Monday, 23 July 2012

Assassin's Creed 3 and the DLC of Doom.

Cast your mind back to February, Assassin's Creed fans, when we received our first look at AC3, I don't know about you, but I was excited, I sent that picture to everyone I could remember who liked the franchise, and probably a few who didn't, then came the list of promises from several people behind the project, and it sounded really good. Words were being thrown around like 'from the ground up' 'brand new engine' and 'twice as many man hours put in compared to Assassin's Creed 2'. I think we can safely say that was when excited hit it's zenith.

The face that launched a thousand links

But Aaron, you yell out to my ivory tower, why have you decided to tell us now what you thought of Assassin's Creed back then. And I reply to your very specific question, "For an interesting Juxtaposition to highlight just how far Assassin's Creed 3 has fallen in my regard from it's announcement to the point we find ourselves at". It is a shameless attempt I know, but it was inspired by a piece of news I saw today about more stuff planned for Assassin's Creed 3, and I just stopped caring, and I figured that was in itself worth documenting.

 I would consider myself a stalwart of the series, I bought the first pretty much straight away, lured by a promise of History-based action, after it did not fail to disappoint, I purchased number 2 off the bat, thoroughly enjoying myself in the new location and new protagonist, convinced that the Assassin's Creed series had near limitless potential and could well be one of the mascot original intellectual properties from an otherwise fairly stale generation of gaming. It had the ability to take us to even more great era's, commonly missed out of the mainstream gaming culture, the crusades and the renaissance were a good start; but I remember discussing with a friend the places they could have gone, the civil wars of China, the French Revolution, colonial India, Victorian Britain, any era of Japan, 1700s Vienna, with both sides of his family being Assassin's, there wasn't a place, where or when, that Desmond couldn't relive.

Yeah, you are right Ubisoft, this looks like a terrible idea. 

After Revelation, it was safe to say that optimism was severely dampened, if not crushed. Assassin's Creed no longer got a free ride into my wallet like it had done up until that point, depressingly, this is probably what made it so easy for me to just stop caring about Assassin's Creed 3.

But what did I see that caused such awe inspiring apathy to a beloved video gaming series. Three words...well, technically 5 words, or 2 words and an acronym, oh whatever. 3 blocks of letters.

"DLC Season Pass"

...Fuck you Ubisoft. Your grand master plan to win me back to your franchise is Episodic DLC announced well in advance of the actual release date, and a costly season pass. Not to mention all those shitty preorder editions, who cares if you have just announced the freedom edition, or the join or die edition, you'll be charging a fortune for it in DLC soon enough anyway, you whores.

Ok, I have taken a few deep breaths, looked at the pretty sun outside, and returned back inside to conclude my hate rant. Maybe I overreacted up there, but I'm going to keep it.

I will level with you, even after all of the disappointments accompanying the Assassin's Creed series and its slow decline, I would've gladly accepted this Stupid Trailer, or the DLC news, or the historical inaccuracy and tone shift, the blatant pandering to Americans, the wasted potential, bloated preorder DLC rewards, unfulfilled promises of a game that would be different, when gameplay trailers show it looks and feels exactly the same.

Depressingly, I know I will probably end up buying it anyway, making this an impotent hate rant, but I am nearing the tipping point, this was one of my favourite gaming franchises, and for that it still will get the grace period it deserves to win me back, but right now, it isn't looking good. Stick around, I imagine there will be at least one more rant extracted from this mess before the release in October.

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