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Assassin's Creed series

Discussion in 'Gaming Forum' started by Tone_E, Mar 6, 2012.

  1. invid

    invid Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    Seems like this series is going through an identity crisis with some of its core systems.

    Once again, assassinations are stat-based, leading away from the stealth "if you can sneak it you can kill it" origins of the series. Also seems to be a lot of content bloat without the necessary equipment or build diversity to keep the game's combat interesting toward the end of the game.

    It has all the things you'd expect from a big budget open world RPG, it just seems that they're not working harmoniously together in Valhalla.

    That fact, combined with the fact that isn't really a stealth entry that I can rely on anymore to deliver that specific experience, means I'll probably be skipping this like I did Odyssey.

    Skill Up is a good YouTube reviewer who is able to keenly look past a lot of the window dressing that are attached to these AAA games. And I appreciate his review on this one:

     
  2. Unlucky 13

    Unlucky 13 Team Rosen Club Member

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    While I enjoyed the early AC games, a big open world RPG is what I would much rather have. Given that Odyssey is one of my favorite games of all time, I'm looking forward to when I get the chance to play Valhalla on the PS5.
     
  3. invid

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    You should watch that review I posted. It seems like they've streamlined the gear/loot progression, which works great for a more linear experience but does not complement its move to a more open world approach.

    They've also structured the skill tree very very obtusely.
     
  4. Unlucky 13

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    I'm trying to expose myself to as little beforehand as possible. I want to go in fresh and not spoil anything.
     
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  5. invid

    invid Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    I can respect that. This is clearly an instance of someone who is always on the fence with this series vs. someone who is not.
     
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  6. Dol-Fan Dupree

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    I almost bought the game until I watched this review. It made me realize that I can wait until the game is on sale with all of the expansions.
     
  7. Unlucky 13

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    Yeah, I've played every mainline game in the series, and enjoyed every one. I can still remember watching the reveal of the game at E3 on G4 back in the day. I felt really old last week when I read an article by someone who said that they "grew up playing the series", given that I was 30 when the first one came out, lol.
     
  8. invid

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    I actually didn't mind Origins and actually found myself enjoying a good portion of it. I did begin to feel the fatigue toward the end though and never finished it. I was encouraged that Ubisoft would tighten things up and refine the stealth closer to the original games. Instead, they really doubled down on the adventure RPG aspect for Odyssey. No problem, that direction is not for me, but there are tons of players like @Unlucky 13 that do enjoy that approach, and it's them I feel for with the current entry.

    There was a lot of talk of looking back to the early entries and streamlining for Valhalla from the devs, but it seems like they've compromised the loot and progression systems that kept Odyssey interesting for fans that had logged dozens and dozens of hours into it.

    It could be overblown, but it seems like an identity crisis to me.
     
  9. Dol-Fan Dupree

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    The last Assasins Creed I played was the 2nd one. The open world aspect seems cool to me. I love those type of games. I think I just got to the point where I hated the story, so I wasn't interested in the 3rd one.
     
  10. invid

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    Right, I prefer the more condensed metropolitan settings. Like if you were to ask me if I would prefer to replay the older Unity or the newer Origins, I'd go with Unity every time. But the story was stronger in Origins even though it was a less linear game.

    Overall, the stories haven't been anything to laud no matter what entry. You can argue 2 coasted on the general charisma of Ezio but there wasn't much beyond that.
     
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  11. Unlucky 13

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    For me, the story in the early games was phenomenal. I was extremely into it, and couldn't wait to see where they went with it. But sadly, the overarching story that they developed over the first four games lost steam and came to an abrupt, but not conclusive or satisfying end in the 5th and 6th games.

    From there, they kind of pretended to have a continuation of it, but it was the most surface, pandering attempt possible over the next two games.

    But then the last two (prior to Valhalla) have started to reboot the overall story again in a different way, and I like it. Not as good in that aspect as the early ones, but still worthwhile.
     
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  12. Dol-Fan Dupree

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    It is cool that you liked it.

    Honestly, it has been so long that I do not remember why I disliked it so much. I just remember getting to the end of the game and thinking, "Well that was stupid."
     
  13. KeyFin

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    So has anyone played Vahalia yet? I almost bought it this morning for PC but then decided not to...at least not yet. GodFall looks pretty cool too.
     
  14. Unlucky 13

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    Nope. Waiting for when I can get my hands on a PS5 first, and no clue as to how soon that's going to be unfortunately.
     
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  15. KeyFin

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    I bought Origins today instead- it was $12 in the Ubisoft store ($14 Deluxe/$20 Gold). Hopefully it finishes downloading by the time the Fins game ends, LOL! I live in the country so a 47 gig download requires a little patience. =)
     
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  16. Unlucky 13

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    I totally get that. I couldn't even get broadband until two years ago myself. Now I have Comcast, but downloading things onto the PS4 still take a LOT longer than downloading the same amount of data onto my PC. I think I've bought three games on the PSN this year, and each of them took about three hours. This despite my PS4 being hard wired and everything else on WiFi, and doing it when no one else in the house is using the internet.
     
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