Fangirling ahoy! If you don’t want to read 300+ words of “Yey! Assasin’s Creed!”; move along.
Sooo, Assassin’s Creed: Revalations arrived (which is not where I’ve been all week – just some of it :P). There might be some small spoilers in here, (mostly of the “this person exists” variety.) But I’ll try to keep the really big plot specifics out of things.
I have to say, I’m really enjoying it so far. There’s a lot more “day-to-day running of the brotherhood” stuff as opposed to building it up from scratch or going from one mission to the next.
There’s also a really pervasive sense of melancholy throughout the game. Between the events of the last game, Desmond’s current situation and all of the conversations with Subject 16, the way the the Animus sections switch between Ezio (who is now in his 60’s) and Altair (his life from young adult to very old man). And there’s a more detailed Desmond backstory, which is so freaking lonely…
I may actually finish this game in tears.
I have to say though, the melancholy is there, but it’s not focused on to the point of being an over-angsty mess. There’s just a general “end of an era/passing the torch” feeling; which is appropriate with ACIII on the horizon. (Part of the soundtrack is actually called “passing the torch”, and it’s gorgeous.) There’s the humour moments too, mainly Ezio flirting with women, every other sentence Yusuf says, and not forgetting; the Shirley Templar. (It’s a Shirley Temple with gin, apparently).
Hell, the whole soundtrack is great. Some of it is even stunning. A lot of the really emotive stuff gets lost in the “OMG! Plot is happening!” in the cutscenes, so a lot of what you actually hear is the background music of the various districts. (Which is pretty, but not as good as the character themes or the big event music.)
ACIII is out in October, so I’m trying to pace myself to beat it before that comes out, but not with so much time to spare that the inevitable evil cliffhanger drives me crazy.