Friday, December 6, 2013

Minus Scott Bakula

As much I enjoyed sailing the seven seas in Assassin's Creed IV, and the violence and the looting, the game is not even close to my favorite in the series. The reason is simple: I miss Desmond.

Maybe not Desmond specifically, but the overarching real world plot that tied it all together. Ok, and Nolan North's sexy voice, but who doesn't miss that. I enjoyed the dual narrative of the games, as confusing as it could become. Black Flag replaces Desmond with a faceless protagonist - literally the player's avatar. It tries to tell a story using characters from the previous games and bits of information from the old games but it never comes together. All of the unlockable information felt like cliff notes. Boring ones.

The fantasy bits do not work without the real world characters to ground them. Black Flag really would have been a better game without all of the Assassin's Creed trappings but that does not mean that I am done with the series. Fine, Desmond is dead. Put an end to all of the animus nonsense and set the next game entirely in the near future. Instead of the end of the world scenario from third game having been prevented let it happen. Put Desmond's father and his cohorts into the apocalypse and see what happens.

or

Desmond is dead but his mind is trapped in the animus. He jumps from ancestor to ancestor across the millennia hoping his next jump will be the one to take him home.

Assassin's Creed: Quantum Leap!

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