I'd beaten all of 2007's major console releases, except one. I didn't buy Assassin's Creed when it came out, because of some of the negative media attention it got. It seemed critics either loved the game, or not so much.
I honestly believe it was such polarity that inspired me to check it out. Well, that and the fact that it was on sale at Best Buy for $39.99. My most trusted source gave it an average of 5.83. So it was with hesitation, but curiosity that I began to play it.
There's no doubt it's a startlingly beautiful game. One of the most breathtaking I've seen, and like I said, I've played a lot of games this year. But I won't go into a full review here.
What I will say, is that it possesses both some of the most memorable and beautiful moments in any game I've played this year, as well as some of the biggest disappointments. The ending in particular was an excersize in lazy game design and tedium. Almost ruined the game for me. I literally went from giving this game a 9.0, to a6.5 because of the last 2-3 hours of the experience, which is one gameplay element repeated about 16 times in a row.
Which is interesiting because I didn't find the main portion of the game to be repetitive, which was the main crticism to begin with.
It's such a damn shame.
But I am happy I bought it, as I got about 10 hours of very entertaining gameplay out of it.
All in all, I believe it's worth playing, just to see where you stand on the matter.