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2020-10-27 4:24:07 PM  
Why not just play the games? Or go to Europe, see the sights, and straight up murder people? Are you so lazy you need to sit on a couch watching a half-assed produced movie?
 
2020-10-27 4:30:10 PM  
Looking forward to all the scenes of the protagonist slowly shuffling along with some other pedestrians, eavesdropping on the people walking in front of them.
 
2020-10-27 4:46:50 PM  
I would actually pay to watch a feature length movie of some guy collecting 200 F*CKING feathers and then get killed for wearing the "reward."
 
2020-10-27 5:02:45 PM  
Is every episode going to be the same?
 
2020-10-27 5:36:10 PM  
Honestly the genetic memory time traveling thing is the least interesting aspect of the games. Most of the time I just skip or rush through those to get back to the main story.

Hopefully they don't go heavy on those & have the people who did Odyssey involved in the story.
 
2020-10-27 5:45:15 PM  
There was a truly star-studded movie based on the game a few years ago. I haven't played the games, but was pretty aware of the basic premise and style.

Anyways, it was a stunningly terrible movie. The A-list lead was exec producer, I figured he must have called in all his favors and got other big names to sign on maybe even before there was a script. An enormous waste of talent.
 
2020-10-27 5:56:07 PM  

OccamsWhiskers: There was a truly star-studded movie based on the game a few years ago. I haven't played the games, but was pretty aware of the basic premise and style.

Anyways, it was a stunningly terrible movie. The A-list lead was exec producer, I figured he must have called in all his favors and got other big names to sign on maybe even before there was a script. An enormous waste of talent.


Yup,.Michaels Fassbender and a slew of good characters actors yet they f*cked it up royally.
 
2020-10-27 6:23:21 PM  
Thing is Assassin's Creed could be a lot more interesting if it picked places and histories that are documented but don't get played up like Ancient Greece and Egypt, Britain and France, Skyrim, er, Vikings and such. I'll give the pirate one slack because that is fun time for history in video game mechanics, Sid Meier has shown.

How about Babylon/Uruk at the dawn of known civilization?

The Persian Empire (we got the Greeks covered at the time)?

The Moors occupation of Spain during the days of El Cid and the Reconquista?

Austria and the Turkish empire when the two were battling in the vicinity of Vienna in the 1600s?

Ethiopia in the late 1800s, whose emperors allegedly descended from King Solomon successfully fended off European invasion and offering views of tumult and barbarity, discovery and progress happening at the time across the African continent?

Eastern Europe in 1946, as the Iron Curtain and intrigue spread from Germany to Greece, and MacGuffin-ish items and people of note were sought after by the West and Soviets?

The Manchurian/Korean Wild East of the 1920s-1930s? Watch The Good, The Bad and The Weird if you want an idea of it, with Russian refugees, Imperial Japanese occupiers, Asian crime syndicates and Mongolian bandits all figuring in that setting.
 
2020-10-27 6:24:56 PM  

Ragin' Asian: Why not just play the games? Or go to Europe, see the sights, and straight up murder people? Are you so lazy you need to sit on a couch watching a half-assed produced movie?


You want people to cram themselves into a flying fart box filled with plague rats?  Guess that would add some authenticity.

CSB: I've played AC2 plus all of its sequels many many times.  A short few years ago I toured around Italy and I have to say the games enriched the experience nicely.  Florence especially.  I even knew my way around, to, and from the landmarks pretty decently.
 
2020-10-27 6:47:25 PM  

Bslim: OccamsWhiskers: There was a truly star-studded movie based on the game a few years ago. I haven't played the games, but was pretty aware of the basic premise and style.

Anyways, it was a stunningly terrible movie. The A-list lead was exec producer, I figured he must have called in all his favors and got other big names to sign on maybe even before there was a script. An enormous waste of talent.

Yup,.Michaels Fassbender and a slew of good characters actors yet they f*cked it up royally.


I liked that movie a lot. =/
 
2020-10-27 7:12:42 PM  
Or until the graphics bugs out and all that shows up of the actor is a set of floating dentures and eyeballs, and the whole thing runs at 10 FPS.
 
2020-10-27 7:15:25 PM  
...I will watch this on the sole condition that somewhere in the credits, there's one for "Hay Wagons Provided By..."
 
2020-10-27 7:23:45 PM  
Will it be body horror?

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2020-10-27 7:36:55 PM  

rummonkey: Will it be body horror?

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David Cronenberg doing a historical horror piece. Hapsburg royalty inbreeding crossed with Lady Bathory produces murderous fleshy blobs who rule over the commoners?
 
2020-10-27 8:07:08 PM  

zeroflight222: Ragin' Asian: Why not just play the games? Or go to Europe, see the sights, and straight up murder people? Are you so lazy you need to sit on a couch watching a half-assed produced movie?

