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Assassin's Creed (Platinum)

Released on 05 September 2008

Rating: 15+ (BBFC)

4.0 out of 5 (95 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.

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.

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             Average rating (95 reviews)

             Repetitive Repetitive Repetitive.......

            | | See all Aria00's reviews (1)

            The idea of the game is good but I think that's when they stopped putting some thought into it.
            The game consists of doing the same few things over and over again and hearing the same things. It just feels like they copy, pasted one part f the game and then called it the "finished product". When playing the game you'll find that all you do is;

            - Climb to the top of a tower to reveal part of the map. (Gets incredibly annoying after the first 5 times, little do you know you have to do it a further 300 or so more times or at least that's what it feels like, to get the full maps)
            - Save some peasant from a gang of thugs (Always the same and even uses the same dialogue which gets annoying)
            - Pickpocket someone (Have to listen to a conversation then when finished just walk up behind someone and press pickpocket button!)
            - Interrogate someone (punch someone a few times till they tell you something equally pointless and boring)
            - Eavesdrop (Go and sit at the nearest bench and press the listen in button!)

            And that's pretty much it. You'll be finding yourself doing this for 99% of the game. The only good parts are when you do the main assassination mission but these you'll only be doing 1% of the time and there are only a few to do. On top of all this everything is so easy to do and unrealistic. I love how on the back of the box they say "Use wide range of medieval weapons, and face your enemies in realistic swordfight duels".......Yes well there are 3 weapons to use and sword fights are a joke. It doesn't make a difference if your faced against 1 guard or 20 as only one will attack you at any one time. So you can quite easily take on 300 men or more if it would let you.

            All in all the game is tedious and unbelievably repetitive! I have no idea what the people who wrote the positive reviews are talking about. Do not buy and if you do be prepared to sell it or break it! Wouldn't buy it if it was £1!

             Very impressive

            | | See all TheMattMan's reviews (27)

            A lot of people reviewed this game to be boring and repetitive, I think otherwise. This game has a truely fascinating story, excellent graphics and outstanding gameplay. The smoothness and variety of different moves, both when fighting and moving around the city, is very impressive. Before the assassinations it is a bit repetitive doing investigations to find out more about your enemy, but this is realistic and doesn't take very long. Each and every assassination is different and has its own story to tell. The ending is one you wouldn't have expected but one to look forward to.

            My only criticism about this game is that the AI aren't very smart, they attack you one at a time even when there's a lot of them. But this makes the game less fustrating and not impossible in big fight scenes.

            Overall, would definately recommend getting this game, especially at platinum price, as it is well worth what you pay for. Hope this review helps :)

             Very Good And Cheap

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            good game, cheap, very beautiful scenery and ambient, cool jumps and nice story, just a little bit too repetitive, but it's cool!
            it's a great game and well done
            it contains italian language
            no trophies

             Very good, but could have been better

            | | See all CrazyJamie's reviews (41)

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            I really have mixed feelings writing this review, because I desperately want to slap five stars on this and recommend it to everyone. But I can't, because as much as I like the game it doesn't deserve five stars.

            Let's start with the positives. Graphically the game is simply stunning. The scope of the graphics, the detail within them, and the animation that joins them is absolutely first class. They help to create a world that is fully believable and absolutely immersive. Combat is a joy to behold and incredibly satisfying, with a countering system that deserves recognition as one of the best of all time. The free running system (essentially the way you jump from building to building and make your way across the rooftops) is also very well done, and feels natural and highly accomplished. All in all, the graphics and core gameplay are exceptional, and make the game a joy to play.

            So what's the problem? As much as other reviewers would attempt to side step or dumb down this point, the game is highly repetitive. By that, I mean that the game is largely split into nine different assassinations, and each of those works exactly the same way. Same side missions. Same things to do. As a result there is effectively nothing new to reveal in the game past the second assassination, and this does make the game drag. I found myself wanting to finish the game for the sake of it by the seventh assassination, and whilst I would recommend finishing it, it is certainly a game that the vast majority of people will not replay after finishing it.

            The game is fantastic in so many ways, and the core gameplay is superb. But the problem is that it falls short as a single player experience that keeps you interested from start to finish and feels fresh. If the inevitable sequel can address these concerns, then it will surely be one of the greatest games of this generation. But that is something that we will find out in future. For now, Assassin's Creed is a game worthy of recommendation because it hits the heights in so many areas. And for the knockdown price of £16.99 it is certainly worth a go. But it should have been better.

             Could of been one of the greats... IT IS!

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            Brilliant game, everything is just spot on, only one let down that drives me up the wall is collecting the flags ANNOYING!!!

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            Rating15+ (BBFC)