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  • bowlisimo 12:25 am on March 2, 2012 Permalink
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    @angryjedi @wrdsmth You guys aren’t alone. I find I need about a half of a year to a year at the very least, to properly recharge and enjoy another Assassin’s Creed game. It’s exhausting to do all that shit. I love the series, but I can’t imagine marathoning them back to back. Don’t do it.

     
  • Pete Davison 11:21 pm on October 12, 2011 Permalink
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    I have finished Assassin’s Creed. Very much enjoyed it. As Bowls says, taking the non-completionist route is the way to go. The plot was entertaining (if a bit silly at the end) but I am very much looking forward to II and Brotherhood after all the great things I’ve heard.

    As an aside, the PC version looked gorgeous. I played it on Xbox previously — can’t remember if it looked that good. It certainly didn’t run that smoothly.

    Tomorrow, then, I meet Ezio for the first time.

     
  • bowlisimo 2:06 pm on October 11, 2011 Permalink
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    @Pete Nice, man. I really liked the first game, although you’re not human if you don’t feel that the formula gets long in the tooth by the end. I know I’ve said this here before, but to cut down on the monotony, try REALLY hard to not be completionist in that particular game. You really don’t need to do every side mission, you really don’t need to save every villager, you don’t need to climb every vantage point, ABSOLUTELY don’t need flags, and just run past all the open world stuff, it’s useless (you can jump off your horse for a sec to kill a Templar if you want, I’ll wait). Basically, do what you need to do the mission, assassinate, and get the hell out, lady tedium nipping at your heels. And then, awesome sequel for you!

     
  • impynickers 2:50 am on October 11, 2011 Permalink
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    @angryjedi I really did enjoy the Assassin’s Creed games. The first one gets a little rough in spots, but I still dig what they did with the story and gorgeous world. The 2nd just blew me right the fuck away. Brotherhood managed to capture the same feeling again. I will definitely get around to Revelations at some point in the future, but I want it during a particularly slow release period so I can really get into it.

    @bowlisimo *slow clap* You have balls to match Pete’s fat pipe.

     
  • Pete Davison 11:23 pm on October 10, 2011 Permalink
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    I am finally playing the Assassin’s Creed games. Currently a little over halfway through the first one. A copy of 2 is winging its way to me, and I have a copy of Brotherhood that I got for £1 on OnLive ready to go too. They better be good!

    Actually, I am enjoying the first one currently. I see the criticisms thrown at it, but I sort of like it in a strange sort of way. Curious to see how the sequels differ, as I’ve somehow managed to remain completely spoiler-free over time.

     
  • RedSwirl 8:22 pm on May 5, 2011 Permalink
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    @beige I firmly believe that one of the main problems with game franchise storylines is that they continue for exactly as long as the franchise is financially viable, not as long as the story can be good.

    Oh, and Creed is basically the only thing that Ubisoft hasn’t fucked up this console generation.

    I was honestly hoping for this new game to be some kind of prologue chapter to Assassin’s Creed III. A while back I posted here my whole imagined plan for how it would turn out: Create some kind of prologue thing in Boston and New York circa 1780, have that flow into actual Creed III in Paris and Versille circa 1789, and then an epilogue chapter in the Napoleonic era.

    EDIT: Okay I just read the feature list, and y’know what? I am fucking tired of crafting/alchemy systems in games. I just don’t have the time to gather materials and formulas and figure out how they go together and shit. Jesus Christ games are becoming homogeneous these days.

     
  • RedSwirl 6:25 pm on April 7, 2011 Permalink
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    Okay I got this shit figured out:

    Start the story out with a Frenchman in Boston or New York circa 1780, investigating Templar-Free Mason connections with the founding fathers while all hell is breaking loose over there. Dude returns to France in the 1790’s just in time for France to tear itself apart, and then sticks around for the Napoleonic era.

    Assassin’s Creed II already took place over the course of some 22 years, so this isn’t that much of a stretch.

     
  • bowlisimo 2:56 pm on April 7, 2011 Permalink
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    @beige Haven’t played Brotherhood yet, but I can easily see 18th century France fitting the mechanics and story of AC. Also, I can’t help but think of this, when I think of the French Revolution.

