With Dawn of Ragnarök out and the next AC rumoured to be a persistent online world, Previous Weapon does a countdown to the best of AC, via the worst of our reviewers.
FBT – An AC MMO? NNO. MMO is not what AC was about, it was about us reliving a personal memory not living in a shared world. It’s a purely financial decision; it’s more cost-efficient to create a persistent world you update than risk a new sequel or title; we’re still waiting for Elder Scrolls 6, GTA 6, Fallout 5… didn’t Ubisoft learn from Watch Dogs: Legion?
TheMorty – Yeah but… GTAV shows the power of an MMO when you get it right. When it gets a Series X/S release I’ll have bought it three times. While that’s as annoying as it is expensive, MMO can work. GTA V has shifted more copies (est 160m+) than the entire Assassin's Creed catalogue (est 155m). It’s a smart move if Ubisoft can get it right. Although, based on their ratio of hits to misses with AC games… I’d say they only have a 50/50 chance.
FBT – 50/50? That’s better odds than TheMorty finishing a game. No wonder he loves MMOs, they never end so he’s blameless. AC puts you in a focused singular experience, I’ve learnt more about history from AC than school. Even when it’s bad, it’s still pretty good. It’s going to be tough listing AC worst to best.
TM – It’s going to be tough to read too. This is a guy who thinks Mass Effect 1 is better than 2. You played the entire series recently, I’m ready to listen to your top ten and prove you wrong. Let’s jump back into the Previous Weapon Animus.
FBT – 10th place. Actually, it was easy to pick out the worst. Rogue. Had this been a spin off like Freedom Cry or Liberation, I’d forgive it. But it’s a reskin of ACIII and Black Flag set in a period no one cares about, with a nothing ending, and it lies to you. This was the game that promised we’d be an Assassin Assassin and instead we got a crybaby who hates killing assassins and sported an accent worse that Sean in The Untouchables. Do not touch this.
TM – Ubisoft only have themselves to blame for this. Black Flag was released on the Xbox One, yet, when Rogue followed, it was an old-gen only release? Having sailed the Caribbean in Full HD, to then have to physically dust off the 360 to play was incredibly annoying. Ubisoft ruined this before Shay’s blade had even been drawn.
FBT – TheMorty there, using a technical technicality to avoid admitting he likes Rogue. My second worst is Valhalla. Ubisoft made Vikings boring?! Eivor is the most helpful, peaceful, and easily-led Berserker in history. The plot is compelling, as is dark ages Britain, but it’s an empty, laden, boring trudge through a reskinned Origins that ultimately means nothing. And the updates and seasonal events irritate almost as much as that terrible skill tree and dated gameplay; Valhalla is a disappointment.
TM – All Valhalla had to do was follow what Odyssey did, yet the introduction of Basim and Hytham took me away from the Viking narrative and thrust me straight back into the Assassin’s games of old; AC is about history but that doesn’t mean it has to be dated. To make the most of this game, I played as a pathfinder. While it made the game more palatable, I just felt let down. It wasn’t what I wanted after epic Greece. Could’ve been the best in the series but such a missed opportunity.
FBT – 8th is Origins – Bayek is brilliant but it is a bloated emptiness and we didn’t get the origin story we signed up for. This is the perfect example of a long-running series losing its way and treading water. Or quicksand. It doesn’t know what it is or where it’s going.