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Assassin's Creed Review

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I have to hand it to Ubisoft. The people they've got in their PR department are marketing geniuses. They could sell refrigerators to people living on an iceberg, or a stack of Bibles to a group of atheists. Look at Assassin's Creed. The smooth operators behind the ad campaign have taken what is essentially a tech demo propped up by a rudimentary mission structure and parlayed it into one of the most anticipated titles of the season. My hat is off to them; the work they do is without equal. However, the developers in Ubisoft's Montreal studio who actually created the game still have a way to go.

The epitome of "high concept," Assassin's Creed is split between two worlds. The first closely resembles modern times, just a short hop into the near future. In this setting of minimalist furnishings and sterile surfaces, two scientists use a supercomputing analytical device to extract "genetic memories" from a kidnapped bartender named Desmond. The information the machine mines from his DNA makes up the second world, and is the setting for the action in Assassin's Creed.

When reliving the "memories" conjured from Desmond's biological data, the player assumes the role of Altair, an unorthodox and incredibly acrobatic assassin whose life took place centuries in the past. After being disgraced by his own poor judgment, he's tasked with eliminating nine targets described as slavers, warmongers, and people corrupt with power. By removing those who stand in the way of peace, he hopes to regain his status and place within the assassin order.

Although bits and pieces of this "past/future" twist had leaked long before the game's release to cast doubts about the true storyline, I have to say that the dichotomy works beautifully. (And no, none of this is a spoiler... it's all revealed within the first five minutes.) I occasionally wondered whether or not the "future" portions should have been held back for a dramatic twist once players had gotten further in, but that's not a complaint. The whole thing is handled rather cleverly, actually.

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As much as I can appreciate the concept, that's not the same as appreciating the game—which I don't. Although it looks stunning in demos and short clips, I became bored and disinterested with Assassin's Creed long before it was over. I would never have guessed that one of the titles I had been most looking forward to would end up being one of the most tedious slogs I've forced myself to sit through all year.

There are so many areas where the game goes awry that it's hard to know where to begin, but I'll start by saying that for a game about assassins, there's precious little assassination going on. I'm no expert on the subject, but it seems logical to expect subterfuge, hiding in the shadows, and slipping into a villain's lair unseen before silently delivering death's kiss on the deserving ne'er-do-well. Instead, Assassin's Creed completely bungles the concept by taking stealth and cleverness out of the equation, instead relying on cumbersome swordplay and tediously scripted scenes.

For example, at several assassinations I saw my subject in the process of murdering a helpless townsperson or some other similar act. Preparing the hidden blade concealed on Altair's left hand, I constantly tried to make my way through the masses in order to strike. I was always allowed to draw close enough to prevent the townsperson from being cruelly murdered, but consistently prevented from taking action until the scene played out. (In itself, a huge missed opportunity). Immediately following, my target would usually "see" me, my silent assassination becoming a clumsy, artless brawl and the complete opposite of my intentions.

Really, nearly every mission follows much the same pattern; rather than striking unseen from a vantage point earned by stealth or careful observation to escape anonymously, Ubisoft Montreal made the bizarre decision to craft the majority of these situations around chasing someone down busy streets or struggling through tiresome melees after expository cut-scenes. These choices don't make any sense until the "free-running" aspect of Assassin's Creed is taken into account.

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Rather than making the player work for pixel-perfect jumps or split-second timing while navigating the rooftops and detailed architecture of the game's three environments, all that's required is to simply press a direction and let Altair find his own way. Although this system was originally seen in Toby Gard's Galleon on Xbox, the way Altair moves and adapts to the environment is a major technological achievement and the developers should be proud. However, just because the system is an impressive success doesn't mean that it's substantial enough to keep players engaged over the course of the game, because it's not.

Within an hour or so of venturing through Creed's Middle Eastern-themed cities, the novelty of Altair's Spider-Man act wore off and I started to wonder where the rest of the game was. This adaptive movement system should only be the means to an end, not the end in itself. Unfortunately, the developers seem to not understand this. Instead, they force the player to travel as much as possible, climb incessantly, and base everything in the game around this function. My guess is that they spent far too much time and energy creating the climbing aspect to the detriment of all else. I can see no other reason behind the nonsensical, so-called "assassinations" and the overuse of an incredibly dull combat system.

