I played Assassin's Creed II from beginning to end probably around ten times; seriously, I loves Assassin's Creed and when I played the sequel I was absolutely blown away by the improvements made to the game and the added attention to Desmond--needless to say I was hype when Brotherhood was announced. For whatever reason as the months grew closer, however; Brotherhood just kind of faded from my mind and I didn't even think of Assassin's Creed again until Revelations was announced at E3 the following year...set for that November. Needless to say I was a bit appalled as I hate yearly series. Brotherhood I accepted originally as a glorified expansion to II to wrap up Ezio's story, but after Revelations was announced I pretty much just dismissed the series as another yearly developed title that had sold out it's original roots and of course the focus on online play only made that feeling stronger. Now, I will say this--the online is fun. I played the beta for ACR and it was a good bit of fun and I understand that it was an entirely different team working on the online portions of the games, but still, I was irked by the direction of the series.
And then...I saw the poster for ACIII. Needless to stay, this is what I was prepared to wait for three years ago without even expecting a game every year leading up to it--a new ancestor in an interesting unexplored time period! And after the trailer I was sold and decided to watch some of the cut-scenes from the other two games to get caught up with the story. Honestly, I thought both of their stories were pretty dim in comparison to ACII, but I also believed they did their purpose. Killing off Lucy and having it never explained in Revelations really confused me, but I chopped it up to something they'll get around to in this game. However, it seemed like to me that overall Revelations was used to tie-up loose-ends with Ezio and Altair's stories repsectively and really served no purpose in expanding on Desmond's story; it was also disappointing and weird how Desmond's father was introduced and no-one seemed to care how he had not even been in the series up until that point-not even Desmond, oddly.
So yeah, I'm curious if anyone else had similar experiences.