I reached my goal! I caught up in the Assassin’s Creed series before AC3 came out! Here are my thoughts on each one…
Assassin’s Creed 1
features Altair, an assassin from Masyaf during the High Middle Ages, and it’s my least favorite of the games. It was too repetitive since you did the same thing in every city. I didn’t like Altair in this one; I thought he was boring, unlikable, and very poorly voice acted. The combat didn’t feel smooth, and the guards were way too sensitive. I don’t like being attacked because… I didn’t ride my horse slow enough?
After AC1, I did enjoy every game Ezio was in. I thought he had more personality and a more interesting story, starting with…
Assassin’s Creed 2
is the first game with Ezio, an assassin from Florence during the Renaissance, and it’s my favorite in the series so far. It was paced and balanced well, such that the main story was easy to follow, even if you did side quests. It felt open, yet still guided you by not opening everything up at once. This was also before they started adding a lot of stuff in, so while Ezio could do more than Altair, AC2 still kept it fairly simple. A lot was improved compared to AC1. The fighting felt much better, and the quests were more varied. Overall, this game just felt… right. It flowed well, and it was really fun to play.
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
takes place immediately after AC2 in terms of Ezio’s story. This time, it’s in Rome, which is huge. I spent more time riding around on horses than climbing buildings.
Brotherhood felt super bloated. While I still had fun, there were way too many things to do, and some sidequests weren’t even in the same time period or storyline. It became confusing fast, and after a while, I didn’t know what was going on in the main story anymore. Plus, quests had optional objectives for “full sync”. For example, don’t be detected, kill only your target, don’t take damage, etc. I had mixed feelings about them. While it added a nice challenge, some were so annoying that I didn’t even bother.
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
takes place some time after Brotherhood (again, in terms of Ezio’s story) and mostly in Constantinople. Ezio has gotten pretty old by now, and the game ties in Altair more. I didn’t like Altair in AC1, but I liked him in Revelations.
Revelations “fixed” a lot of complaints I had about Brotherhood. It keeps you in one smaller city that is denser. No more riding around on horses. There were far less side quests, so it was more main question oriented. The optional objectives were also more natural to do.
However, I thought it was odd that it opened up almost all of the map in the beginning, leaving you to pace the game as you wanted. I typically do as many side quests as I can before the main quest. Well… I ended up with the best armor and some of the best weapons before I even reached the halfway point of the game. I went from the lowest level armor to the very highest. It made it pointless to even check the blacksmith anymore.
Revelations also continues to add onto what Ezio can do. At this point, I’m glad that AC3 will feature a new assassin. While I love Ezio, it’s gotten to be too much. I’m now carrying multiple ranged weapons, a small weapon, a big weapon, multiple bomb types, hidden blade, a hook, parachutes, poison, and medicine. How much more can you really add…?
Assassin’s Creed 3
features Connor and takes place during the American Revolution. If you haven’t seen the E3 trailer, I recommend checking it out! It makes me really excited for it!