By now, everyone must be well aware regarding the pros and cons of Assassins Creed. It was a game which provided spectacular landscapes, intricately detailed environments, and was without doubt one of the best looking titles of recent times. However, for all of its strengths, Assassins Creed was a game which really suffered from a lack variety, and after so much initial excitement – for the first few hours I was convinced this was the best game I’d ever played – this really was quite tragic.
But since you can pick up the original now for a mere smattering of pounds, it makes sense to forgive it a certain amount. It's not a bad game by any stretch of the imagination, and you can now go free running with Altair for just £7.99 from Play, saving you a couple of pounds on the nearest competitors.
The main problem with Assassins Creed came with those boring pre-assassination build ups. You either found yourself having to following the target, eavesdrop on their conversation or beat some information out of one of their associates. However, the problem is that after a few hours gameplay, this becomes really repetitive – especially when you release it’s going to be the same thing again and again throughout the entire game.
That said, Assassin's Creed stood out from a number of its sandbox contemporaries for being pretty fun to simply pick up and play. Its free running mechanic turned these medieval cities into adventure playgrounds, and there's never quite been a game to match it (apart from the sequel) in terms of capturing the atmosphere of freedom that goes hand in hand with parkour. Mirror's Edge tried and led to epilepsy and vomiting.
The combat system is all two-button block-and-counter stuff, the story makes no sense and the missions are repetitive and clunky for the most part, but thankfully Assassin's Creed is worth much more than the mere sum of its parts and worth a look for interested parties at this price.
Thanks to QenTox at HUKD