I have started playing Assassins Creed Valhalla about a week or two ago and I am having a blast with. But when I read discussions about the game online I noticed that a lot of people seem to hate the latest games. Mostly Origins, Odyssey and Valhalla. Now I see myself as a true Assassins Creed fan. I have been in love with the franchise since the first trailer for the game all the way back in 2006. So when people call out the games as not “true” Assassins Creed games I get frustrated.
Now to refresh your memories, in 2006 games like The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion and Call of Duty 3 were getting released, so we are talking about a old ass franchise. Now when I played the first game I was young and didn’t really see the potential for an entire franchise for this type of game, but now almost 15 years later, The Assassin’s Creed series is an award-winning video game series that currently consists of twelve main games, seventeen spin-off games, several short films and various transmedia projects (things like comics). Over that time we have had many main characters and went through many different kinds of graphical and gameplay upgrades.
Now before we get into the meat of it we first must must answer the core question: “What is a true Assassins Creed game?”.
In my opinion a true Assassins Creed is any game that is set in the established universe of Assassins Creed. So that would also mean any mobile or handheld spinoff games. But let’s just look at the main games, because that is what has the biggest player base. In that case I would also add the following criteria:
- Abstergo and the Assassins are involved in some way in the modern day.
- The player’s modern day character is using the animus to relive the memories of a person from the past.
- The person from the past gets in contact with some Isu artifact or vault.
- The modern day character is reliving the past to find the location of said Isu artifact or vault
The exact time period of the past character of the past character itself has no impact on this. Because all of this and everything else is just what makes every game different and unique compared to the rest. So long as the main aspect exists it is a true Assassins Creed game. But that doesn’t mean that every true game is perfect. Hell I personally hate Assassins Creed 3 and Unity but think that Black Flag is one the best games ever. So the games may be a so called “true Assassins Creed game”, but that doesn’t mean they can still suck balls hard or be a game that has very little to do with Assassins in the case of Black flag.
Now, a game may be a Assassins Creed game but that doesn’t mean you have to like it. It is fine that have a certain taste for gameplay and not like the newer ones but this is the same for any franchise ever. I have heard arguments from people saying that Ubisoft should just make historic games and stop calling them Assassins Creed but I disagree. Because what makes Assassins Creed what it is today is the immense amount of lore and love that the community has put into it and ‘just change the name’ is not a real option anymore at this point. If we look at one of the biggest and longest (haha, giggity) franchises like Final Fantasy we can see that games may carry the same name but still be completely different. They have different settings including high fantasy and sci-fi. They also have different gameplay throughout the games from 8-bit turn based RPG to 3d action mmo’s. So If you would ask the same question “What is a true Final Fantasy game” the answer becomes very difficult. An other example is Call of Duty. The gameplay may stay fairly the same, a first person shooter, but there is no real overlap when it comes setting or story across all games. so you might like the modern day shooters but hate the future or historic shooters, but that doesn’t take away that every game is still called Call of Duty.
So in conclusion:
Games may share the same name or even the same established universe but that doesn’t make every game equal to each other and that is fine. If that means that the franchise has gone into a direction that you don’t agree with that sucks to be you. Nothing lasts forever anyway.