The Fall of ‘Assassin’s Creed’

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag was the first game I played on my XBOX One several years ago (it came in the package deal.) For years I had used the Wii as my gaming system and it was fun, for the most part. Playing Mariokart until I dropped, The Legends of Zelda game, Tatsunoko vs. CapcomSuper Mario Smash Bros, you get the picture. I played the Wii for a LONG time and it was fun. But as I got older I wanted to play games made for older people. That led me to eventually having the XBOX One in my teenage years.

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Like I was saying at the beginning of this post, the first game I ever played on my XBOX One was Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and it blew me away. Yeah, the graphics weren’t the absolute best in the world but it was beyond a blast to play.

I grew to love Black Flag for its exciting adventures, the fighting matrix, the storyline, everything about the game was super fun and instantly made me an Assassin’s Creed fan. In fact, it’s such a massively wonderful game that I never finished it.

Along with the XBOX One package deal was another Assassin’s Creed game called Assassin’s Creed: Unity and that made me even more of a fan of the series.

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The graphics were stunning, I mean absolutely beautiful. I would run around 1789 Paris and just marvel at the detail gone into every building, house, the mud on the road, the famous locations that are still standing today. It was simply gorgeous.

And there was such a level of customization as well. One of the reasons why I used to love playing Assassin’s Creed is because of the weapons and the personal kill moves provided by each type of weapon. It made the game that much more fun to play.

And the story was actually engaging as well. Everything about Unity was spot on.

After that, however, began the unfortunate decline of the game series’ quality. They made a 2D Assassin’s Creed game (Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China) to appease people while we waited for another game but it wasn’t very fun. I like to be able to run around the game in a 3D format so I can run around and enjoy the beauty of the world surrounding me. A 2D game doesn’t provide that so I didn’t play it for long.

The last game I played and enjoyed was Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate.

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Syndicate was the first in the series that allowed you to play with both a male and female assassin which added a new level of fun to the film that there hadn’t been before. While the graphics weren’t as good as Unity‘s it still was very beautifully done.

The fighting matrix was awesome as it allowed you to make multiple-attacker kill combos that revealed some pretty sweet moves. I didn’t finish the game but it was the most fun I had with the game since Unity.

Then they made the Assassin’s Creed movie.

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I went to see it in the movie theaters because I was an Assassin’s Creed fan and it was just as terrible as everyone said it was. After the movie flop, my love for this series began to gradually dwindle.

I was so upset that they had tried to make a film which bombed just as poorly as Warcraft that I wasn’t sure if I wanted to play the games again. Assassin’s Creed became an underwhelming experience and I was honestly bored with the franchise.

Then they made Assassin’s Creed: Origins and my excitement excelled again. The thought of running around Ancient Egypt was like a dream come true.

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I got the game and was absolutely thrilled to play it. But as soon as I turned it on I was confused by the game’s perplexing story. And even though the game was clearly beautiful it just wasn’t fun. This felt like the last straw for me.

Now with the latest installment in the franchise arriving, Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, I’m not even excited to play it. One day I’ll probably buy it and who knows, maybe it’ll make me a fan again of these games. But until then I can only remember how fun Assassin’s Creed used to be, not how fun it still is.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day.

 

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