Assassin's Creed is an exciting game and a huge let down all rolled into one.
Tiefster wrote this review on .
First I'd like to start off with the graphics. They're awesome for a multiplat game. The scope of each city is epic and they are living and breathing thanks to accuracy. Everything honestly has the look of the 12th century and even better is the amount of structures you can see and climb. It doesn't have very vibrant colors and the ultra-bright lighting on the PS3 makes everything seem washed out. Jaggies are also very noticeable and frame rate drops are rampant. Also, far too often do you have the same NPC character models in a row and not much design was put into certain NPCs and many of them have faces that look like lumps of smushed clay.
Now, the sound effects in the game weren't bad and nor was the voice acting but the soundtrack was absolutely terrific. My only criticism about the sound effects is that there wasn't too much thought put into them. I know you're in noisy cities but was the same formula everywhere. Like I said, the voice acting wasn't bad but it lacked emotion in many parts.
The story wasn't bad but for anyone who hasn't been keeping up on the game they may be surprised that it has a sci-fi twist and while it isn't a bad thing at all I was a little disappointed about it when I first heard about it. Without giving too much away the story has a few parts where you could read right through it and figure it out but mind you that they aren't obvious holes. The ending is rather eerie and screams "buy my sequel next year!" but if the eerieness of the ending is any indication of how the sequel will be then I will buy it day one. The final action sequence of the game is rather lame and surprisingly easy but it is worth it just to get to the cinematic ending.
Now, the gameplay isn't something to dance in the streets about. It's repetitive and is really the same formula up until the actual assassination of you target. If you're like me you'll love just climbing on buildings for the hell of it and trying to find the different flags through out the cities and kingdom. The combat isn't all that special and is rather frustrating at times but noting that totally takes away from your experience. The way you need to go about certain assassinations feels like punishment sometimes but in the end it makes the kill sweeter.
Before I rap this thing up I need to point out the obvious stability problems with this game. More than once did it warrant a restart. I thought my PS3 was dying from playing it so much (I have Rock Band and CoD4 as well) but alas it's the games own stability problem. I found myself with sound effects and music still going but Altair in suspended animation along with the populous of the city. I was able to look around but not move around.
All in all Assassin's Creed is a solid stealth action game that has some drawbacks that may or may not make or break your gaming experience.