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|The first game in the Assassin’s Creed franchise is set in 1191 AD, when the Third Crusade was tearing the Holy Land apart. Shrouded in secrecy and feared for their ruthlessness, the Assassins intend to stop the hostilities by suppressing both sides of the conflict. Players, assuming the role of the main character Altair, will have the power to throw their immediate environment into chaos and to shape events during this pivotal moment in history.|
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|A brilliant platformer seeing your character roam around three cities with very little restrictions. You can play through the main missions quickly, or take the time to complete additional adventures dotted round each city. The graphics are excellent on the 360 and the touches of realism from bullying guards, beggars, drunks, scholars all add a very nice polish.|
The problem solving is limited but good (I didnt need a walkthrough) and the combat is quite basic, which I prefer. Far superior to the Prince of Persia series and the puzzles are not as convoluted as the Tomb Raider games, Assassins Creed sits perfectly in the middle and is as cinematic as God of War. Cant wait for the sequel this winter.
Reviewed by: Amazon Reviewer Rating: Date Reviewed: 20Jun2009
|Excellent game, purchased this for my Sons 14th Birthday his 17 year old Brother plays it too, and at £9.99 its what games should cost.|
Reviewed by: Amazon Reviewer Rating: Date Reviewed: 09Jun2009
|I loved this game!! Yeh it starts a bit wierd but keep with it and its amazing! The openness of the world is so fun, you can literally climb up any building or kill anyone!|
Some people say its a little repetitive and I guess you have to go through the same routine for each task but if you explore and do side tasks you wont be too bothered about this anyways, because they are just so good!
Definately one to spend some time on rather than zooming through the story.
Its an essential for all 360 gamers!
Reviewed by: Amazon Reviewer Rating: Date Reviewed: 15May2009
|Well, Im about half way through the game now, having played it casually for the last few evenings. Here are my observations: |
On the face of it I love the game. The idea of being part of a secret ring of assassins set the Holy Lands during the middle ages; sword fights, knives, assassinations, galloping about on horses, and beating up the stereotypical bullying medieval guards - great stuff.
The graphics are complete eye candy too - the walled (castle) cities feel quite epic, and its evident that alot of time went into creating and detailing each city of which 80%+ is climbable.
Being able to climb most objects and free-run over the rooftops of the cities is great fun, if a little simplistic. You can jump just about anywhere and grab onto something before you hit the ground. You just make it up as you go along so theres a great sense of freedom - I recall feeling the same way when I first played GTA 3 on the PS2. Simply climbing about and exploring the city is fun, at least for a bit. I like being able to swan dive off of the viewpoints in the city too, saves having to climb all the way down again!
Ok well thats the good bits of the game. The gameplay and the storyline itself is just mediocre. In order to assassinate someone you have to complete investigations - this will either be pickpocketing someone for information or sitting on a bench and eavesdropping on a conversation in the marketplace. To find out the locations of these investigations you have to climb designated viewpoints and look over the city. The coordinates of are then added to your map.
Once the investigations are complete you can then go and make the kill. Normally fun, but not as stealthy as you may think. I imagined stealthily moving through a crowd, picking your moment to strike, before making a quick and silent kill, then making a ghostly getaway, melting into the crowd or scaling a tall building in a heroic escape.
Instead its more a case of get in, a quick *bish, bash, bosh*, then leg it whilst being chased by every guard in the city (or so it seems for a while). You can never go undetected. So much for the silent, deadly, efficient assassin!
Well anyway, once youve done it, great. Unfortunately from there on out its just more of the same thing. Climb the viewpoints, do the investigations then kill the target. It gets very repetitive and once the novelty of climbing all over the city(ies) has worn off, you will soon become bored with the gameplay. Ive just rented it for the week, and Ill be ready to hand it back even if I havent completed it. Ive had my fun now - and it has been fun!
So to summarise, its a valiant effort to create a thrilling medieval assassin game, but whilst the visuals are fantastic, its glaringly obvious that these have been achieved at expense of the actual gameplay and storyline. Too bad.
Its fun for a couple of hours - Rent it, play it, have your fun, take it back. Wouldnt bother buying though, simply because theres zero replay value.
Reviewed by: Amazon Reviewer Rating: Date Reviewed: 14Apr2009
|ok here it is short but sweet: brilliant game, wasnt too sure myself at first got recomende by a friend. absolutely brilliant, graphics are superb etc. BUY IT FOR UR OWN GOOD|
Reviewed by: Amazon Reviewer Rating: Date Reviewed: 07Apr2009
|I really enjoyed this game, the graphisms are fantastic, sometimes i had the feeling that i were in jerusalem too (or any other city of the game)! The drawback is the game is too much repetitive, no matter which city you visit, the missions are still the same, and as a consequence either you get fed up with, or you just finish the game quite easily.|
But it remains a good game !
