Ive been playing Assassins Creed since the release day of part 1... The game got even better with Ezio (though im an Altair fan through n through).. It got strange with Revelations, but nothing "bad"..AC3 was o.k., but the large scale wasnt very fullfilling for its size n scope.. Like a barren wasteland, void of anything to do between main storyies..I spent a majority of the game hunting, which got old fast.. But not a "bad" game again.. Definitely not the Assassins Creed i had come to know and love either, however! With AC4, we're not even a damned assassin! I wont even get on the whole alien technology garbage we had to swallow!
The DLC, and money grabs from Ubisoft, are beginning to get out of hand.. I had grabbed everything, until AC3, and havent gotten any since Revelations.. The "season pass" crap, is usuaally a good single play item, then filled in with multiplayer garbage (who really buys Assassins Creed, for mp!?!) We play AC for its STORY, and its really beginning to thin out..Id much prefer they take their time, and come up with a new protagonist after Desmond, then stay a yearly annual release...AC4 is a large world, and is atleast filled with things to do, unlike AC3..The map is a bit misleading in size though., and majority of the landmasses are nothing but a tiny beach with a single chest or fragment (disappointing)..
I got off track, but wanted to put out some of my issues with the game, and see where others are at with them, in hopes these words, or others, reach development for future projects.. Assassins Creed is, and always has been, my FAVORITE franchise, and id like to get back to where we were with Ezio, and Altair..
-Bllack flag is entirely too dark.. The underwater segments force us to raise the brightness to 8 or higher, just to be able to see anything..Same with smugglers coves..
-Swimming underwater is so clunky, and difficult to see in any specific direction, i almost dont wanna bother with them..
-Free-running was supposed to have been fixed after part 1 or 2, and was, until now.. I get stuck alot on a single step, or small rock, and have to turn around to go around them, as if i were running into an invisible wall.. Often enough i felt i had to mention it...
-Weapon choices are gone, and attempting to use dropped weapons usually doesnt work, when you do force yourself to use them.. 2 of 3 times, the weapon drops to the ground,and Edward goes for a silent assassination with hidden blades...
-While we all enjoyed the ship segments from AC3, AC4 focused TOO much on it.. There was very little "assassin" in the game, and far more pirate/warrior gameplay.. The few missions where we got to play out the role of assassin were very welcomed but too few, far, and between..Then theres the whole thing that we're not actually an assassin anyway, so it didnt make any sense!
-Season Pass...I havent yet felt the season pass was necessary.. Addind up all the dlc, in AC3 for example, there was about $27.00 worth of Tyranny of Kng George, and your pass was a laughable $30.00 with some multiplayer filler garbage, and skin packs.. Then, you've always got the other dlc which is no longer included in the season pass.. Season pass USED to mean, you get all the dlc coming out later, and your putting your trust into a company to deliver good content, and giving your money upfront.. Youve taken that, and turned it into a sham, then STILL charge extra for 'other' dlc's..
-Multiplayer...I may play the multiplayer in these games a few times, but have never gotten the darn platinum trophy because of these ridiculus trophies for multiplayer..Its not deep, or appealing enough to play very long.. Not to mention theres ALWAYS a guy or 2 who are max lvl, with all unlockables, who just make it unfun for newcomers...I just think it sticks when awesome games, like this one, begin to lessen the epic single player experience, to tack on some mediocre multiplayer...Its very clear multipler is just a money sink for Ubisoft, with all the skin packs, map packs, and class packs..
-Town investing/upgrades were swapped for a single pirate haven, and the Ship.. They were great, just not enough...
-Community Events... Or lack there of... I have seen TWO white whales in 50hours of gameplay...I only have 2 friends who own the game, out of about 50, and theyve never shared one.. \They may have beaten the game and not come back(since you know, the mp is just as boring as it was in Bro-hood)...Why do i need to have friends to get content in MY game? Ive yet to find a chest, or get anythihng from initiates as a community event , what gives?!
-No matter how many Naval convoys i "Plunder", i dont get credit for the 3rd in the challenges, or the unlockable item for the boat i thnk it was.. Aquilla's item for the Jackdaw..
Maybe its time to play from the side of the Templars, and see their story building up of Abstergo over centuries of pillaging, conquering, and building up the world for total domination!
Now your even selling shortcuts, or "time-savers" dlc... Ugh! Im seeing/hearing from people more, and more a resemplance to the industries villians (EA, Activision, etc.) and id really hope you would go back to a better practice.. People are starting to steer clear of your games, and it will be the fans who pay the price in the long run..
What are some of the other players thoughts, and opinions of the game AC4, the franchise as a whole, and/or Ubisoft?
In Hopes te AC franchise can return to its roots, Fan since Altair '07,