Yeah I gotta say on the whole SF background... I thought the Animus was cool, and the genetic memories idea was pretty fun. But once I picked up on the SF elements within the historical portion it started nagging me, so I looked up the plot from ACII... not really my cup of tea, I think. Reminds me of the Ancient Aliens guy from the History channel.
I like the setting of the first AC best though. The historical portion, I mean. The Renaissance doesn't do as much for me, and the Colonial period even less.
I think Thief had better stealth mechanics.
How is that game? I have Thief Gold, but it complains about not having DirectX 9, I think.
It's great, but it can be hard to get running on a newer computer. Steam has it though. That version is probably made to work on newer computers more easily. It's pretty cheap too. 6 bucks. 17 for all three games. 50 for the Square Enix Hit Collection which includes all three plus like all the Tomb Raider games, Hitman 1 & 2, all three Deus Ex, Just Cause 2, and Quantum Conundrum, and the DLC for most of those.
Honor has no place on the battlefield. If the other side decided to fight "honorably" I would exploit the hell out of that. Relevant trope!