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Wolfmeister1010
06-18-2013, 12:41 AM
Hi guys. I know many threads now are about new info or skepticism about AC4, but I decided to make this thread because I am bored. I know that this topic may have been discussed elsewhere, and I have already gotten some fire for "bringing up old topics" but remember that I am still kinda new here. I am actually genuinely interested in seeing everyone else's opinion on this matter, and if you have a strict moral code where you can't participate in a thread that has a similar topic to a different one, then please just leave. If you feel that you already have expressed your opinion enough on the matter, then you don't need to post on it.

This thread is about your favorite AC cities, and your thoughts on the new ones in AC4. I'll get us started. I am not including Forlí and San Gimignano because there is no more room in the poll.

1. Damascus

Pros: definitely the most elegant city in AC1, and with the most affluent architecture. I love the canal that goes through the city and the set of bridges that cross it, even though you can't swim in it. I also love how this area is filled with lively markets and vibrant colors. I loved the middle district the most, because it had some of the best free running buildings I have ever seen in an AC.

Cons: the rich district's buildings were so tall and grand, but there were many open areas and wide alleys in the district which made free running harder.

Rating: 7


2. Jerusalem

Pros: this city obviously feels the most holy out of all the other AC cities. The attention to detail is amazing, and they even go out of their way to recreate the little Jewish district, even though it was EXTREMELY small at the time.

Cons: IMO, Jerusalem had the most boring architecture in the game. I don't know why, but I just never really felt like going back to the city. It just felt like the most bland city to me.

Rating: 5


Acre

Pros: definitely my favorite of the AC1 cities. I love the misty, port city feel it gives, as well as the dark, gloomy aura that surrounds it. It is an atmosphere that I have never captured again in the series, except maybe Forlí. The massive gothic church boasts the highest point in the game, and is the opposite of an eye sore. I also love "port" cities, and would always spend my time either in the rich district, or in the shipyard.

Cons: the although the dark feel to the city never gets boring, it can feel a bit bland at times, especially in the poor district.

Rating: 8


Florence

Pros: the architecture is fantastic and it is a joy just to walk around the city. It feels very peaceful, and almost feels like walking through a painting. The lighting is very subtle and smooth, and the main basilica in the center (the white one) is my all time favorite landmark.

Cons: the city sometimes has wide gaps that harm free running.

Rating: 8.5


Venice

Pros: the best architecture in AC2. Very vibrant colors on the buildings and on the citizens as well. The festivals rage on all the time and it always feels like a dream to walk through the streets. The rooftop running is the best in the series, and the overall feel to the city is the most unique and mesmerizing I have ever seen in a game.

Cons: sometimes, the little canals that run through the city can be annoying to cross over.

Rating 9.5


Rome:

Pros: the ruins scattered across the city make Rome one of the most unique cities in the series, and Tiber island is one of the most fun little places to screw around. The assassin HQ itself is grand and beautiful.

Cons: the architecture of the city itself is not anything special. The countryside does not have enough to do, and aside from the ruins, is not very exciting to roam around.

Rating: 7.5


Constantinople

Pros: one of the most lively and chaotic cities in the series. The blend of cultures is shockingly amazing to say the least. The Imperial district is beautiful as well, and has architecture comparable to Venice. It also has the advantage of having zip lines, which are kinda awesome. The grand bazaar is by far the best marketplace seen in the series.

Cons: However, the Constantine district is one of the most disgusting and unappealing places in the series.

Rating: 8.75


Boston

Pros

Has the advantage of AC3 tech, so it gains things like better npcs, animals, and rats. It is certainly the most bustling of all the cities. The harbor part of the city is my favorite, and the ships are fun to climb.

Cons: the buildings are very short and the rooftops very narrow. The buildings are also very far apart, which kills free running. While it would have been acceptable if there were many trees to help you move around, sadly, trees that actually help you maneuver between the buildings are very rare and linear. Most of the trees there are just there for show, and have no other use than being an aesthetic. Also, the countryside takes up half the space, and is very empty feeling.

Rating: 3


New York

Pros: the architecture is more solid looking and fun to free run than Boston, and the buildings are closer together. The burnt section of the city is a unique and fun place to free run in.

