Done with Assassin’s Creed Revelations and boy howdy, it was like one step forward and two steps backwards for the series. The themes and narrative were pretty good (if short), but the gameplay... wow. They threw in a tower defense dealy, several first-person platformer segments (that motion-sickened me like no 3D game has since the 90s), and basically strongly suggest you check on a menu-based minigame every ten minutes—all of these play rather poorly and eventually feel more like work than like playing, which is a particularly puzzling design decision since these things all come packaged with an engaging stealth/combat/climbing mechanic called ASSASSIN’S FREAKING CREED
that has been under constant refinement since at least the original Splinter Cell, and while this game’s addition of bombs and the “hook blade” may be only incremental addition, these gameplay introductions didn’t quite get utilized very extensively.
Also, ACR has crashed on me more times than all the previous entries in the series combined. I realize there’s a bit of a glitch theme
to this game, but....
Anyway, this game should have been better. Particularly telling is things that weren’t given as much attention or integration into a whole as you’d come to expect from this series—it’s never explained why you need to blow open wells when you never had to before, nor does the game even keep track of them properly (when you unlock one, it says out of 31... except nobody on the Internet seems to have found 31, and many have tried—but unlike most “out of whatever” things you can do in the series, this one isn’t even listed in the DNA menu). And the only thing you get for collecting 100 Animus Data Fragments is an achievement (boo hiss).
So if I could have sent a message to my past self before starting the game, it’d be something like “just speed through the story this time; you will never be sufficiently rewarded for any collection you put together in this game even compared to the blah rewards you used to get”.
Actually, that’s a lie; it would have been all the picks I’d need to make myself an overnight billionaire on the stock market. But you know what I mean.