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Assassins Creed Series Preview: A Tale of Ubisoft's Triumph and Failure


While the entire gaming world is celebrating the release of Assassins Creed Odyssey and enjoying excursions along the shores of Ancient Greece, we decided to recall the origins of the Assassins Creed series. And no, we will not only talk about last year's "Origins", but in general about all the games that have already become a legendary series. Let's take a closer look at both the ups and downs of "Assassin", which has already managed to try on many genre roles and come from stealth action to a real role-playing game.

Immediately, we note that in this article we will only tell you about the big releases in the Assassins Creed series, released on PC and game consoles. We decided not to consider spin-offs for mobile platforms and a few add-ons, since putting our hands on our hearts, it is worth declaring that they are only a pale shadow compared to the main parts of the series.

Assassins Creed

Let's indulge in nostalgia a little and remember the dashing 2004. This is the epic time when the gaming industry tirelessly bombarded with releases such as Half-Life 2, Far Cry and Rome: Total War. It was in this wonderful year that the first details about the new brainchild of Ubisoft, called Prince of Persia Assassin, appeared.

Assassins Creed stopped being a Prince of Persia spin-off and took on its own face in 2006 at E3. At that moment, "Assassin" became a favorite of the public, because every screenshot, every piece of gameplay or details of the future hit intrigued: the mysterious figure of Altair, exotic landscapes of medieval Damascus, Acre and Jerusalem, as well as innovative gameplay called Social Stealth. And, of course, it is worth noting the cutie Jade Raymond, who led the development of the game and overnight became the main sex symbol of the gaming industry.

Assassins Creed Series Preview: A Story of Ubisoft's Triumph and Failure. Jade Raymond

In the year Assassins Creed was released, let it become the leader of the top sales, but the brainchild of Ubisoft was far from universal love. It's worth starting at least with the very Social Stealth gameplay, which turned out to be a simulator of a butcher who slaughtered whole platoons of soldiers in open clashes. However, there was a special charm in Assassins Creed, one way or another we got an incredibly beautiful and spectacular opportunity to visit historical cities in the heyday of the Crusades.

Assassins Creed 2

The release of the sequel was not long in coming, and in 2009 to the delight of fans of the original game, as well as skeptics who fiercely defeated Assassin, Ubisoft released almost a masterpiece, which is still recognized by fans as the best part of the Assassins Creed series. The developers systematically worked on the bugs and improved all aspects of the game many times over, as if examining each negative review with a magnifying glass. Didn't you like Altair and the general laconic presentation of the plot? Then get the charismatic heart thief Ezio Auditore, driven by a thirst for revenge for the brutal execution of his entire family.

Another point is the change of a desert medieval setting to vibrant Italian cities during the Renaissance. Do you want more colorful characters? How about the bloodthirsty tyrant Rodrio Borgio and the charismatic inventor Leonardo Da Vinci? They did not forget about the gameplay, filling the cities with life and side activities, which the player could always be distracted by. But still, the main merit of the game and still a worthy reason to download Assassins Creed 2 is the plot and story of Ezio's life. I really wanted to believe in his motivation, actions, in every word he said and sincerely rejoice at the character's victories.

Assassins Creed Brotherhood

Surprisingly, even 40 hours spent with Ezio was not enough. Players shouted "More!", Demanded the continuation of the story of their favorite character, and Ubisoft responded to all requests a year later with the release of Assassins Cred Brotherhood. The game opened a new chapter in the life of the aged Ezio and developed the mechanics laid down in Assassins Creed 2. The developers should be honored, in just a year of development they essentially made not just an addon, but a full-fledged game, albeit on the old basis.

Among the main differences from Assassins Creed 2 is the function of managing the Assassin Brotherhood. Loyal guys in hoods not only helped in battle, but also obediently went on suicide missions almost all over the globe. A couple of mouse clicks, and now a member of the brotherhood poisons a Templar tyrant somewhere in the sun-drenched sands of Egypt.

Assassins Creed Revelations

The final chapter from Ezio's life was released in 2011. Fairly aged and covered with gray hair, but still not losing his dexterity, the leader of the Assassins decides to end his life's mission and goes to the largest metropolis of the east - Constantinople.

The plot of Assassins Creed Revelations can be praised for the increased cinematography of the production, a bright ending and a series of those very "revelations" that reveal the story of the confrontation between the Templars and Assassins (spoiler: Assassins do not always play the role of good guys). Gameplay hasn't brought anything truly new to the Assassins Creed series. However, not to break the used foundation is already a good idea.

Assassins Creed 3

Having made a solid profit on previous games and finished the story of Ezio Auditore, Ubisoft decided in 2012 to release their Magnum Opus, one of the most ambitious and innovative games in the series - Assassins Creed 3. To implement the ambitious plans required no less grandiose and prominent setting. The choice fell on North America during the Civil War of Independence. Oddly enough, but the conflict between the Assassins and the Templars played an important role in the history of the signing of the US Declaration of Independence.

The first thing that amazed Assassins Creed 3 was the unprecedented scale of the action, millions of dollars were poured from the screen, which Ubisoft invested in their new game. For the first time in the series, 2 characters appeared - Haytem Kenway aka BadGuy (playable in the prologue) and his half-blood Indian son Conor Kenway aka GoodBoy, a fighter for the rights of his people and a fan of kicking ass to the Templar invaders. The plot of Assassins Creed 3 is still the most ambitious in the series and even if it does not touch the strings of the soul as skillfully as the trilogy about Ezio, but for the epic oozing from all the cracks - it is at least pleasant to remember.