Cons: while sections of the city have very closed in buildings, these sections are still separated by extremely wide streets, with the occasional tightrope being very rare. Also, except for a few minor differences in architecture, NYC looks and feels almost exactly the same as Boston.

Rating: 4


Kingston

Pros: this city appears to take the base theme of a nature filled city like Boston, but also adds WAY more trees and places of interest to make free running and exploration much more fun. The city also has a huge countryside filled with plantations and ports.

Cons: the city still will have much less emphasis on free running, something that I really like in my AC cities.

Rating prediction: 5-7


Nassau

Pros: Nassau has been promised to be the most unique and organic city in the game. It has also been said to be the most chaotic, and with many different styles of buildings to keep it interesting. It is a pirate haven, so I expect that it will always be filled with tons of people to fight, and mischievous things to do.

Con: I have not seen any pictures or gameplay of the cities, and thus can not fairly criticize it

Rating prediction: 7-9


Havana

Pros: the city has been said to be "Florence under the Caribbean sun", and also inspired by Venice. This automatically makes me very excited. From what pictures and gameplay I have seen, the city looks to me to be a mix of Florence and Constantinople. The buildings look magnificent.

Cons: many of the streets look like nothing more than dirt roads. I hope that there are also European style stone clad roads as well. Also, every single pic of the city has been of the same area, the same shot, and almost the exact same angle. This causes me to be skeptical about the size of the city.

Rating prediction: 8-10


Thank you all for reading, and be sure to give your opinions as well, and participate in the poll. I know that this topic has likely been discussed before, but I am just simply curious of your opinion now that new cities have been revealed. Thanks again.

Assassin_M
06-18-2013, 01:03 AM
Shame on you for not including NY, Boston and Frontier >:(

Wolfmeister1010
06-18-2013, 01:04 AM
Shame on you for not including NY, Boston and Frontier >:(

Well, we're those you favorite cities? Frontier is not a city. I had to pick two to not be in the poll. Only 10 places in the poll max

Assassin_M
06-18-2013, 01:18 AM
Well, we're those you favorite cities? Frontier is not a city. I had to pick two to not be in the poll. Only 10 places in the poll max
No, I voted Constantinople :p

Jexx21
06-18-2013, 01:23 AM
I don't understand why people like to hate on New York and Boston so much. I find it rather easy to not touch the ground in both cities..

Wolfmeister1010
06-18-2013, 01:28 AM
I don't understand why people like to hate on New York and Boston so much. I find it rather easy to not touch the ground in both cities..

I am not hating I promise. It is just my personal opinion and I am sorry they were not in the poll. I had to pick two to leave out. I can totally understand why those types of cities would be liked by some, but it just doesn't work for me

LieutenantJojo
06-18-2013, 01:33 AM
Well, we're those you favorite cities? Frontier is not a city. I had to pick two to not be in the poll. Only 10 places in the poll max

And your solution was to leave out cities we already know, but put in cities that we haven't had the chance to explore yet? Yeah, good call.

Anyhow, my favorite is Constantinople. On the contrary to Rome, Constantinople is easier to free-run through and it's just incredibly beautiful. The mixture of different colors and architectures make it very unique and keeps it very interesting to explore.

Florence and Venice complete my top 3.

Oh and even though it's very small, I absolutely love San Gimignano.

DisbandedBox359
06-18-2013, 01:36 AM
I am not hating I promise. It is just my personal opinion and I am sorry they were not in the poll. I had to pick two to leave out. I can totally understand why those types of cities would be liked by some, but it just doesn't work for me

surely it would have made sense to not include the cities of black flag then since we've not even explored them

Assassin_M
06-18-2013, 01:42 AM
Easy on the man, guys...

DisbandedBox359
06-18-2013, 01:46 AM
No offence meant, I'm a Constantinople kind of guy anyway haha

Rugterwyper32
06-18-2013, 02:02 AM
As of right now, it's Acre followed by Constantinople and Venice. I'd put the Frontier over Venice if the Frontier was considered a city, but alas, it's not (for obvious reasons). New York and Damascus follow.

