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Assassin's Creed in a unique and completely enjoyable game from Ubisoft. During the first installment of the series we follow Desmond Miles' during his time at Abstergo Industries whilst kidnapped. During this time he is forced into helping Abstergo Industries through a new device called the Animus, or face a coma and death.
The game play is highly unique and quite challenging to master, each of the action buttons ( O X  and the triangle) all controling a certain part of Desmond Miles' ancestor and assassin in the 1100's Altaïr. Once the player has mastered this concept they are well onto their way in completing this game's many missions in which Altaïr has to prove himself worthy to the master assassin to regain the items and abilities he had lost through his arogance and through Altaïr not following the rules of the assassin's the creed.
The gameplay is smooth and addictive and I found myself spending hours on end trying to master the game. Which is why it is in my books the best gaming series to date.
Playing this game initially was some what difficult, as it has a rather unique control system "puppet style", where one button controls head, the other two control arms and the last button controls feet. This system took a little while to get used to, and proved to be a bit frustrating initially. However once I got to grips with the system it actually proved to flow very well with the game. The free running in the game was made much easier, and everything in the world seems to interact well with altair. The story line itself is very clever, and without giving too much away clearly leaves room for a sequel (there are now two more assassins creed games!). The gameplay itself did occassionally get a bit repetitive, whereby alot of the missions were very similar for example pickpocket missions. For the trophy hunters out there, this game does not unfortunetly have any trophies.
The story line can get a bit muddled at times, but becomes clearer as you go through the game. There is no online mode. The game is also rather linear. The game runs smooth on the ps3, and the graphics and ingame AI is well above par. The scenic views really do give you a sense of times gone past!
Well enjoyed and certainly worth completing just to understand altairs story.