Assassin's Creed

I've got quite a bit of back logging to do especially with the conclusion of Anime USA this past weekend. So I'll start with my review of "Assassin's Creed" for the PS3.

After a long initial lo
ading screen, we are greeted by stunningly beautiful graphics and fluid animation. Set in Middle East 1191 AD, you play as Altair, an assassin, bent on stopping the hostilities between two conflicting groups. Slick movement, unique stealth tactics, and one-of-a-kind character and menu interaction are just some of the innovative elements brought to the table. The developing storyline is multi-layered and significant, and AC's references to actual historical facts is stellar. However, an important part of story-telling is how you order the sequence of events. This, unfortunatley, turns out to be one of its major downfalls. As you may have heard or read by now, the major twist of the story is revealed within the first 5 minutes of gameplay!

"Assassin's Creed" could easily have been a game for the ages, joining the ranks of untouchable games such as "Final Fantasy" and "Metal Gear Solid." No doubt we're in desperate need of one. And boy was "Assassin's Creed" filled to the brim with uber potential. As you may have guessed by now, AC falls a bit short on the "game for the ages" realm, but nevertheless, it proves itself to be a fine game and definitely should not be allowed to slide below your radar.

The reviews I've read thus far are nothing if not wavering. AC has received exceptional reviews as well as its share of less-than-mediocre reviews. The ultimate thought will have to rest with each individual at this point. Depending on your gaming preferences, "Assassin's Creed" can deliver a wide array of different experiences. All in all, "Assassin's Creed" is a great game that could have used some tweaking in all departments. I have no doubt that AC, then, could have been an even more spectacular game than it is already.

The rare Limited Edition package features a number of bonus materials all packaged inside a special tin box. Its contents includes a figurine of lead hero Altair, a set of Penny Arcade comics, a Mini-strategy guide, Assassin-themed short films, and additional Assassin's Creed videos (including: making-of, trailers, developer diaries, interviews, etc.).

here to download Jesper Kyd's "Jerusalem Horse Ride" compliments of IGN.

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