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whatshot Assassin's Creed PS3 Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 9.2
Graphics 9.5
Sound 9.0
Value 9.2
Distributor: UbiSoft
Classification:
M15+
Review Date:
November 2007
Reviewer:
James Wright

9.2


Assassin's Creed

Assassin's Creed is part of UbiSoft's exciting gaming franchise set in 1191A.D. where the third Crusade has torn the Holy Land apart. With an ancient assassin's guild steeped in mystery, they plan on halting this battle by targeting both sides of the conflict. Mixing elements of Prince of Persia, Tomb Raider and Splinter Cell, this title features battles, puzzles and mystery which will definitely make this one of the most memorable games of 2007. With that said, hamers are transformed into the role of Altair who as part of his heritage has the chance of changing the tides of history.

The first thing you will notice about Assassin's Creed is how visually rich the game is that will leave you awing in wonder as you gaze around the gaming environment. Whether you're on the city streets, working your way through the throng or perched high atop a View Point, the majesty of your surroundings rarely fails.

Ironically the story of Assassin's Creed does not always take place in the Middle Ages, rather, you are a seemingly normal guy living in present time but through an advanced form of memory recall and a deeper purpose lacing the proceedings, you relive your days as an assassin many centuries ago.

At first, the main character appears to us as a brash, over-confident yet very competent individual who doesn't adhere to the "Creed" and early on, we see how this rashness costs him his life and why he must be "reborn" in order to set things right.

Throughout the course of your adventure, you will unravel an admittedly loosely woven mystery; all the while exploring one of the most fully realized virtual worlds in video game history. The key to success centers on your ability to blend in, investigate, and ultimately come to grips with who you are in both the past and present.

During the initial hour of the game, your character will be stripped of your weapons, abilities, and typical assassin skills after that "rebirth" we just mentioned and you're forced to start over as a novice.

As you progress, you will earn back what you lost, and it won't be long before you are a dangerous yet silent individual, one who has no fear of heights and an inherent ability to blend in. You will have access to a sword, short blade, throwing knives, and that nifty hidden blade mounted on a tiny spring on your wrist. The best part of the game is using your stealth which is monitored by a meter and allows the gamer to do some great maneuvers.

Interesting enough, Altair exhibits unbelievable climbing ability, a way of moving with ease through crowds, the typical combat training, and special stealth skills like Pickpocket and Eavesdropping. If he needs to, he can engage multiple enemies at once, save citizens in need and even attack from horseback.

Most of these abilities get regular use as you complete the nine main and various side missions that make up he game. You'll use Altair's observation skills frequently, climbing up high structures to get a lay of the land, pick pocketing for information and listening in on conversations. Along the way, you ascend old buildings and move across loose boards, simply by holding the correct buttons down while moving with the analog stick. Needless to say, a very sturdy gaming engine from start to finish.

Graphically, Assassinís Creed is an intoxicating experience on the PlayStation 3 and really showcases the power of the console plus the amazing abilities of the developers.

One of the first thingís you will notice in Assassinís Creed are the majestic gaming environments with an insane amount of attention to detail that are complimented with real-world lighting effects. Of course, the star of the game are the characters themselves that have been extremely well animated and contain some extremely realistic textures. The modelling of the characters move with a human-like fluidity, especially as they interact with the gaming environment and of course the battles which are thoroughly enjoyable.  

Features:

  • Be an Assassin Master the skills, tactics, and weapons of historyís deadliest and most secretive clan of warriors. Plan your attacks, strike without mercy, and fight your way to escape.
  • Realistic and responsive environments Experience a living, breathing world in which all your actions have consequences. Crowds react to your moves and will either help or hinder you on your quests.
  • Action with a new dimension Ė total freedom Eliminate your targets wherever, whenever, and however. Stalk your prey through richly detailed, historically accurate, open-ended environments. Scale buildings, mount horses, blend in with crowds. Do whatever it takes to achieve your objectives.
  • Relive the epic times of the Crusades Assassinís Creed immerses you in the realistic and historical Holy Land of the 12th century, featuring life-like graphics, ambience, and the subtle, yet detailed nuances of a living world.
  • Intense action rooted in reality Experience heavy action blended with fluid and precise animations. Use a wide range of medieval weapons, and face your enemies in realistic swordfight duels.
  • Next-gen gameplay The proprietary engine developed from the ground up for the next-gen console allows organic game design featuring open gameplay, intuitive control scheme, realistic interaction with environment, and a fluid, yet sharp, combat mechanic.

To compliment the fantastic graphics of Assassinís Creed is the musical score that sounds like it has been taken directly from a Hollywood soundtrack with its orchestral triumphant glory that goes hand in hand with the gameplay.

Ubisoft should be applauded with this game as once again, another one of their title contains exceptional voice acting with nothing sounding too forced or contrivedÖ just only a few occasions but itís almost not even worth mentioning. The title contains some great background ambience which assists the gamer in getting lost in this world and match that with some great sound effects and you really need to play this title LOUD to really experience this 21st century work of art.

The only drawback of this title is how damn huge the game is which almost makes you feel like an ant in a giant world. However... the attention to detail is amazing as your character interacts with the environment making this stealth action adventure game a true piece of modern day art. Amazing! Pawn your family, sell your car... just get this game now!





 

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