    Death…to King Louiiiiiiiiiiiiiis!

     
  • bowlisimo 4:47 am on April 7, 2011 Permalink
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    @redswirl Good point, I didn’t think about Ezio and Cortez’s time overlapping.

    @Feenwager Yes. That’d be the only other setting I’d want more than Mesoamerica (see avatar).

    Meet the Thirteen Colonies’ chapter of the Brotherhood:

    (Yes, I know the movie this is from takes place in France)

     
  • unmanneddrone 2:09 am on April 7, 2011 Permalink
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    @RedSwirl Sadly, a bit of a flimsy link with the Deshima connection, as much as it gives passage to Japan – as a foreigner, you’d be either confined to the trading centre or stick out like the proverbial dog’s balls in the odd event you get to mingle onshore in Nagasaki – which would put the game’s timeline well after the Dutch empire had enjoyed its height. You’d be better off going for a game set in the Dutch East Indies…which would make for a much-needed change of scenery.

    It’s nice to want things, but sadly we’re not going to see anything too “out there”. I like @bowlisimo‘s idea of a Mezoamerican setting. I got flashes of the post-Cortez section of V.S. Naipaul’s “The Loss of El Dorado”, where the lower Caribbean and the mouth of the Orinoco is a rotting network of forgotten and struggling colonies and outposts. So much flavour and potential.

     
  • RedSwirl 1:48 am on April 7, 2011 Permalink
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    @bowlisimo A France-set AC game would almost definitely start with the French Revolution, and then maybe continue on into Napoleonic stuff. France ain’t that far away from Italy so it could make sense for Ezio’s family to eventually make its way over there.

    As for Aztec or Asia, first of all a Cortez game would only take place a few years after Brotherhood. Desmond having an Aztec ancestor wouldn’t be out of the question though. All it would take is one person of that persuasion joining the family. All he would need is one Asian blood relative to make the connection to Japan or China, but there is one other way that could work:

    The reason I suggested 17th Century Dutch Republic is because that was the time during which the Dutch had a trade monopoly with Japan. Desmond could have a Dutch or British ancestor who ends up on a boat to Deshima like in the book Shogun.

    OR… after AC3 they could just dump Desmond and do other stories with other people in the Animus.

     
  • bowlisimo 1:26 am on April 7, 2011 Permalink
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    @redswirl @unmanneddrone I don’t really think it would work, but I remember seeing Mesoamerican temples flashed in front of me at the end of AC2 and my mind kind of went wild imagining the next game taking place during Cortez’s unbelievable expedition into Mexico in 1519. The culture clash and the exploits of that time period never cease to fascinate me (I just finished reading this book last week, in fact). It would be exceptionally easy to twist the motives of the conquistadors in with those of the Templars, although I’m not sure how a Spanish assassin would slip about Tenochititlan without sticking out like a sore thumb, unless Desmond was somehow part Aztec? Call it a pipe dream.

    I’m with you on Napoleonic Europe. Asia also seems a likely place for assasshenanigans, but again, wouldn’t Desmond have to be of Asian descent?

     
  • unmanneddrone 11:40 pm on April 6, 2011 Permalink
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    @angryjedi Nabbed. Cheers for the heads up.

    @RedSwirl Napoleonic-era Assassin’s Creed would work for me. Far more than breaking the Eurocentric/Asia-Minor by jamming some Asiatic link in there. The Victorian era would be great, too, but I feel that time doesn’t lend itself well to the rollicking stabby-stab of the series. I think Victorian murder, I think poisoning. Unless you’re the Ripper.

     
  • RedSwirl 10:42 pm on April 6, 2011 Permalink
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    To further diverge here, for a while now I’ve been hearing people bring up possible settings for future Assassin’s Creed games. The main thing I’ve always liked about the games so far is their willingness to explore underused historical settings in video games and actually do their homework when representing them. AC2 was actually a very educational game for me.

    One of the directors over at Ubisoft suggested he personally liked an Asian or South American setting, but the decision wasn’t up to him. I think we all see how well the franchise’s gameplay end engine would suit a Ninja game. Others think Japan is already overdone (not by western companies in my opinion). There’s already a comic set in early 20th century Russia.