You want people to cram themselves into a flying fart box filled with plague rats?  Guess that would add some authenticity.

CSB: I've played AC2 plus all of its sequels many many times.  A short few years ago I toured around Italy and I have to say the games enriched the experience nicely.  Florence especially.  I even knew my way around, to, and from the landmarks pretty decently.


Like playing the Yakuza games then visiting Kabuki-cho.
 
2020-10-27 9:06:42 PM  

MechaPyx: Bslim: OccamsWhiskers: There was a truly star-studded movie based on the game a few years ago. I haven't played the games, but was pretty aware of the basic premise and style.

Anyways, it was a stunningly terrible movie. The A-list lead was exec producer, I figured he must have called in all his favors and got other big names to sign on maybe even before there was a script. An enormous waste of talent.

Yup,.Michaels Fassbender and a slew of good characters actors yet they f*cked it up royally.

I liked that movie a lot. =/


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2020-10-27 9:49:10 PM  

EqualOpportunityEnslaver: MechaPyx: Bslim: OccamsWhiskers: There was a truly star-studded movie based on the game a few years ago. I haven't played the games, but was pretty aware of the basic premise and style.

Anyways, it was a stunningly terrible movie. The A-list lead was exec producer, I figured he must have called in all his favors and got other big names to sign on maybe even before there was a script. An enormous waste of talent.

Yup,.Michaels Fassbender and a slew of good characters actors yet they f*cked it up royally.

I liked that movie a lot. =/

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I enjoyed the story, the action, the set pieces. I thought it was paced extremely well. To be fair I've never played any of the games so I had no preconceived notions going in.
 
2020-10-27 10:09:30 PM  
Bonus if they work in a Ferrari product placement....
 
2020-10-27 10:25:54 PM  
Snell's wearing that mask so we can't read his lips in the dugout, right?
 
2020-10-27 10:33:08 PM  

zeroflight222: Ragin' Asian: Why not just play the games? Or go to Europe, see the sights, and straight up murder people? Are you so lazy you need to sit on a couch watching a half-assed produced movie?

You want people to cram themselves into a flying fart box filled with plague rats?  Guess that would add some authenticity.

CSB: I've played AC2 plus all of its sequels many many times.  A short few years ago I toured around Italy and I have to say the games enriched the experience nicely.  Florence especially.  I even knew my way around, to, and from the landmarks pretty decently.


I think it's funny watching shows/movies set in London or Paris and going "Hey, I know where that is!"  when the camera pans over something or does a wide shot of the city.

Didn't they get some of the restoration information from Notre Dame from AC: Unity because of all the modeling details they did of the Cathedral? I remember reading that on Fark not long after the fire.

One thing I've loved about the series is the lore on the Assassin/Templar conflicts and the Issu. It's somewhat disappointing to me that as the series goes on, you get less and less on the modern storyline and it's just all in game stuff. I get that it's the meat and potatoes of the series, but I loved all the lore and Easter Eggs you got in AC: II and how the game storyline interacted and meshed with the modern storyline.

/Playing AC:III Remastered now
 
2020-10-28 1:17:14 AM  

zeroflight222: Ragin' Asian: Why not just play the games? Or go to Europe, see the sights, and straight up murder people? Are you so lazy you need to sit on a couch watching a half-assed produced movie?

You want people to cram themselves into a flying fart box filled with plague rats?  Guess that would add some authenticity.

CSB: I've played AC2 plus all of its sequels many many times.  A short few years ago I toured around Italy and I have to say the games enriched the experience nicely.  Florence especially.  I even knew my way around, to, and from the landmarks pretty decently.


Thankfully you did not jump into any hay bales from a great height.
 
2020-10-28 1:22:19 AM  

Practical_Draconian: Thing is Assassin's Creed could be a lot more interesting if it picked places and histories that are documented but don't get played up like Ancient Greece and Egypt, Britain and France, Skyrim, er, Vikings and such. I'll give the pirate one slack because that is fun time for history in video game mechanics, Sid Meier has shown.

How about Babylon/Uruk at the dawn of known civilization?

The Persian Empire (we got the Greeks covered at the time)?

The Moors occupation of Spain during the days of El Cid and the Reconquista?

Austria and the Turkish empire when the two were battling in the vicinity of Vienna in the 1600s?

Ethiopia in the late 1800s, whose emperors allegedly descended from King Solomon successfully fended off European invasion and offering views of tumult and barbarity, discovery and progress happening at the time across the African continent?

Eastern Europe in 1946, as the Iron Curtain and intrigue spread from Germany to Greece, and MacGuffin-ish items and people of note were sought after by the West and Soviets?

The Manchurian/Korean Wild East of the 1920s-1930s? Watch The Good, The Bad and The Weird if you want an idea of it, with Russian refugees, Imperial Japanese occupiers, Asian crime syndicates and Mongolian bandits all figuring in that setting.


