[quote=“BillButNotBen, post:1512, topic:28506”]I keep forgetting that I’ve ended up with about 4 (and now 5) Assassin’s Creed games, and not actually tried any of them. The main one I haven’t received is number 2, which seems like the one I’d like the most.
I’m kinda tempted to buy it in a sale, but it seems weird to do so when I have a bunch of others in my library.[/quote]
I’ve often seen it said by players that the new ones are so different as to be barely recognizable as Assassin’s Creed games to them; I have to wonder if that’s a memory thing. My experience is the other way around, besides dabbling some in the earlier titles and not getting into them for one reason or another (like you, going by reviews I’d reckoned #2 should be the most attractive title for me to play), I finally got into them well and good by playing first Origins, then Odyssey, both of which I liked quite well. Reverting to the earlier titles from there or inbetween (nrs. 1 and 2, and a bit of Black Flag), what struck me rather was how all of the mechanics and details that define the games are already in place from the start.
In that sense, it could well be argued it’s the same game over and over again, just in a different context, however I wouldn’t want to sell them short that way. What definitely can be said about them, from my point of view, is that certainly those latter titles are massive, and so like them or not you’ll probably want an extended break inbetween before committing yourself to another. (We’re talking 150-300 hour runs here, respectively, on let’s say only halfway-completionist runs. I’ve certainly seen people report a lot quicker & I’m far from the fastest of players, nor do I strive to be, but casual games these are not.)
Anyway so if you already have a bunch of them, I reckon there’s little to be gained from buying yourself one more title specifically. Those earlier titles I suppose should be a lot less time-consuming, btw.
I think both the original Assassin’s Creed, today sold as Assassin’s Creed: Director’s Cut I believe, and Assassin’s Creed II need tinkering around with to play them with a controller if that’s what you want (with #2 I’m sure of it, and I think why I originally couldn’t get into it was indeed because of wanting to play it on a controller but getting only k+m prompts. This can be fixed then.) I seem to recall certainly #1 needed more work to get it going on a modern machine, though I can’t be sure now. I know its screen reverts to windowed when alt-tabbing, btw. It shows its age of course and wasn’t generally so well received, though personally I have to wonder why, as said I think all the pieces are already in place and it’s not really less likeable than the others. More repetitive I guess, sure, though I’d say those modern titles aren’t really less so, they’re just cleverer at pretending they’re not. Hey, these are very much fetch-a-quest games, after all.
But so if you’re looking for the smoother experience, both mechanically and visually, I guess just start with whatever most recent title you have at hand, then work your way through the history of it at your leisure, and as far as you can muster it. Note the three Assassin’s Creed Chronicles titles are 2.5D sidescrolling stealth platforming type of affairs, very pretty and very different games, very engaging in their own right if that’s your sort of thing. Ah and note that #1 is also sold as a standalone installer (I think it is with Humble, for instance), that’s nice if that’s what you want of course, but so be mindful of this if you want yours to be part of whatever client’s library.