I've started playing Assassin's Creed Brotherhood this week (when not hiding under the covers from the cold), and I'm not really far enough through to review it or something actually constructive like that.
So instead, I'm going to make a short list of things that I've learned about myself, gaming, or whatever I feel like from my time playing:
1. I will never be able to see/hear Kristen Bell without thinking of her as Elle and getting pissed at the writers of Heroes for throwing away the potential for a great character arc. (Sorry fans of Veronica Mars, I came across her on Heroes first)
2. I could never be an assassin in real life, because I have terrible instincts. When running from the guards, I always run the way that lands me right in the middle of lots of other guards.
3. I love the name Desmond, but after these games and Lost, I could never name my son that. Another name sacrificed at the altar of entertainment.
4. Speaking of Desmond, he makes me think of Sam Witwer (who incidentally is showing up in everything! I can't escape him! Could he be our generations Kevin Bacon?)
Now for the actual gaming content:
5. I'm still not sure how I feel about the free run ability. When I am using it, I sometimes go in crazy directions I didn't mean to (jumping off a way too tall building because I leaned the L3 stick ever so slightly in the wrong direction), but if I don't use it, the running is slow and cumbersome in points. I guess it's better to ere on the side of speed in a game like this, though.
6. I really don't like this whole long hold for one action and tap for another. I'm used to games with much simpler control systems, so my brain is having a tough time keeping all the settings/motions in order.
7. Desmond's world sucks compared to Ezio's. All of the "real world" side tasks are pretty boring (or at least they are as far as I've played). I wonder if there are people that actually leave the animus and complete them?
A pretty short list, but I'm not that far into the game yet. It's a new style of game than I'm used to, and half of my battle is getting used to the controls and the like (I'm also notoriously bad at platformers. I blame my lack of developmental experience to Mario).
Do you have difficulty while switching game genres? Do you ever explore other types of games?