3 Never thought I'd say this, but i'm so disappointed.ninja1507 | 20/11/2007 | See all ninja1507's reviews (3)I have been waiting for this game for literally months. I remember when I first purchased my XBOX 360 almost a year ago and this game was being talked about then. I pre-ordered as soon as I could and have been waiting patiently for it to arrive. Fortunately I had Bioshock to keep me occupied in the meantime (actually unfortunately, as Bioshock highlights how inadequate Assassins Creed actually is)The game finally arrived a few days ago and I had the weekend to burn really getting into the game. The first disappointment was that this game is actually set in the future. The character you control, a decendant of Altair has been kidnapped and is forced to enter a machine called the 'animus' which transports him back to the 1100's and lets him control the action.Firstly, why?! Whilst you're back in the 1100's the game is visually beautiful. I'd have thought that there was enough material to come up with a decent storyline that was set in era of the Crusades, one of the biggest events in history, so why the modern take? It just slows the game down and gets really irritating after a very short time.This issue aside, as mentioned, the game is a visual treat. The cities are extremely detailed as are the people that wander around in it, but games should be about more than just looking good. The gameplay and storyline really leave a lot to be desired.Once I'd gotten to grips with the controls for sword-fighting, I actually started to enjoy getting into scrapes with a large number of guards, but very soon I found that there was no need to avoid them at all. Once you've got most of your weapons back, it's quite easy to face off against 10 guards, then dodge, counter and knife-throw them all to death within a few seconds.The missions are also extremely samey and no matter how good the game looks, after you've jumped off your 50th building into yet another conveniently placed haystack, it's really lost it appeal.I have to admit that I did get a lot of satisfaction after each successful assassination, but the main problem I have is that I've spent £40 on a game that I won't play again. I purchased Bioshock pre-owned for £29.99 after a friend recommended to me and I have to say, it puts this game to shame. Not only does it have the right mix of gameplay and graphics, but real work has gone into the storyline here.Somehow Ubisoft have taken what should have been a epic story and turned it into one of the biggest flops of the year.It's a shame, I really, really wanted to like this game.