I've recently got all the Assassin's Creed games available on Steam and holy shit, how different this games are between each other. So far I've only played the first two.
The first Assassin's Creed is one of the most boring and annoying games I've ever played in my life. I did it for the first time when it launched, of course I was a lot younger and I remember finding it cool and fun at the time, but this game has aged really bad, even compared to games of the same era. God of War III and GTA IV launched only months later (to take other two AAA games) and they are much more polished than the Assassin's Creed game. It's extremely repetitive, every mission is the same and ends up feeling like a chore. If you play the first mission of every area you have basically played the entire game.
The gameplay never change: you climb several high spots in the city, do some extra mission before you can unlock the assassination mission, visit the assassin's bureau and then you kill your target. You are supposed to repeat this 9 times to end the game. It felt awful playing it, I only did it so I could start the second game (I'm aware I could have just dropped it but I'm kind of a completionist), I could never recommend this game to anyone. The amount of collectibles is staggering and ridiculous: there are over 300 flags and 60 templars in the game, I didn't bother collecting them since fortunately there is no achievement for it on Steam. I've later learned this collectibles were only added days befaure launch because Ubisoft CEO's found the game boring. I can relate to that poor kid. Every location is in the same gray color palette, the dialogues are repeated A LOT, you end up hearing the same thing over and over from citizens in each location to the point where you just want to turn the volume down to the minimum. It is also a bug-ridden game, I had to restart missions many times because I wasn't able to complete them after some random bug popped up.
The story is kinda fine but nothing exciting. It is also very predictable, I would be surprised if anyone who plays the game wouldn't get who the bad guy actually is after only the third or fourth mission, it's not worth to play 15 hours of this to just understand the lore. Maybe I'm being too harsh here, I don't know.
Now, the second game is an entirely different story. I haven't played through the entire game yet but it's much more refreshing. It came out only 2 years after the first and had roughly the same budget but it seems Ubisoft has learned A LOT between this two games. Not only the locations are absolutely stunning but the missions are fun and different between each other, you rarely find yourself doing the same thing over and over. I'm glad they took the franchise in a different direction, props to Ubisoft for this.
Sorry for any spelling/grammar mistakes, English isn't my first language, I tried my best to make this post readable.
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