@BisonHero: While I agree with you and often find myself wondering just what the fuck happened to this franchise I once called a favorite, I think you've missed out on two of the most amazing games ever made (AC1 and 2).
Some of the my most immersive, enjoyable and challenging gaming memories happened in the shoes of Altair and Ezio, some of the best story moments as well. And, being the gameplay afficiando that I am, I believe Brotherhood is, gameplay-wise, one of the most exciting games I've ever played.
It's a shame that the story writers got so pretentious and up their own asses that they turned the intriguing, underlying conspiracy vibe of the first game into this mess.
Yeah, I was maybe a little quick to dismiss the gameplay, but I play games much like Vinny, so A) all of the collection stuff in AC2 and onwards would kill me because I would be strongly tempted to get it at all, and B) I really do play a lot of games for the narrative, and would've been extremely disappointed by the 2012 stuff, and it sounds like Connor's arc was a little weak overall as well.
Maybe I'll pick up AC2 and Brotherhood in a Steam sale, and just play them for the Ezio stuff and ignore nearly everything else.
How about not judging games before you play them? Christ.