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Assassin's Creed IV, Battlefield 4 retail sales disappoint - Pachter

Analyst notes "far weaker than expected debuts" for big franchises, believes PS4 outsold Xbox One by 66%

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GarrusVakarian929d ago (Edited 929d ago )

Good, maybe both Ubi and EA will realise that its time to give these franchises a rest and/or some decent dev time. BF needs an overall boost in quality and AC needs better story, AI and a complete overhaul to the free running and combat.

Ah, who am i kidding.....

OMNlPOTENT929d ago

AC4 had a great story. It didn't force too many present day sections like previous titles did, and it actually had really good character development in my eyes. The freerunning is hit or miss, it'd be hard to make a much better one but I'll agree it has failed me quite a few times. The AI and combat I'm not gonna argue with. The new pistol mechanics were very welcome but the combat is dreadfully easy. If they tried to do something like a Witcher combat system(without the magic. please no magic assassins, that would be way too much)it'd make stealth so much more rewarding. The ship combat on the other hand is the best I've ever seen. Either way despite if AC4 was a milked game, it was a damn good milked game.

SaturdayNightBeaver929d ago

But can the cow deliver again? lol

OMNlPOTENT929d ago

@jebemvamsestru I can only hope the best for the AC series. It is one of my favorite series and I really do hope they will stop the annual releases. AC4 is the first one since Brotherhood I was able to play without taking a month break in between. It wasn't because Revelations and 3 were bad games. The annual releases just started showing how little innovation they were doing with the series. Even if every game is as good AC4 or (doubtfully) better, I think a lot of people will get fatigued and a good game won't get the treatment it deserves. All in all, annual releases are bad. Seeing what they did with AC4 in one year; I would love to see what they could accomplish in 2 or 3 years.

fattyuk929d ago

The problem with AC for me is that where I couldn't get into the last 3 games (revelations/brotherhood/ac3) I found myself going into AC4 with the attitude that I'd only play it for an hour an be bored, but luckily day know what I really am enjoying it!

Problem is I had to google to find out the actual AC storyline of the last 3 games, and I'm sorry but the franchise has gone way to far to actually have a main storyline as its all over the place now!

GameSpawn929d ago

I wouldn't say the story is all over the place. They just ran a long ways with the precursor twist at the end of AC2. A lot had happened regarding the present day over the course of Brotherhood, Revelations, and AC3. Not so much that a good wiki can't catch you up though.

AC4 did fix a lot of the nagging issues that AC3 had and I'll be damned if they haven't perfected naval combat. I spend more time in AC4 fighting and taking over ships than I did in the rest of the game (I've completed everything 100% by now). The naval combat is really intuitive and fun; don't think it is too easy though as even with a fully leveled and stocked ship the Legendary ships (5 separate ships) will really make you use every tactic you know to take them down.

morganfell929d ago

The issue here is Pacther disappoints and far more often than any video game. There is zero reason an article should have been written detailing his tired and so often inaccurate opinion concerning gaming issues.

Back-to-Back929d ago

AC games are always good but every year does this franchise a major disservice. Every other year would be much better and you would see more hype for these games.

RedDeadLB929d ago

While AC4 is an excellent game by any standard, I too believe it needs a combat overhaul. The combat is far too simple and it actually feels disconnected from everything else. It's not as free flowing as in, for example, Batman Arkham games. The animations are pretty bad as well, most of the hits don't even connect and there is no feeling of weight to any move.

It's pretty unsatisfying.

MrCrimson929d ago

AC4 was WAY better than I anticipated. I gamefly'd it and my god was I blown away by how good it was compared to its predecessor.

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RE_L_MAYER929d ago

they just keep milking the shit out of those games until it turns into complete diarrhea

chaldo929d ago

AC4 is actually the best since AC2..

RE_L_MAYER929d ago

Didnt play any since ac 2 but actually really like it being a pirate...hopefully they will do assasins creed with samurai time

RustedMan929d ago

I enjoyed revelations, have yet to play black flag, want to play it on my non existent ps4.
But yeah, AC2 was a damn near masterpiece.

Trekster_Gamer929d ago

My son has enjoyed all assassins creed games. I could never get into them but, this one looks really fun to me. Maybe it is like Farcry 3 had inspired black flag but I am definitely going to give this one a try!

DanielGearSolid929d ago (Edited 929d ago )

At this point I dont even care if its a new IP or not. Make a game with some varied gameplay... Sheesh

I get they want the the name sake to sell copies but damn... Just cause COD sells the same bullshit every year doesnt mean you have to follow

Tho I will say, AC is doing alot of fresh New things with the pirate life gameplay

hellzsupernova929d ago

Assassins creed 4 relies way to much on follow this person /ship it is horribly repetitive and boring.

However the ship combat and story are fantastic

BX81929d ago

Just got done playing some black flag 5 min ago. Great game and so was ac3.

gobluesamg929d ago

I'm having a great time with Black Flag on PS4. It is so much more polished than 3. What a pleasant surprise.

GarrusVakarian929d ago (Edited 929d ago )

I agree, its a good game and there are plenty of things i like about it but it still suffers from a non interesting story, seriously bad AI (im talking PS2 era AI here), frustrating free running mechanics and combat that can literally be played with one finger.

Its a sign for change when being a pirate is the bigger focus/strength than being an assassins in a game called Assassins Creed.

getmad929d ago

Totally agree with you! The AI is one of the worst I've ever seen. Last time I saw AI that bad it really was the PS2 era. And the game is just too repetitive.. really boring. And I love the AC series, but AC3 and AC4 are just bad and boring

MasterCornholio929d ago

I like the game a lot as well. At least it wasnt a crap fest like AC3 was which I only played because I got it for free with plus.

UnHoly_One929d ago

Yeah, honestly I think it is my favorite of the whole series so far.

Maybe I'm just a pirate at heart.

syne49929d ago

I really enjoyed ACIV quite a bit. I am still hesitant to pick up BF4 just based on all the problems its been having. I hope it gets fixed up soon.

SmartassesCreed929d ago

AC4 looks incredible on PS4,especially since its 1080p on it. I thought 3 was awful. Connor was dull, Edward is as likeable as Ezio in my opinion.

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