I'm a little ways into this game now and this is the first Assassins Creed I have really played since the original. Got into the second game a bit but never completed.
My problem is the core mechanics of the game really aren't any better than they were in the first game. Sure they made the free running smoother, but still not good enough to not frustrate me in every single mission. Chase sequences are annoying because you can't guarantee you will climb when you want or jump when you want. It is just chance.
Stealth is a joke. I just played a mission where I alerted most of the guards and then hid in a hay bale and one by one killed guards when they came close enough. I murdered 3 people without one guard noticing.
He was standing right next to every person I murdered.
Why do we give games like this high ratings when the core mechanics are broken? Stealth isn't fun, chasing people isn't fun, eavesdropping isn't fun and so far the only connection to other games in the series is that you are some guy who's job is to go through these memories from Desmond. It would be so much better if we never left the pirate part of the game. It's much prettier there!
If someone asked you what you do in this game, what do you tell them? "You stand in bushes and kill people when they come too close." Sounds super fun to me.
Now I do enjoy sailing and ship battles and the ability to upgrade your ship. If this game revolved around only pirate things and dropped the poor assassin stuff then it would be so much more fun. Open world pirate game, multiplayer ship battles, a home base to upgrade and a more in depth sword fighting system. Doesn't that sound more fun?
Curious to see who else thinks this or thinks the game is fine the way it is.