Reviewed by: Amazon Reviewer Rating: Date Reviewed: 25Feb2009
|The storyline was entertaining and not at all as we had imagined when we bought it. The story develops and leaves the player interested and wanting to find out more. The graphics are amazing and have a natural feel to the character, look at his swagger when he walks! Historic information is fairly accurate but not boring. This is played by my 14 & 12 year old sons and they loved it. Look forward to the next one!|
Reviewed by: Amazon Reviewer Rating: Date Reviewed: 19Feb2009
|This is an outstanding game with so much freedom and so may choices. Its got a great story line and unique weaponry. But there is one drawback, repetition. There are several lapses of missions, but if your looking for a game that does what it says on the tin. This is the game for you. I personally have 1000 gamerscore on it add me on xbox live:TimeFall. |
Reviewed by: Amazon Reviewer Rating: Date Reviewed: 24Dec2008
|I very nearly bought this game before a friend lent it to me. Thank god I didnt waste my money on this. It looked a great game, and the graphics are fantastic, but thats the only great thing abou it. The presentation of this game is very poor, from the opening menu to the pause menu. The dialog is okay, although the storyline doesnt really help it. And that takes me to another part. This is perhaps the worst storyline I have ever seen. Why they didnt just keep it with one character? Thats all I will say so no spoilers.|
Very repetitive, you basically have to do the same thing 9 times; I got bored towards the end of the second one.Then the guard system is poor, however the AI isnt bad, unlike the counter system which is way to repetitive.
There are many other issues that I have with this game, such as traveling (which unlike gta is not fun!) and climbing up walls (again, the novelty wears off after an hour). Just very disappointing, I dont think Ive ever felt this much hatred to one game with so much potential!
Reviewed by: Amazon Reviewer Rating: Date Reviewed: 10Dec2008
|If you like repetition..|
If you like repetition..
If you like repetition..
..then this is the game for you.
I would liken this game to a hollowed out apple. On the outside shiny, pretty, looks inviting and an organic bundle of fun. Under the surface, shallow, empty and soulless.
The only credit should go to the marketing team, who got people to buy this in their thousands. If you like games that invite you to do the same thing over and over again, eg collecting flags, then youll be blown away by this.If on the other hand you have both a life and a job, Id avoid.
Reviewed by: Amazon Reviewer Rating: Date Reviewed: 01Dec2008
The original game released in November 2007, now its in the Classics Range which means youre basically getting it half-price. I picked it up last week and if you havent yet read any of the 208 or so reviews for the original game you can wade though this one!
Assassins Creed is what youd get if you set Grand Theft Auto in the Holy Land back in 1191 A.D. The fist fights are there, your sword replaces the Uzi, your throwing knives replace the rocket launcher, your thoroughbred steeds replace the vehicles and you play as the feared assassin Altair rather than a nobody wannabe criminal, but in a nutshell its GTA with the added bonus of being available in the Classics Range, so youll be able to pick it up for £19.99 RRP or less.
For historians, its like going on a virtual field trip with the Third Crusade. Ubisoft the developers have paid great attention to detail and have faithfully recreated their version of the geography and city layouts from available historical documentation relating to this period.
You start out in Masyaf, the fortress town where the elite assassin organisation is based. Stripped of your rank and weapons following a recent botched mission, you have to relearn the art of assassination by undertaking a string of tasks set by your Master, Al Mualim.
The first few tasks are simple enough, teaching you the arts of eavesdropping (sit on a bench, lock on to your target with LT and press Y to listen), pickpocketting (lock on, follow and press B at the right moment to nick documents) and interrogation (lock on, beat up with your fists until they submit and spill the beans).
Its here that youll get a small sense of the jaw-dropping scale of each level in the game, but if you think Masyaf is teeming with people, all of whom react differently to you depending on how you act, try to remember that Masyaf is a small village in comparison to the 3 main cities youll be visiting (Damascus, Acre and Jerusalem), not to mention the Kingdom that connects them all.
Next youll learn basic combat, but because youre initially starting anew you only have one basic combo at your disposal until youve progressed through the ranks a bit more.
After this, the world is your oyster as you progress through your missions taking out the 9 main targets on your list. Initially youre limited to the first 3 sections of each city, but later on after youve unlocked all the knowledge required to be a master assassin youll have the entire game at your free-roaming disposal, and the only time youll get a loading screen thereafter is when switching from one city to the Kingdom or jumping directly to a city from the menu.
Each of your assassinations follows the same pattern:
- Reveal parts of the map and available tasks by climbing to high points.
- Gain information on your targets by performing a minimum number of side quests like eavesdropping, saving citizens, pickpocketting, interrorgations or tasks set for you by informers.
