Review by Shadow3003
"A Classic in its Own Way"
After finally having the chance to play Assassin's Creed and reading some of the reviews here I have decided that it was a time to take a stand and give my own few cents on the game itself. Assassin's Creed has been overly hyped causing huge expectations to rise up amongst gamers and when the game finally came out it didn't live up to all those expectations. In my eyes this is an injustice to a truly unique and refreshing game. After having to wade through more racing, fighting and shooting games as of the late a platform game with an intriguing storyline and wonderful gameplay Assassin's Creed is one of the best games that 2007 has to offer and here is why.
The biggest thing that truly makes or breaks a game is the overall gameplay. In Assassin's Creed Ubisoft has done a remarkable job with everything. The fighting, the interacting and the exploring are all well mapped out on the controllers. It only takes a few minutes for a gamer to get orientated with all of the controls and maybe a little longer for a more casual player, but it's nothing demanding. All of the buttons correspond with certain body parts and make it rather easy. My only complaint is that having to hold down the right trigger button for many of the combat and fleeing parts, which make up a huge portion of the game, can get rather tiring.
The combat of the game is very well done. As you progress through the game and gain back ranks and weapons new possibilities open up to you. Being able to block and counter attacks, throw knives at unsuspecting guards, dodging and having the chance the break your opponents guard are just a small number of things that the combat has to offer. The best moments of the game occur though when you stealth kill your opponents which is what the game is truly all about.
Exploring the cities are fun and enjoyable with four huge ones available to you. (Acre, Jerusalem, Masyaf and Damascus; All of which are very well made to reflect what they looked like during the Third Crusade). Almost everything is climbable in the game making it fun to mess around. Jumping from one rooftop to the next is child's play and scaling the numerous view points are fun and some even provide their own unique challenges.
All of the extra quests are also enjoyable such as killing guards to help citizens, finding flags and killing templar all top the list on some fun things to do while or after you are done with the game. The biggest problem with the gameplay though comes in the form of repetition. There is plenty of repetition going on throughout the game with gathering information, report, kill target, repeat. This can get boring, but in all honesty all video games are based on repetition. The only thing is that this may bother you more than others so test out the game before you actually start playing.
The story of Assassin's Creed is in the Middle East. You are Altair (Arabiac for The Flying One) and you are charted with a critical mission of assassinating 9 targets. The rest of the game takes you through the three cities Damascus, Acre and Jerusalem while you go about these missions each with their own distinct expresses of religion and the like. There is also many plot twists that are revealed shortly after the first few minutes of the game. It will really be something to worth playing through to reveal a much more complex world than what was originally antiicipated.
The biggest complaints though are the fact that plenty of the actual twists in the story are easily figured out, but that is what makes the story so compelling and engaging. Especially the ending which leaves much too still be answered. However if you have never been one for stories about a single person holding keys to some future and think of it as a typical cliche type story then you will probably not enjoy the game in one way that really does make it shine.
If there is another area that the game excels at it is the graphics. All of the textures and details that Ubisoft put into this game are breath taking. The city of Jerusalem is probably one of the best examples of this. There was plenty of time and research put into being able to actually recreate the cities as close as they possibly looked like during the third Crusade. The shading and shadowing are very well done. For those that are really pick though there are some points in the game where the physics engine doesn't exactly work with making your clothing go through some pieces when you are scaling towers and building, but those are nothing compared to the true beauty of the cities themselves. Also when fighting the blood that sprays when you get hits on your opponents also look a bit cheesy considering how much more in depth they could have probably gone to make it look more realistic.
The soundtrack of the game is incredible. The voices that you hear throughout the city with the citizens reacting to the things that you do and the sounds of your feet hitting the earth as you run away while twenty guards chase you are just a few of the simple pleasures that the game offers. The overall soundtrack is very well made and really goes well with Middle Eastern setting. The only complaints are the repetitive voices of the crowd. Once you get towards the end of the game hearing the same preaching, the same He is going to hurt himself and all of the other comments begin to make you wonder if they should have put even dialogue for the game.
The game doesn't honestly have too much to offer in this category. You can play through the story and missions again trying to get the achievements of the game or to see if you can kill the nine leaders in the most stealth like way. The only options available to you are hundreds of flags, city side quests and templars to kill throughout the areas. There is easily enough time to keep you playing for around fifteen to twenty hours or so. Even still it would have been nice to see a little more from this game.
Assassin's Creed is a wonderful treasure. Although it didn't live up to the expectations it instead made its own mark in a way that you can truly enjoy. The control and gameplay is smooth. The graphics and music are nothing short from amazing to the eyes and ears. Lastly the story is very well written and a great joy to play through. There are a few flaws that only the really critical gamers will actually point out. This a game is full of a different type of repetition that is not for everyone and should probably be a rent if you don't feel like doing the same thing over and over again.
My advice is buy this game or at least rent it. It's a great add to your game collection, but to those achievement whores or those that just want to blitz through games real quick stay away from this game. If you aren't willing to take the time to sit and just play through the game for fun you will only make it hard on yourself.
Final Score: 8/10
Engaging and well created story
Graphics and Sound work well
The End (But hey what did you expect?)
Repetition (It can and will get to you if you won't take the time enjoy the game)
Was any of our ancestors big players throughout history?
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 01/03/08
Game Release: Assassin's Creed (US, 11/13/07)
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