Mar
21
2014

I apparently am playing Assassin’s Creed IV: Freedom Cry all wrong.

At least, according to this:

The mere fact that the team was making a game with slavery as a theme was an intentional choice. There are films in which ‘fun’ is not the emotional goal, such as Django Unchained or 12 Years a Slave, and Giard wanted to tap into emotions like righteousness and revenge as motivators instead of mere pleasure. “Strong emotions can be more important than only positive ones,” Giard said.

…because I am enjoying the living f*ck out of sneaking up behind slave overseers and killing the bastards.  Or driving them berserk and watching them kill each other.  Or throwing them off of tall buildings.  Or… well, you get the idea.

Moe Lane

PS: For the record, it bugged me in the main game when I’d raid a plantation, but couldn’t liberate the slaves in the process.

9 Comments

  • garfieldjl says:

    Yeah, that would annoy me too. All that about feeling strong emotions and stuff in a video game though, I play video games to relax, not get worked up about some other emotional issue.

    I like Batman: Arkham City, but I get the feeling I wouldn’t like Assassin’s Creed. I like Force Unleashed to an extent (but that was science fiction/fantasy). I hope you enjoy the game, I really don’t get why some people enjoy Assassin’s Creed personally.

    • Luke says:

      Because it’s a fantasy of power, in which you get to swordfight, freerun through an urban landscape, climb historical landmarks in interesting places, sneak, and ultimately, stab evil bleepards in the throat?
      .
      Granted, I had been playing Dishonored before picking up Black Flag, and that did create a large amount of mood whiplash.
      (In Dishonored, killing the guards who are just doing their job and trying to contain the chaos is generally frowned upon. In Assassin’s Creed, they’re there for you to murder.)

    • Phil Smith says:

      In addition to what Luke said: Superior backstory on all the versions (although I was less impressed with III); very informative (and accurate, as far as I can tell) historical footnotes; a very different play style than any other “shooter” I’ve ever played; and the only multi-player I’ve ever bothered with for more than 30 minutes.

  • BJM says:

    Sounds more like Giard got called on the mat by the Prog PC Police and is spinning furiously. I mean he’s had how many years to change the game to eliminate slavery?

    I am so sick of constantly being hectored, just leave us the fuck alone to play the games we PAY for as we wish to play them and keep your angsty BS to yourself.

    As soon as you make these asshats rich they start trying to run everyone’s life.

    • garfieldjl says:

      I’m guessing the slavery issue will be addressed in Assassin’s Creed V…

      Quite frankly next they’ll be bashing the anime Naruto because it doesn’t have many black characters, and the main character has blond hair and blue eyes. Give my a break, Giard was trying for historical accuracy in the setting and slavery existed in that time period.

      • BJM says:

        Progs pretty much eschew historical accuracy thus the constant rewriting of same to conform to socialist doctrine.

        I suspect what’s really got their panties in a wad is that Freedom is about creating your own path; can’t have the kids learning autonomy and/or exercising free will while having a good time.

        But I may be overly cynical…nah.

        • garfieldjl says:

          Yeah that may be partially why they are going bananas over Rush Limbaugh’s two recent bestselling books.

          The left has more of a tendency for radicalism than they like to pretend. For instance, for all the left likes to claim that Nazism was part of the extreme right, fact of the matter is that the Nazis were socialists with radical nationalism thrown in.

          Yes the right has it’s own share of bad moments, but we don’t exactly run around denying our faults on a routine basis and blame them on everyone else. Generally, we learn from history, resolve not to make the same mistakes, and move on.

  • Aruges says:

    Sounds like it’s time to fire up Fallout 3, grab my Lincoln’s Hat and Repeater and go clear out Paradise Falls!

    • Heftyjo says:

      Haha, I love Lincoln’s repeater in that game. Pumped all my points into headshoot and it’s an instant slo-mo death cam machine.

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