Let me start by saying this game has to be one of the best looking I have ever seen. Climb to the top of one of the tallest towers and you will see what I am talking about. The power of the next gen systems never ceases to amaze me. You play as Altair and your job, in a nut shell, is to eliminate 9 different people that are corrupting the various cities. Those cities include Jerusalem, Acre, and Damascus. All of which seem to have been painstakingly recreated as if the game makers had the blue prints for them. The architecture is something to behold. You can do pretty much whatever you want. You can go wherever you want; you can even assassinate anyone you want to, although innocent civilians bring a penalty, but not a permanent one. The controls are nice because all you have to do is hold the A with the Right shoulder button to run and Altair will climb, jump, etc. when he needs to. The bad thing about this though, is when you are running from guards; the controls sometimes get in the way. You want to go one direction, and Altair grabs a ladder, when you did not want him to. Or jumps into a pile of hay when he is in the line of sight of a guard. Running from guards has never been this fun though. Once you get the hang of it, it is actually quite thrilling and you will find yourself killing one guard just so you can run away from the rest. This game does a good job of mixing stealth with action, and as far as I am concerned, it makes stealth seem a viable feature to the game, and not just something they wrote on the back of the box. If you do choose to stand and fight, the fighting mechanics are on par as well. If you are like me and looking for something different than a FPS, this is the game for you. Without a doubt, worth adding to your collection.