Wednesday, February 24, 2010

A Detour

I'm taking a quick break from Demon's Souls because my game "reviews" typically go out unchallenged, but it looks like Assassin's Creed 2 will be an exception, which is cool. Elias is someone that's made a few comments on this site, and this time he posted some thoughts in response to my AC2 rants on his blog. Since this is the first time something like this has happened, it seemed worth linking to it.

I got the impression from his thoughts that he enjoyed the game -- and the story in particular -- more than I did, but it reminds me that my "reviews" might sound too negative when I focus on deconstruction over recommendation. I really did enjoy AC2, but like other humans, become agitated when there is a disconnect between my tastes and popular opinion. (Why?)

The only comment he made that I felt like following up on regards the "competence" of the band of assassins. Like Ethan, I was comfortable with the idea that each member had a different role and skill level, but the scene where all of them met at the top of a tower and took turns leaping -- arms outstretched and head first -- 100 ft. downward into the hay (presumably) really blew up that feeling.


  1. Yeah, I can see that. I just let it slide with my own assumption that that may be the one thing they were all capable of. ; )

    And what do you know, it's letting me post a comment here again. Maybe the AC2 one was too long? It turned out better in a full post, anyway, though.

    Thanks for the link. : )

  2. Oh, and also because to me them being able to do the Leap of Faith isn't all that much more ridiculous than Ezio and Altair being able to do it. It's a ridiculous stunt to begin with, so my disbelief was already suspended. : )

  3. Ha. It's awesome to see what "goes too far" for other people. Thanks for all the comments!