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Assassin's Creed: Director's Cut Edition

Released on 11 April 2008

Rating: 15+ (BBFC)

4.0 out of 5 (21 customer reviews) | Write a review

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Assassin's Creed is set in 1191 AD, when the Third Crusade was tearing the Holy Land apart. Shrouded in secrecy and feared for their ruthlessness, the Assassins intend to stop the hostilities by suppressing both sides of the conflict. Players, assuming the role of the main character Altair, will have the power to throw their immediate environment into chaos and to shape events during this pivotal moment in history.

Assassin's Creed merges technology, game design, theme, and emotions into a world where you instigate chaos and become a vulnerable, yet powerful, agent of change.

Assassin's Creed: Director's Cut Edition features four brand new investigations, providing even more ways for players to explore the various locations of the Third Crusade

    Be an assassin: Master the skills, tactics, and weapons of history's deadliest and most secretive clan of warriors. Plan your attacks, strike without mercy, and fight your way to escape.

      Realistic and responsive environments: Crowds react to your moves and will either help or hinder you on your quests

        Action with a new dimension - total freedom: Eliminate your targets wherever, whenever, and however. Stalk your prey through richly detailed, historically accurate, open-ended environments. Scale buildings, mount horses, blend in with crowds. Do whatever it takes to achieve your objectives.

          Relive the epic times of the Crusades: Assassin's Creed immerses you in the realistic and historical Holy Land of the 12th century, featuring life-like graphics, ambience, and the subtle, yet detailed nuances of a living world

            Intense action rooted in reality: Experience heavy action blended with fluid and precise animations. Use a wide range of medieval weapons, and face your enemies in realistic swordfight duels.

              Next-gen gameplay: The proprietary engine developed from the ground up for the next-gen console allows organic game design featuring open gameplay, intuitive control scheme, realistic interaction with environment, and a fluid, yet sharp, combat mechanic

              customer Reviews

               Average rating (21 reviews)

               Not perfect, but very, very good!

              | | See all bujin1977's reviews (2)

              I'd been looking forward to this one since I saw that first teaser trailer many months ago, and bought it as soon as I saw it had been released.

              In short, it's a really good game! It does tend to get a bit repetitive - each assassination follows the same process: go to city assassin's bureau, get information, go out into the streets and get more information by eavesdropping on conversations, pickpocketting information or interrogation (by beating a target up until he gives you the information), go back to the bureau, then make your way to the target, kill him, fight off a few guards, then run!

              There isn't great variety in the gameplay, but what gameplay there is, it works really well. The control method is very simple - four direction movement keys, mouse-look, LMB to attack, RMB to move from low profile to high profile, and one key each for head action (e.g. eagle vision, which marks out hostiles), hand action (e.g. grab, pickpocket) and leg action (leaping from building to building).

              Combat is simple in principle, but can be tricky in practise. Rather than wade in hacking with your sword, the better tactic is to wait for the opponent to attack, then you counter. This is as simple as holding down the RMB and moving around, and as soon as you see the opponent attack, you press the LMB. It's not QUITE as easy as it sounds - the timing must be very good! But it needs to be simple, because you often find yourself surrounded by 7 or 8 enemies!

              The "free-running" mode works brilliantly too. No timing required here! You simply point Altair in the right direction, go into high profile mode (by holding down the RMB), run forwards, and hold down the leg action button (space by default). The character takes care of looking for things to grab on to, or knowing when to jump. And at this point, I'll have to mention the aesthetics! The character animation is superb!

              Might as well carry on with aesthetics now then. The graphics are fantastic! The view distance is quite literally miles - from the top of the towers, you can see the whole of the city, and literally plan your next move, and there is very little (if any) noticable slow-down as a result*. The three large cities are very well built - they feel like a real city, especially with the large number of people walking around.

              The sound effects are mostly very good too, although walking past a street preacher saying the same two or three sentences over and over again can be a bit annoying!

              Anyway, in short:
              Good: Graphics and animation, sound, general game play. Some great satisfaction in planning and pulling off a kill.
              Bad: A bit repetitive, at times a little bit frustrating, and those bleedin' beggars who keep getting in your way - you want to punch them, but you don't want to alert the guards...

              Bottom line: Great game, well worth buying.

