All it really did since the first game was break the flow of the story and make me wish it was over already. I hoped now that Desmond is dead, they would finally leave that stuff out but now it's worse than ever and I have to stop being a pirate to do office chores? Are you kidding me?
depends, imo it's a nice change of pace especialy after boarding the 10th ship in a row and having to watch the same cutscenes AGAIN... in that case i would rather run around an office for a few minutes.
Man, I love the out of Animus sequences. Whenever they come back up, I go "yay!" to myself. No longer do I have to worry about things like running around, climbing buildings and killing people. Now I can walk slowly around a nice office setting and watch/talk to uninteresting NPCs. I only wish the entire game was like this. Like maybe you walk slowly around, watching people in the Animus, and you occasionally get a quest to fetch them a soda or a doughnut. That'd be awesome.
Also, I'm glad they took the time to program in an out-of-animus PDA, and added a whole quest sequence to show how it works. That was extremely nice and useful.