I really like the AC games, but that's my observation.
After my first day with AC3, I knew AC2 would remain on my throne of "Best AC game." Notice how once multiplayer was tacked onto the series, the story took a nosedive. Coincidence?
I'm getting the urge to start up my annual "Best games of the Year" thread a lot earlier than I did last year. Maybe because there is literally nothing else interesting coming out for the rest of the year, lol.
Hitman and Far Cry are coming out still but thats really about it.