Assassins Creed Series Preview: A Tale of Ubisoft's Triumph and Failure. Assassins Creed 3

In terms of gameplay, everything did not go so smoothly, but the game significantly refreshed the Assassins Creed series with new mechanics. We will list only a small part - naval battles, performed so well that almost unchanged they roam in every game of the series, completely changed animation of parkour, the ability to climb trees and rocks, hunting, a rich world and much, much more.

Assassins Creed 4 Black Flag

Having finished with the story of Desmond Miles in the third part, Ubisoft began to pay less attention to the plot in the modern world, starting to use the Assassins Creed brand simply as an opportunity to once again send players to an exotic setting. The first swallow was Assassins Creed 4 Black Flag in 2014, the plot of which was almost entirely in a pirate setting, and the gameplay shifted the emphasis to the mechanics of water battles.

There is no trace of that epic and abundance of characters in the Assassins Creed 3 storyline in Black Flag, this is a more intimate, personal story without claims to any "work of art". Another thing is that I didn't even want to draw on the mediocrity of the plot, since Assassins Creed 4 Black Flag was able to become, albeit casual, but a replacement for the legendary Corsairs series. Edward Kenway's adventures could have seemed truly amazing as you surf the Caribbean, boarding and enjoying pirate romance in the rays of the setting sun.

Assassins Creed Unity

It was a matter of honor for the native French studio Ubisoft to devote the game to one of the most significant periods of their nation - the French Revolution of 1789. Thanks to the historical setting, as well as excellent, even by modern standards, graphics, Assassins Creed Unity in 2014 was expected with genuine interest by the entire gaming community. And what were the promises: crowds of thousands on the streets, gigantic buildings on a 1: 1 scale and taking the stealth mechanic to a new level for the series.

Unfortunately, either the excessive haste was to blame, or the developers did not cope with the load of ambition, but Assassins Creed Unity turned into one of the darkest chapters in the history of the series. No, the game could not be called a failure at all, the graphics were excellent, and the gameplay of the game really came close to the reference series of stealth games Hitman. However, the abundance of bugs, many of which have become classics of game memes, and a boring plot, make us state that Unity is a good game with a huge and, unfortunately, unrealized potential.

Assassins Creed Rogue

When quantity begins to dominate quality, masterpieces of the level of Ezio's adventures are not to be expected. This is exactly what happened in 2014, when, along with Next-Gen "assassin" Unity, Ubisoft released Rogue exclusively for legacy consoles. The latter was so generally sent on a suicidal mission, because who wants to play a game with outdated graphics and a familiar American setting when the dazzlingly beautiful Unity is nearby. And, frankly, two similar 40-hour games in one season is too much.

Assassins Creed Rogue expectedly suffered an unenviable fate in terms of sales, but all fans of the series are strongly advised not to skip Outcast. Gameplay the game has synthesized the good developments of the third and fourth parts. A moderately good plot and an emphasis on naval battles framed by American surroundings and cold Arctic waters, although it did not bring anything new to the Assassins Creed series, it will definitely give dozens of exciting hours for fans of the franchise.

Assassins Creed Syndicate

Ubisoft, having caught a couple of juicy uppercuts from the gaming community (the first - cool reviews on Rogue and Unity, the second - low sales), decided in 2015 to rehabilitate the reputation of the Assassins Creed series by releasing a new game with the subtitle Syndicate. It turned out with varying degrees of success. First of all, it is worth noting the setting of Victorian London, which brings "Assassin" closer to modern realities and refreshes the series with steam locomotives, cars and a set of gadgets ala James Bond of the 19th century.

Another important victory is the plot that departs from the cliched Unity, and makes us look differently at the Assassin Order. The hot hearts of the protagonists Eevee and Jacob Fry do not shy away from even the most controversial methods to achieve seemingly good goals. But in general, under the new wrapper was the same Assassins Creed, which you can love or hate. The series needed a new game concept like air.

Assassins Creed Origins

The release of Assassins Creed Origins in 2017 became a breath of fresh air for the series, and at the same time Ubisoft's response to all critics to the applications, they say, "Assassin is a conveyor belt in which nothing changes". The developers scrapped all the developments on multi-level skyscrapers and gigantic cities, and revealed a new iteration of the series, which came close to the genre of role-playing games. Ancient Egypt was chosen as the setting, with the tombs of the pharaohs, sultry deserts and impressive pyramids.

The plot of the game revealed the origins of the founding of the order of assassins and allowed not only to get acquainted with historical characters, but also to test their strength in the battle against mythical creatures. When playing Assassins Creed Origins, it was difficult to shake off the feeling that Ubisoft was inspired by The Witcher series, which manifests itself both in the structure of the world and in the host of quite well-written side missions and the combat system.

Assassins Creed Odyssey

The experiment with the introduction of RPG elements into the Assassins Creed series turned out to be successful, but to be considered a true role-playing game Origins, a few small things were missing. "Just" a dialogue system and non-linear quests, and not only in the main plot, but also in additional quests. Large-scale work, which today almost no one dares to. You just need to count the number of big budget RPGs this year. Only Kingdom Come Deliverance, and that is nominally indie.

As skeptics did not laugh at the ambitions of Ubisoft, the developers managed to prove that "Assassin" feels confident in the vastness of the role-playing genre. In addition, Assassins Creed Odyssey is favorably distinguished by a cozy setting of the Mediterranean Sea and Ancient Greece, as well as an abundance of humor. As practice shows, serious and adult cabbage soup in games is good, but it never hurts to dilute them with a couple of appropriately told jokes.

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