I would strongly suggest reading my first post on this game before continuing. It covers some thoughts and initial frustrations I had with this game.
With that said, here we go.
I’m not changing my opinions on what how I think the game was rushed, because after having finished the game I still think that is a valid observation. I think a lot of the assets from previous games were re-used, but later in the game you do have some “new” areas.
The thing about this game is that it is very much more of the same. I don’t feel like I can talk about the controls or side missions in this game because I’m sure I’ve said it about other Assassin’s Creed titles. Or if you’ve played any of them for yourself you’ll know what to expect. I also burned through the story because I wanted to finish before going on vacation in a couple of days.
I will say that I enjoyed the story in this game, though it is probably the shortest game in the series if you just look at the story element. I played through maybe 75 percent of the game in one day, though it was from morning to evening with a couple breaks. Maybe 10-15 hours total. The story in this game ties together the last few games in the series (AC 3, Black Flag, Unity). Historically speaking it takes place between Black Flag and 3 and before Unity.
I won’t give away any major spoilers, but the basic plot of this game is that you start off as an Assassin and due to a series of events become a Templar. The story is referenced in both Assassin’s Creed 3 and Unity.
The story is well done, if short, and while not my favorite in the series it isn’t the worst. I still plan to go through the side missions later on, but I’ve seen the story now and I’m content with how it all ties together.
If you enjoy the series I would definetly pick this one up on sale. I would say you would probably want to at least play 3 first due to certain events at the end of the game that are referenced in the “outside of the animus” areas.