Product Type: Ubisoft PC games
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Assassin's Creed (PC)
Member Name: shaneo632
Assassin's Creed (PC)
Advantages: Graphics and general presentation
Disadvantages: Repetitive, boring
Assassin's Creed is, in my opinion, one of the most overrated games of the current gaming generation; it is a perfect example of style overcoming substance, making for a game that is absolutely visually stunning, but has empty gameplay mechanics that are incredibly repetitive and as a result it really isn't as much fun as it should be.
The game pits you as Altair, an assassin who spends the majority of the game performing assassination missions with the onus being on stealth and being undetected. The game has you sifting through crowds and finding ways to circumvent the security detail of various political figures, then finally slashing their throat or killing them in any number of ways. The game has a very compelling plot thanks to a twist that was not announced in any advertising and so was a genuine surprise; I won't spoil it, but it demonstrates that there is more to this than just an archaic, Medieval action adventure game. It has something to say about memory and the psychology of its characters, but again I can't really say anymore about this without giving it away.
What bothers me, though, is that the game's mechanics are VERY simplistic; you start a level, and then have to perform a number of activities that will allow you to read a target undected, such as diving from a spire and sneaking through a crowd. While the moment of assassination is generally quite intense, the gameplay leading up to it gets very repetitive very quickly, and I'm surprised that so many players let it get away with this.
That said, it is visually AMAZING; the character models are superb, and most impressively, it manages to craft an epic scale (particularly when you're on top of the spire), that has a great draw distance and is well-optimised to even modest gaming rigs. From a presentational perspective, this game cannot be faulted: it has a great artistic style and faithfully recreates the likes of Jerusalem, while also boasting good voice work and fun sound effects.
It's a shame that the makers felt that such a bare-bones treatment would fly with players, but sadly, too many players have been dazzled by the visuals while not realising just how robotic and repetitive the gameplay is. I expected a lot from this, and found it to be one of the most woefully disappointing releases of 2007.
Summary: Dull and repetitive gameplay