9.5

Assassin's Creed is a beautiful game that remains fun to play all the way through and easily makes my top 5 of all time.

The instant I first laid my eyes upon Altair, the hero of Assassin's Creed, I knew I would love this game. The game pulls out all the stops to deliver a absolutely gorgeous recreation of the Holy Land during the third crusade and it is hard to find a piece of the game that isn't pretty to look at.

The game starts off introducing you to Desmond Miles, the present day ancestor of our 12th century hero. Desmond is a simple bartender who is captured by a secret organization with hidden motives. They use a machine called the animus to access the memories of his ancestor hidden within his DNA. Most of the story will be spent exploring the Holy Land in the memories of Altair, and you spent a small amount of time exploring the confined laboratory containing the animus.

The story and graphics are absolutely top notch. There are few games to date that offer as beautiful experience as Assassin's Creed. However, the one place Assassin's Creed suffered is in its gameplay. The free running and climbing abilities are an absolute joy to mess around with and even better to watch in awe. The combat although is a little easy. You can survive onslaughts from endless hordes of enemies thanks to an easy to use counter system that usually dispatches enemies instantly. This is the only real gripe I have with the game, because it seems like common sense that an assassin trying to stay hidden wouldn't take on a huge group of soldiers.

Although this doesn't mean that I didn't enjoy the game, because I did. I loved every second of Assassin's Creed and had fun doing each and every side mission, exploring all the view points of each city, and rescuing each citizen in need. These all culminate in an exciting assassination requiring you to blend in with the crowds and remain unseen in order for you to reach your main target without him being any the wiser.

Overall I recommend Assassin's Creed to any gamer who is looking to have a good time, and Assassin's Creed is easily one of my top 5 favorite games of all time.

Pros:
-Beautiful graphics
-Assassinations are satisfying each and every time
-Great story that leaves room for a sequel
-Great main character
-Free running and controls are top notch

Cons:
-Combat could use some work
-Playing Desmond in the future means we have to acknowledge that Altair has died :(


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