Does Traveling Get Better in 2/Brotherhood?

#1 Posted by Everyones_A_Critic (6313 posts) -

The first AC game has been sitting on my shelf for a while now, and today I finally decided to give it a shot in the hopes of catching up story-wise to AC 2 and Brotherhood. I like the assassinations and viewpoint stuff, and the other side missions seem entirely fine (though I'm not fetching any of those fucking flags). What I can't stand is the traveling from the "main castle" (you know, where the guy gives you back your shit in increments) to the other cities. I hate sitting on my horse at negative six miles per hour just so I don't piss off those fucking guards. Usually I just storm past them and hope that I eventually lose them but it is irritating nonetheless. Does this get better in future installments or am I just not the AC "type"?

#2 Posted by TheSeductiveMoose (3625 posts) -

There isn't any travel really.

#3 Posted by FancySoapsMan (5826 posts) -

there's no horse

#4 Posted by cstrang (2381 posts) -

Traveling gets much less tedious in the other two games.  It gets progressively better as you go forward in the series.

#5 Posted by SuperSambo (2894 posts) -

In brotherhood there is a fast travel system. I have completly forgotten about travel in 2, sorry.

#6 Posted by tsolless (465 posts) -

There are entrances to an underground sewer syste scattered throughout the city. You can quick travel between these entrances.

#7 Posted by BulletproofMonk (2738 posts) -
@SuperSambo said:
" In brotherhood there is a fast travel system. I have completly forgotten about travel in 2, sorry. "
2 also has a fast travel system.
#8 Edited by ESREVER (2707 posts) -

While there is still horseback riding, there's rarely any traveling from city to city on horseback except a few missions that has you do it to unlock the next area. 
After you unlock an area, you're free to use any of the Fast-Travel stations to get from city to city. 
That was in Assassin's Creed 2. Couldn't tell you anything about Brotherhood yet.

#9 Posted by HistoryInRust (6434 posts) -

I know exactly what you mean.  
I can't speak about Brotherhood, but Assassin's Creed II did away with that massive hub-world the original game had. Instead, you only have to worry about a series of increasingly large cities, which have a bit of open landscape around them (if you're dying to ride a horse around), but you're not going to be riding around some barren wasteland looking for the right way to get to the next township.  
Also, Assassin's Creed II introduced a fast travel system. You have to discover the fast-travel locations by finding those tower viewpoints, but once you locate one you're able to warp to any other fast-travel location you've found in the game, which is way handy for jumping from, say, Florence to Venice (which would otherwise take a while, through load screens and separate cities).  
And the castle thing you refer to isn't totally gone from Assassin's Creed II, but I think it's definitely less irritating. Instead of a several-story castle on top of a mountain, itself ridged with a number of terraces, you're just dealing with a easily-navigable villa in a relatively small settlement. 

#10 Posted by Everyones_A_Critic (6313 posts) -

Alright, thanks. I have to say the game is starting to grow on me a bit now. Glad to hear the series gets that much better.

#11 Posted by Cincaid (2959 posts) -
Just finished the first game yesterday myself, so we're both late to the party! Just started on ACII, and so far it has only been really great improvements all around. The sidequests in the first game gets a bit repetitive though, and it was freaking annoying sometimes how easily guards got pissed at you and suddenly you were fighting 20 of them just for accidently running into one of them.
And yes, I collected all the flags and killed all the templars. Definatly not advicing anyone to do that unless they really want the achievements.
#12 Posted by HistoryInRust (6434 posts) -
@CrazyChris: Yeah, fuck trying to find all the flags in that game. But I quite enjoyed hunting the Templars down. Mostly because they'd just attack you if you got close enough. 
#13 Posted by Cincaid (2959 posts) -
The templars were alright, especially since I did them along with the flags after completing the game. Definatly more fun to stab someone rather than searching for an item. :P
#14 Posted by pekoe212 (461 posts) -

Later on in the first game, there is a bit of fast travel: once you hop on your horse and ride through the first area outside the city you are leaving, a menu will pop up and ask you where you want to go and you can be instantly transported there. I don't know what triggers this, if it's the memory you're on or just having visited all the cities in the game.

#15 Posted by Rawrz (599 posts) -

Ive been playing 1 lately and it had fast travel once I reached memory block 4. Not sure if it stays like that since im yet to complete block 4 but id imagine it does.

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