Assassin's Creed brings a lot of new things to the table, but falls short of a really good video game.
MikeCJ2 wrote this review on .
I'll break it down for you:
1) Graphics - Arguably one of the top 3 or 4 best looking Xbox 360 games to date. The detail to the cities and characters are outstanding. The cities are also huge and fun to explore ala Prince of Persia style climbing and running and jumping, as well as blending in with the crowd. The menus and how you go about loading and continuing your game and such are also very energetic to the game, it really grabs you and makes you feel like you're apart of the story.
Pros: Very very addictive at first. Face it, assassinating guards left and right with a blade that comes out of your hand? Awesome. And going from rooftop to rooftop, catching view points (the games way of revealing information on a map), saving citizens and doing other jobs for informants is really neat. You gain abilities with each main assassination (9 in all) and doing side missions fills your health bar (like max hearts in Zelda). Towards the end of the game it's quite easy to take on 10 guards at once with out losing a single point of health. And the little kill moves you perform on your targets are really neat and fluid, like stabbing them in the foot then uppercut slicing them in the face or kicking out their feet and then delivering the final blow to their neck, your jaw will draw and you'll most likely say "OH SNAP!" without a doubt. And there's quite a bit to do, and if you're like me and like to complete all side missions first then do the story line it will probably take you 10-20 hours or more.
Cons: However, this all gets very very repetitive. You're stuck doing the same thing at each city. There is no variation whatsoever besides dialogue of characters. There is variation between your main assassination targets, and how you go about doing them but it leaves little room for error and if you fail you'll have your target and plenty of guards to deal with. By my 6th assassination target I was ready to quit playing.. it was that dull. There's only 3 main cities, as well as your headquarters city but there's a huge inter-travel area in between each city. You ride through it for the first couple missions but then it just allows you to auto-travel.. skipping the entire thing. And there's nothing to see in there besides view points/flags/assassinate Templars (all side missions) which don't really advance the plot at all, so it's pretty much pointless other than riding around on a horse and attacking guards, that's about it. They should have done something more with it. The game is also ridiculously easy, and the only way to really die is falling to your death.
Very interesting how they entwine your play with the present (not going to reveal spoilers). The story is kind of solid, overall they did a fairly good job and of how everything comes together. The end is kind of confusing but its just a gateway to Assassin's Creed 2.
Overall, I think this game left me wanting more. It really has no replay value (other than getting hundreds of flags hidden throughout each place.. no thanks) and, like I said, it just gets dull and repetitive. The coolness factor wears off quick. This is a rent sadly, maybe they'll step things up in the next game.