I have the feeling Havana will make it all the way to the top, or at least close. And for those worried about size, I've posted this in the past but hey, every time that comes up, you'll realize how little you're actually seeing with the cathedral as the main focus:

http://historiadoreshistericos.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/mapa_de_la_habana_vieja.jpg

Escappa
06-18-2013, 02:09 AM
http://historiadoreshistericos.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/mapa_de_la_habana_vieja.jpg

I've seen it before. It made me super excited, and I thought "it's really big"....but NOW I see there's a lot of more buildings up to the left, so now I'm super-duper excited XD

Megas_Doux
06-18-2013, 02:36 AM
I've seen it before. It made me super excited, and I thought "it's really big"....but NOW I see there's a lot of more buildings up to the left, so now I'm super-duper excited XD

My curret top 5 is:

1 Constantinople
2 Venice
3 Damascus
4 New York
5 Florence

La Habana might get into that list, though....

Ureh
06-18-2013, 03:15 AM
And your solution was to leave out cities we already know, but put in cities that we haven't had the chance to explore yet? Yeah, good call.

Anyhow, my favorite is Constantinople. On the contrary to Rome, Constantinople is easier to free-run through and it's just incredibly beautiful. The mixture of different colors and architectures make it very unique and keeps it very interesting to explore.

Florence and Venice complete my top 3.

Oh and even though it's very small, I absolutely love San Gimignano.

Ditto! Glad I didn't have to type that all out. ;)

Wolfmeister1010
06-18-2013, 03:54 AM
And your solution was to leave out cities we already know, but put in cities that we haven't had the chance to explore yet? Yeah, good call.

Anyhow, my favorite is Constantinople. On the contrary to Rome, Constantinople is easier to free-run through and it's just incredibly beautiful. The mixture of different colors and architectures make it very unique and keeps it very interesting to explore.

Florence and Venice complete my top 3.
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Oh and even though it's very small, I absolutely love San Gimignano.

This thread is literally created because I want to include your thoughts on the newer cities. Okay everyone? Read the title. I left those two out because rom what I can tell, they are the least popular cities. Everyone just get off my back.

AC2_alex
06-18-2013, 04:24 AM
Florence has the best music. Seriously guys, listen to "Home In Florence" by Jesper Kyd and tell me that's not the best music ever in the series. And, since music is a very important factor to me, I voted for Florence. I think it has the best landmarks in the series from an aesthetic and gameplay standpoint. This also informed my decision. I also like the Villa, Rome, and Constantinople.

*edit: Also, I think Havana will be fantastic. But I'm afraid Kingston won't be very good considering it looks like Boston's architecture and general layout, at least from the picture we've seen. It is a British settlement after all. There must be a translation there...

Rugterwyper32
06-18-2013, 04:36 AM
I'll give you my takes on cities one by one tomorrow and the potential of AC4 cities. Except for one, which is Kingston, as I feel like discussing it for whatever reason. So 3 pictures in this post, go:

http://www.bigmapblog.com/maps/map03/GBEVhdldKWTNkxmz.jpg

So here we have the infamous grid with some wide streets. The one big reason Philly didn't make it into AC3 and one of the biggest hindrances for freerunning. Kingston at the time also suffered from a lack of high points, so chances are, we'll end up getting fictional generic churches and hopefully we'll finally get windmill viewpoints. But at this point, we have more than just this part of the city. We know that "The main islands (Cuba, Jamaica and New Providence) aren’t 100% explorable, but there are “pockets” of land that you can explore, especially in Cuba. You can’t go too far into the interior, tough.". So I'm supposing they'll be loaded up alongside the cities, which gives us bigger terrain to explore. We also know that "Port Royale is in the game, close to Kingston and fully explorable."

http://piratical2.pbworks.com/f/1204404090/port_royal.jpg

Port Royal was royally messed up by earthquakes. But they tried bringing it back a few times, even though it didn't reach its former glory. So we have a few extra locations and a few high points around the area, probably. And how big will the area that the island covers be? Well, here's my guess:

http://www.jamaicanfamilysearch.com/images2/KingstonPortRoyal.jpg

Probably will be scaled down, making the space between Kingston and Port Royal smaller. The Blue Mountains should make for a nice natural border. And maybe we'll see a bit of the west area, including Mosquito Point.

My guess for how I'll end up rating this? If the combination of city and nature is unique enough and we get a big enough playground, I'm guessing a 7-8. Can see it going as low as 4 if they don't make the concept work.

captin_qwark7
06-18-2013, 05:23 AM
And your solution was to leave out cities we already know, but put in cities that we haven't had the chance to explore yet? Yeah, good call.

