There are some games that I like way more in theory than I do in execution. Games I WANT to like, but just don't for whatever reason. The more I look into the series, it seems that Assassin's Creed falls into this camp.
I first played Assassin's Creed III over a year ago. And what I enjoyed about it was completely ignoring the story and just walking around a Revolutionary War era Boston. That was neat. But the game itself? Eh. The missions didn't really excite me, neither did the story. The combat felt clunky. But running around on rooftops and climbing stuff? That was cool in a total sandbox kind of way. So all in all, the game proper lost my interest rather quickly.
I picked up Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag because I assumed it was a game about Henry Rollins' old band. No. I'm sorry. Played out jokes are played out. I bought it because I'm a sucker for the Wii U, and I had read through the HG101 book, Epopee about French game design and this was fresh in my mind.
Ugh. This game. I want to like it. I do. It's a vast open world game where you can man a ship and explore the oceans. I mean, I saw a whale breach the surface, so that was cool.
The problem is that in order to actually get the freedom to just ignore the story and go off into the ocean and do nothing/anything... it means I have to suffer through a big enough chunk of the story that I'm just tapping out.
The opening tutorial level thing where you have to make your way to Haiti felt like a chore. When I got there I was reminded of just how much I hate the combat in this games. It's so rough. Look, I"m not the biggest fan of open world games like this, but I am a fan of some. I LOVED Grand Theft Auto V, and really wish it was on Switch. I spent a ridiculous amount of time in that game just exploring and screwing around before I even bothered with the story, and then played through the story with glee. I also kind of loved Metal Gear Solid V, and really wish it was on Switch, although I'm terrible at that game.
I do wish that the Assassin's Creed games would click with me. I like the whole angle of it being based on real locations and using actual history as inspiration. I like the weird sci-fi angle of the games being memories or whatever inside of virtual reality, but...
At any rate, I've played Black Flag the last couple nights and all I can say is that I keep waiting for it to get good. But my time is limited. I don't have time to play through a story I'm not enjoying just waiting for the game to open up to me and let me have a good time. So I think that's it. I think I'm going to just finally admit that the Assassin's Creed games really aren't my thing, even if part of me wishes that they were.