E3 '07: Assassin's Creed Impressions

We get another look at the highly anticipated Assasin's Creed.

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One of the most anticipated games at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo is Assassin's Creed. Ubisoft has been tight-lipped on its upcoming action game, at least until Microsoft's press conference, where the game was put through its paces.

The level being shown was Jerusalem circa 1191 A.D. during the time of the Third Crusade. The game's protagonist is an assassin named Altair, which is Arabic for "High Flyer"--a fitting name, since he was perched high atop a tower with a bird's-eye view of the town below. As the camera panned around the bustling city, it was noted that every building you see is interactive and not just a part of the scenery.

But this game isn't about standing on top of tall buildings admiring the view. Altair's objective in this particular level is to take out a slave trader who resides in the city below. Leaving the safety of his perch via a swan dive into a cart filled with hay, Altair makes his way through the city, weaving through the crowded streets, bumping into villagers carrying jars on their heads, and rather forcefully moving a beggar out of the way. Producer Jade Raymond, who was narrating the demo, pointed out that the way you interact with the villagers can either help or hinder you during your mission. This mechanic was shown when villagers blocked Altair's path, forcing him to take a different route.

This little detail proves to be no problem, as he scales a wall with ease and then pushes a guard off a building so that his dead body would draw the attention of the guards. There were a few noticeable bugs in the demo, but one floating, dead guard later and Altair is back on the ground and quickly scampering indoors. This turns out to be a bad idea. Foes approach from the shadows, and the slave trader appears above and gave the order to kill Altair.

As soon as the trader gives his command, the bad guys attack. Using his sword to perform well-timed combos and counterattacks, Altair make short work of the first few enemies--each of which glowed with an almost Tron-like effect as they were targeted. You won't be limited to just a sword in your role as an ancient assassin; there are four different weapons, including a short sword for close combat and throwing stars for ranged attacks.

Once his underlings had perished, the trader decided to head to the roof to make a run for it. This triggered a brief but exciting chase sequence. Raymond promised that no two chases would ever be the same thanks to each of Altair's targets having its own unique artificial intelligence. If you get too far behind your target he'll taunt you; if you get too close he'll throw obstacles in your way. Just when it appeared the trader might escape with his life, Altair took to the rafters and rapidly closed that gap, ending the chase and the demo by leaping onto the trader and ending his life with the thrust of his blade.

Assassin's Creed is currently scheduled to ship for the Xbox 360 this November. We'll have hands-on impressions of the game once E3 starts.

Discussion

80 comments
Gamelova08
Gamelova08

this game is amazing...another great accomplishment from ubisoft

rob_b_ps2
rob_b_ps2

Dutch' rockband Intwine does the soundtrack. Cool!

LORDGRUNTY11
LORDGRUNTY11

Altier doesn't mean "high flier" it means "The Flyer" and you don't have throwing stars, you just through your daggers.

ur2fat
ur2fat

did anyone notice at the top they spelled "assassins" wrong...lol but this game looks great

DouglasBuffone
DouglasBuffone

The demo didn't run very smoothly, but I am still very interested in teh game

E3BigC
E3BigC

I loved the concept and the chase was cool, but the combat sequence where he is fighting the four guards was kinda lousy, and the floating body was pretty good

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

The game looks great. Though I was still impressed more by last year's demonstration.

heightzfinnest
heightzfinnest

Looks like no it is a great game the traielr was amazing cant wait for it to come out already and the Settings looka amazing and how they go into so much detail in civilians not like other games that the only difrrence in civilians is boy and girl the each have their own personality bringing the game to life and tell me the the assassin looks Cool also and hes like an uprgraded version of the Prince in Prince of persia but way cooler the Combat system looks great how hes able to interact with enemied in the Back not like games when you attack the character rapidly turns around making it look weird but in assassin if you seen the trailer he actually dodges the attack and while his back is turn and deals a deadly blow THIS GAME IS GOING TO BE AMAZING 2007 is going to be a great year for 360 owners (halo 3 and assassin and Gta4)

beckoflight
beckoflight

This is my new favorite game in my back 1st place ... it just unseen before & for you all who said that it could be better ..... its best you know that only UBIOSFT Montreal studio had the guts to try something like this ... so from what i've seen they have succeded big time ... personally i think that creating all that A.I. is much harder than creating a superb engine ... not that the game isn't looking great ... its looking awsome !!!

ntnimara
ntnimara

I wonder if this will be like Theif (obviously the Combat is much more Prince of Persia)

tclvis
tclvis

What's a little floating guard between friends when you can run up the side of a building and across the rooftops? I haven't wanted to play a game this badly in a very, very long time.

ntnimara
ntnimara

Is this game coming to the PC as well?

