For those who don't know what I am talking about, just let me quickly explain. The Assassin's Creed games depict a rivalry between two secret societies, the Assassins and the Knights Templar. Each of the games are taking place during a more or less famous historical period. By itself that was already thrilling and good enough, but for some reasons, they feel like adding more. Once in a while, you are taken out of the game, and brought to the present, or near future, being explained that you are living this experience in a machine called Animus, able to make you relive the memories of your ancestors, and then later, the memory of someone you are totally unrelated (?!) Then you are sandbagged by all kinds of nonsense information, and you have to achieve some uninteresting and basic actions totally unrelated to the story, and then you can return sit in the Animus.
Don't take me wrong, the original idea, of reliving the memories of your an ancestor thanks to a machine, is good. In the first few games, you were captive from an unknown organization, who are digging into the memory of your ancestor, to seek "things". This is not bad at all, and it would certainly make a very good sci-fi novel, if it hasn't yet been done. But it's so badly integrated into the game that it ruins everything in my opinion!
Sequences taking place in the present disrupt the game, are of no interest, boring, and slow. They are only a source of annoyance and frustration. You're in the hive of a fantastic epic adventure, and suddenly, you're are stopped straight.
So why does Ubisoft insist on doing this, and ruining the experience of their Assassin's Creed games?! I really can't understand. I don't see a single point of interest in doing so!
IF the sequences taking place in the present, were at the same level as those of the remain of the game, then, yes, this can be of some interest. The story revolving around the First Civilization, could be interesting, but it's not. We are just given random information, too few to be of interest or motivate an interest in this, then at the end you have a cinematic which looks like they have been created while smoking pot!
The proof of this nonsense, is the fact that in the latest games the Animus was described as some kind of video game experience of something still ran by evil Knights Templar, and you need to hack more or less the system, for a reason no one really knows, but in all events WE DON'T MIND!!!
November 23, 2014
Yes, and put some efforts in releasing games which are not full of bugs!
December 19, 2014
Add to this the fact that the Assassin's Creed games have unnecessarily complicated nonsensical stories. The best episode was definitively Assassin's Creed II. Beside this episode, however, no one ever pays attention to the story.
February 08, 2015
Agreed. Currently playing through black flag and the animus crap is completely immersion breaking.
August 13, 2015
This could have been a good idea, from a story point of view, for a book or movie, but that is such a bad idea for a video game! Also, the sequences outside the Animus are so poor and uninteresting that it ruins the whole experience. Switching to a first person view is immediately giving me motion sickness too.
August 20, 2015
Guys its just that type of sci fi game. If you dont like it dont play its simple
November 03, 2015
Personally, I like it. This is adding depth to the stories. However, I do agree that, in some episodes when they switched from third to first person view, that was not great. I have a hard time with first person view on consoles.
February 07, 2019