2016 was the first year in a really long time when no Assassin’s Creed game came out. Ever since its inception, about a decade ago, we have been getting a new game every year, without any break. So it came as a mild surprise when Ubisoft announced that we won’t be getting a new game this year.So, with this decision made for us, let us look back at what all we hate or don’t like about this epic franchise that redefined the medieval setting game genre.
The gameplay of Assassin’s Creed is so repetitive that you can interchange the games with the only difference being the setting and the characters. All the games in the franchise have nearly similar missions and similar ways of approaching them. Even the highly acclaimed Black Flag is quite similar to Assassin’s Creed III in respect to the naval combat elements. A change as well as addition of some brand new elements in every new game would really help in keeping series fatigue at bay.
The next major issue is the AI or the lack of it. All it takes is one press of the counter button to kill of most of the grunts. The rest can be taken out breaking their defence. If you are feeling a bit creative, you can always go for the guns, darts or the smoke bombs. However, at the end of the day, the games are a tad too easy. They don’t present any major challenges and it took me less than 24 hours to get a 100% synchronisation in Black Flag. Tougher opponents would be really appreciated.
Lack of variety
The next major gripe that I have with this franchise is its lack of variety. If a repetitive gameplay was not enough, we now have variety-less game as well. Nearly all the missions are of the same sort. Even the side quests i.e. the assassination contracts are all of the similar kind as well. From what it seems, only the names of the missions are changed in Assassin’s Creed games. There are a few exceptions to this though.
So called stealth
The stealth in these games is a joke. How in the world is a guard not alerted if one of his fellow patrolmen goes missing? Apparently in the world of Assassin’s Creed, no one misses their fellow mates as long as you assassinate them from a hiding spot. the stealth aspect needs to be improved upon as well as made more realistic. A simple look at the Hitman games can give a major boost to this aspect of the game.
Look at all the Assassin’s Creed trailers. You will undoubtedly feel a sense of awe as well as grandeur. However, the endings of nearly all the games will leave you with a sense of disappointment. The entire game builds towards the epic showdown at the end of the game. However, once that moment arrives, the climax is anti-climatic to say the least. Apart from Revelations, not one game in the entire franchise left me with a sense of contentment at the last mission. All of them are either too easy and/or just so simple that they don’t feel like the ending of the game. The final arcs feel more like the middle arcs instead. A better climax will surely add to the game. Just look at the Call of Duty games! Those people know how to land the ending blow. A leaf or two out of their books won’t hurt Ubisoft’s cause.
So these are my major gripes with the Assassin’s Creed franchise. What are yours? do let us know in the comments section below.