              PS - I was a little bit disappointed that I didn't get a free Jade Raymond in my Director's Cut edition... ;o)

              * my specs: Intel C2D E6600, GF8800GTS(320), 2Gb RAM, Win XP Pro

               Good and thats about it

              | | See all cynicalgamer's reviews (11)

              For a cynical gamer i enjoyed this. Graphics, sound and atmosphere are fantastic. But gameplay is extremely limited, linear and provides no entertainment after a while. The extensive array of sword and weapon play is great but again turns into a "seen that, seen this - oh wow not seen that move for a few minutes, yawn".

              The storyline is okay.

              I really cant think of anything else to say other than buy, enjoy but dont expect anything else.

               Great Game!!

              | | See all GamersGuide's reviews (39)

              Top 100 Games Reviewer

              After playing this game on my friends XBOX360, i just had to get it for myself.
              I've heard many different reviews and opinions on this title, but im going to try to give you an honest, open review.

              (Before i review any game for play.com, i make sure i've owned it for atleast 2 months, and completed it! )

              Assassins creed is based on reality, its set during the crusades. The first thing you notice about being in this age, is the harshness of your surroundings and environments, its hostile almost everywhere you go.

              The controls can be a little hard to pick up, but fully customizable if your having trouble. Once you've got to grips with the controlling system, the game really opens its arms. From the amazing, and i do think they are amazing, fight scenes, to the cut scenes, that ALL require your involvement.

              Gather flags from around the epic map (its huge!) and explore various different towns and cities (again, huge!)

              If your buying this game for quick, cheap entertainment, look elsewhere however - it isnt that at all. This is more like a film (as a lot more games seem to be these days), you progress through the non linear story line, assassinating important figures, and gaining higher and higher ranks in the assassins order, thus unlocking new and exciting weapons.

              All of this being said, there are negatives...

              Once you have expeirenced the might of your assassin - taking out crowds upon crowds of soldiers, jumping from roof top to roof top, it does gradually become boring. I blame this on no great change in storyline.

              For the price - that bad point should definitely not put you off buying!

              Graphics - 9/10
              Storyline - 7/10
              AI - 8/10
              Controlling system - 6/10
              Overall - 8/10

              Conclusion - Definitely one to add to your collection!

               This Game Is AWESOME!

              | | See all TheBoogeyman's reviews (83)

              I can't believe its taken me so long to get this game. I've thought about it for ages, and thought i'll wait till it comes down in price a little. I eventually got it today (12/12/09) and i so wish i had got it the day it came out. The graphics are probably the best i've ever seen in a game. The world is so massive to explore, theres so much to do, even if you get bored with missions, you can go around stealth killing guards in very cool ways and searching for hidden items. This game really is epic, theres only 1 problem i have with it, is the sound is a bit out of sync. EG: somebody was killing an imposter in a clip, and before he even stabbed him you heard the victim screaming in pain and the sound of the knife cutting him, and its happend more than once, but that maybe my soundcard that needs adjusting in the settings menu. Other than that, this game is brilliant. The controls take a little getting used to, but once you master them, your flying away with flying colours in possibly the greatest game of the decade.

               Original and entertaining

              | | See all LukeyT's reviews (8)

              Very good game, graphics are very impressive, gameplay very good, the ambient sounds are also very imersive and get you going, the kills are pretty good, its always fun to just kill some civilians for no reason, it's definately a game u need to play, i play a lot o games and this is one of the best recent games with others such as crysis and bioshock in terms of quality...although not as good, but not far!

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              Rating15+ (BBFC)
              Minimum RequirementsWindows XP / Vista with DirectX 10 (included)
              2.6GHz Intel Pentium D, AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ or equivalent dual core processor (2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ or equivalent recommended)
              1GB RAM for XP / 2GB for Vista
              8GB HDD Space
              256MB Graphics Card (DirectX 9 compatible with Shader Model 3.0 or DirectX 10 compatible)
              Sound Card (DirectX 9 or 10 compatible, 5.1 sound card recommended)
              DVD-ROM Drive
              Keyboard, mouse, optional controller (Xbox 360 Controller for Windows recommended)

              Supported Graphics Cards at Time of Release:
              ATI Radeon X1600* / 1650*-1950 / HD 2000 / 3000 series
              nVidia GeForce 6800* / 7 / 8 / 9 series
              *PCI Express only supported
              Please Note! Laptop versions of these cards may work but are not supported. These chipsets are the only ones that will run this game.