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Stunning Next Gen Visuals, But A Let Down In Playability

  • Jun 26, 2009
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Assassins Creed is a game that, before its release, received a lot of hype because of its historical and religious plot, the free running acrobatics and stunning visuals. There is a lot of good to say about this game, but unfortunately, there is also quite a bit of negative to say about the game. Over the past decade or so, thanks to the massive Grand Theft Auto series, the free roaming game has taken on many different platforms from racing to superhero, but none have paled in comparison to the GTA franchise. Assassins Creed was ready to change all that with its deep storyline, detailed and large maps, realistic characters and a free running system that would allow you to scale and jump across buildings to escape your enemy.

The plot is mainly set in 2012 and Desmond Mile, a bartender is kidnapped by Abstergo Industries to be used as a test subject for the Animus Device. The device calls up the memories of an individual's ancient ancestors and Desmond just so happens to be the ancestor of an Assassin during the Third Crusade of the Holy Land during 1191. The majority of the game places you in the shoes of Desmond's ancestor, Altaïr Ibn La-Ahad (Arabic: "The Flying One, Son of None" or "The Bird, Son of None") during his quest to assassinate 9 people in Damascus, Acre and Jerusalem, who are seen by the Assassins brotherhood as troublemakers and their demise would bring peace between the Crusader and Saracen forces.

The plot is certainly deep and steeped in historical splendour, but with that the game play falls flat in a lot of ways. The free running and climbing aspect is superb and certainly replaces the need for any type of car jacking, but when it comes to one of the best assassins of that time, you would expect the combat sequences to be much better than they are. In this, it's simply a one button system in which you draw your weapon and just hit the melee button at the right time. The reversal killing sequences are kind of cool, but the overall combat system is weak to say the least. Stealth killing can be fun and the blending sequences are interesting, but again, they just tend to fall flat and become very boring indeed. The missions generally consist of investigations such as eavesdropping, pick pocketing and interrogation in order for you to gain information about your targets location, then the assassination itself.

The settings are immensely detailed and are truly amazing to look at from a very tall point within the city. The other civilians seem realistic but also very generic as they don't differ at all and really only seem to consist of those who carry pots on their heads, preachers, crazy people and just people walking by. There is so much that could have made this game an undisputable 5 star winner, but the negatives really drag it down in a dramatic way which is a disappointment. The conspiratorial aspect of the plot is what is most interesting and things such as the Knights Templar featured within the game are something I will be researching just out of interest. Looking forward, it seems like the sequel may repair the short comings of this game to make one hell of a gaming experience.

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September 01, 2009
excellent review, even if I don't agree with you! Looking forward to your review of the next one!
 
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Assassin’s Creed is the next-gen game developed by Ubisoft Montreal that will redefine the action genre. While other games claim to be next-gen with impressive graphics and physics, Assassin’s Creed merges technology, game design, theme, and emotions into a world where you instigate chaos and become a vulnerable, yet powerful, agent of change.

The setting is 1191 AD. The Third Crusade is tearing the Holy Land apart. You, Altair, intend to stop the hostilities by suppressing both sides of the conflict.

You are an Assassin, a warrior shrouded in secrecy and feared for your ruthlessness. Your actions can throw your immediate environment into chaos, and your existence will shape events during this pivotal moment in history.

Key Features

  • Be an Assassin: Master the skills, tactics, and weapons of history’s deadliest and most secretive clan of warriors. Plan your attacks, strike without mercy, and fight your way to escape.
  • Realistic and responsive environments: Crowds react to your moves and will either help or hinder you on your quests.
  • Action with a new dimension - total freedom: Eliminate your targets wherever, whenever, and however. Stalk your prey through richly detailed, historically accurate, open-ended environments. Scale buildings, mount horses, blend in with crowds. Do whatever it takes to achieve your objectives.
  • Relive the epic times of the CrusadesAssassin’s Creed immerses you in the realistic and historical ...
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ESRB: M
Number of Players: Single-player
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Console: Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3
Genre: Action Adventure
Release Date: November 13, 2007
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