It's the one and only one that is actually fun to play. You can ignore most the assassin stuff and just do pirate things. As for Uplay, most of the hate was because Ubisoft was pushing an always online model before such things became common (Blizzard, Rockstar, 2/3 of AA games released these days). This led to the usual sort of rage every time a new Uplay game is released since the servers often crap themselves trying to manage (unlike Blizzard in recent years). Although Ubisoft has been a bit touch and go with various microtransaction schemes (AC unity and AC syndi(nobody actually played this one)cate, or AC online thingy that nobody actually wanted), they have redeemed themselves slightly with Origins not having an exploitive microtransaction model. I'm willing to let myself be baited to giving them another shot even if they are just giving away games that nobody would normally pay for any more. EA however can go choke on a thousand bags of severed bloody dicks as their execs and ruling shareholders get publicly flayed alive and dipped in acid.