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    After finishing AC4, I honestly think AC3 was a better AC game...

    ...And I played ALL the AC games, so I'm no noob to the series.
    At first I appreciated the gameplay changes, additions, graphics, the first act of the story, the exploration (but let's be honest, going to every single mini-island and going on a tedious collection spree got boring FAST), and naturally the improved and expanded ship mechanics.


    But... The game kind of lacked something.
    The 2nd act of the story, which was pretty long, just felt like one huge "meh".


    I won't complain about the character of Edward, but needless to say that by the time the 3rd act of the story rolled in, I was disliking him, preferring Connor over him by miles.


    Yes, the 3rd act of the story was good enough to make me not lose all hope, and the reveal around 3/4 or 4/5 through the game in the modern setting was actually very nice and a bit unexpected for me, but...


    In the end, having read Assassin's Creed: Forsaken (a canon book that is essentially Haytham Kenyway's journal from youth to his eventual death (that there is not a spoiler for AC3, technically, due to the fact that everyone dies eventually, ya know?)), I already knew exactly what happened with Edward in his later years, and how some of his character developement around the late parts of AC4 were simply gone, and overall..


    The game just lacked an enticing cliffhanger, a twist, a hook for a sequel.
    Indeed, the modern day story has moved ahead very subtly, more so than Assassin's Creed: Revelations.


    In fact, I dare say I'm actually pitting Black Flag with Revelations in a contest for the "worst Assassin's Creed title in terms of story, narrative, and overall feeling after finishing the game".
    (Edit: I meant talking about the modern day setting. The wrap up to Altair and Ezio were both excellent, forgive me for that.)


    Edit 2: Actually you know what? Forget what I said about Revelations.
    The game ended rather well, it's the actual game itself that hardly felt like it was a step forward from Brotherhood, and how it was just all too similar in feel.
    The story was ok, I just hated the 1st person segments and the whole safe mode animus feel.
    It's Black Flag that stands alone with an unenticing ending, then.

    That is to say, I do believe that when an Assassin's Creed game isn't very good, it's still pretty damn good, which is why I 99% the game (I'm missing 3 buries chests that can only be found by getting maps from Kenway's Fleet, and 1 glitched viewpoint I synced, by the game didn't count for me that I did, so unless that gets patched, my save will forever be bugged and will remain at 99%).


    I did appreciate the content you could access while wandering around Abstergo Entertainment, though, particularly anything related to Desmond, and the Subject Zero tapes.
    Also, that single Subject One tape was quite an interesting look into seeing how it was in-universe for someone else to experience memories in the animus prototype, back when Warren Vidic had a young and EXTREMELY cocky voice, heh.


    I just wished for more plot advancement in the modern day setting, that's all.


    Overall, I'd rate this game high, and it's not quite the disappointment Far Cry 3 was for me (I rather not explain that in an AC4 forum), and I'm eagerly waiting for Freedom Cry, and even Liberation HD, so I can finally play the story of Aveline, and later actually allow myself to play the Aveline content in AC4.
    Yeah, I like story chronology, that's the way I am.


    Edit: I played the game on PC, like the entire rest of the series, but I posted this thread on the console sub-forum because it's where more people talk about Assassin's Creed in general.
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    I liked Ezio best of all the main characters so far. AC2 was the game that really got me into the series.
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    Whatever happened to getting in a series from its first game?
    But yeah, after 3 games there's not alot of negative things one could say about Ezio, right?
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    I played all of AC1 and Altair was interesting to play but AC2 I spent a lot more time on. AC3 is pretty good too but it took me longer to get into then the previous games. AC4 is excellent and the best AC so far in my opinion. Edward and the pirates are abit of a rowdy lot but they still have a decent story to tell. Probably not as deep as Connor or Ezio but still interesting.
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    Originally Posted by CptPakundo Go to original post
    .I did appreciate the content you could access while wandering around Abstergo Entertainment, though, particularly anything related to Desmond, and the Subject Zero tapes.
    Also, that single Subject One tape was quite an interesting look into seeing how it was in-universe for someone else to experience memories in the animus prototype, back when Warren Vidic had a young and EXTREMELY cocky voice, heh.
    None other voiced by Tod Fennell, who you might recognize the voice belonging to Mason Locke Weems from 3, as well.

    Also, great post. A fair review and you weren't "angry" about it, demanding your money back, etc.

    Lastly, the DLC for Aveline is very meh. I get what you're saying about chronological, but besides the beginning voice over, it could fit anywhere. However I am waiting for Liberation HD like you and look forward to playing it!
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    Originally Posted by CptPakundo Go to original post
    by the time the 3rd act of the story rolled in, I was disliking him, preferring Connor over him by miles.
    Alas, I shall never have this issue. LOL
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    Originally Posted by Teebob2000 Go to original post
    Alas, I shall never have this issue. LOL
    Hating on Connor is too mainstream, Connor actually turned out to be a very likable character.
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    Originally Posted by CptPakundo Go to original post
    Whatever happened to getting in a series from its first game?
    I started with Uncharted 2 without ever playing Uncharted 1 :P
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    Thank god. I feel like AC3 is obviously better. But it seemed like I was the only one thinking so. Nice review. I basically agree with everything.
    Actually I liked Far Cry 3, but that is not of importance here I guess.
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    Originally Posted by CptPakundo Go to original post
    Hating on Connor is too mainstream, Connor actually turned out to be a very likable character.
    ... in your opinion, of course.
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