Assassin's Creed... I never finished #1 (got thru 40-50%?) even though I liked everything about it... because that pointless "modern computer simulation" angle just destroyed the whole atmosphere for me.
I wanted to play as a Muslim assassin in old Jerusalem, shanking white Christians for Allah and money. The stupid twist took much of that immersion away. The character and his organization also didn't feel Muslim enough. Even if they only paid lip service to Allah and were really motivated by politics and power (like modern-day extremists), it would still be better than if Islam was never mentioned.
So are AC2 and ACB a continuation/extension of that trend? As in, "Hi I am an ambiguously semi-white agnostic assassin who happens to work in the Holy Land, I'm not really Middle Eastern or Muslim." If that's the case... my interest dwindles even more.
Nope, you play as an italian man named Ezio now, and the Assassins aren't really tied to religion anymore. The templars still are, obviously. And there are some religious elements to the story that I won't ruin. However, it has nothing to do with Islam. I think you would find it a lot less jarring.
It also plays better, and the modern day segments actually add some weight to the story, and help flesh out the series' universe. I'll agree that they were pretty irritating in the first game, since they would force you out constantly. They still do that to an extent, but not every single chapter. In fact, I don't think I've ever been taken out in ACB unless it was of my own will.
1 was just a very flawed game, for so many reasons. I would give it another shot, because it doesn't speak well for AC2 or ACB.