- Move in for the kill once you have permission to do so from the local guild.
Some gamers might find this repetitive, but for me I was able to get totally immersed in the whole climbing/stalking preparation aspect, so much so that I always performed all the additional subquests before the main one even though they were mostly optional. The advantage to completing all the quests is pretty obvious - youll have more citizens to block guards when youre escaping, youll get more background information on your target and hence the storyline, and trying to collect 20 flags within 3 minutes or kill 5 Templars within 4 minutes without alerting guards will certainly put your free-running and stealth assassination skills to the test.
I got a real kick out of climbing to highpoints as I get vertigo in real life, and being able to stand at the top of a 200ft spire and look down on the city below really pushes your console graphically, its something to behold. On top of this, most (not all!) highpoints allow you to take a leap of faith, youre not always sure if theres a handy haystack to break your fall below but thankfully its pretty obvious most of the time.
Oddly, most of the combat in Assassins Creed is optional. City guards dislike assassins at the best of times, and if you want you can do various things to provoke them, or you can behave and blend in to avoid them completely. When provoked, guards will chase you until you either kill them or find a hiding space by way of a haystack, blending with friendly scholars or a rooftop trellis, but to be able to use these hiding places you first have to break the guards line of sight which can be achieved by getting friendly vigilantes to block their path, running around street corners or scaling buildings.
Combat is so much fun, and so very brutal, that a lot of the time youll be picking fights on purpose just so you can run people through the neck with your longsword after a particularly neat counter-move or combo. Other times youll be deliberately scampering up onto rooftops to practice your knife-throwing skills on the rooftop guards. And sometimes, just for the sheer fun of it, youll assassinate random members of the local population just because you can.
The controls are simple enough that with good timing youll get surrounded by 8-10 guards, grab one, throw him away, counter-attack and kill another in a very gory fashion and gradually whittle down the rest with a combination of fierce combos, side-stepping, breaking down their defences, some nifty-knifework, a spot of leg-breaking and the simple fact that spinning around behind an attacker, using a longsword up-swing to break their swordarm in half and then skewering them through the neck and practically severing their head in a satisfying burst of blood reduces the number of opponents you have by one. Every time.
Once the storyline is completed (tis a rip-roaring yarn with lots of neat twists and a rather abrupt ending with SEQUEL scrawled all over it in blood) youll probably have some achievements left over to get. Thankfully, Ubisoft have designed the game so that you can go back and replay different sections, and longevity is provided in the optional tasks of collecting all the assorted flags and banners (which can be very craftily hidden) or assassinating all of the 60 Templars (slightly tougher than city guards) scattered around the Kingdom and the 3 cities.
Its here that the game really shines. If you can imagine popping in GTA IV and immediately having access to all weapons, all skills, all locations, thats basically what you get if you load up Assassins Creed from a previously completed game, which only takes around 15 hours to do if you skip the optional tasks.
You can stroll around cities, gently pushing pedestrians out of your way (the crowd AI sets a new challenge to any developer thinking of trying to emulate it) soaking up the atmosphere from the merchant criers (you can jump through their stalls to escape guards), the beggars (you can grab them and throw them some distance to get them out of your face), the thugs (pickpocket them for extra throwing knives when you run out), the guards (who speak English, French and German all equally gruffly), or simply start a massive fight in order to get the Eagles Flight (last 10 minutes in open conflict) and Eagles Challenge (defeat 25 guards in a single fight) achievements.
You can jump on a horse (handily theyre dotted about the Kingdom) and just go trotting or galloping off around the map looking for flags and Templars, running people down or, if youre unlucky, getting dismounted by some of the wily guards which results in a fight or flight decision. On a side note as an equestrian I really like the way horses handle, replete with Altair clicking his tongue to get them moving or calling out to get them galloping, someone really knew their horses when they coded this section.
You can stand there looking at water and wondering why you cant swim (hitting water is instant death), but the game is lenient in that theres no real death penalty, you just get set back to your most recent auto-save which isnt ever very far away. Thankfully there are only two main places in the game where water plays a major part, and one of them is optional.
Because this is spoiler free, Ive skipped a good 30% of the games content and about 80% of the storyline because there is a lot more to Assassins Creed than most reviews let on. Having said that I think Ive covered about 99% of the gameplay.
When it comes to scoring, I hate giving 10/10s mainly because no game is perfect, but Assassins Creed comes very very close. Somewhere around the 94% mark for me, hence the 5 stars. Given that its available in the Classics Range for only £19.99 or less you cannot really go wrong. Its worth that just to get an inkling of what the 360 can do in terms of showing off games and Assassins Creed certainly doesnt disappoint even though it was released almost a year ago.
Definitely a must buy.
Reviewed by: Amazon Reviewer Rating: Date Reviewed: 14Oct2008
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