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This is my favorite in the series so far.
GRAPHICS - okay, wow. Maybe it's not a big improvement (they've always been great), but the setting is just beautiful. Boston is a great place to have AC - everything looks so realistic and you'll just get lost running around in the beautiful city and the woods....sometimes things are a little glitchy, like for several entire sequences I noticed a character was talking but his mouth wasn't moving at all.
GAMEPLAY - I love being able to hunt, use a tomahawk, a gun (yeah, makes you realize how terrible quality guns were back then), naval warfare, and I really like the new Anvil game engine. It's just a fresh start and I feel like it was a step in the right direction for this franchise. Since this the fifth in the series, something has to change a bit so it doesn't go stale, I suppose. The game is challenging, no doubt, but not incredibly difficult. It's a good medium. Not being able to change difficulty settings is a bummer for some people, but I think it's fair. It's definitely not a breeze, but you shouldn't feel suicidal either.
I noticed someone mentioned slow load times. For me I noticed how FAST the load times were. It's not like Skyrim or anything, where I can do homework during load times. It's definitely speedy. Might want to go delete some save files or clear some space off your PS3 if it's loading super slow for you.
STORYLINE - I love, love the storyline. I'll admit, it starts out a little slow at first...you play as the main character's father for awhile, and you get to watch the story of how you were born (sort of). Then you become the kid, Connor, who leaves his Native American tribe to learn more about the Templar symbols. I think the story between Connor's parents is truly interesting and I feel a lot of attachment to the overall storyline. You also get to meet some famous people, like Benjamin Franklin and Samuel Adams. If you're someone who really needs instant gratification and wants to start killing people immediately non-stop (have a friend who says it looks *boring* - what?) then this game isn't for you. There's plenty of bloody assassinations and cool scenes, but it's a really involving game in a huge world that has a lot more features than just killing people.
There's been some controversy about this game being "anti-american" or "anti-British." Please, it's a good game, and it makes people on BOTH sides look like a jerk for the most part. Here's an excerpt from the description of the Boston Massacre:
"One of the interesting things about the massacre is what happened afterward - that is, how both sides tried to spin it to their advantage. The fact that most people call it a 'Massacre' should give you some idea of who won this particular PR war. Revolutionaries portrayed it as an attack on Colonial liberties, and images of the event (popularized by Paul Revere), showed an organized British force firing into the crowd - not a confused group of soldiers cornered by an angry mob. The British, on the other hand, referred to the event 'The Incident on King Street.' We're naturally calm in a crisis - unlike countries who insist on turning every minor confrontation into a three-ring circus. Anyway, the wigmaker dropped his prices and it never happened again. I call it a victory for the bald."
LOCATION/SETTING - I love the setting. I find it hugely interesting to learn more about this era, and AC is always educational on top of being fun (if you choose). Reading the Animus Database is definitely educational and of course humor is interjected into the entries to make it less dry. Being able to fight in the American Revolution is just undoubtedly fun.
NOT PLAYING PREVIOUS GAMES - I've played the previous games, but you can play this without needing to do so. You'll be a little confused at first, but you can figure it out or just look up on wiki the general premise of Templars, the animus, Desmond, Ezio, etc. so you know what they're talking about when it comes up. UPDATE: The more I play, the more and more they talk about story lines from past games when you play as Desmond. You should probably play past games or read quite a bit of wiki if you want to understand the game better. It just depends on how much you care. However, you obviously won't be nearly as confused playing as Connor.
This game is just so beautiful, so intriguing, so much fun - that I totally dropped all other games I was playing when this one came in the mail, and I can't seem to play anything else. Beautiful, intriguing, challenging, mysterious...and you're a badass assassin to top it all off. What more could you want from a game?
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Initial post: Nov 4, 2012 5:08:57 AM PST
J. Lindeboom says:
I agree with everything you said, except the not playing previous games part. I honestly think the storyline will be confusing and not as fulfilling for those who haven't been involved with the franchise so far. I have played every AC game and I notice there are quite a lot of references to them. A new player would miss all these and though they'd get the story of our main character, they'd miss out on the bigger picture. But sure, it CAN be done. Good, in depth review though :)
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