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Product DescriptionThe setting is 1191 AD. The Third Crusade is tearing the Holy Land apart. You, Altair, intend to stop the hostilities by suppressing both sides of the conflict. You are an Assassin, a warrior shrouded in secrecy and feared for your ruthlessness. Your actions can throw your immediate environment into chaos, and your existence will shape events during this pivotal moment in history. As an assassin you will master the skills, tactics, and weapons of historys deadliest and most secretive clan of warriors. Plan your attacks, strike without mercy, and fight your way to escape. Features:
- Experience a living, breathing world in which all your actions have consequences. Crowds react to your moves and will either help or hinder you on your quests
- Eliminate your targets wherever, whenever, and however. Stalk your prey through detailed and historically accurate environments. Scale buildings, mount horses, blend in with crowds
- This game immerses you in the Holy Land of the 12th century, featuring life-like graphics, ambiance, and the detail of a living world
- Find action blended with fluid and precise animations. Use a wide range of medieval weapons, and face your enemies in sword fight duels
Assassin?s Creed is the next-gen game developed by Ubisoft Montreal that will redefine the action genre. While other games claim to be next-gen with impressive graphics and physics, Assassin?s Creed merges technology, game design, theme, and emotions into a world where you instigate chaos and become a vulnerable, yet powerful, agent of change.The setting is 1191 AD. The Third Crusade is tearing the Holy Land apart. You, Altair, intend to stop the hostilities by suppressing both sides of the conflict. You are an Assassin, a warrior shrouded in secrecy and feared for your ruthlessness. Your actions can throw your immediate environment into chaos, and your existence will shape events during this pivotal moment in history. Key Features
- Be an Assassin: Master the skills, tactics, and weapons of history?s deadliest and most secretive clan of warriors. Plan your attacks, strike without mercy, and fight your way to escape.
- Realistic and responsive environments: Crowds react to your moves and will either help or hinder you on your quests.
- Action with a new dimension - total freedom: Eliminate your targets wherever, whenever, and however. Stalk your prey through richly detailed, historically accurate, open-ended environments. Scale buildings, mount horses, blend in with crowds. Do whatever it takes to achieve your objectives.
- Relive the epic times of the Crusades: Assassin?s Creed immerses you in the realistic and historical Holy Land of the 12th century, featuring life-like graphics, ambience, and the subtle, yet detailed nuances of a living world.
- Intense action rooted in reality: Experience heavy action blended with fluid and precise animations. Use a wide range of medieval weapons, and face your enemies in realistic swordfight duels.
- Next-gen gameplay: The proprietary engine developed from the ground up for the next-gen console allows organic game design featuring open gameplay, intuitive control scheme, realistic interaction with environment, and a fluid, yet sharp, combat mechanic.
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Overall, the game emphasizes more gratuitously satisfying action with less of the common frustrations when it comes to performing more challenging missions and in executing desired moves during the gameplay itself. Yes, that translates to an "easier" game, which sometimes is exactly all you want.
How's the story? It's, alright. I really can't say any more than "it does the job rather well". If there is a satisfying answer, is that it tells a rather nice story about an arrogant assassin who is stripped of his title, must learn the ideals of humility and patience, and ultimately discovers an inner plot amongst his targets, leading up to a plot which MAY EVEN DETERMINE THE FATE OF THE UNIVERSE. Summing it up and looking back on it I actually did enjoy the story more than I thought. At least the Crusade's part of it. The modern story takes place in Abstergo Industries, in which they have captured a bland cardboard man named Desmond Miles, a descendant of a long line of Assassins, and using a machine called the Animus, can use his genetic code to relive the past through the eyes of his ancestors. It's a rather interesting and elaborate idea, and while it has potential, it is unfortunately squandered by two things: one is that, each time you are forced to enter modern-day you are actually leaving the Third Crusades, and infinitely, more interesting setting, and it only diminishes the quality of the sub-plot even more. The other is Desmond. I'm not sure what it is about him that makes me want to punch him in his stupid nose, but it is certainly doing it's job of boring me to death. It actually sucks since Nolan North is actually doing a fine job voicing Desmond, as one would expect, but he is never given enough satisfying material to use.
Desmond's counterpart Assassin, Altair Something, is actually, again, more interesting after I sum up his experiences. He is arrogant, and believes that his skills prove him to be above all morals and ideals that he was intended to follow by being an Assassin. He is determined, though frustrated by having to be thrown back to the bottom. It's actually unfortunate that the character himself is shrouded by the fact that the voice actor is AMERICAN and can't even hide his accent, which is made even MORE upsetting because the actor is actually doing a really good job. Nonetheless, the story does it's job well, though it is affected and hampered by it's open world. but we'll get to that.
The gameplay is actually pretty good, particularly the stealth aspects and the variety of weapons that you gradually unlock to use. Stealth is primarily comprised of blending in, hiding among the people until it is the perfect time to strike with your hidden blade (which is arguably now one of the most iconic weapons in gaming). Sword-fighting isn't bad, though it is remarkably easy; you can just spam the grab and throw button and always keep your hidden blade ready, and you will never lose a fight. But the animations and finishing blows look actually pretty great and brutal, which is a testament to how far ahead this game was at the time of release. The other gameplay element is free-running/parkour. You climb buildings and run over obstacles. It's actually the best part of the game, as it's so smooth to use. It's really a highlight of the game to run around the rooftops, leaping over gaps and climbing higher and higher until you can see the entire city from a beautiful view.
The final aspect of the game is it's open world is it's open world, which is where the game ultimately fails. While the world is absolutely gorgeous, and the people that pack the narrow streets really give the cities more of their own personality, it's ultimately how little it gives you to do is where the game suffers. It can just be boring at times. There are no real missions outside of those which require you to kill the assassination targets. And if that is what they intended, then fine. I usually see an open world as an opportunity to explore and to do things, but I did manage to find a few missions that were different, one particular one which required me to use my parkour skills to collect several flags, though I think that was the only mission outside of the main ones.
Ultimately the real problem is how repetitive it can be; Each assassination mission, though grander and more elaborate than the previous one, always is preceded by the same few setup missions that are required in order to gain intel about how to assassinate your target, which is a good idea on paper. But from the nine assassinations you can only do from 3 things: pickpocketing, eavesdropping, or interrogations, each of which you will to at least fifteen times. It's not very exciting, although it does lead up to some fantastic assassinations.
Assassin's Creed is a very flawed game, but one bursting with potential; it's story is rather good with satisfying voice acting, and it's gam play, particularly the climbing mechanics, is simply fantastic and the best part of the game. It is only hampered by it's repetitive tropes and missions, and a open world that, while wonderful to look at and simply explore, doesn't have enough in it to fully satisfy.
I got suckered in by the preview videos of 3 and while I enjoyed the game, if the twists weren't in the game, I would be leaning on the negative side for my rating. The twists, while nothing mind-blowing, were very cool for the AC universe.
3 isn't bad, the main character isn't boring or stilted like reviewers or forum complainers claim - he's just not as fun/interesting/cool as Ezio is and how Ubisoft burned the current-day continuity was an abrupt end to what should have been kept light and casual. I enjoyed the current day plot and I miss it from the current series (especially how the original designer had planned it out).
If you liked the progression from 1, 2, B, R, went, you'll like this, but you may not ever want to play it again. It's worth a play for $10 or so.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Game itself has a lot of wandering around, but great story