It is not so much "anti-British" as it is pro-freedom. Connor has no vendetta against the British Kingdom per say, he just does not like the fact that they are trying to control the freedoms of Americans. The whole conflict surrounding this era is freedom. The British believe that America is simply another branch on the British tree, when in actuality Europeans fled Britain to get away from the Kingdom, to be free.
Granted, at the beginning of the game, when the British presence is extremely heavy, of course you will be killing lots of Redcoats. However, once you start liberating sections of town, have you not noticed all of the Patriots roaming around who appear as red dots on the map? Connor simply wants everyone to be free, and the fact that Britain is trying to control the colonies is a problem. In a way, this makes England a somewhat antagonist to this game.
However, William Johnson is not English (he is Irish), Thomas Hickey is a Patriot (American soldier), and even Haytham Kenway despises the his home country!
While the British are frequently shown in a bad light, as are the Patriots.
This game is not about Patriots versus Redcoats, or Britain versus America; this game is about the battle for freedom.
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Brotherhood I think that was the one was incredibly racist and bluntly cliched to the point it was insulting except it was too hilarious and cliche to be insulting. I came to this forum to get some impressions of the game only to see that nothing has changed
Which just raises more questions. Freedom is a Western concept, and not one shared by the Native cultures. Conner would support hierarchy and a strong sense of honor, he would be against freedom. He would, technically, be against both the British and the Americans for invading his land. Meh. My friend, who is a native American, told me he was sickened by seeing Conner raise the American flag. Given the decades his people spent fighting the British, Americans, and Spanish it's no wonder. He should have raised an assassin flag if anything.
It is not so much "anti-British" as it is pro-freedom.KevinConklin
To be fair, there's plenty of criticism aimed at the Patriots as well, particularly George Washington. It's just done in a much more subtle way.
Let's not let this sort of thing bug us too much anyway. Portraying us Brits as evil may be relatively new to gaming, but for decades now we've been Hollywood's go to evil-doers, and I think that's kinda cool.
And besides, it was a really long time ago and thus has no bearing on any of us (as individuals or nations) these days.
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I was bothered as well. They said there were templars on both sides, that Connor wouldn't take any sides... They made it sound like it was going to be a deep, interesting story. Guess what, it wasn't! It was a pro-American story which I didn't enjoy at all. I'm not saying they should've supported the British but I'd be happy if Connor was neutral, just working for the good of the Assassin order. Instead, he doesn't even mind that G. Washington is destroying native American villages, he still serves him. Such bull...
Not sure why its a big deal if it is Anti British; we did try to use our navy to take over the western world. However it does feel a little like ubisoft bowed to sales ethics probably fearing a drop in sales in america if the history was too "heretic." I am surprised they didnt go down the alternative history conspiracy route really. End of brotherhood suggested it was heading that way with the masonic eye.
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He threatens to kill him (Washington) but later still works for him as if everything is good and jolly. Besides, Washington was a freemason who are a continuation of Templars. I mean why the game ignored that is beyond me. (probably because Templars are bad guys in the game and they didn't want to show Washington as the bad guy due to American market). Washington would have probably despised Assassins if such organization had indeed existed in that time period.