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Joshuam303
04-29-2014, 01:01 PM
I recently started playing the assassin creed games, and i have loved them all except this one. During the game i can't seem to use abilities, i have all 6 assassins, none of them are on missions and either when i am in a mission or out i can never seem to use any of the abilities because the assassin icon is always grayed out, could someone help me? thanks ^^

cawatrooper9
04-29-2014, 06:33 PM
I recently started playing the assassin creed games, and i have loved them all except this one. During the game i can't seem to use abilities, i have all 6 assassins, none of them are on missions and either when i am in a mission or out i can never seem to use any of the abilities because the assassin icon is always grayed out, could someone help me? thanks ^^

To be honest, I'm surprised AC3 doesn't get more flak for its assassin recruit system. Maybe I just haven't fooled around with it enough to really understand it, but it seems to basically be useless- the most assassins I've ever had is 2, and that's counting Chapeau who you get for completing some main storyline missions.

Though, in all fairness, I hated the ACR recruit system too, until I messed around with it more recently. Now, I think it's really well flushed out.

So, sorry that I couldn't help, but I do sympathize!

Assassin_M
04-29-2014, 07:13 PM
To be honest, I'm surprised AC3 doesn't get more flak for its assassin recruit system. Maybe I just haven't fooled around with it enough to really understand it, but it seems to basically be useless- the most assassins I've ever had is 2, and that's counting Chapeau who you get for completing some main storyline missions.

Though, in all fairness, I hated the ACR recruit system too, until I messed around with it more recently. Now, I think it's really well flushed out.

So, sorry that I couldn't help, but I do sympathize!
I thought AC III's system was awesome. The best form of the system, though I would have loved a ceremony or just a welcome to the Brotherhood. Unique personalities, unique abilities..it was a good system rarely given incentive to be used.

Are you in the Frontier? You can't use the recruits except in cities.

LoyalACFan
04-29-2014, 08:14 PM
I thought AC III's system was awesome. The best form of the system, though I would have loved a ceremony or just a welcome to the Brotherhood. Unique personalities, unique abilities..it was a good system rarely given incentive to be used.

I think it was just another one of those concept vs. execution things. I agree that having unique personalities/abilities is the way to go, but as you said, there wasn't much incentive behind it and the recruits didn't get enough screen time to really feel meaningful.

Assassin_M
04-29-2014, 08:17 PM
I think it was just another one of those concept vs. execution things. I agree that having unique personalities/abilities is the way to go, but as you said, there wasn't much incentive behind it and the recruits didn't get enough screen time to really feel meaningful.
I thought the screen time they got in the cutscenes of the liberation missions and dialogues was enough. Their appearance in the story was pretty hard to implement since they're optional but yeah, I thought the tavern conversations were pretty cool too.
Only screen time I felt was necessary for them was a welcome to the Brotherhood.

all in all, yes...i wish we had more opportunities to use them effectively..

cawatrooper9
04-29-2014, 08:22 PM
I thought AC III's system was awesome. The best form of the system, though I would have loved a ceremony or just a welcome to the Brotherhood. Unique personalities, unique abilities..it was a good system rarely given incentive to be used.

Yeah, like I said, I never really fooled around with it too much so it might be worth my time to check it out again.
Actually, I've got my girlfriend playing through the AC games right now (she's almost finished with ACB- can't wait to see how she reacts to that ending). She is much more of a completionist than I am (I'm one of those terrible people who focuses more on the main storylines of games) so I'm sure she'll get more into the system than I ever did.

SixKeys
04-29-2014, 08:23 PM
The only thing I liked about the AC3 recruits was that if one of them got injured, Connor could walk up to them and ask if they were all right. It always seemed so cold in previous games when Ezio would just ignore his dead recruits. :p (It was possible to kneel down and close their eyes, but this didn't always work for some reason.)

Like M said, you can't use recruits in the Frontier. If you're having this problem in the cities, it may be that you have to progress further in the story. It took me a really long time to figure out the recruit system too.

LoyalACFan
04-29-2014, 08:23 PM
I thought the screen time they got in the cutscenes of the liberation missions and dialogues was enough. Their appearance in the story was pretty hard to implement since they're optional but yeah, I thought the tavern conversations were pretty cool too.
Only screen time I felt was necessary for them was a welcome to the Brotherhood.

all in all, yes...i wish we had more opportunities to use them effectively..

I think my main problem with them was that I did all the liberation contracts before I even met any of the recruits, lol. So they just popped up out of nowhere and acted as if I was their old friend. I think they should have at least had an introduction mission or something that told us who they were before their missions were unlocked.

But the move where you call in your whole Assassin posse to walk behind you is undeniably cool, I admit, even though it's not really that practical. I used to purposefully injure Stephane so he couldn't show up with the rest of them and ruin the moment, lol :p

GunnerGalactico
04-29-2014, 08:29 PM
I think my main problem with them was that I did all the liberation contracts before I even met any of the recruits, lol. So they just popped up out of nowhere and acted as if I was their old friend. I think they should have at least had an introduction mission or something that told us who they were before their missions were unlocked.

But the move where you call in your whole Assassin posse to walk behind you is undeniably cool, I admit, even though it's not really that practical. I used to purposefully injure Stephane so he couldn't show up with the rest of them and ruin the moment, lol :p

For me, the covert escort and marksman ( although not as good as Arrow Storm ) move really came in handy.

