Assassin's Creed Review.

So I've been busy jumping over rooftops and such for two days now and decided to take a break. Obviously I should use it to write about jumping over rooftops. Assassin's Creed is, in some ways really beautiful. The environment is incredibly rich, and you can interact with virtually everything. Ubisoft have boasted that you can hang onto every brick that sticks more out more than 2 inches from a building, so far I have not found this to be untrue.

There are also a lot of ways to interact with these things, and instead of having different key-combinations for every action, Ubisoft have decided on a different approach, namely to make the character more intelligent, as in, he will take different actions depending on the environment. This sounds backwards and limiting at first, but it really isn't. It actually makes for a very pleasant gaming experience, and it shortens the learning curve. Air-assassinations are apparently a by-product of this, and jumping from a ledge and directly onto a target while putting a sharp spike into his neck is extremely satisfying.

The graphics ranges from beautiful to average, and it seems that Ubisoft has put a lot of emphasis on producing beautiful landscapes and cityscapes, while not putting so much time into character details. Though the game could probably be completed in an evening if you did none of the sidequests, it is large when taken together with them. The story is pretty cracked up, but bizarrely enough it works when you get used to it.

There are three things I'm not particularly happy about so far (But I didn't complete the game yet). First, it is a bit too easy, and there is (As far as I can tell) no way of turning the difficulty up. Second, the guys who coded the AI were on crack, as in, the AI does a lot of bizarre things. Third, there are too few genuine possibilities for air-assassinations.

All in all, a quite enjoyable game that I'll probably play even after completing it.

1 comment

On 22 November, 2007 - 18:44, Andreas wrote:

This makes me wish I had a console...