Product Type: Ubisoft PC games
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Worth the hype?
Assassin's Creed (PC)
Member Name: Kaorin
Assassin's Creed (PC)
Date: 27/01/10, updated on 27/01/10 (6 review reads)
Advantages: Unique to any game I've played. Combat system and story line are pretty cool
Disadvantages: Very repetative, Science lab visits are tiresome. Long and boring beginning.
When the game was first released, it received an incredible amount of hype. Was this hype well-placed with Assassin's Creed? Well...
True, it is unlike any other game I have seen before. It is new and exciting, and brings a whole new gaming experience to the table. However, it does have its down-sides.
When I bought Assassin's Creed, I eagerly installed it and began to play. The beginning was rather puzzling, as you start off as a scruffy-looking man in jeans and a hoody in a science lab. After a fair bit of scientists rambling on about stuff we don't really care to understand, you get to the good stuff... Assassinating!
Next, you're in a cave on a mission with two other assassins, searching for a special artifact. After a few minutes, you encounter the enemy. At last I thought I was going to do some killing! But only resulting in my plans being foiled.
After a while, you find yourself on horseback, running around discovering places... Which was tiresome to say the least. The beginning dragged on for so long that I eventually stopped playing and didn't touch the game for months, thinking that it was a total bore and waste of money.
So there's one bad side of the game; a really long, boring start. However, after a few months, I decided to give it another chance. After gritting my teeth and battling my way through the beginning, I soon found myself in a city. Here I could climb buildings, jump from rooftops, scale the highest buildings I could find, and best of all, assassinate people!
Once the beginning was over, the hype behind this game began to become apparent. I hadn't played a game quite like this before, and I was loving it.
The battle scenes were great, as the game truly immerses you in combat, giving you the ability to react in real time to whatever attacks are thrown at you. You can also choose a number of techniques, such as blocking attacks then immediately counter-attacking, grabbing someone and throwing them to the ground, or simply going in for the kill.
In order to complete the game, you have to carry out a number of assassinations given by the leader of the assassins. I found this thoroughly enjoyable, but soon found it really repetative. The entire game pretty much consists of this same thing; taking orders, assassinating, taking orders, assassinating... *yawn*
In your spare time, you could run around on rooftops, discovering the city and doing little deeds here and their... But nothing major.
The final criticism I have for Assassin's Creed is this weird double storyline thing going on. One minute, you're having fun assassinating and free running through the city, only to be interrupted by those annoying scientists in the lab again. This is because, during missions, they randomly just pull you out of the Animus (you'll discover what this is when you play) and have to go to bed and return in the morning to continue playing.
Although this intrigueing and rather unique storyline has been quite cleverly implemented into the game, I personally found it completely unnecessary and very frustrating!
Overall, the game is very entertaining and worth buying. However the beginning is incredibly boring, the game is very repetitive, and those bloody scientists just wont leave you alone!
So, did Assassin's Creed deserve the hype it received? Yes. It's different to any game I've played, and was made very cleverly.
I give Assassin's Creed 7/10
Summary: Great fun once you get into it. Worth buying for such a small price tag.