As you may know my opinion of Assassin’s Creed 3 was not a positive one. I’m unable to be scathing about it though as there’s two words that fight tooth and nail to describe it. I cannot choose which is more accurate, “dull” or “boring”.
Other factors aside the setting simply didn’t allow for much in the way of adventure. I love a good adventure romp. It doesn’t need to be perfect and I’m quite happy to excuse a bit of goofiness if I’m otherwise enjoying myself. I love the two National Treasure films for precisely that reason.
The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is another excellent example of this – it’s sometimes dumb but it rarely bores me. I used to get this feeling from the Assassin’s Creed games. On occasion it managed to be intelligent or interesting too (I particularly liked the minigame sequences in the earlier games. I hated their omission from AC3).
That said there was one excellent element in AC3 – the naval battles. They were beautiful, exciting, and… fun.
So when this appeared I was rather pleased: I would love to explore the settlements of the Caribbean and the other elements appeal too. Amusingly I find myself hopeful that it’ll actually be enjoyable because I cannot imagine Ubisoft managing to create a full Assassin’s Creed game that’s actually worse than AC3. It just doesn’t seem feasible.
Here’s the trailer if you’re interested:
It’s due out on October 29th this year, apparently.