Assassin’s Creed® is a game that redefined the action-adventure genre. With photo-realistic graphics, an advanced physics model, and a nearly fanatical attention to detail, this title was able to begin a new chapter in gaming history. However, the excellent technical aspects are only half of the reason why it became so popular; the other half is the story.
While you technically play the game as Desmond Miles, the main focus of the game takes place elsewhere. The year is 1191: Jerusalem, the middle of the Third Crusade. You are a member of a mysterious order of assassins where you have trained your whole life to do one thing and one thing only – to kill. The recently growing influence of the Order of the Knights Templar disturbs the delicate balance of power in the region and therefore directly threatens The Brotherhood. The clash of the two most powerful organizations in Jerusalem at the time has the most unexpected consequences and triggers devastating events that threaten the world itself, and you – Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad – are in the middle of all this.
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: MATURE with Blood, Strong Language, Violence. PEGI Rating: 18+ with Violence.
Minimum system requirements: Supported OS: Windows® XP / Vista® / Windows® 7
Processor: Dual core processor 2.6 GHz Intel® Pentium® D or AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 3800+
RAM: 1 GB Windows XP / 2 GB Windows Vista
Video Card: ATI/NVidia 256 MB DirectX® 10.0–compliant video card or DirectX 9.0–compliant card with Shader Model 3.0 or higher
Sound Card: DirectX 9.0 or 10.0–compliant sound card (5.1 sound card recommended)
Hard Drive Space: 8 GB
Compatibility notice: This game is incompatible with Intel video devices, including typical netbook graphics.
Posted on 2012-04-05 14:26:46 by Herzalot:
Simply put, there's a great idea behind AC. You play as a cool assassin ( Altair ) with great acrobatic skills wondering the streets of some notable medieval cities ( Damascus, Acre, Jerusalem ) tracking and hunting down your targets with the gadgets and abilities you got. It's fun to play as Altair mostly he's fast, agile and gets around easily. But the main problem of theread more game is that there's little variety and challenge put on your way and if it wasn't because of the unique settings, story and fairly good depiction of historical characters and events and capturing the whole " crusade wars" atmosphere, it would have been a really forgettable game. There are 9 targets for Altair to kill and every one of them is in the poor/average/rich districts of the three cities in the game. To gain access to enough information for attacking your targets, you have to do limited tasks like pick-pocketing, eavesdropping, interrogating , killing archers and guards silently, racing through some checkpoints in a limited amount of time and saving citizens from guards. Doing these tasks is easy and repetitive and killing your main targets is hardly any difference. There are some moments when you get exposed and guards start following you. You can easily lose them with a bit of running and jumping, but if you decide to stay and fight, they are no match for Altair since he is seriously overpowered and can kill a whole bunch of guards with some quick counter attacks.
Fortunately, the game features great visuals and soundtracks which makes the experience a lot more pleasant than it should be.
AC is not a bad game by any means. It's fun while it lasts. But it could have been done a lot better. But as the start point for a very interesting franchise and story ( Desmond story ) , I think it definitely deserves to be played.
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Posted on 2012-04-05 14:13:38 by LeftHandedMatt:
Gorgeous graphics, and lovely fluid animation. Jumping around the cities is a joy. Unfortunately, playing the game is not. All the way through, you are doing the same thing and it gets dull very quickly. Climb up a tower, rescue a person from the guards, follow this person, assassinate this person. It should be fun, but it's not at all. The worst part is that the same voice samplesread more are used constantly throughout the game, they will make you want to punch something:
"THIEF! You are FILTH!"
"You dare steal in my presence?! That will cost you your life!"
The combat is deeply flawed and unintuitive. The story has its interesting points, but the voice acting and writing is pretty horrendous. The worst parts are the terrible speeches each major boss victim gives as they die, just painful to listen to.
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Posted on 2012-04-05 14:51:23 by defectivemind:
This game has stunning environments and the middle ages Middle Eastern setting is one I would love to see expanded on in some way. The devs at Ubi meticulously researched names and locations and created a historically accurate replica of the Crusade era Middle East, and injected a fantastic fictional story of parkour assassins into it.
The combat can be repetitive at times, butread more mastering it can be tough at higher levels, and while you can spam the attack and counter buttons, there is a depth to the combat that gives deep satisfaction when you take out a pesky patrol without breaking a sweat.
However, if you have ANY hoarder proclivities, this game will keep you wake at night. Flags. That's all I will say.
It's well worth picking this game up to try, and I doubt you'll forget the experience.
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