I have long since jumped off the bandwagon when it comes to Assassin's Creed games. It all started to go down hill for me when we started getting the likes of AC: Brotherhood and AC: Revelations. They were dodging the great questions they'd raised within this world in the first games and instead chose to milk every single historical setting in the history of the world.
The stories lost their impact and characters never came anywhere near as interesting or charming as Ezio again. Black Flag brought me back to the series for the ship-based combat, but after a while I just stopped halfway through the campaign. It was simply just another Assassin's Creed game, with a little bit more polish and that's not what I'm looking for in when it comes to the eighth game in a series.
I played Assassin's Creed: Unity for about ten hours then stopped and handed it over to someone else in the office. The story was the same one that we've heard over and over, it was really buggy with constant drop ins and frame rate dips, and it just wasn't an impressive NextGen game. Don't get me wrong, Paris looks amazing.
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But all of those NPCs in the game just get in the way after a while. Yeah it's amazing to see that many people on screen, but they just get in your way when you're trying to do a mission, and lord knows the issues that AC still has when it comes to its parkour (though there were cool little additions in this game, but just not enough). I actually found Shadow of Mordor fixed all of AC's issues in one game.
I'm officially done with AC, and I'm looking for that great AC 2 experience from Ubisoft again, but in a whole new world. Far Cry is still a lot of fun, though I hope that they change up Far Cry 5 a lot more than they did with 4 (still a tremendous amount of fun to be had in 4), so I'm wondering whether Watch Dogs 2 has what it takes. What do you guys think?
Watch Dogs 2
Let's face it, Watch Dogs wasn't exactly the game that we'd been promised, or even the game that we were shown at gaming expos last year. In many ways, and Ubisoft themselves confirmed this, Watch Dogs was similarly received to how the original Assassin's Creed was.
We know how Ubisoft learned from their mistakes, they took the great framework that they established with AC and improved every aspect of it to give us the wonderful Assassin's Creed 2. Watch Dogs could potentially be in the same boat here.
What they need to do for starters is give us a new character. I don't know what Ubisoft's obsession is as of late with these boring protagonists that display almost no emotion and just grumble. Actually a lot of games do this and I'm really getting tired of it. We want some characters with personality! Like Jordi Chin.
I would have gladly played the whole game as that guy rather than Aiden. Though the world that they showed off was intriguing. The ability to hack everything around us was exciting, but I felt that it could have been more extensive. With a whole world around me to hack, I found myself just doing the same things over and over, which weren't always that interesting.
Ubisoft also attempted a critique of contemporary culture and our invasion of one another's privacy, but they went nowhere near far enough. We could have had a really meaty campaign that caused us to reflect on the misfortunes that befall all of us in our technical lives. Instead we just got a same old revenge story that fell flat.
All of these aspects need to change and be improved upon for Watch Dogs 2. Despite its misgivings it was still a fun title, just nothing that I would hang on to or really recommend to anyone. It's time for a change Ubisoft. I love that they are trying to make a new series, I really do. And if they follow their history, maybe all they need is a trial run before they can give us something spectacular!
Let me know what you think of Assassin's Creed Unity and Watch Dogs in the comments!