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Penny Arcade - Comic - Fundamentals

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edited November 2017 in The Penny Arcade Hub

imagePenny Arcade - Comic - Fundamentals

Videogaming-related online strip by Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins. Includes news and commentary.

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    agmikkelsenagmikkelsen Registered User new member
    To be fair, the storytelling is some of the worst, I've ever seen. 4 hours in, and I still haven't gotten the slightest clue, as to what the story is about. Cutscenes are weird AF, and just doesn't feel right.

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    SpinelesSSpinelesS Registered User regular
    I always thought the Origin of the Assassins Creed occurred in an advanced world of "gods" who created humans as slaves. Or something like that.

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    ProwlingmonkeyProwlingmonkey Registered User regular
    Well, Ubisoft did also release a game called Rayman Origins that wasn't really an origin story.

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    darthewokdarthewok Registered User regular
    > To be fair, the storytelling is some of the worst, I've ever seen. 4 hours in, and I still haven't gotten the slightest clue, as to what the story is about. Cutscenes are weird AF, and just doesn't feel right.

    Haven't played this one, but that seems pretty par for the course for an Assassin's Creed game.

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    OrblivionOrblivion Registered User regular
    Tycho's expression in the last panel feels very much like Looney Tunes to me, I love it.

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    zepherinzepherin Russian warship, go fuck yourself Registered User regular
    edited November 2017
    What we really want to know. Did Gabe fuck that snake god?

    And was Tycho jealous... or was he the snake god in question?

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    DemonStaceyDemonStacey TTODewback's Daughter In love with the TaySwayRegistered User regular
    zepherin wrote: »
    What we really want to know. Did Gabe fuck that snake god?

    And was Tycho jealous... or was he the snake god in question?

    Is it even a question?

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    orthancstoneorthancstone TexasRegistered User regular
    He definitely got it on with that snake god. No way he passes on it.

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    agmikkelsenagmikkelsen Registered User new member
    >> To be fair, the storytelling is some of the worst, I've ever seen. 4 hours in, and I still haven't gotten the slightest clue, as to what the story is about. Cutscenes are weird AF, and just doesn't feel right.

    Haven't played this one, but that seems pretty par for the course for an Assassin's Creed game.

    Sure. But this just feels far worse. I actually liked the older ones, and didn't have a problem with the story telling there. This just feels unfinished.
    Watch the intro. I'm sure you'll agree.

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    EnlongEnlong Registered User regular
    Remember when we played Assassin's Creed Revelations and finally got some answers? No?

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    joshofalltradesjoshofalltrades Class Traitor Smoke-filled roomRegistered User regular
    Assassin’s Creed is the Lost of video games

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    FiendishrabbitFiendishrabbit Registered User regular
    darthewok wrote: »
    > To be fair, the storytelling is some of the worst, I've ever seen. 4 hours in, and I still haven't gotten the slightest clue, as to what the story is about. Cutscenes are weird AF, and just doesn't feel right.

    Haven't played this one, but that seems pretty par for the course for an Assassin's Creed game.

    Actually I felt that Assassin's Creed II had a pretty good storyline. Both in the basic game and in Brotherhood. Then it went downhill from there with the only upside being pirate shantys.

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    wallywestwallywest Registered User regular
    I'm betting this is one of those strips taken directly from an actual conversation, word for word.

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    jwalkjwalk Registered User regular
    so, AssO?

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    SadgasmSadgasm Deluded doodler A cold placeRegistered User regular
    Assassin’s Creed is the Lost of video games

    Correction: Assassin's Creed is the network TV of video games. Any sort of satisfying development would hinder future installments.

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    RatherDashing89RatherDashing89 Registered User regular
    edited November 2017
    Well, Ubisoft did also release a game called Rayman Origins that wasn't really an origin story.

    Dragon Age: Origins wasn't really an origin story either--and there wasn't even an established story to originate anyway. In Gabe's defense, "Origins" is a pretty cliche tagline, and usually means about as much as "Rising".

