassin creed 2 and brotherhood was 2 great games but after that it just goes downhill
Cmk0121  +   368d ago
Too many games in to short of a time span is killing the franchise that was unique and a graphical powerhouse
CrossingEden  +   368d ago
AC3 had the most sales of the series ever and was the first one since AC2 to get nominated for game of the year and also character of the year, the franchise is doing fine -_-
Jazz4108  +   367d ago
I would say yearly installments will hurt this franchise as it makes it less exiciting for me.
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Cmk0121  +   368d ago
"Its no question that the annualizing of the Assassin’s Creed series has been its downfall" all
That needs to be said
Lucreto  +   368d ago
If the series sells 10 million units a game they won't end it any time soon.
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N8  +   368d ago
I bought both ac2 and ac3 and never finished them. I will probably buy this one to. I feel like I'm hoping to find it interesting again idk.
Lucreto  +   368d ago
I love Assassin's Creed but the games have slowly going downhill but I still play them. AC 2 is the best so far.

AC3 had its good points but it story seemed stretched. Connors youth could have been shorter and Haytham's part could have been shorter. I wished you could have upgraded the town a lot more and trading was less complicated.

I have my hopes on AC 4. I like Assassin's and Pirates so it is my type of game.
titletownrelo  +   368d ago
They should do a story with a samurai character that follows the traditional morals and qualities to defend his homeland from invasion. But his comrades become corrupted by westernization and begin using the weapons from the westerners for pay. They betray him, and banish him from the country. While adrift at sea, the Jackdaw passes by and takes the stranger in. On board the ship, is an older Kenway, who adopts the young warrior, who over time learns western combat and the assassins code.
RiPPn  +   367d ago
I think if 3 had been highly rated, the game people wanted/expected, then people wouldn't be so negative on the series and saying things like "they are turning them out way to fast." If 4 is a return to greatness then all will be forgiven.
CrossingEden  +   367d ago
hmmm, sales are better than ever, the third game got game of the year awards/nominations, connor was nominated for character of the year, yea, this series is doing just fine, on a second note, to all the people constantly complaining that it needs to return to its roots, YOU were the people who wanted it to change because of the ezio trilogy, and now that they make changes you complain even more, not only that, but you people are saying "Omgerrd he's not an assassin he's a pirate" um, did NONE of you play AC2, cause you coulda fooled me, because last time i checked, AC2 established the fact that the assassins aren't an open creed and that a good amount of them lead separate lives outside of being an assassin, don't believe me, watch this http
http://www.youtube.com/watc...
1:00-1:27 now
starchild  +   367d ago
These trendy little hipsters don't make a damn bit of sense. The have no logical consistency whatsoever.

Whenever ANYTHING reaches a point of being very successful there are always these types there ready to jump on the hate bandwagon. It's easily predictable and has zero to do with the objective qualities of the thing in question.
Red_Devilz  +   367d ago
Yes. It went wrong when they retired Ezio.

Wholeheartedly agree with the author. No AC4 for me either.
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Heie24  +   367d ago
I think they stopped focusing on what made two great. The assassinations, the stealth the slow infiltration and the quick kill, 3 lost all of that. For an assassin game it pales in comparison to Farcry 3 for stealth mechanics and in every single category to dishonored
starchild  +   367d ago
What? AC3 was the first time the series really even had what I would call stealth mechanics. Finally being able to hide and move through foliage or hide behind a corner made a huge difference to the feel of the game for me. It finally made it into the kind of game I always wanted it to be.
Protosism  +   367d ago
I honestly enjoyed AC3 the most out of the series so far. I'm probably biased, being Native myself, but I also loved Connor and his story.

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