I decided to play Assassin’s Creed purely due to reputation. I honestly didn’t have any idea what I was getting into. I was blown away! This game is fun. I suppose it could be classified as a Role Playing Game, but that doesn’t quite fit. It isn’t free of flaws, but those flaws can be easily overlooked.
You play Altair, an experienced Assassin gone slightly rogue. He lives during the time of the Crusades near Jerusalem. Due to his rashness he is stripped of his weapons and titles. He takes on the job of assassinating nine special targets to make up for what he has done in the past. As he takes them out one by one he begins to suspect that not all is right with the Assassin’s Creed and their competitive position with the Knights Templar.
The most impressive aspect of Assassin’s Creed is the ability to freely travel in fully mapped cities like Damascus and Jerusalem. This never gets old, and add to that a half dozen armed guards chasing you down, this can get very exciting. Seriously, for once running away is not a bad thing to do, in fact it is quite fun. This game is all about subtlety and caution. The environments you have to run through are detailed and convincing. Another great aspect of this game is the intriguing story. Overall, the game keeps you guessing until the very end. This is not to mention the frame story of Desmond Miles, in the modern world and how he relates to the Altair story.
While the good qualities of this game are enough to keep you playing, there are several problems as well. The combat is a little weird. There is a lot of waiting involved in it to find the perfect opportunity to strike. The game is also very repetitive. Not only is the combat repetitive, but the story is as well. You basically have to assassinate nine people. In order to do that, you must complete several tasks like listening in on a conversation or pick-pocketing someone. After a while, this can get tedious, and by the fourth or fifth assassination you are ready to do something else. Also the story is a bit hard to follow sometimes. The cut-scenes are not very cinematic and there is a lot of talking and not a lot of action.
However, the flaws, as I’ve stated before, are easy to overlook, due to how fun the gameplay is. Would I play it again? Yes. Would I recommend it to anyone else? Definitely?