Originally Posted by dragonyeuw
I'm ashamed to admit I've never played ANY of these games. But for some reason I'm really curious about trying out the latest one. Are the stories connected, can I get away with missing the first few or do I need to start from the beginning?
There's an ongoing frame story that takes place in the present. But the historical stories are (mostly) self-contained. AC3 is starting fresh with a new historical protagonist, but it will have an ongoing backstory. You could probably catch up quickly through YouTube or a Wiki. You'd miss out on a lot of the experience, but that would also involve a lot
of playing (20-30hrs per game x 4 games = 80-120hrs).
So I'd say, if you haven't been curious enough to jump in before (and you are now), just start with AC3. They may provide some quick way to catch up with the present-day frame story. If not, just read up on it.
Originally Posted by TyrantII
I think there's a "collection" on the way, ala whats they're doing with Killzone. In the same boat and going to jump in, then grab that.
The collection will only be for the Ezio games (AC2, Brotherhood, Revelations). According to many, those are the only games in the series worth playing. However, I strongly disagree and still think AC1 is the best in the series, but with some major caveats. You have to be willing to play without minimaps or the main map in order to "fix" the game's many problems. Check out the mini-guide I put together
on how to do this, if you're interested.
Subsequent games in the series have found better and better ways to encourage players to try playing this way. Brotherhood and Revelations both find clever ways of getting players to do the kinds of things I suggested in this mini-guide for the first game. It only took Ubisoft five years to figure it out. They did at least send me a t-shirt for the effort, though.
BTW the t-shirt says: "I spent 60+ hrs playing and replaying and replaying a game that everyone else hated, spent a lot of that time figuring out how to fix it, and all I got was this t-shirt."