Anyone? Is this thing on? Bueller? Bueller?
We had great threads for Brotherhood, Revelations, and III, but there's nothing for IV? Don't tell me I'm the only one playing.
Just now I went to the AC wiki to look up a voice actor and a got a big ol' spoiler. It's funny how the article has a "spoiler warning" on the top of it, yet the article itself is a spoiler (I went directly to a title, which then redirected to another, thus giving the spoiler).
I'm only in sequence 4, but so far this blows AC3 out of the frikkin water (no pun intended). In every respect. You can actually handle the boat, oh hosanna, you can actually handle the boat. I hated in AC3 how you had to do circles around your targets if you wanted to meet constraints for minimising damage, except you couldn't do that. Anytime you sailed into the wind, you just freaking stopped. And maybe that's realistic, but it sure isn't fun. Ship combat is also much simpler, for which I'm very grateful. I've gotta admit -- the boat was my absolute least favourite thing about AC3 (which had a lot counting against it in the first place), but they've really done a lot better with it for 4.
The game world is just stupidly large, too. Way bigger than AC3, and the cities are much better to look at than the drab blues and reds of colonial Boston and New York. Crazy amount of side missions, and a present-day portion that is still a big bag of WTF. And I just like Edward a whole lot better than Connor, too. He might even be 2nd-best on my list of favourite Assassins (Ezio or GTFO).
It's the game AC3 really should have been, at least as far as how it looks and feels. I don't think hindsight is going to be nearly as kind to AC3 as it will be to AC4. AC3 "fixed" a lot of what wasn't broken, introducing new aggravations, but AC4 makes up for them.
AC2 is still my favourite game in the series, and I think it always will be, but much like I was saying about favourite lead characters, I think this game will be a strong candidate for second place. I'm already pretty sure I'll end up liking it better than AC1, AC3, and Revelations, so no worse than third
So please tell me someone else here is enjoying this game and it's not just me. Pleeeeease??