I would very much like to subscribe to your magazine.   some great ideas.
 
2020-10-28 3:41:51 AM  

OccamsWhiskers: There was a truly star-studded movie based on the game a few years ago. I haven't played the games, but was pretty aware of the basic premise and style.

Anyways, it was a stunningly terrible movie. The A-list lead was exec producer, I figured he must have called in all his favors and got other big names to sign on maybe even before there was a script. An enormous waste of talent.


I think the biggest issue is that they try to do 'too much' out of the gate.  There is a LOT of lore in the series, which has been spread out among the many titles.  They should absolutely explore ways to provide the underlying tech narrative, with a strong focus on the historical conflict between Templars and Assassins.

The use of a series format may actually be the best candidate for getting a quality production.
 
2020-10-28 4:07:41 AM  
I've never played, but I've seen a Twitter meme that I can't find because it was part of an imgur video game dump.

Basically, a H.S. tour group got separated from their guide in Rome and one of the kids led them through a bunch of shady-ass back alleys right back to their rendezvous because he knew the city  y heart from the game.

I'd watch a series just on that accolade.
 
2020-10-28 4:13:17 AM  
Found it!
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2020-10-28 7:50:31 AM  

Cardinal Ximenez: Honestly the genetic memory time traveling thing is the least interesting aspect of the games. Most of the time I just skip or rush through those to get back to the main story.

Hopefully they don't go heavy on those & have the people who did Odyssey involved in the story.


God the story to Odyssey is terrible
 
2020-10-28 7:51:51 AM  

Practical_Draconian: Thing is Assassin's Creed could be a lot more interesting if it picked places and histories that are documented but don't get played up like Ancient Greece and Egypt, Britain and France, Skyrim, er, Vikings and such. I'll give the pirate one slack because that is fun time for history in video game mechanics, Sid Meier has shown.

How about Babylon/Uruk at the dawn of known civilization?

The Persian Empire (we got the Greeks covered at the time)?

The Moors occupation of Spain during the days of El Cid and the Reconquista?

Austria and the Turkish empire when the two were battling in the vicinity of Vienna in the 1600s?

Ethiopia in the late 1800s, whose emperors allegedly descended from King Solomon successfully fended off European invasion and offering views of tumult and barbarity, discovery and progress happening at the time across the African continent?

Eastern Europe in 1946, as the Iron Curtain and intrigue spread from Germany to Greece, and MacGuffin-ish items and people of note were sought after by the West and Soviets?

The Manchurian/Korean Wild East of the 1920s-1930s? Watch The Good, The Bad and The Weird if you want an idea of it, with Russian refugees, Imperial Japanese occupiers, Asian crime syndicates and Mongolian bandits all figuring in that setting.


Rogue was one of my favorites for not knowing the time period as well. Also it was basically the origin of Darth Vader
 
2020-10-28 8:28:55 AM  

Cardinal Ximenez: have the people who did Odyssey involved in the story.


Odyssey wasn't Assassin's Creed
 
2020-10-28 9:19:08 AM  
Will the main character die as soon as he touches water?
 
2020-10-28 9:49:40 AM  

buntz: Cardinal Ximenez: have the people who did Odyssey involved in the story.

Odyssey wasn't Assassin's Creed


Basically a generic action rpg. I kept going to tombs without any sense of history for any of the things, unlike previous editions with massive encyclopedias for every building

Valhalla disappoints me because it will presumably be like a big pile of standard medieval Viking themed such games.
 
2020-10-28 12:38:36 PM  
ACIII was the second-to-last console game I ever finished, back in 2013. I had a lot of fun playing it, then discovered that it's the most universally-reviled entry in the series.

*shrug*

No accounting for taste, I suppose.
 
2020-10-28 1:37:33 PM  

Heamer: ACIII was the second-to-last console game I ever finished, back in 2013. I had a lot of fun playing it, then discovered that it's the most universally-reviled entry in the series.

*shrug*

No accounting for taste, I suppose.


The first one was pretty bad. 2 was very good as was 4. Gotta a Star Trek curse going on.
 
2020-10-28 9:36:26 PM  

Fano: buntz: Cardinal Ximenez: have the people who did Odyssey involved in the story.

Odyssey wasn't Assassin's Creed

Basically a generic action rpg. I kept going to tombs without any sense of history for any of the things, unlike previous editions with massive encyclopedias for every building


^ This.  Felt like Skyrim meets AC.  While it was fun to play in general and is good for walking away & picking up again for 20 min here or 45 min there, it slogged after awhile was not a good AC game by any stretch.
 
2020-10-28 9:48:39 PM  

Robinfro: Found it!
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Who the hell got around in that game by walking through the streets?  I'd just take a straight line to my destination via rooftop.
 
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