Adding insult to injury, the game's story burns as hot as a soggy matchbook, never fulfilling the promise of the ingenious DNA contrivance mentioned at the review's beginning. The too-frequent unskippable cut-scenes are enough to beat anyone into a vegetative state of bored submission, each one saying extremely little and taking an intolerable amount of time to do it. As if those weren't bad enough, every "boss" target drowns Altair with the sort of insipid deathbed filibustering that makes Metal Gear Solid's famed talkiness seem positively tight-lipped. If three quarters of the game is climbing, the last quarter is staring at the screen while characters spew endless amounts of emotionally empty dialogue.

Lapsing into formulaic predictability just moments past the title screen, Ubisoft Montreal makes players repeat the same tasks from start to finish while crisscrossing its beautifully-rendered cities an absurd amount of times, wrongly hoping that the impressive means of navigation would be enough to fool people into believing there's any sort of interesting, engaging gameplay to be found. The sad truth is, Assassin's Creed is a prime example of basing a project on a single mechanic rather than creating the appropriate mechanic to support a project. Everything except Altair's athletics feels underdeveloped and painfully shallow, making the end result an overhyped attempt to recoup the development costs for something that's little more than an extended tech demo. Rating: 5.0 out of 10.

Disclaimer: This review is based on the Xbox 360 version of the game.

According to ESRB, this game contains: violence, blood, and strong language

Parents would be wise to steer their children away from this game. There are several scenes of fairly explicit blood and violence, and one of the main ideas of the game is to stab people with a knife when they're not looking. Factor in the bloated amount of sword fighting (complete with picturesque finishing flourishes) and you've got something that's not for the kiddies. There are a few brief occurrences of language, but in this case, I'd say the most important thing to be aware of is the violence level. There is no sexual content.

Stealth gamers and assassination fans, don't believe anything you've seen or heard until you've read my review. This game is not at all about stealth, it's about climbing walls and jumping from rooftop to rooftop. This game has basically nothing in common with any of the other games that could potentially fall into the "sneaky killing" genre, so be warned.

Action gamers and Prince of Persia fans, this game is probably not for you either. Although coming from the same publisher, there's almost nothing in common between the two titles. Lacking the same sense of structured pace and careful level design, there's there's no way this could be mistaken for a next-gen version of the Prince's continuing adventures except on the most superficial level.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing gamers get the shaft. There are no subtitles anywhere in the game, so it's impossible to follow along with the story or dialogue. One of the development team was quoted as saying that adding subtitles was not as important as making sure the game was translated into several different spoken languages, but I'm afraid that isn't a sacrifice that should ever be made. Without access to the audio, several important gameplay tips will be missed and very little of anything will make sense, although to be honest, that's the case for hearing gamers as well. If you insist on playing this, track down an FAQ before starting to clue you in.

Category Tags
Platform(s): Xbox 360   PS3   PC  
Developer(s): Ubisoft Montreal  
Key Creator(s): Jade Raymond  
Publisher: Ubisoft  
Series: Assassin's Creed  
Genre(s): Stealth  
ESRB Rating: Mature (17+)  
Articles: Game Reviews   Best Work  

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AC is such a shame. It could

AC is such a shame. It could and should have been incredible from start to finish. The developers lost focus somewhere by not giving the player interesting things to do in every location. The game is just too repetitive too fast. Not only that, but the game has some horrible technical issues that clearly needed to be worked out before shipping. All we can do is hope that a sequel takes in all of the complaints and puts us in an explorable world which offers unique and diverse gameplay throughout the adventure. Oh, and skippable cutscenes or at least interactable cutscenes. And am I the only person getting real tired of horrible cliffhanger endings to video games?

The game isn't so bad. All

The game isn't so bad. All the talk of repetitive gameplay, i just have one thing to say: you don't have to do all the task in the game if you don't want to. You can choose to do just 3-4 and you will have enough intel to assassinate the target. The reviewer said about easily being seen by the target. I think it's because he doesn't "know" how to remain unseen. The effective way i get to kill the targets without them being aware of me and running off is by following the intel gathered about the safest/undetectable way to the target. Or even kill the guards on the roofs so that the targets won't be informed of your presence. This requires stealth and knowledge of the surroundings. That is why you need the agility and skills of Altair. Sure you can get a couple of hours of fun with the free running, but the main use of it is to get to targets preferably by the roofs and assassinate while still remain in stealth.
All in all, i think AC is great. I can never get enough of roaming the large and diverse cities using Altair free run.

Anonymous wrote: I think

Anonymous wrote:

I think it's because he doesn't "know" how to remain unseen.

Yup that is some compelling gameplay there. Holding down a button to "blend" in while walking at a snails pace through massive cities. Thats almost too much fun.