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    YoungFreyYoungFrey Registered User regular
    edited November 2017
    Origin software made games for many years. Talk about misleading.

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    dennisdennis aka bingley Registered User regular
    YoungFrey wrote: »
    Origin software made games for many years. Talk about misleading.

    Plus, I don't think it's set anywhere NEAR the Pacific Northwest.

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    BursarBursar Hee Noooo! PDX areaRegistered User regular
    Assassin’s Creed is the Lost of video games

    "Origins" is the most meaningless quick-I-need-another-word in game titles (along with "Chronicles").

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    Alistair HuttonAlistair Hutton Dr EdinburghRegistered User regular
    darthewok wrote: »
    > To be fair, the storytelling is some of the worst, I've ever seen. 4 hours in, and I still haven't gotten the slightest clue, as to what the story is about. Cutscenes are weird AF, and just doesn't feel right.

    Haven't played this one, but that seems pretty par for the course for an Assassin's Creed game.

    I have played 3 Ass Cre games and everyone single one of them has a terrible opening including some of the worst pacing and tutorials I have ever experienced.

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    Rhesus PositiveRhesus Positive GNU Terry Pratchett Registered User regular
    In Ass 2 you have to witness your own birth

    At least Asp Creed starts you in medias res, even if you don’t know what the res are

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    EnlongEnlong Registered User regular
    Well, Ubisoft did also release a game called Rayman Origins that wasn't really an origin story.

    Rahman Origins' name is a holdover from the original concept for that fame, which would have been an origin story for Rayman. They eventually scrapped that and made it a sequel (of sorts) but kept the. And.

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    JackBeenJackBeen Registered User regular
    edited November 2017
    To be fair, the storytelling is some of the worst, I've ever seen. 4 hours in, and I still haven't gotten the slightest clue, as to what the story is about. Cutscenes are weird AF, and just doesn't feel right.

    They went for an In Media Res thing. Where you jump into the middle of the story, and only later do you realize w t f is going on.

    When I started playing, I honestly thought I accidentally skipped like the whole introduction cut-scene. I think the story largely fills in once you kill your "second" target (the first being the guy from the first few minutes of the game).

    Honestly, I usually hate In Media Res with TV and such... we get it. Some real bad s*** is about to go down, but most of us realized that when we tuned into the episode since some real bad s*** almost ALWAYS goes down. The only interesting thing about it is when the W T F moment has allies pointing guns at each other and you're wondering what would make them betray one another or whatever . But I'm not a fan of it even then.

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    JackBeenJackBeen Registered User regular
    edited November 2017
    To be fair, I believe the previous games + comics + books established that the Assassin's Order was active prior to the events of this game. Like they started around 465 BCE, over 400 years prior to the events in this game.

    So jumping it and assuming this was just the "early days" and then them kind of showing it's the birth of the order... could be confusing.

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    JackBeenJackBeen Registered User regular
    edited November 2017
    SpinelesS wrote: »
    I always thought the Origin of the Assassins Creed occurred in an advanced world of "gods" who created humans as slaves. Or something like that.

    Kind of.

    The true origin of all of this started WAY WAY WAY back, with advanced race called the Isu (PreCursors) creating humanity as slave labor like 100,000 years ago (or a million, I forget). Then stuff happened, and almost all of the Isu (and most of the humans) were wiped out in an extinction-level-event. But some Isu left behind tech and such, and some of the survivors bred with humans and intermingled our DNA. Hence why some humans have the ability to access genetic memory in this game.

    This is why factions in the past and the 21st century are after some techno-magical artifacts (technology bordering on magic - per Clark's law) that belonged to the Isu.

    The Assassin's guild came much later, and was (supposedly) already in place around 465 BCE. They wanted to usher in word peace via patience and sharing of knowledge using this tech if they can, while the Templars want to be benign tyrants and force world peace using this tech to rule.

    AC: Origins takes place around 43 BCE. And so far (from what I've played) it's looking like the protagonists are starting the Assassin's Guild. Or at least a new branch in the Mediterranean. So... I don't know if this is a retcon or I still have to play more.

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