Am I the only person in the world who actually liked Desmond? It seems to me that he receives far too much flak. I've barely begun the article and already I'm feeling ostracized from the "majority" of gamers who did not like Desmond. As for how he was in the first game, though it has been some time since I played it, I remember him being concerned enough about his kidnapping to steal keys from Vidic and actively seek out information about his captors. If you wanted him to mope more and be less "aloof," as you say, then you should have played a game as a stereotypical damsel in distress and sat in a dungeon for five hour gaming sessions at a time. Desmond can't really do much to escape, so he does what little he can. He never seemed to me that emotionally unattached from his situation, perhaps only to some degree fatalistic and accepting of the situation, while still looking for ways out and things to do anyway.
If anything, at least Desmond was a decent conversationalist.
No, you are never the only one. Yes, I liked Desmond (I also liked Xen, and Deus Ex: Invisible War, so I'm kind of used to living in the minority camp in these cases) and some of the aspects of the present day sections. When Desmond copped it, I was a little concerned for the series - moreso, after being hit with 3 iterations of the series in as many years (AC2 doesn't count, as we had actually had to wait
for that game) - and where the overarching story was to go from here. Desmond was, after all, our connection to the real, present day conflict between Assassins and Templars (after all, when you think about it, none of the historical stuff is actually happening, though they may be the main element of each game) and I wonder how they are going to incorporate the end of the events of AC3 into the storyline.
I find it pleasingly ironic then, that our (assumed) dislike of Desmond (who the majority seem to view as a rather bland, uncharismatic everyman type character) means we are now going to have probably the most ordinary person you could imagine as your modern day AC character - yourself. Desmond at least had the bonus of being an Assassin, after all.
I find it curious that this is the first time the series has gone back in time as opposed to forward - I wonder what reason the folks of Abstergo have for going further back into history. Surely, if there was something so important within the life of Edward Kenway, we'd have checked his life out before Connor's?