This article starts with a little disclaimer. I am not a fan of Assassin’s Creed. In fact, I only tried to play the Game Boy DS game, but I never passed the first level. It may be a great game. What I am criticising here though, is not the game and its gameplay. I am criticising the consistency of something that came into my attention.
So here I was, minding my own business, watching my Pats game and relaxing after a somewhat hard week when I saw the trailer to AC3. I had heard about it before and did not care much. I even thought it was a good idea to let the Brotherhood live on until the American Independence. After all, this story alone is a powder keg for conspiration theories. I loved the idea.
But what really dissed me was the suit. Let me get that straight: since the XVth century there was no change in clothing of the assassins? Just see that trailer I found in Youtube:
Now, I don’t know it is only me, but what is the guy doing dressed as somebody from 300 years ago? It is the same problem with the Naruto ninja. Assassins try to blend in their surrounding, try to be part of their environment to be able to reach their targets as good as possible. This objective is defeated just by how he looks! Naruto is orange, thus very easy to spot in the night. The assassin in AC3 is dressed in a way I don’t doubt the common man on the street will raise his brow. This way of dressing MAY have worked in the Renaissance era, but in the modern ages, where everyone is dressing differently… Is this game for real?
I know the get-up is wicked cool. I love how this character looks. But the can’t keep dressing like that forever. And even less participate in the battlefield the way he does. That assassin may be the worst I have ever seen in my life! It is as if they lost track of time. In that case… why has nobody already arrested them, since they seem to be so obviously out-of-place? I don’t even care for weapons, since most of them were, in one way or another, still in use.
I know games are about fantasy, but consistency is also the ability to predict things that may look not right. The way the main character dresses is just not smart, no matter how much imagination they put in. I hope the game itself has a very good excuse to explain this, but meanwhile, this is a huge fail for me. No matter how good the game may be. So much for going undetected.
May they smile upon your way!