The idea of remastering / updating an older game in a series and sticking it into the season pass of a new title seems to be catching on, and that is not necessarily a bad thing, especially when the option to buy the updated game separately is available. It allows fans to revisit some of their favorite older titles on a new console and makes a season pass seem much more appetizing when receiving a full game as a bonus, especially if it is a good one. When I realized that the new title in the Assassin’s Creed series, Odyssey, would be doing this as well, I had a momentary feeling of elation, only to be crushed when I discovered that they would be reviving my least favorite game in the franchise.
In March, fans will be able to revisit the Colonial War and Connor Kenway in the adventure that looked to set some new trends for the series while wrapping up Desmond’s adventure. I wish I didn’t despise it. I’ve gone into detail about why this is in several other articles, but I think the gameplay and story are equally to blame, making it where the overall experience feels lacking. I saw someone recently say that the opening was the best part of the game and that is absolutely true, as it was the only part I remember in any real detail. It and the beginning of ship combat are memorable, where everything else simply inspires a groan. I know not everyone feels that way about this title, but in my mind it almost made me give up on the series, until the redemption that Black Flag brought. At least we are also getting Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation, where Connor is only a cameo.
I’m not bitter—I swear.
I suppose what I was hoping for was a remastered Assassin’s Creed II, but when it didn’t happen, I began to fantasize a bit about what I actually wanted. What if we took the entirety of Ezio’s story and put it into one epic adventure? Revelations and Brotherhood were fun, but felt a little bit like long DLC episodes, but together with AC2, his story is a genuine full saga that kept me enraptured and invested. It’s still my favorite tale the Assassin’s Creed world had produced, and if they could somehow rebuild that to work in Syndicate’s engine? Origins wasn’t bad, not after I got better with the combat and at reading the map, but I certainly don’t like it as much as I did the previous one. So Ezio’s full story with Syndicate’s engine and perhaps some of the different weapons and updated side quests; yeah, I know that is a tall order, but it would be fantastic. I would have settled for a remaster of pretty much any of the other games though…
Maybe others would be sold on this idea if they threw in a photo mode. People seem to love those things as of late.
I guess if this one sells well independently though, or helps boost the season pass, Ubisoft could do the same for other older games in the series, and maybe that is worth paying for AC3 again. Some people really enjoyed the entry though, and I’m happy for them, I guess. I am looking forward to playing Odyssey on October 5th, and even after everything negative said above about the game, I honestly might give AC3 another playthrough. Maybe this time will be different though and change my perception of the game, because there is a part of me that wants it to. If not, I’ll still have Liberation.