Why I No Longer Feel Excitement Over a New Assassin’s Creed
It hasn’t been so long to forget for me when Assassin’s Creed 1 came out. In fact I was intrigued by the game’s concept when it was announced as Project Assassins and if I recall correctly, as a PS3 exclusive title.
I kept on following every tid bit I could find on the game and ultimately when the gameplay was revealed it blew my mind.
After completing original Assassin’s Creed, I was dreaming of Altair’s next adventure for months , and even after finding out that the main protagonist was not going to be him but some Italian brat that still did not put a large damper on my enthusiasm as it was an Assassin’s Creed sequel first and foremost.
Assassin’s Creed 2 came out two years later in 2009 and turned out to be the ‘best’ sequel of game I had ever played in my life. It improved upon almost every single aspect of the first Assassin’s Creed and hit all the marks spectacularly!
From the revamped health system to the data base to immensely satisfying and comparatively quite complex combat.
Flying DaVinci’s gliders, using a horse carriage for the first time, rowing gondolas, riding horses and controlling the economy was such a remarkable improvement upon the formula it gained a proverbial status amongst gamers, which was why Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood disappointed me immensely.
It was not a bad game by any means…just seemed a lot like an expansion to the Assassin’s Creed rather than a new game in its own and the fact that it came out in 2010, just a year after AC2, it seemed to confirm my suspicions.
Little did I know it was just the beginning.
Ever since then Ubisoft kept on churning out Assassins Creed game every year like clockwork. Assassin’s Creed: Revelation followed Brotherhood in 2011 and 2012 saw the release of Assassin’s Creed 3.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag was the predicted yearly installment for 2013 , but 2014 turned out to be an exception since that year we saw the release of not one but TWO Assassin’s Creed games. We have already reviewed Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate for your pleasure which only just came out.
Even though I played all 09 of the major installments, to my dismay my enthusiasm went on dampening with every yearly release.
It seemed that with every one of those early installments my excitement got chipped away gradually and steadily.
The story got too convoluted for me to retain interest, the characters too bland. Both Altair and Ezio Auditore were shown to have had at least some years of practicing their skills.
Connor in AC3 simply appeared to have inherited all the ‘killer’ moves and for all we know Edward Kenway might have gotten his Assassins skills via osmosis.
It was not just the story of the Assassins but the parallel happenings in the modern world positively began to make me groan.
I just lost interest in Desmond Miles and his shenanigans and couldn’t care less about his story. That was a shame indeed since I have always been more of a completionist with a mild case of OCD when games are concerned and have hardly left ‘any’ game that I began, unfinished.
Assassin’s Creed series is still interesting to me but that burning desire I used to have in my heart for an Assassin’s Creed game is long gone.
I know that every new Assassin’s Creed game would still feature pretty amazing and faithful chunks of history in digital format.
The gameplay will be refined and tweaked and newer and interesting gameplay elements will be added e.g the rope launcher and the moving train as the Assassins hub in the newest Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate.
I know this will happen and I feel no stir of happiness, no bubbling joy as I feel even now when I think of the second Witcher 3 expansion or Bloodborne : Old Hunters dlc or Dark Souls 3 or Uncharted 4.
I think it is past time we bid the Assassins Creed series adieu.