Is Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed franchise getting out of hand?
Am I the only one? I keep asking this question but am I really the only one who is getting so tired of seeing Ubisoft churn out more and more of these games? Yes, Assassin's Creed is a lot of fun and its formula has inspired countless games in terms of combat and navigation, but does that really warrant this many additions to the franchise.
Now we have [Assassin's Creed](movie:437814) Unity and Assassin's Creed Rogue coming out with not even a full month between them! I mean I really think this is just getting ridiculous. At least with the likes of the Call of Duty series we are kept waiting for a little while, a bit of suspense is allowed to build up. So as I look at these two games I wonder one thing: which one do I actually have to play and which one can I forget about.
With Assassin's Creed Rogue only coming out for PS3 and Xbox 360 and Assassin's Creed Unity arriving on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, the decision will be simpler for those that have already progressed to Next generation or have not yet moved and for PC players there really is only one option. But let's take a look at their plots and see in terms of narrative progression which game is the big one!
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Assassin's Creed Unity with Arno Dorian!
Really, all that Unity has is its French Revolutionary setting and its inclusion of cooperative multiplayer to the Assassin's Creed franchise. The story is painfully familiar, Arno Dorian who's father was a member of the Assassin's is killed and he then goes on a journey with his gear to become an assassin himself and kill some templars blahblah.
But I will admit, running around with your mates, traversing the tops of buildings in Versailles and cooperatively taking down targets does sound like a lot of fun. But if I'm going to invest in yet another Assassin's Creed game I think I'm going to need a little bit more persuasion than that. It's just like when Brotherhood introduced multiplayer, but who remembers that game?
Assassin's Creed Rogue with Shay Cormac!
Okay, so the deal with this game appears to be that it's the successor to Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, whereas Unity is just kind of an in between thing. Gameplay in Rogue will be similar to that of Black Flag with a mixture of ship-based naval exploration and third-person land-based exploration. BUT! There is one big change narrative wise; we play as a Templar.
So now we get to see things from their side of the fight and analyze as to whether they really are as bad as they seem. Cormac was in fact a member of the Assassins but was betrayed and is now out on a mission for revenge with the aid of the Templars. Could this aspect be enough to make me choose this one? To be honest, its a bigger change than anything we see in Unity, therefore it has my vote!
But really, I'm deciding on whether to bother with either of them and mainly I think the choice is down to whether you want to see Assassin's Creed on next generation consoles or stick with the old reliable ones. Let me know what you think!