This game was just really boring. It’s been criticized for commodifying the slaves you free as mere points towards upgrades, an issue we talked about at length in class. Aside from that, my gripe is that I just found it to be really boring, which is actually somewhat impressive given that its got about five hours of content. The missions were unexciting, and it suffered from the same combat issues that plague all AC games, which is the way enemies never really group up. If you’re surrounded by five guards, they rock back and forth waiting for their turn to get killed. You just have to pop one guy, retarget, and repeat. Its so easy. Assassin’s Creed 2 was great because it was new and exciting. They have essentially recycled that same experience ever since, and its boring. Just like Call of Duty, this game seems marketed towards people who want a big name game that they can beat, and that means the challenge just isn’t there. The only times you really fail are when missions aren’t completed correctly or you’re playing with a sandwich in one hand. The setting is nice, and the plot is actually compelling, but you get a vastly empty feeling when it comes to feeling like you’ve done anything.
TL;DR Review: Good vibes, bad execution