I’ve only just started playing! But because I think it will be about fourteen years before I’m done playing this game, I figured I’d go ahead and write a review based on my initial impressions.
This game is frustratingly expansive and overwhelmingly detailed. It’s a long, slow burn with many of the best parts of past AC installments like sailing, hunting, and serial murder.
(5/5) Frozen Wilds takes all the fun stuff in the original game and adds a bit more to it. You get a few more weapons. You get some new skills. There are a couple of new challenge formats. And even though I was eventually 20 levels higher than the highest quest level, it was still a very enjoyable challenge.
(4 of 5 stars) The oddly flat style of art and a control layout that I found rather awkward gave me a bad first impression of this game, but I’m glad I stuck with it because it ended up being a lot of fun. The story is only so-so, but I enjoyed the new game mechanics. Critics will likely complain that missions are repetitious, but that’s a hallmark of the series by now, right?
(3 of 5 stars) It’s an open-world, non-canon, slash-and-stab, role-playing game with a weak story and repetitive action. I enjoyed the first game even though it has some of the same weaknesses, but that game had the self-respect to wrap up quickly before I got sick of it.