Get Me Up to Speed (spoilers, presumably)

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#1 Posted by MarkWahlberg (4714 posts) -

So I stopped playing these games after AC2. Didn't much care for the way the story was going, didn't feel like spending $60 for more of the same. Now that ACIII's been announced, though, I'm somewhat curious as to where they did end up going with the series and whether I could/would want to get back into things. I would look at the wiki, but those don't always give a good sense of how the story plays out, and I'm lazy.

SO, Giant Bomb, I ask you: Were Brotherhood and Revelations relevant and necessary for playing, story-wise, and do you even like where they're taking the story? Is the sun still exploding for no reason? Are the god aliens still a thing? Does Lucy's face still resemble the Joker's? Just give me the general outline. Haiku's are acceptable.

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#2 Posted by RedRoach (1401 posts) -

BH and Rev were fairly insignificant to the overall story, they were more about Ezio's story. The ending's are pretty important though, so I would check out them on youtube.

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#3 Posted by Wess (182 posts) -

Nothing important

Ezio got old and gray

Desmond kills Lucy

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#4 Edited by Slaker117 (4873 posts) -

Brotherhood: After searching for it in Ezio's memories, the modern day Assassin team goes to Rome to find an Apple of Eden. When they get to it, Juno, one of the ancient god things, takes control of Desmond's body and stabs Lucy, killing her. Desmond is left in a coma.
Revelations: Desmond, still in a coma, is plugged into the Animus to keep his mind from collapsing or something. Inside, he meets subject 16 who is somehow there. After reliving more of Ezio's life, he learns from Jupiter, another god, the location of a vault of some kind that will help him stop the sun explode-y thing. After, Desmond suddenly wakes up from the coma. The remaining members of the team as well as his father are around him, with the apple. He looks at it, and declares that he knows what he needs to do. In DLC exploring Subject 16's life, it is revealed that Lucy was a double agent for the Templars.

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#5 Posted by Benny (2009 posts) -

It's worth playing Brotherhood, Revelations' ending can be watched on youtube.

The spoiltastic version:

At the end of Brotherhood Lucy (revealed to be a traitor) is stabbed and killed (presumably) by Desmond after his hand is forced by the apple (being controlled by juno, an ancient) they find in a long hidden ancient vault, the location of which could only be discovered by reliving more Ezio memories.

Desmond slips into a coma.


In Revelations, it's revealed (see what I did there) that Desmond was placed in an animus by his father, (an assassin too) to prevent him from becoming a vegetable (obviously sound medical advice there.) While inside the animus he meets subject 16 (a descendant of Ezio.)

Oh and there are a few Altair memories that lead Ezio (yes Ezio relives Altair memories while Desmond is reliving Ezio memories) to Altair's vault which is where he put his own personal apple. Ezio decides enough is enough and leaves the apple where it is.

The world is still going to be blown up by the sun and it is revealed in a pre-rendered FMV cutscene that thousands of years ago there was a super advanced civilisation of humans living among skyscrapers and shit until the sun fucked them up. The parting shot of this FMV is a close-up of a mother clutching a baby presumably an ancient ancestor of Desmonds.

Before the end of the game desmond is approached inside the animus by jupiter (one of the ancients) and is told that they developed lots of techniques to prevent severe solar death from happening but failed and that all knowledge of their attempts is stored in a vault. He tells Desmond where the vault is.

Desmond wakes up and proclaims "I know what I have to do." Somehow the team of assassins have managed to bring him to this vault already, they go inside, it powers up and credits roll.

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#6 Posted by NegativeCero (3156 posts) -

@Slaker117: Thanks for that. I had no interest in playing Revelations. Also waiting for a DLC to explain that is kind of messed up. Is it even a good explanation or was it just kind of a "By the way..." thing?

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#7 Posted by AndrewB (7815 posts) -

If you think that's bad, I've only played the first and a few dozen hours of the second game, and I'm stoked enough about the time period shift for Assassin's Creed 3 that I'm very much on board.

@Benny: Reading that synopsis reminds me a lot of LOST, in that it sounds so far from where I might have expected the plot to turn.

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#8 Posted by Benny (2009 posts) -

@AndrewB: Well with lost they'd dug a very large hole and didn't have enough time to fill it back in, so just covered over it instead. The AC franchise has had sooooo many games to round out the fiction but have made it so you definitely know it wont be fully explained by the time ACIII is over because they're trickling it out to keep people hooked. They took a huge left turn with the plot in 2 and then have just coasted along in brotherhood and revelations instead of filling in the gaps...

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#9 Edited by Slaker117 (4873 posts) -
@NegativeCero: The DLC as a whole feels very "by the way", so that kind of sucks, but in context, the reveal is pretty decent and is pretty much the only point of interest in the entire thing.
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#10 Posted by MarkWahlberg (4714 posts) -

So basically it sounds like... the dumbest thing ever? Is that the appropriate thing to take away from this?

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