I will say that I am starting to have a lot more fun with this game. I just got done with my second visit to the real world, and I'm really intrigued by how this is going to connect to all the other games. I might be in the minority, but I really enjoy the real world storyline of the AC games, so I'm excited to see how they're all going to fit together.
As for the Animus parts of the game, it took me a little while to get into it. I didn't know who Edward was or why I was supposed to care about him, and I still don't have much to go on, but at least his story is beginning to show signs of progress.