Assassin’s Creed

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9.0 Overall Score
Graphics: 9/10
Sound: 9/10
Controls: 9/10

Love the free-running style of the game

Not very challenging, repetitive

 
Game Info

Game Name:  Assassin’s Creed

Developer(s):  Ubisoft Montreal

Publisher(s):  Ubisoft

Platform(s):  Xbox 360/PS3/PC

Genre(s):  Action/Adventure

Release Date(s):  November 13, 2007

ESRB Rating:  M

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Hey, they didn’t call me an assassin for nothin’

Desmond Miles has been kidnapped by Abstergo Industries who wants something from Desmond.  Using Desmond’s bloodline, Abstergo is searching for the Apple of Eden…a weapon of indescribable power.  A device called the Animus shuttles Desmond back within his bloodline to his ancestor Altaïr ibn-La’Ahad who lived during the Third Crusade.  Avoiding Templars and assassinating his targets to find the Apple, Desmond is growing closer to his ancestor and the things he’s learning in the Animus could change his waking life.

Assassin’s Creed was one of the early announced games for the next generation of gaming for the PS3 and Xbox 360.  The third person game was created by Prince of Persia:  The Sands of Time creators and was released to positive reviews.  The game won many “Best Of” awards and was a big seller.

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I’ve got a pointy surprise for you!

Assassin’s Creed was one of those games that you watched the trailer for and wanted immediately.  I loved the free-run style of the game and the Parkour climbing, jumping, and fighting really worked well with a story that smartly combined sci-fi and classic sword fighting.

With games like Mirror’s Edge and Assassin’s Creed, free running has become almost a style of game within itself.  Here you have the fun of fleeing from soldier in the city rooftops, and the gameplay also mixes in a lot of Metal Gear Solid into the play by having you also have to explore the city without keying off guards and soldiers.  Nothing is cooler than stalking an “evil” Templar and assassinating him without anyone knowing it.

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“Climb Every Mountain!!!”

I do enjoy this, but sometimes feel that it become a bit repetitive in this game with the game being too easy.  If you get in a big fight with guards, you simply can block and parry with them until you escape or kill them all.  The rooftops are too climbable and climbing up to viewpoints provides no challenges; Altaïr can virtually run up anything without a problem or the challenge of finding another route.

The landscape of Assassin’s Creed also could be better.  It sometimes becomes tiresome to ride all over the Kingdom and the major cities of Damascus, Jerusalem, and Acre aren’t distinctive enough.  Despite some minor tweaks and class differences, one city looks like the next and plays like the same city.

Assassin’s Creed is a great game.  It has style, class, and its own feel.  The game doesn’t have much replay value, but the story is involved and really sets up the sequels.  Miles story is just beginning, and this game feels like the start of something bigger.  It could frustrate some that the story just ends and leaves you waiting for Assassin’s Creed II which was released in 2009, but I found myself compelled to run out and get Assassin’s Creed II which even surpassed this game.

Related Links:

Assassins Creed II

Assassin’s Creed:  Brotherhood

Assassin’s Creed III

Author: JPRoscoe View all posts by
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