What ruined Assassin’s Creed games for me?

This text will contain some story elements that most people might consider to be significant spoilers for Assassin’s Creed and AC2 games so if you haven’t played those and are planning on doing so, it’s probably for the best that you skip this text. Check out this text instead if you’re familiar with the story of later games.

Believe it or not, I used to be a huge Assassin’s Creed fan. From the moment the game was announced how it was marketed as a game where everything is interactive and how you could vertically scale a building if you wanted to just by running into it, I was hooked and hyped. This is actually one of the games that turned out to be the way they marketed it except maybe for the combat system which was very simplified to point where you’re pretty much godlike but let’s set that aside for now.

Suffice to say the original Assassin’s Creed game was a dream come true for me when it first came out. I loved the theme and I loved the setting. I absolutely adored its graphics and the fact that the story was extremely complex and how nothing was black and white, in other words, presentation was perfect.

For me, it was an amazing game even though it was painfully repetative with its nonexisting diversity when it comes to side quests, but it did not matter back then. It was fun for me to play and it was amazing for me to immerse myself in the character of Altair and follow him on his quest to retreive the Apple of Eden.

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I remember being blown away by the Assassin’s Creed game story complexity. I remember how I spent hours thinking about what actually happened. I remember how I was struggling to pick a side and determine if it was truly a bad thing to do what the Templars wanted to do or if Assassins were truly right. What if they were wrong? This game was so engaging on so many levels. I absolutely loved it.

I played it on a PC and I remember there was a delay with the following installment which is, without a doubt the best Assassin’s Creed game I’ve ever played and it was absolutely worth the wait.

I was super excited that Ezio’s story picked up where Altair’s left and I was impatient to uncover the secrets behind the Apple of Eden and the ones who came before. I was puzzled by questions like who they are? Were they some divine entities or simply an incredibly advanced civilization that existed before our own and if that was the case, then how come that they were completely annihilated and what was it that brought them down?

All these questions pushed me forward and made me long for another Assassin’s Creed game that would finally explain and unravel the mysteries laid upon me by the previous games. This had to be something extraordinary. It had to be some kind of mastermind plot behind all of this, and I wanted to get to the bottom of it…

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