I’ve been a big fan of the Assassins Creed games since the first one, which seemed to sneak out onto the market and was a surprise hit. Or at least that’s what it felt like to me, as I hadn’t heard much about it before it came out, and even when I was playing it and loving it, many people I knew had still not heard of it and it still didn’t seem to be in the gaming media as much as other games.
Though ask anyone who played it, and they’ll say it was a clear hit right off the bat, and the makers of it must have thought the same, as the ending was a cliff-hanger unlike any I’d every experienced in a game before. I thought how the fuck could they leave the game so unresolved, especially considering they didn’t know if it was going to be a success or not, and if it was, would mean easily two years between that ending and the next game coming out.
Yet, they did it, and the whole story of this series shows they were right, with now 3 sequels, 2 ‘expansion’ packs for the 2nd game, and games for other devices, such as Vita and Smartphone’s. Also the gap between games now seems to be around the 1 year mark, if not less, which is manageable for a gamer, as they tend to leave most games on a cliff hanger these days, though maybe not for the main story of each particular game, but instead for the deeper back story that keeps getting played out with each game.
Now, I loved the first, but it had its issues, and number 2 was a step up, though still had its issues. But once it got onto the first expansion pack for the 2nd game, and then the next expansion pack for the same game, they were on fire, as the 2nd expansion for the 2nd game is my favourite. But when number 3 came out, I was amped for it, but it felt like a massive step back for the series.
Sure there were things that were very cool, but there were so many little buggy things with the controls, fighting system, and game play, that it ended up being my least favourite in the series. So with number 4 now in my hands, I was a little timid to play it in case it was like number 3, if not worse. But, it wasn’t, and in fact this might have a good fight for my favourite game of the series over that 2nd expansion pack for number 2.
There were still buggy issues with the controls and fighting system, that lead to some very annoying deaths, especially in important parts, but the story elements were fixed and damn good. I also loved the pirate element of the series, as I’ve been known to play a few of those kinds of games over the years, and all up it actually felt like the most unique Assassins Creed game since the first one took my breath away.
So, though far from a perfect game, it still kept me glued to it for a good 6 weeks, and maybe 50+ hours of game play. I’m only just about to launch into the first DLC, as I bought myself the Season Pass, which means I’ll be playing this game for a few more hours to come, and I’m more than happy to do so.
9 out of 10 from me!!!