Review: Assassin’s Creed

MASTER THE ART OF THE KILL

Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Genre: Stealth / Action Adventure
Platform(s): PlayStation 3 & Xbox 360
Release Date: November 13, 2007
Compatability (PS3): 1330MB Mininum Space | HD 720p / 1080i
Compatability (Xbox 360): 2MB Mininum Space | HDTV 480p / 720p / 1080i / 1080p
Rating: 9.1

Playing Assassin’s Creed will make you want more and more and this is undoubtedly one of the most original games for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 owners. The world that surrounds you feels very realistic, busy and alive. With just exploring the city you will immediately identify that this game is one of a kind and must be completed. The game has a lot of small and precise details, which makes this game an essential purchase.

You take the responsability of Altaïr Ibn La-Ahad (which means “The Flying One, Son of None”), an expert assassin who is part of a clan that their objective is to assassinate particular targets. The cities you visit are Jerusalem, Damascus and Acre in the 12th century. The cities feel so alive that any action you take the environment and people around you will flow to what you do accordingly. The visual characteristic is one of the best assets of this game and it contains tons of details that make the cities almost perfect. Roaming through the streets of the Holy Land, Altaïr meets guards that annoy poor people, women travelling with jars on their head and also people shouting and making speeches to the crowds.

The environment truly feels alive.

To complement the stunning graphics this game possesses, the sound is amazing and accurately fits the situation and environment you’re in. Making your way through the busy streets you will hear people begging for money, others arguing with vendors and even people shouting for help. Altaïr has the ability to climb walls to go on rooftops and also towers. This tactic helps you learn the surroundings from a bird’s-eye view and here you will hear nothing but a rush of breeze. The cherry on the cake is the beautiful and stunning musical themes that match the situation and make the game richer in detail.

Being an assassin does not mean that you just kill specified targets in the game but you have a lot more tasks that you must perform before actually assassinating. Some of these tasks include pick pocketing someone for valuable information, sitting on a nearby bench listening to important conversations, and also following a lead and making sure he doesn’t spot you. The more you progress through the game the tougher it gets because guards and people will start recognizing you. Saving people from being harassed by town guards will reward you with groups of vigilantes that help you escape when guards are chasing you.

Assassinating a specified target.

Fighting is another interesting feature of this game and you will do this pretty frequently. Sometimes you even have to start a fight in order to draw attention. One of Altaïr’s tactics is to kill stealthily without anyone noticing and this is often done with the main blade you possess. You can even let guards follow you on rooftops so you can then push them down and then find a hiding place until they lose you. The controls in doing all of this is really balanced and well developed which makes it easier for you to play. In a few words this game has got it all.

Maybe the only disadvantages that this game has is the complicated story it is based on, some small visual glitches and that maybe sometimes it is a bit repetitive. Apart from these, Assassin’s Creed is an outstandingly original game which will make you spend around 20 hours to finish the main quest, unless you decide to complete other tasks and collecting stuff. Playing this game is unforgettable for both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 owners.

Reviewed by Barber – September 6, 2009

Graphics
The visual characteristics of this game are unique and it contains a big amount of small details which make it almost visually perfect, except for some rare glitches.
 
Sound
The sound perfectly fits the situation, being all alone on a tower or walking through the city streets. The musical themes of Assassin’s Creed are also nice.
 
Fun
Being a very original game, Assassin’s Creed is fun to play having the ability to go anywhere and assassinate anyone. Throughout the course of the game, the fun factor is decreased because of repetitive tasks.
 
Final Score

 

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Responses

  1. Interesting review. Waiting for the sequel of this fantastic game!


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