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"?
Does Traveling Get Better in 2/Brotherhood?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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