In Egypt's sandy silence, all alone, Stands a gigantic Leg, which far off throws The only shadow that the Desert knows:— "I am great OZYMANDIAS," saith the stone, "The King of Kings; this mighty City shows "The wonders of my hand."— The City's gone,— Nought but the Leg remaining to disclose The site of this forgotten Babylon. We wonder,—and some Hunter may express Wonder like ours, when thro' the wilderness Where London stood, holding the Wolf in chace, He meets some fragment huge, and stops to guess What powerful but unrecorded race Once dwelt in that annihilated place
A flawed gem, this game had me feeling cheated yet awed all at the same time. The Anvil Next engine is stunning, the setting is very well presented with the frontier and hunting being simply amazing, the music is, well, typical for an AC game, which means pretty legendary, oh and the parkour is now rather fantastic, although a lot more streamlined which can sometimes be a bad thing.
But! Yes there is a but. It is not the game it should be, the combat although evolved from the others, is still far to easy, I understand that Ubisoft wants to be able to give the feel of the raw power of an Assassin but I find that they go to far. This is a series that is fairly centered around stealth, the first AC explicitly so. However the combat dynamics make it possible to easily chop your way through hordes of enemy guards with out getting scratched. I am not against having the ability to be that badass but this almost goes to far. It just doesn't feel that rewarding anymore. If you can pull your minds back to the very first game in the franchise it was still possible to slice'n'dice your way through a couple of patrols, but it was certainly a lot more difficult to do so, and it also gave you quite a triumphant feel by the end of the fight. This is what I'd like to see more of.
Now I don't know about you but when I hear the name Assassin's Creed I think of a hooded vigilante taking down the bad guys with flair in an exotic location. (I know I know you're all going "here we go again on the whole American thing") But seriously guys, I was skeptical when the setting was announced, however was cured by Ubisoft's insistence that it's story was very evenhanded on both sides of the Revolutionary War. However once I had the game I really never got to see any of these claims come to real fruition, it still felt to me like I was a part of Justice League, protecting American citizens from the evil that be. Oorah. For me the setting crashed, and burned, horribly.
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