I’m a bit on the fence about Assassin’s Creed.
Don’t get me wrong, I loved the series despite its constant ambiguity and need to piss you off with very closed yet open-ended endings. After Assassin’s Creed: Revelations however, I’m not sure if the developers even know what they want to do with the story anymore.
It’s like being in the car with someone who keeps saying they know where they’re going and yet they’ve driven the car in a circle about ten times.
Because I’m a sheep though, I will entertain this supposed knowledgeable driving.
Recently, rumors have come out about the next installment of the series, Assassin’s Creed III (if we’re finally moving, that is). So far, it’s stated to be the “biggest to date”. As well, a rumor has come out that it may be placed in during the American Revolution.
Now, after going through a couple of different post and reading a few discussions about this rumor, I’ve come to a conclusion. Just about everyone has the same stand point as me on this.
As long as I have a clear idea of what’s going on for once and I can still kill people, it could be set in Rainbow Happy Fun Time Land. Don’t really care at the moment.
Of course, there are a few other suggestions and complaints but, that’s about the gist of it.
Many gripes with the series don’t exactly revolve around the change of scenery and time. That’s the least of anyone’s worries seeing that Ubisoft takes deep pride in the accurate and beautiful architecture of any city they set the story in.
The issue comes about when it comes to our protagonist and the overall story.
For one, why do we never really play with Desmond?
I know we had that weird, yet awkward, free running in an abandoned city in Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood.
And then there was the roaming about in a puzzle world in Assassin’s Creed: Revelations.
I want to actually go out in a populated city and kill someone with Desmond though. Without that, for some reason, Desmond just exist with no real purpose.
Even after understanding the story and Desmond’s place in it, his constant indirect lack of effect makes you feel a bit disconnected from him as a character.
Let’s break this down.
He’s been the protagonist since the first game and, even though he was not the lead per-say, the story did revolve a bit around him. Both Altair and Ezio have come and gone and yet fans feel more attached to them than Desmond because of one thing.
We could actually play with them and not be forced to listen to them talk to themselves with no real interaction with anyone else.
With this being said, people are really waiting on a modern day game. That way we know we will at least play with someone from this time period. One would only assume it would be Desmond but, we know how Ubisoft can be. They may introduce someone else and, once again, Desmond becomes “that guy”.
For the most part, the story is fine.
The latest addition the story however, makes me a bit uneasy. While I was playing Revelations, I just felt unfulfilled. Even in my review, you can hear that it was the writing of a person who was a bit confused as to why this game was made or what the point was. The immersion wasn’t there, the lasting appeal wasn’t there, and the revelation definitely wasn’t there.
Here is a quote from that review:
As a huge fan of the Assassin’s Creed franchise, I went into this game expecting one of the greatest titles that I would play this year. For a good portion, it was indeed that and more. Over time, however, I felt like it was just beating around a giant bush of ambiguity.
Assassin’s Creed is known for its immersive stories and beautiful architecture –on the inside and outside of the game- but, the immersion of never really knowing what’s going on is getting old. This far into the series, I want at least a little resolution.
I still stand by this.
Though I know the last game in the series isn’t upon us and a huge resolution won’t come about until then, we still need something. When someone says, you’re going to end a certain character’s story. I expect you to do so without causing me to constantly question that character’s standing. That’s all Revelations did for me. It gave me more questions.
At the same time, the game seemed like a bunch of jumbled together ideas that were spun into a story that should have been DLC to AC: B, not its own game.
For this reason, I’m concerned for what is to come from the Assassin’s Creed franchise. I won’t criticize until I hear more (which is supposed to be March 31) but I am skeptical. I’m worried about the direction of the series and how it may affect everything that has been established but, all I can do is hope for the best at this point.
So, what do you think of the series? Did you like Revelations or did you have some issues? Or do you just outright hate Assassin’s Creed? Let me know.