You said that a person only has to do three or four of the side-missions in a city to get an assassination mission started. That's where the repetitiveness comes from. All of the side-missions are the same in every city. Pickpocket, interrogate, eavesdrop, run around the city and collect flags, and intel missions. After the first few hours of the game this gets boring and stupid because they are the same in every city. Oh, and lets not forget the greatest feat of all. Scaling viewpoints time and time again in order to find the side-mission in the first place.

Ubisoft needed to take more than the sandbox page out of the Grand Theft Auto book. They forgot about the imaginative and diverse gameplay page.

Foshi wrote: Anonymous

Foshi wrote:
Anonymous wrote:

I think it's because he doesn't "know" how to remain unseen.

Yup that is some compelling gameplay there. Holding down a button to "blend" in while walking at a snails pace through massive cities. Thats almost too much fun.

Wow, did you even read what he said after that? You take out the guards so that the guards don't alert the target...there are OTHER ways of remaining unseen instead of just holding down one button and sneaking through. Are you too retarded to understand the concept he presented before you?

um...I thought that reviews

um...I thought that reviews usually looked on both the good and bad parts of a game, instead of someone with an extended vocabulary whining the whole time?

Sounds to me like you were seen before you could assassinate a primary target a few times, took a hissy fit because you couldn't do it proficiently, and therefore slapped a bad review on it. In your review you also managed to forget about the scenery, the textures, and the lighting. They are absolutely BREATHTAKING. The sound is noteworthy too. Stop and you can hear birds chirping, or merchants selling their wares. It's not over the top, but you can still hear and appreciate it. I do agree with you on the free-running getting a bit boring after a little while however, and if the cutscenes were made skippable, all the better. Overall this was a very good game, surely not befitting of a 5/10.

I'll keep this simple and

I'll keep this simple and short, just like the game.

Repetition is of course what types this game, but i'm looking at the missed potential; and then i truly regret having played this game.

It looks as if the most time has been put into the conversations that sucked anyway. Less is more in this case. Story with missions is what people want, not this kind of crap.

4 out of 10 for the nice graphics and the controls.

I'll keep this simple and

I'll keep this simple and short, just like the game.

Repetition is of course what types this game, but i'm looking at the missed potential; and then i truly regret having played this game.

It looks as if the most time has been put into the conversations that sucked anyway. Less is more in this case. Story with missions is what people want, not this kind of crap.

4 out of 10 for the nice graphics and the controls.

Quote: Story with missions

Quote:

Story with missions is what people want, not this kind of crap.

What do you mean by what "people" want? I'm pretty sure I want something different than you do and AC has a story with missions, so why are you calling it crap? It appears to fit your criteria for what people want which clearly equates to what is good.

Anonymous wrote: um...I

Anonymous wrote:

um...I thought that reviews usually looked on both the good and bad parts of a game, instead of someone with an extended vocabulary whining the whole time?

Sounds to me like you were seen before you could assassinate a primary target a few times, took a hissy fit because you couldn't do it proficiently, and therefore slapped a bad review on it. In your review you also managed to forget about the scenery, the textures, and the lighting. They are absolutely BREATHTAKING. The sound is noteworthy too. Stop and you can hear birds chirping, or merchants selling their wares. It's not over the top, but you can still hear and appreciate it. I do agree with you on the free-running getting a bit boring after a little while however, and if the cutscenes were made skippable, all the better. Overall this was a very good game, surely not befitting of a 5/10.

Anyone can watch a trailer for this game and see how pretty it looks. If a game sucks in gameplay it sucks. Who the hell buys games to be impressed by scenery alone? Substantial gameplay is what is important and AC's is boring after the first few hours because by then you'll have done everything at least three times over and have to do it three times more.

Very underwhelming

It is a hugely underwhelming game because of the potential that was there. It's fun for a while but it's just so massively repetitive and limited. Unlike the reviewer here I'm not a big fan of the "modern day" story - the Crusades setting is good enough to stand on it's own. But I think it's all engine and no real content - the engine is fabulous and really deserves a more immersive and much deeper game than it's got. If Ubisoft take on the criticism that it's received and really push the gameplay boundaries in a sequel then it could be something really special.

My Review

Foshi wrote: Anyone can

Foshi wrote:

Anyone can watch a trailer for this game and see how pretty it looks. If a game sucks in gameplay it sucks. Who the hell buys games to be impressed by scenery alone? Substantial gameplay is what is important and AC's is boring after the first few hours because by then you'll have done everything at least three times over and have to do it three times more.