    Apparently however, AC2 and Brotherhood at points imply that France at the end of the 18th century is up next, and that setting probably makes the most sense for AC3. You’ve got a beautiful city, a period of social upheaval, a lot of historical figures, and lots of mysterious deaths. Ubisoft itself is also a French company.

    Other Possibilities:
    Three Kingdoms China
    Victorian England
    Macedonia
    1860’s New York
    Future Bladerunner Era
    Joseon Dynasty Korea

    Last but not least – 17th century Dutch Republic. A lot of historical art and architecture, some conflict, and they could use it as a back door into a Japan setting.

    Other ideas?

     
  • zegolf 4:23 pm on January 3, 2011 Permalink
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    You guys were spot-on. Assassin’s Creed 2 has blown the first game out of the water in the first hour of play. The controls are better, the story is better, the gameplay is better, the usage of vaginal euphemisms is better!

    Glad I stuck around for it, and I can’t wait to make my way to Brodeo, so I can jump on board and play some squad action!

     
  • scribl 6:05 am on January 2, 2011 Permalink
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    @zegolf If you ask me, you can really just skip AC1 all together. I mean, I guess now that you’re at the very end, you might as well finish it, but I would’ve just looked up the Wikipedia plot synopsis.

     
  • bowlisimo 4:47 am on January 2, 2011 Permalink
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    @zegolf Feen’s right, I really liked the original Assassin’s Creed, but I’ve been playing AC2 all week and it’s an order of magnitude better. Instead of going to a city, gathering intel forever with the same five missions, and then assassinating, there’s a coherent, linear, and much better paced set of missions that lead to the same goal without all the “faffing about”. Of course, you can do those side missions if you want, they’re there, but they aren’t mandatory, in fact I think I’ve only done two of them. Someone must have filled them in on the progression and reward part of video games too.

    Edit: Also, Leonardo Da Vinci is Q and no stupid pointless hub world.

     
  • sinfony 1:02 pm on November 20, 2010 Permalink
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    I loved Assassin’s Creed 2, but I have to caution against marathoning it. I plowed through the game in a few sittings last winter and by the end I was extremely bored, which makes the bizarre/shitty ending that much shittier.

     
  • RedSwirl 11:28 pm on November 19, 2010 Permalink
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    @bowlisimo If you liked the first AC tha… 

    @bowlisimo If you liked the first AC that much then it’s a tragedy that you don’t have access to a non-bullshit version of AC2, because it pretty much kills its predecessor in every way.

    AC2 treats its setting with so much more care and detail than the first game. It would not be an overstatement to call the game educational if you actually take the time to read all the encyclopedia files when they come up. In AC1 I spent all my time blasting across the rooftops but AC2 is one of those games that makes me actually want to walk at normal speed on ground level because the atmosphere comes off so well, especially in Venice.

    AC2 is a lot more linear than the first game though in terms of the design of each individual mission, but in the end more polished and less repetitive. I’m going @beige-style on it (as you say) for my second run.

     
  • RocGaude 9:55 pm on November 19, 2010 Permalink
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    @bowlisimo I’ll do exactly that. I’m a… 

    @bowlisimo I’ll do exactly that. I’m assuming you’re only referring to AC1 in regards to the worthless side diversions? AC2 and, to a larger degree, AC: Brodeo, look like the perfect games to explore that territory with.

     
  • bowlisimo 9:44 pm on November 19, 2010 Permalink
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    @RocGaude It’s definitely worth playing… 

    @RocGaude It’s definitely worth playing (with caveats – see below). The Crusader State era is a unique and underused setting (the cities are fantastic), and the assassinations + subsequent escapes are thrilling. I’ve played through it twice now, on PC, with a damn mouse.

    Caveat emptor: To enjoy it you need to resist your inner Beige (completionist), screw collecting flags (there’s a bajillion and they do nothing), screw climbing everything, and screw dicking about in the open world. Just go to the cities, do the minimal amount you need to get to the assassination and move on. It will cut down on the tedium and enhance your enjoyment. Also, don’t marathon the game, it’s too repetitive for that.

    Edit: Do climb up to the top of the Cathedral in Acre and jump off, it’s crazy high.

     
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