Exactly...It was the same for me but I was only 5% in and got totally bored with the thing and never touched it again. I'm really hoping it MUCH better because I plan on giving it another chance.I hoped it would be dynamically different to the first and much improved. From the video footage and preview missions I have seen, it is not. Therefore I don't need another AC game to get bored 20% into the story.
I actually really liked AC (must have a very high boredom threshold) but ACII certainly has a stronger, more varied story to it, and without forcing the gamer along a linear path.It's really surprising how much AC2 goes away from the basic mission structure in AC1, and actually has missions that relate more to a story.
You don't need to, no. They do try and quickly fill in the backstory at the start of ACII, so you should be ok. The one thing which you might not realise if you've not played AC, is (and I don't think this is a spoiler of either game) that "Altair" who is often mentioned in the second game, is the character you play in the first.I've was interested in ACI but never got around to getting it, but ACII has really got me interested - mainly due to the settings as I know Florence & Venice well.
But - do I need to have played ACI for backstory? It's cheap enough to pick up these days, about £10 on ebay rather than the easier but more expensive option of a direct download from XBL (£20!!). Should I get it first?
Probably much more so; considering you play a new character in this game (kind of..) so it's new to everyone. It's only the 'scenario' which requires some explaining, and you could do that in a couple of sentences.Is it easier to jump into the sequel than any of the MGS games?