First, "Gameplay" is an all-encompassing term that can imply many things, so if you are talking about controls or mechanics than simply state accordingly.

And of course no one would buy a video game for scenery alone. The prior post was probably saying that the review itself did not account for anything else besides shortcomings when a review should be designed for readers that want to find out about ALL the aspects of a game.

True, the repetitiveness is the weakest link in this game, but if you can't think of multiple ways to assassinate a target in the first place there's no doubt that you'll find this game horrible.

AC

I rented this game to see if it was worth buying, and I came away with a definate "NO" Sorry, I do not want to walk slowly past EVERY DAMN guard I see, I do not want to have to ride 30 FRICKIN miles to get from town to town. I do not want to CLIMB around with a mostly fluid but sometimes odd climbing system.....anyone else here get half way up a tower and then inexplicably jump off/backwards and die after plummeting 60'? While the scenery and the sound in the game are excellent, I didn't rent it for THAT, and I won't be buying it for THAT, those are secondary to me. The game was simply too s-l-o-w for me, you can achieve great story / scenery / sound design without dropping everything to a standstill (see Bioshock, Anyways, this is the first review of this game that i agree with. You nailed it on the head.

true but

another aspect of the game is the evidence you find does almost nothing but tell you where your target is and has almost no value at all to the assasination itself, although many would speak otherwise it is sometimes best to be told what to do in a game, like maybe u had to throw a knife at a chandelier and make it fall on the person based on the info that your target will be making a speech in the center of a large building etc. because if you have to do all that work for information it should at least lead to you killing a person creatively.

A PERFECT REVIEW

SUMS THE GAME UP JUST RIGHT.

js

AC

Its a fun game... Threw the first half. I chose to get everything and agree that this game is very repetitive. Fighting is no challenge in this game, was their even a change of difficulty level from your first kill to your last?

I really hope their will be a 2nd cause that ending was more anti clymatic then Halo 3.

Hmm

Well this is exactly why I bought the game in the first place..
Renting games is not option for me, I work alot and usually only play on the weekends and even then I get bored fast.
Anyway I bought it, thinking the game looks great, and that climbing looks cool. Plus it's an Assassian game..I was sold.
Oh the reviews I read made this game " A Try for yourself game"
So Yeah...

This game is indeed beautiful, and the free running is awesome.
But everything else is very boring.. the fighting is clumsy, the free run climbing doesn't work properly.. I've had it like 2 weeks now and the only thing I do is get on and start fights and run around.. do that for like 10 mins and then I throw in COD4 and start to feel all warm and gooey inside.

review was on the money..Do not buy unless you got it like that.

This is a stupid review.

This is a stupid review. The only problem with this game is that it is short. Period its fantastic, and it does end quickly without rapping up setting for a sequel but come on its a much better review than this critic.

Good review of a worthless game

This game is def not worth $60. I bought it used and am taking it back. On ebay, its already going in the mid twenties with shipping. I would buy it for $10ish and thats about it. Although this game has great (but glitchy) graphics, that does not impress me in a game. So disappointed from this repetitive, generic Prince of Persia ripoff that requires no skill.

Too hard too Assassinate

Foshi is right you know. There are many other ways to kill your target... It was funny when I found Garnier busy talking to his "patients". I looked around and saw few guards... So I ran as fast as I could and took Garnier's life... And what was funny? Garnier didn't see me coming :P. Aside from repetitive missions you can do other missions like the informant which provides many different missions. If you still think thats too repetitive then why dont you experiment with the game? You know... do things you never done, try somthing new. I learned that you can assassinate people while climbing, and my favorite pass time is too man slaughter a certain area. It's so funny when a guard comes and says "who did this?" when he should say "OMG!" But I do wish its "past storyline" wasn't repetitive, atleast the "futuristic storyline" makes it unique thus unrepetitive.

Assassin's Creed

1st of all

ALL GAMES ARE REPETITIVE
you'd have to be blind to think otherwise

1st person shooters... you click your left mouse button, one of the most repetitive game types, yet people love them.(second only to Hack and Slash... like Diablo)
RPG's, same basic concept each match... build a base up, army, then attack them/defend
Fighters, mash buttons

Life is repetitive
Wake up, eat, go to work/school, get home, relax, sleep...

