If poor sales of the PSP Go are anything to go by, it would seem that UMDs are not quite out for the count just yet. Those of you like me, bumbling along with a PSP designed for tangible software, might be interested in a deal for this portable version of Desmond and his ancestors' Templar battling antics. Once again taking control of the stab-happy Altair, this sequel to the original Assassin's Creed sees you bound for Cyprus to mop up the remaining Templars hiding out in terror.
If you fancy checking out this relatively recent title, The Hut are currently offering Bloodlines for £17.73, saving you just over £5 on the nearest in-stock competitor (Zavvi - £22.95).
Bloodlines is essentially Assassin's Creed Lite, a scaled back gameplay replica of the original game. The good bits are that this is at least reminiscent of the good bits of the series: Altair's control system is effective and intuitive, at first it feels like an Assassin's Creed game both in terms of looks (this is a pretty pretty PSP game) and with regard to the open-world gameplay we know and love.
Unfortunately, this is one the games that really shows the limitations of the PSP. Without an extra stick for camera control, the free-running that proved so exciting and seamless is now a bit of a fiddly nightmare at times. The hardware isn't anywhere near powerful enough to recreate the bustling cityscapes of the console games and the combat is a simplified version of the original game's. This wouldn't be so much of an issue if the game didn't put quite so much emphasis on open combat: there are a number of different missions, but stealth really takes a backseat on this one and my grandma could outrun the guards in this game.
Bloodlines isn't really a bad game as such, it's just pretty damn average. To be honest, series fans will probably get a kick out of it, but you'll have to forgive it a fair amount. Having said that, a sub-twenty price for a fairly recent big hitter on the PSP is still a pretty good deal, but if you didn't like the console versions, there's no way this game will make you a convert.