Anyhow, my favorite is Constantinople. On the contrary to Rome, Constantinople is easier to free-run through and it's just incredibly beautiful. The mixture of different colors and architectures make it very unique and keeps it very interesting to explore.

Florence and Venice complete my top 3.

Oh and even though it's very small, I absolutely love San Gimignano.

Agree with this 100% The festival area in Venice just makes it even more magical with its maze of waterways.

The architecture in the new cities looks promising too. Although I loathed traversal in Boston and New York.

CountessSzilagy
06-18-2013, 07:07 AM
For me, it's a tie between Venice and Constantinople, although I voted for Venice because of my Las Vegas bias aha. You see, I live in this tourist town and we have a replica of Venezia but in resort/casino format. The Venetian (http://www.venetian.com/) was also where I went to watch The Phantom of the Opera, so it was nice going there all Carnevale style a la Ezio (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6zcH_AiH0A) and infiltrating the opera like how Haytham did in AC3. 8)

CountessSzilagy
06-18-2013, 07:16 AM
Florence has the best music. Seriously guys, listen to "Home In Florence" by Jesper Kyd and tell me that's not the best music ever in the series. And, since music is a very important factor to me, I voted for Florence. I think it has the best landmarks in the series from an aesthetic and gameplay standpoint. This also informed my decision. I also like the Villa, Rome, and Constantinople.

*edit: Also, I think Havana will be fantastic. But I'm afraid Kingston won't be very good considering it looks like Boston's architecture and general layout, at least from the picture we've seen. It is a British settlement after all. There must be a translation there...

Did you know that "Home in Florence" sounds suspiciously similar to The da Vinci Code soundtrack? Just take a listen:

Rose of Arimathea (http://youtu.be/Yf5ZoIKTUhI?t=7m02s) (da Vinci Code):

Home in Florence (http://youtu.be/_phahUeCMHY?t=2m50s) (AC2 soundtrack):

Now try playing both at the same time...could this be soundtrack plagiarism? The da Vinci Code seems to have been made before AC2...

Kagurra
06-18-2013, 08:10 AM
Was a tough decision between Acre and Venice, but I chose Venice. Just so beautiful and artistic. Also, really fun to play in. I don't see what the fuss is with Constantinople. It's just an orange colored city no matter what time of day and was just... meh. I don't get it. All of the ac4 cities look great, while the ac3 ones blew.

Assassin_M
06-18-2013, 08:46 AM
Was a tough decision between Acre and Venice, but I chose Venice. Just so beautiful and artistic. Also, really fun to play in. I don't see what the fuss is with Constantinople. It's just an orange colored city no matter what time of day and was just... meh. I don't get it. All of the ac4 cities look great, while the ac3 ones blew.
I don`t get your fuss over Venice...it was just a blue colored Florence with waterways..no matter what time of day; it was always blue...and Acre?? it`s always grey...

this argument can go both ways and I suggest you simply express your favorable opinion without any unnecessary statements from now on, like expressing your uncalled for opinion on other people`s opinions...it starts stupid arguments...you don`t want to be the starter of a stupid argument

roostersrule2
06-18-2013, 09:24 AM
Constantinople for mind, 'tis my favourite in the series, although Havana looks the goods.

montagemik
06-18-2013, 11:25 AM
I Voted Tortuga !!

Ureh
06-18-2013, 02:53 PM
Did you know that "Home in Florence" sounds suspiciously similar to The da Vinci Code soundtrack? Just take a listen:

Rose of Arimathea (http://youtu.be/Yf5ZoIKTUhI?t=7m02s) (da Vinci Code):

Home in Florence (http://youtu.be/_phahUeCMHY?t=2m50s) (AC2 soundtrack):

Now try playing both at the same time...could this be soundtrack plagiarism? The da Vinci Code seems to have been made before AC2...

