Saturday, November 17, 2012

Hey, there it is!

It only took eight hours, but I finally found the game on the Assassins Creed disc that actually has to do with assassins. I had to hunt animals, climb trees, pilot a boat and finally turn my nose up at a hideous menu based trading simulator that sneaked in from a different game. I went through the training, made a barrel, said 'well, fuck this' to no one in particular and only then did I get to wander around a city, stalking people. If I wanted to work this much in a game to get to the good parts I would play an MMO.

(rimshot)

When the game finally stopped getting in its own way (and I stopped caring about hitting all of the sub-goals) I had a lot of fun. There was a side mission last night that had everything I was looking for when I started: sneaking, killing, then running away. This time the fort was under attack by my own ship and on fire, which made it all the better. In the back of my mind I know that all the nonsense is still out there and that I will need to go back to it. I will need to play the accounting mini-game to earn enough  money to upgrade my ship to get through the ship to ship combat mini-games to get all of the other side quests to do... what?

Yahtzee was right, what I want to do (kill people) Conner is already good at and he isn't going to get any better. If all the ancillary bits were enjoyable, see Red Dead Revolver, this wouldn't be a problem. But they aren't, and the game is more work than fun because of this. At this rate Assassins Creed IV will come with a copy of Office 2013.

...which is back to be awesome, by the way.

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