Product Type: Ubisoft Xbox 360 games
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Assassin's Creed (Xbox 360)
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Assassin's Creed (Xbox 360)
Advantages: Good areas to explore. Fun parkour and combat
Disadvantages: Not actually much assassinating
Assassin's Creed is a third person action-stealth game set in and during the crusades.
You play Altair, an assassin who must thwart the efforts of the Knights Templar as they try to locate powerful biblical artifacts.
This is all actually a simulation, you are really one of Altair's descendants who is kidnapped by a shadowy corporation and forced to use an 'Animus' to travel back in time (sort of) so they can find out where these artifacts are now. At least I think that's what's going on.
Essentially you have to assassinate ten Knights Templar, which loosely represent the ten 'levels' in Assassin's Creed.
The targets will be in one of the three cities in AC: Jerusalem, Acre and Damascus. The idea is you complete tasks and challenges in order to unlock the assassination mission, so you have plenty of time to explore the cities, which all have their own unique style and feeling.
The cities and surrounding countryside are very well rendered in the game engine, and there are musical swells and crescendos that suit the dramatic feeling of the game.
You may have to collect flags, or stop a mugging, or reach a certain high point in the city. The annoying thing is you spend most of the game doing this stuff, there isn't actually much assassinating. The cities are a pleasure to explore though, Altair is very agile and a parkour expert and you'll find yourself leaping from rooftop to rooftop instead of pushing through crowds a lot of the time. This is all done just by holding down a button., but is still a lot of fun.
Combat is similarly simple, being more an exercise in timing your counters than bashing buttons. You can usually prevail in a fight where you're hopelessly outnumbered, and there are a few different weapons that you can try out like punch daggers and rapiers.
Stealth is more in the 'hide-in-plain-sight' vein rather than hiding in shadows. You can blend into crowds, sit nonchalantly on benches and join a procession of pilgrims to avoid the scrutiny of the guards.
When it comes to assassination, you have to plot a route to the target, take out or avoid the guards, kill them and then disappear. Sadly this doesn't take up enough of the game which is an oversight considering the title.
Summary: Worth the bargain bucket price it goes for these days
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