I think that happened with another AC song as well right? Iirc, it was little wayne who copied something? But his song was produced afterwards.

edit: Thanks google. http://kotaku.com/so-it-seems-lil-wayne-is-sampling-assassins-creed-now-463979189

Jexx21
06-18-2013, 02:59 PM
people like to hate on others and their views because they want to feel right

to be honest, I don't like polls because they normally lead to that in some way, or aid someone's argument about something being "stupid and unpopular"

people need to have more compassion -_-

CalgaryJay
06-18-2013, 03:50 PM
I don't understand why people like to hate on New York and Boston so much. I find it rather easy to not touch the ground in both cities..

This. I'm blown away when I hear reviewers from legit gaming sites saying they spent most of their time on the ground. How?? It wasn't as easy as previous AC's in that regard, but you just have to look around, there's connections everywhere. I probably spent about 80% of my city free-roaming time on rooftops in 3.

Boston & NY are criminally underrated, put an ambient soundtrack in those cities and they're just as good as any other AC location IMO (minus dripping with a millennia of history like previous ones).

PS- speaking of which, including 3 cities in the poll for a game we haven't played yet, while not including any from the most recent game...odd choice (I voted Damascus btw)

Jexx21
06-18-2013, 04:08 PM
I really like the colonial atmosphere.

I feel like the AC games in general do an excellent job in capturing the atmosphere of the settings they have. Some say that certain AC games have a better atmosphere than others, but I think that they just like a setting more than another.

lothario-da-be
06-18-2013, 04:09 PM
Constantinopel forme, no other city can match its beauty.

ze_topazio
06-18-2013, 04:42 PM
Where is Masyaf, Alep, Tyre, Limassol, Kyrenia, Monteriggioni, San Gimignano, Forli, Barcelona, Zaragoza, Granada, Atlas Village, Cappadocia and New Orleans? :rolleyes:

Ureh
06-18-2013, 06:08 PM
^^^ I like the parts we saw in London.

Megas_Doux
06-19-2013, 03:03 AM
Boston & NY are criminally underrated, put an ambient soundtrack in those cities and they're just as good as any other AC location IMO (minus dripping with a millennia of history like previous ones).




You mean like this????


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1k2JrpfPJc

AWESOME!!!!

Ureh
06-19-2013, 03:37 AM
That's OK. It's repetitive; might be easier to listen to while in-game. Now I think I know why it was only briefly used in missions.

Megas_Doux
06-19-2013, 03:42 AM
That's OK. It's repetitive; might be easier to listen to while in-game. Now I think I know why it was only briefly used in missions.

I still like that track a lot! Check out the other soundtracks in that channel, very good too.

Shahkulu101
06-19-2013, 04:31 PM
Voted Florence! Love the homely feel and the wonderfull soundtrack.

I'll pop it in and visit the cathedral for that sweet nostalgia:) And sometimes I visit the auditore villa for the sheer feeeeelzzzz.

stingray110
06-19-2013, 08:10 PM
Constantinople - Superior in every way.

Gil_217
06-19-2013, 09:16 PM
Venezia, Masyaf, Acre, Constantinople, Roma and Firenze during the Bonfire of the Vanities. Nothing beats these.

One of the greatest things about AC is the incredible atmospheric places they manage to create, and these cities are the proof of it. Just amazing. They have provided me with some of the greatest moments in video game history, especially Venezia and Masyaf. And even though I might give this one to Venezia, I still believe that Masyaf has provided me with the single, greatest, most atmospheric felling ever, just walking around with Altaďr, in Masyaf, in the castle, with that terrific, creepy and eerie music that I don't even know if it has a name playing in the background. Impossible to describe.

Shahkulu101
06-19-2013, 09:38 PM
Venezia, Masyaf, Acre, Constantinople, Roma and Firenze during the Bonfire of the Vanities. Nothing beats these.

One of the greatest things about AC is the incredible atmospheric places they manage to create, and these cities are the proof of it. Just amazing. They have provided me with some of the greatest moments in video game history, especially Venezia and Masyaf. And even though I might give this one to Venezia, I still believe that Masyaf has provided me with the single, greatest, most atmospheric felling ever, just walking around with Altaďr, in Masyaf, in the castle, with that terrific, creepy and eerie music that I don't even know if it has a name playing in the background. Impossible to describe.
wholly agreed. Masyaf is the epitome of AC1's magnificent atmosphere, the best in the series.

AvK KiNgKoBrA
06-19-2013, 10:46 PM
Florence,Venice,Boston,and Damascus