Jared_Vegeta
Jared_Vegeta

Each time I see this game it gets more and more impressive. That chase was absolutely amazing. I can't wait to just roam around cities and wreak havoc.

clanusa
clanusa

Assassin's Creed looks awesome. The demo they did was pretty cool. I loved the chase scene. It may have been short, but it was awesome because it definitely showed off Altair's moves. The combat seemed ok, I saw one combo done at least twice. The AI system is superb. The floating dead guard did throw me off(I went, "What the hell? He's floating?"), but even with a few bugs, they can fix that before November and make Assassin's Creed an awesome game.

-DaNuTz-
-DaNuTz-

This game looks great but it could be better ...

Pete5506
Pete5506

This game keeps looking better every time I look at it

rohver
rohver

The combat was clunky in the demo and the floating dead guy really killed the show. But its good to know that the game has been shaped greatly. This will be one of the nominees for goty.

Jerell_rast
Jerell_rast moderator

This game is a must-buy for any 360 owner. The chase was very exciting.

Silver_Fire
Silver_Fire

The chase scence was incredible, I can't wait to see this game deliver.

mjwickstrom1
mjwickstrom1

The chase the guy got in while playing it last night was awesome! This game is definatly a must buy for me now.

porto
porto

This game looks really great...

alphawolf_0
alphawolf_0

yeah i saw that. the lady kind of laughed when that happened and turned the camer away quickly. embarrasing. lol but it looks like a kick-a** game for sure

billdo3
billdo3

Assassin's Creed looked great accept for the white highlighted characters. Ruined the mood of the game for me right away.

swiftstar183
swiftstar183

i Think Peter Moore Was Right. This looks like it'll Be the best Holiday Season EVER. Man O man. im going to be very poor after this 1.

j2theboogy
j2theboogy

mass effect and this are coming out in november...what a great month...

solidsnakegx35
solidsnakegx35

yyyeeeaaa...im pretty much sold on this; looks badass

NandoSupes
NandoSupes

this game looks like is going to revolutionise gaming,and yes Jade Raymond is beautiful. lol

Nawras
Nawras

It looks like Prince of Persia now that I look at it, but of course this doesn't make it less awesome

akif22
akif22

looks amazing .. the detail and scale of the city took my breath away

football_legend
football_legend

Looks so awesome. I am looking for this and SC 5 from ubisoft mostly.

a_grunge_fan
a_grunge_fan

This game looks better and better each time I see it, the levels look so BIG, I can't wait to just explore without actually doing any missions, it'll be awesome! THIS GAME RULES!!!!!!

kitty
kitty moderator

i definitely cannot wait for this title, it looked sweet during the M$ conference

steven141
steven141

I laughed when i saw the body floating in the air. This games looks brilliant however and will look forward to playing it

abd_jemeye
abd_jemeye

I'm not gonna have the money to buy all the games I want :( but Assassin's Creed is at the top of my list. It's amazing.

s0njas0n
s0njas0n

this game looked alright, the voice acting wasn't that great...

Blackjack141
Blackjack141

This game looks exellent and will be a must buy for me

Cubehouse
Cubehouse

Assasin's creed is in the middle-ish.... and the floating body ruined the demo... some of the pushing of women with jars looked really clumsy... But apart from that, it looks damn cool! Hopefully the demo will be on PSN and XBL sooooon.

saifiii
saifiii

i have been following this as a smash hit successor to POP games, better prove yourself worthy

vufor
vufor

Amazing is that, first look s just astonishing. iwould imagine how great is going to be the full game. Only thing I would like to see in this game is the fast paced gameplay as in God Of war or Prince of Persia! Pretty sure that this game are going to be one of the favourite games in my colection!!

bjl8624
bjl8624

this game is going to be amazing. and mass effect of course. I can't WAIT for this game. i'm going to be soooo broke in november.

Ryan-06
Ryan-06

I have a serious crush on Jade Raymond; Lol!! :D