Do you play Assassin's Creed for the present or past plot?

#21Baruch_SPosted 12/4/2012 6:45:06 AM
Desmond's plot was interesting in AC1 but got less interesting afterward. In the Ezio trilogy, I'd forget Desmond even existed until the story suddenly shot back to him. AC3, though, at least made Desmond's story important and somewhat interesting by giving it some action. I didn't mind getting pulled out of the Animus to chase down power sources in 3.
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#22Edgemaster70000Posted 12/4/2012 7:14:35 AM
LenneValkirye posted...
Played for both past and present storylines until the end of AC2.
Played for the past storyline alone after that.

Edgemaster70000 posted...
Why is there not an option for "idgaf about any of the game's plot"?


Because this is a plot-driven franchise. If you're playing it for the gameplay alone there are way better games out there.


Multiplayer.
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#23Unpure_Euphoria(Topic Creator)Posted 12/4/2012 7:31:28 AM
50 votes later and the results seem pretty overwhelmingly clear. Thanks everybody. I seem to have a better understanding of the consensus now.

Feel free to keep the conversation going.

From: Edgemaster70000 | Posted: 12/4/2012 6:54:17 AM | #018
Why is there not an option for "idgaf about any of the game's plot"?


I'm not sure why you all think you're clever with your "where is the _____ option?" when I already anticipated them in the question and post. The purpose of the poll was for me to understand people's opinions about the plot, not lack thereof. If you play the game not for the plot, you're an outlier and entirely unimportant to the data I was trying to gather.
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#24richd721Posted 12/4/2012 8:00:54 AM
For me, one of the biggest things to note about the entire series is the way it's advertised and sold to us - it's always about the past and the assassinations, I can't recall a single ad or box cover (or back) that actually shows anything from the present plot. Therefore, I've always played these games to be an assassin, throughout the ages.

I recall getting really into the present storyline with AS2 (with all those picture puzzles and the rest) but they seemed to vanish and be forgotten about come the two add on storylines (Brotherhood and Revelations), so in turn, I forgot about them too. By Revelations I avoided most of the Desmond bits as the plot seemed to be spiralling out of control somewhat. I was more intrigued on why Desmond's face changed between each game and how the ending of Brotherhood didn't tie in with the start of Revelations... but hey ho.

By this third (and so called final) chapter I really had no interest in the present storyline and considering how it all ended, it seems the developers had no interest either. They just ended it.

I'm in the camp that seems to suggest these games would've been much better had they just been set in the past - playing as assassins throughout different times, all linked by blood in some way and by some larger plot. Could've still had the templars in there, but avoided the animus stuff.

Off topic, but did anyone else feel like the series was leading us to eventually play fully as Desmond, in a modern setting but with all the skills he's picked up? A full game with him in modern assassin gear and modern weapons (but still the hidden blades), blending into society and bringing about the end of the templars. I just didn't see the point of learning all about stealth and hidden attacks for Desmond to only have hand-to-hand combat skill (and very basic at that) come the end. Seemed pretty empty considering everything the poor guy had gone through.
#25dave_is_slickPosted 12/4/2012 8:21:00 AM
From: richd721 | #024
Off topic, but did anyone else feel like the series was leading us to eventually play fully as Desmond, in a modern setting but with all the skills he's picked up? A full game with him in modern assassin gear and modern weapons (but still the hidden blades), blending into society and bringing about the end of the templars.

Other than completely stopping the Templars, yeah. They still could've continued the series after that.
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#26Jerk_BeefyPosted 12/4/2012 3:53:23 PM
richd721 posted...
Off topic, but did anyone else feel like the series was leading us to eventually play fully as Desmond, in a modern setting but with all the skills he's picked up? A full game with him in modern assassin gear and modern weapons (but still the hidden blades), blending into society and bringing about the end of the templars. I just didn't see the point of learning all about stealth and hidden attacks for Desmond to only have hand-to-hand combat skill (and very basic at that) come the end. Seemed pretty empty considering everything the poor guy had gone through.

JerkBeefy posted...
The dangling carrot of eventually playing as a modern-day assassin was what did it for me.

The payoff in this game wasn't as great as I had expected.
#27PraetorianGhostPosted 12/4/2012 3:58:24 PM
The stabbing
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#28JackApostrophePosted 12/4/2012 4:30:39 PM
I play for the combination of the two. I've always felt that the games would be diminished by the loss of either.
#29rrojas_1926Posted 12/4/2012 8:09:54 PM
Carlos_lcc posted...
I started way back with AC1 the game play was kinda repetitive but story of both past and present storyline interested me. After finishing AC1 i wanted to know more what is Abstergo, what's going to happen to Desmond, and what of Altair? So I play them for both past and present storyline.


This.

Back them when the PRESENT storyline wasnt Ridiculus like in the end of brotherhood that was BS.
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#30Dr_MojoPosted 12/4/2012 8:38:15 PM(edited)
I play solely for the past plots and have beat every AC game since the first one. I've always hated the present-day story of these games for me it's all about the history.


Also, the modern Assassin characters (AKA the Scooby Doo Crew) are all annoying as hell.

Desmond's personality is pretty bland and he never stops whining.

The whole "Lucy was a Templar the whole time" thing was one of the lamest retconned "plot twists" I've ever seen in a game.

Shaun does nothing but make sarcastic comments about how much he hates America.

Rebecca is just a surrogate to explain the Animus technical jargon to the audience. She has no personality or character development at all.

William is just a d***head. He treats Desmond pretty much exactly the way Warren Vidic did.
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