Kirokill
04-29-2014, 08:33 PM
AC3 recruit system was my favorite. Disguise, assassinate, escort.
They all are weak till they reach the final rank. But still not always able to take on Jagers. Also I when they're wounded, after the battle you can talk to them while they're on the ground.

Assassin_M
04-29-2014, 08:33 PM
I think my main problem with them was that I did all the liberation contracts before I even met any of the recruits, lol. So they just popped up out of nowhere and acted as if I was their old friend. I think they should have at least had an introduction mission or something that told us who they were before their missions were unlocked.
well, it works like this (i don't blame you, though, I agree an introduction should have been less missable and more obvious) you do 1 or 2 liberation missions and the recruit icon pops up telling you how they'v heard word of your work spread around, then Connor asks what's going on and they fill him in and tell him to continue. you can actually talk to them a few more times to hear their input on your progress.


But the move where you call in your whole Assassin posse to walk behind you is undeniably cool, I admit, even though it's not really that practical. I used to purposefully injure Stephane so he couldn't show up with the rest of them and ruin the moment, lol :p
Hahahahaha thanks for the laugh xD

Joshuam303
04-29-2014, 09:30 PM
Yea it wasn't working in the cities or at the homestead bit, but it eventually started working near the end of the game, which annoyed me quite a bit :/

and yea i have only started playing them around 2 weeks ago since i didn't like the look of the first game so i didn't think to give it a shot but once i did i loved the series xD i am about to start black flag. The one thing about the recruit system i miss the most was having 12, i liked being able to just use the assassinate call in revelations, and all these assassins appearing out of no where, each killing their target then running away if there was no one left, or just chasing the other survivors down xD

One of my favorite memories was when a stalker tried to kill me, and he stabbed me then i sent my assassin recruits to chase him, and it was a rooftop chase which went on for quite a while and i found it funny to watch xD

Assassin_M
04-29-2014, 09:34 PM
Yea it wasn't working in the cities or at the homestead bit, but it eventually started working near the end of the game, which annoyed me quite a bit :/

and yea i have only started playing them around 2 weeks ago since i didn't like the look of the first game so i didn't think to give it a shot but once i did i loved the series xD i am about to start black flag. The one thing about the recruit system i miss the most was having 12, i liked being able to just use the assassinate call in revelations, and all these assassins appearing out of no where, each killing their target then running away if there was no one left, or just chasing the other survivors down xD

One of my favorite memories was when a stalker tried to kill me, and he stabbed me then i sent my assassin recruits to chase him, and it was a rooftop chase which went on for quite a while and i found it funny to watch xD
Doesnt work outside of the cities. if it did not work in the cities, then it was most likely a bug.

The brotherhood system is gone in AC IV. You'v never had twelve Assassins arrive at once, it was always 6 and you can still do all of that in AC III, calling recruits to chase or kill someone for you. the stalkers are gone, though sadly...

Joshuam303
04-29-2014, 09:45 PM
Doesnt work outside of the cities. if it did not work in the cities, then it was most likely a bug.

The brotherhood system is gone in AC IV. You'v never had twelve Assassins arrive at once, it was always 6 and you can still do all of that in AC III, calling recruits to chase or kill someone for you. the stalkers are gone, though sadly...

Its gone in AC IV?? :O is there some other system instead ?

LoyalACFan
04-29-2014, 09:52 PM
Its gone in AC IV?? :O is there some other system instead ?

You recruit crew for your ship, but it's not that much of a gameplay loop. You can pretty much get all you need from raiding ships.

Joshuam303
04-29-2014, 09:54 PM
You recruit crew for your ship, but it's not that much of a gameplay loop. You can pretty much get all you need from raiding ships.


Question about the naval warfare, i have seen some screenshots of it, and friends of mine have been talking about it a lot but can you board other ships freely? like jump from your ship to theirs? and can people still not swim? :P

Assassin_M
04-29-2014, 09:59 PM
Question about the naval warfare, i have seen some screenshots of it, and friends of mine have been talking about it a lot but can you board other ships freely? like jump from your ship to theirs? and can people still not swim? :P
Yes and everyone swims now

Joshuam303
04-29-2014, 10:16 PM
Yes and everyone swims now


Good i always thought it was unusual no one could swim......... i can understand why some could not, such as heavy armors and weapons, but some people have near nothing on and yet still drown xD

Kaschra
04-30-2014, 01:15 AM
I like all the different abilities, even though I barely used them. Some of the recruit missions were also pretty bugged for me, which was annoying.
I wish we could call the assassins in the Frontier too, not only the cities :/

I think it was a good decision to drop the recruit system in AC4 though. It makes the games even more easier than they already are.




But the move where you call in your whole Assassin posse to walk behind you is undeniably cool, I admit, even though it's not really that practical. I used to purposefully injure Stephane so he couldn't show up with the rest of them and ruin the moment, lol :p

Ahahaha, you're my hero xD

HDinHB
04-30-2014, 03:17 AM
Yes and everyone swims now

My two biggest AC surprises:

Discovering that Alta´r couldn't swim
Discovering that the Spanish soldiers in Havana could