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Assassin’s Creed

Well, I finally got Assassin’s Creed and I’ve finished it, so it’s about time I reviewed it for you guys.

So here’s the review. I’ll try and keep it short and sweet…

Okay, first off. The graphics are amazing. There really is nothing more to be said about them. They are simply amazing, best graphics I’ve ever seen in a game so far. (That I’ve played at least).

Onto the plot. I won’t give away anything, but I will say that it had some thought behind it. It’s intricate without being too complicated, and it really sucks you into the gameplay. One of the better stories out there on the game market, and it’s original too.

Now, the gameplay. To be honest I was expecting a bit more. Yes, the game is fun to play and I had a great time running around each of the cities jumping from rooftop to rooftop and breaking my neck with a badly timed jump. The main problem comes when you try to go for the assassinations. This usually (nay, always) involves 2 or 3 investigations and it gets very repetitive very quickly. The actual assassinations themselves are quite fun, once you manage to get to them. The problem is, that takes so long to do. But once you’re there and taking a look around at how best to get to your target before your chopped into tiny pieces, things start to get better.

The fun really begins during the escapes though. Running through streets, barging people aside in an attempt to escape. The basic premise of an escape is simply. Get out of the line of sight of any guards and then find a hiding spot to stay in until they give up, then make it back to the bureau without being seen. Of course you could just slaughter any guards after you, which makes it a lot easier to get out of sight.

As for the fighting…well…It could have been better. The later enemies are tough, and fights against them generally degenerate into nothing but defending and counterattacking. Which is slow and annoying. The best way to kill someone (particularly the bastard Templars and assassination targets who’ve spotted you) is throw them to the ground, whip out your hidden blad and stab them in the neck. Guaranteed to kill them. And nothing beats the satisfication of stealth assassinating a guard in the middle of a crowded street and walking away while everybody starts screaming.

All in all, I like Assassin’s Creed. There’s a lot to do, if some of it is a bit repetitive, and the world is huge. You’ve got hidden flags to find, viewpoints to climb…I particularly like saving citizens, which either results in Scholars who you can hide amongst to get into areas you wouldn’t normally be able to get into, or Vigilantes who catch guards that are chasing you and hold them back so you can escape. The best fun though, comes from simply running from rooftop to rooftop, violently stabbing rooftop guards who aren;t ahppy with your presence. Or throwing them to the streets below to scare civvies. Whichever you prefer.
I’d definitely recommend¬† Assassin’s Creed though I wouldn’t say it lives up to the hype that was going around before it came out. Still, go and buy it. It’s worht the cost.


January 4, 2008 - Posted by | Gaming, Reviews

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