So stop complaining about things being repetitive

In my opinion, sneaking in this game isn't as fun as just killing them all, getting in a fight against 20 people can be really fun.
They could have made some viewpoints harder to scale also. they were all really easy except one, the huge church in the Harbor city (I scaled it from the front) and that one wasn't even that hard.
I thought the ending for the game sucked too, It was all cool until the whole illusion magic came in suddenly and kinda ruined the atmosphere.
I don't see how a sequel will work (assuming there would be judging by the end of the game) while keeping the same game style. It'd have to be made into a FPS or something unless they made some high tech assassin stuff for the character to use.

Also there should be a separate review for the PS3 because I found almost NO glitches while playing... Only two, one where I jumped into a building somehow and couldn't get out, forcing me to restart. And the other where an Intel person didn't show up at first.

Score appears to be too low

I realize this game has been out for a while, but I only just decided to finish playing it. After all is said and done, I have to disagree with the reviewer over the overall quality of Assassin's Creed.

I will begin by stating that I do agree on some points with the reviewer here. Some actions are extremely repetative. It would be nicer to avoid having to scale so many view points in order to find the same tired side missions over and over. Moreover, having to run extreme distances to reach objectives is also a large inconvenience. The game is also not without glitches as I managed to fall through a building in the first half hour of my playing. I fell into a blue underworld, not unlike that of Grand Theft Auto, and eventually died. After I died I received the "Stay undefeated for 100 battles" achievement which truly baffled me.

Despite these shortcomings, however, the game still manages to be worth playing. When not on a mission the cities are a joy to traverse and fighting your way through a mass of guards is almost always satisfying. The combat system is also largely above that of most stealth games. At first it is simple, but once counters and combos are unlocked you can really perform a variety of moves in a fight. The semi-varied animations per special move helps combat flow well as well.

As far as stealth goes, it is far more emphasized than the original reviewer lets on to believe. Chasing most targets down a street is rather easily avoided by sneaking to your target and assassinating him on the spot. The reviewer simply needs to look at the large picture when moving up to the kill. Climb roofs, use scholars, wait until the target's back is turned, and, most importantly, be patient. An assassin's game is not about fast action, but slow stealth.

In addition to how you are supposed to kill, the reason that you are not permitted to save the helpless civilians which are always hurt or killed is that it is not the assassin's job to be a hero. They simply have to eliminate their targets. Moreover, the death/mutilation of a civilian shows the character of your target, and futher reminds the player of why they need to die.

Overall I feel that, while Assassin's Creed is flawed, the game itself (with the exception of the horrible ending) is a good one. It is worth playing to any action fan and certainly deserves higher than a "failing" score.

Personal review: 8.5/10

"the game's story burns as

"the game's story burns as hot as a soggy matchbook" - loved that line!

Assassins Creed

I don't see why everyone complains about repetitive gameplay. Maybe instead of trying to getting all the achievements and boring yourself you should actually enjoy the game and play it as you wish. You don't have to do EVERYTHING on your first try of the game because that ruins the game experience. I would have also thought that people would realize that when you see something about a game being released or hear about it, that it isn't absolutely guaranteed to be in the game. Last minute alterations are always made. And maybe instead being a thug and just running in trying to kill everything you should perhaps put some thought into your attacks. I don't know maybe a PLAN or something. You people are so used to mindlessly running in and killing everything that moves that you have lost your creativity and ability to put thought into anything you do in a game. I have no idea why you people rip on the story either. Its probably the most original and interesting story ever. You people praise a game that has you in super armor killing aliens for 9 hours but you throw a bone the a story that has assassins killing targets that fuel the crusades. I mean there are like 34 games that have you fighting aliens on some weird planet in super armor and the gameplay is just as repetitive but you people don't give a damn about that. Maybe Assassins Creed is for more creative and more intelligent players. I have proof. All my friends who have straight A's and are in honors love this game. All my redneck friends who play shooters don't like the game. All you need to enjoy Assassins Creed is a creative mind some time, intelligence, basic knowledge of history and the ability to resist holding right trigger and pressing x everytime a enemy attacks. Don't complain about repetitive gameplay if thats what you do because its your fault if you play it the cheap way. AC is worth you money. And if you don't think so find a smart friend and trade with him for another game.

Review is accurate.

