Heh! I haven’t played an AC game since the second one (though I am definitely getting Origins soon), but your comment made me smile! SoM doesn’t have any of that and it is quite a beautiful game (more so in game than in the screenies, I have to say), even if it is equally gamey. I do like it very much though.
Now, since Tritagonist has been tempting me for months now, I finally dropped £17 for Ghost Recon Wildlands. It is ridiculously demanding on hardware and I had to reduce quite a few features (ok, from Ultra) to get 60 fps @ 1440, but it now plays smoothly and looks rather pretty. It’s hard though. I only played three hours but I think I died almost ten times.