Pre-ordered almost every entry until I cancelled the latest titles at the last minute.
I still remember the first time I laid my hands on the first Assassin’s Creed game ever. It’s funny how I discover my favourite games of all time through sheer randomness and blindness. I was hooked by the whole concept of reliving the memories of your ancestors via one’s genetics. Of course, riding horses and jumping on buildings were great perks too. Nothing beats hiding in a pile of hay and waiting for the right moment to sink your blade into an unsuspecting NPC. I was pleasantly lost in the virtual maps of Jerusalem and Damascus.
The rest as they say is history. I’ve pre-ordered every single game since then. I fell in love with all the games that featured Ezio even if it dragged on for quite a bit. I think that the Assassin’s Creed series actually influenced me to become a completionist. I became addicted to collecting every feather and ensuring that each sequence was synchronised completely. I loved the story and lore so much that I wanted to get every bit of it as I could.
I was loyal to the series even when people started noticing that things weren’t as great as it used to be. Not for me though because I kept soldiering on as a big Assassin’s Creed fan girl. Heck, I even pre-ordered the latest Assassin’s Creed games that were coming out this year. The surprising thing is that I suddenly had an urge to cancel days before their respective release dates. I suddenly lost interest in getting my hands on all of the series’ content. I must have sixth sense or something because all of the reviews and feedback from players were signs that my gut feeling was right.
I’m not saying that the latest Assassin’s Creed games are terrible. They’re simply alright and that’s not enough for a series that started with bringing a sense of awe to its players. I remember getting an inkling of this when I started playing Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag on the latest generation of consoles. I thought that it was a visually beautiful and rather enjoyable game, but there wasn’t anything captivating enough to keep me invested.
This is why I feel like an Assassin’s Creed game shouldn’t be released every damn year! Now, Ubisoft buried themselves in by releasing two mediocre games in the series. You can’t expect to sustain the same level of astonishment and freshness if they keep releasing games as frequent as Call of Duty. Maybe they should take a page from Grand Theft Auto and invest a considerable amount of time and consideration into their games.
I’ve been disappointed with a slew of hyped blockbuster titles that have been released this year. It’s just sad how one of my favorite series have succumbed to this as well. I thought only a few people felt this way, but an article by a friend of mine from Forbes Games tells me that this isn’t the case. Paul Tassi wrote about how Ubisoft was the new EA. I would have said that it was an exaggerated claim a year ago, but it seems to be a sensible idea with the way things are going lately.