Originally Posted by Zookster
I've found each installment so far has presented just enough upgrades in terms of gameplay, graphics, and design to make it fresh and exciting enough to keep me more than interested.
I would like to echo what you and Confidenceman have said: the AC series has lost steam, I was disappointed by Revelations. I think Brotherhood was the high point, although AC2 and AC:Brotherhood had lost the ability to effectively play it immersively without a HUD, I've referenced Confidenceman's Guide to AC1 on this topic elsewhere.
I bought AC:Revelations for $20 new because I had a coupon and it had gone on sale and I felt that was worth the price, despite another unsatisfying ending and not including the AC:Embers video. I couldn't be bothered to pick up the DLC nor try the multiplayer: I traded it away.
Now, despite all of my griping, I have some hope for AC3 because of the game director's interview I saw last week. He had worked as creative director on Spore, has been leading the team for two years on AC3, and has aimed for a really early alpha so that they could spend a lot of time polishing the game. That guarantees nothing, but it gives the game some potential.