The packaging was a standard DVD game box with the manual included, I am aware a lot of people are having issues with the metal box version giving most people who do not have a duel layer DVD-ROM a data4.cab error so I advise you to go for the standard box version as I had no issues when installing this.
I installed the game with no issues as the computer I was using had the recommended specs or higher however for those who may not meet the recommended specs it does run a test to tell you if your computer does not meet the minimum/recommended specs, the game opens in to a very nice though slightly pixelated cinematic but do not let this put you off! The menu is fairly easy to use my only grudge being if you try to change a key to another that is already assigned it makes you assign a new key to that which you have just tried to change which can throw you in to some crazy key changing frenzy so I recommend sticking with the defaults.
The game is single player only offering no multiplayer mode, I began to play the game and after a few minutes of playing I twigged that although I could hear sound effects I could not hear any dialog from the characters even though I can see them speaking, this is a known issue and was easily resolved by turning down my sounds hardware accelerator to the 'basic' mode (quite a few articles are available on the internet about this and the ubisoft support is generally quite on the ball in my past experiences.
There is currently no patches released for the game though I feel that may change soon due to the dialog issue I have mentioned above, graphically this game is superb as a new release considering the amount of flexibility you have being able to climb over any roof/wall visible I have only spotted one glitch which was very minor, however at the expense of superb graphics and movement freedom the game is slightly one track where you are expected to gather information by either eves dropping on a conversation or picking someone's pocket then you go and assassinate the bad guy!
Another thing that gets quite repetitive is the combat as once you've got to grips with the combat system its very easy to take on armies of enemies, I find you can just stand and block and use the counter attacks as they hit you which usually leads to a pile of dead enemies after a minute or two.
Although the combat and game play is fairly repetitive this is still a very fun game which offers hours of enjoyment by either going on a mad rampage trying to slaughter an entire city (including innocents) or sticking to the missions and being a good maybe not so law abiding citizen...
The game is quite system hungry so I definitely recommend checking the specs required by the game and the specs of your computer before buying, for anybody who played the Xbox 360 version you will not be disappointed by this PC release of the game, the graphics are nice, game play is smooth and it features one of the best character movement systems I have seen in a game.
I can't help but wonder what this game would be like online but unfortunately this may be something we will never see, this is however one of the best games released in the last couple of years in my opinion so definitely worth a try even if you are a die hard online gamer.
Game Options: 9/10
Online Play: 0/10
Overall Rating: 10/10