Looks like another Prince of Persia – will it be another Prince of Persia? Apparently not, I was simply awed by how the game was – it’s probably the best title for the year! (Note : the PS3 and Xbox360 versions were released last year. PC version was released this year).
Desmond Miles – a bartender in the new millennium was kidnapped by an unknown group of people who are working on a project involving a machine called the Animus, a machine that extracts memories from DNA – even memories from ancestors. Desmond was chosen for this project as he is the descendant of Altaïr Ibn La-Ahad – a member of the Assassin’s Order during the Third Crusade of the Holy Land.
Assassin’s Creed is a third-person stealth game in which the player assumes the role of Altaïr ibn La-Ahad (الطائر ابن لا أحد , Arabic, “The Flying One, Son of None”), a member of the Hashshashin (The Assassin Brotherhood) which is not allied to either the Templars or Saracens during the third crusade. Altaïr’s objective in the game is to assassinate nine historical figures propagating the Crusades in the year 1191.
UBISOFT? Prince of Persia? YES – This game works almost like the Prince of Persia (in reference to the new versions, released by Ubisoft).
In Assassin’s Creed, you play the role of Desmond Miles / Altaïr Ibn La-Ahad. You spend most of your time playing Altaïr Ibn La-Ahad’s role but occassional role as Desmond Miles as part of the storyline.
The game has a very interesting introduction, giving you a moment of being totally unclear of whatever is going on and slowly ushering you into a better picture of what’s to come.
While Desmond is just doing his role in accomplishing the research and resume his normal life, Altair’s role in this game is to regain respect and regard from the Assassin’s Order for his misdeeds.
Unlike Prince of Persia (POP) series where you have acrobatic stunts during the game, Assassin’s Creed (AC) is unlike POP as you don’t run around walls and all over the place like a mad man. The focus of AC is being stealthy and also drawing as little attention as possible when it comes to getting things done.
The controls are more complex than POP too, it took me a while just to get used to all the cool ways of controlling the character during the game.
For example, in POP it’s just a matter of running around here and there (finding a path). Press R to rewinding time if necessary, a few buttons to executed the other time related features. AC on the other hand is complicated. You now have HIGH PROFILE and LOW PROFILE modes of control where holding of the right mouse-button is needed when executing HIGH PROFILE actions. High profile actions will draw more attention to you.
So yes, it is basically the game is about how to move around without arousing suspicion and how to escape. 🙂 Being an ASSASSIN!
What astonished me is the environment in the game and how real it feels to be walking around city streets, whether the city is just one with plenty of open areas or one that’s filled with concreted structures.
I really loved the way they designed the game, unlike in POP where our monkey-like prince who seems agile like spider-man yet unable to climb walls when you need him to, Altair in AC on the other hand could practically climb anywhere as long as there’s a ledge, a window, a plank or whatever else that he could hold on to. This also meant roof-top running is part of this game, like those seen in movies. And you know what? I really enjoyed the roof-top running because it saves me a lot of time getting from one part to another part of town.
It’s amazing how much detail was put into the game, even on the rooftops.
Overall – it was a really fun game as you criss-cross the nation of that age to achieve missions assigned to you by your boss.
The only drawback is that the game kinda gets repetitive, like killing a few people here and there, saving a few people here and there, keep finding ways to climb a nearby tower to gain better view.
Fortunately the great part of the game is that the story unfolds as you progress. 🙂 It’s actually quite fun travelling around new places just to appreciate breath-taking scenery.
One thing I must say is that being a gamer for such a long time and having past experience in games like POP series among many other FPS mean that I have no problem at all grasping the game and running around and about on a 3rd person perspective but the task might be a little daunting to the newbies, let along learning how to use the keys / moves properly.
Oh by the way – no fancy combo-break-dancin’ moves like in POP series. In my journey so far, I’ve yet to vault myself over any of my attackers. Speaking of attackers (a.k.a hostiles), they’re a bit on the dumb side as they only take turn to attack you even when there’s like 6 of them against you alone. And then there are those guards who just stand there without flinching a muscle, watching you killed 5 of their mates.
Seems like I’m nit-picking. 😛 Too easy – complain, too hard – complain. 🙂
Will you die? Actually you don’t, since this is a MEMORY thing – every time you get hit or injured or do something wrong, it just drops in the memory synchronization bar, if it drops to nothing then you’ll just start where your last stable synchronization was. And if it was losing synchronization, just by resting a while would restore it. 🙂
Graphics and Sound
STUNNING! Absolutely STUNNING!
I’ve seen Crysis, STALKER, Lost Planet, Frontlines and many others – AC to me is the best when it comes to graphics over the environment. Probably the closest I come by so far would be Crysis, remember how the background fades when you change weapon settings and such?
I like how the graphic changes and there’s the BOKEH effect on the background when you’re focusing on target, and here am I just using a sub-RM 700 graphic card – the HD4850 and running it with maximum graphic detail at 1680×1050 resolution.
The thing I didn’t like about the graphic setting options was that they just used FIGURES, eg 3/4 – so basically you have no idea what level of Anti-Aliasing you just did on the setting. Do note that the game also has blood and gore but you can disable it. I choose not to, I wanted the full essence of the game.
As to the sound department, the effects and music were all great. However there was one point where I felt that the moaning of the slain soldiers were annoying as it drowned the voice of the pheasant I just saved. Later, I found out that the pheasants all over the town say the same thing when you save them. (If there be any other variations, then I apologize for missing them out. 😛 )
Great game! I love the story, I love the action. I’ve not enjoyed any game this much for a long time!
I get tired once in a while for having to do the 101 other objectives that appear but it’s the journey through the story that keeps me going. 🙂
PC Specifications Used
The computer setup used for this review.
|Processor||Intel E2140 Overclocked @ 3.2ghz|
|Graphic Card||Gainward Radeon HD4850 512MB DDR3|
|RAM||2x 2GB OCZ DDR2 PC2-8500 Reaper HPC Edition|
|Cooler||Sunbeamtech Core-Contact Freezer Heatsink|
|Monitor||20″ Dell Ultra-sharp Wide-screen LCD|
|Operating System||Windows XP (SP2)|
|Driver Version||ATI Catalyst 8.6|