My mind is twisted about this game. Sure, it looks fantastic and at first glance has a lot of depth. After I bought it I was very excited of finally calling it my own. But that's where the trouble started. The Ubisoft launcher is a catastrophy to put it mildly. It took hours for countless updates to install and I had to enter my serials three times. Needless to say that my excitement about the game shrank considerably. The whole point of buying games on steam for me is to avoid all the nasty installation procedures, click a button and more or less start playing. The only good news here is, that after going through the hellfire of the initial installation the launcher is less agonizing. Still it may take 10 Minutes to just launch the game. Big fail.
When you can FINALLY start to play you're pretty much on your own in a world you know only little about. There's a campaign mode which I tried to start with. Quickly I ran into trouble just because I couldn't figure out what to do in order to fulfill the goals. The game doesn't teach you at all. I abandoned the campaign mode and went for the sandbox. Youtube videos on how to play the game helped me to make some progress and pretty soon I settled on a bunch of islands doing great. The game became fun! Big plus ...
But that was about all I got. The game just became stale. There was nothing left to do. So the few moments of excitement went away and now I can't be bothered to turn the game on again. What a shame, but this game is honestly one of the most boring and repeatative games I have ever played. Despite it's beauty and appearant depth, there just isn't much of a challenge left to it once you've played for a few hours.
So I'm sorry to say that I can't recommend this great but utterly boring game. The ubisoft launcher alone kinda kills it to begin with, but the gameplay just didn't manage to excite me enough to forget about this.