For the areas that this review covers, the author was very accurate. So are some of the posts. For example, I agree that the graphics, sound and free run environment (all being the game engine) are indeed quite good. There could have been more music though, especially for ambience. I'm surprised no one has mentioned the third person camera though. Maybe it's just me, but I constantly found myself fighting with it, and it really ruins the fun. It resets too often, and is always getting stuck. Being near walls (which you frequently are in this title) is often a nightmare, and it gets even worse when on horseback. There are good reasons as to why the first person perspective tends to be more popular in gaming. The controls can sometimes be obtuse as well. Overall, I think this game could have been far more involving storywise, and especially in regards to assassinations. Was some variety really too hard for Ubi to implement, or were they just lazy? I give AC a 6 out of 10.

i have no idea what you guys

i have no idea what you guys are talking about, this game is so addictivly fun i could barly tare myself away for a couple hours while i splept. And just because you didnt take your time to assassinate the people smoothly and silently doesnt meen that is the only way to do it.

A good review of yur life

Ray wrote:

This game is def not worth $60. I bought it used and am taking it back. On ebay, its already going in the mid twenties with shipping. I would buy it for $10ish and thats about it. Although this game has great (but glitchy) graphics, that does not impress me in a game. So disappointed from this repetitive, generic Prince of Persia ripoff that requires no skill.

I agree that 60$ is a lot how can u say somethings worthless if you can't make it interesting and i hate the way you guys can't use your own words. Anybody slamming on this good game will most likely use the same words as the other guy, repetitve is in every comment. What if you never had these games or werent able to. Stop slamming on a non-perfect but good game, you need to get a real life instead of playing video games all day.

Raqueem wrote: I'll keep

Raqueem wrote:

I'll keep this simple and short, just like the game.

Repetition is of course what types this game, but i'm looking at the missed potential; and then i truly regret having played this game.

It looks as if the most time has been put into the conversations that sucked anyway. Less is more in this case. Story with missions is what people want, not this kind of crap.

4 out of 10 for the nice graphics and the controls.

How can u say something like the conversation sucks EVERY game/story has conversation just because you don't wanna listen 2 it or you can't comprehend simple English doesn't mean you could speak 4 all of us when u say that people dont want this game and call it crap wen its a pretty good game with a good storyline and unless yur blind or deaf this game has missions, thats role of the assassin to complete them. So dont slam a game when u dont really know wat your talkin about.

Sums up?

Anonymous wrote:

SUMS THE GAME UP JUST RIGHT.

Have u even read the whole thing. Dont comment if u dont know wat yur talkin about SHUT UP and get a life.

wow

John wrote:

I rented this game to see if it was worth buying, and I came away with a definate "NO" Sorry, I do not want to walk slowly past EVERY DAMN guard I see, I do not want to have to ride 30 FRICKIN miles to get from town to town. I do not want to CLIMB around with a mostly fluid but sometimes odd climbing system.....anyone else here get half way up a tower and then inexplicably jump off/backwards and die after plummeting 60'? While the scenery and the sound in the game are excellent, I didn't rent it for THAT, and I won't be buying it for THAT, those are secondary to me. The game was simply too s-l-o-w for me, you can achieve great story / scenery / sound design without dropping everything to a standstill (see Bioshock, Anyways, this is the first review of this game that i agree with. You nailed it on the head.

Well 1st

you don't have 2 walk slowly passed every guard u see and yur probably the only 1 who would be dumb enough to jump off a 50 feet tower. This game has to do with common sense just because you dont know how to play the game doesnt meen its a bad game. I'd like to see you make a game as sophisticated as this.

LOL

I Agree with you all the way

yup

agreed.

I Generally agreed with

I Generally agreed with everything you said in your review, except the bit at the end about the game's 'frequent and unskippable cutscenes'. Come on, they weren't that long and they were meant to get the gamer 'into' the story. If you want to complain about Cut-scenes, play Xenosaga :).

I finally got the game

I finally got the game yesterday because it was really cheap. While I do find it pretty entertraining I must say I agree with many points in here. I was most disappointed how the game doesn't offer enoug choices for assasinations. There's no real stealth in there, no hiding in shadows and planning a careful strategy. I'm a fan of Thief and Splinter Cell series and what bothers me about AC is that the stealth is almost nonexistant. Way too many times the assasinations end up being huge brawls. That doesn't really meet my expectations of an expert assassin. The succesful assassination also don't really cause the feeling of achviement. I'm much more thrilled in Thief after I have carefully observed the patrol route of a guard, silently sneaking from shadow to a shadow, seeking a perfect spot and then managed to knock the guard down without alerting anyone.
I do realize that AC's approach is meant to be a bit different but that doesn't really change the fact that it lacks this... this feeling. I think it should offer more ways to handle the assassinations so players like me, who love the stealth part, would also get something from it. Of course... I'm still new to the game so maybe I'll find my own play style but for nor it has left a bit empty feeling.

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