Storyline (4 out of 5)
Assassin’s Creed takes you into the 12th century, particularly during the time of the Crusades. The story revolves around your character, an assassin named Altair. You will be given nine assignments to fulfil that would entail your character assassinating nine people on the hitlist of your boss, Al Mualim. At the start of the game, your skills and weapons are of the basic kinds and will only improve as you progress through the game. Along the way, you’ll get to talk to people, explore and discover the game’s different. The game’s storyline also has an intriguing twist which you would discover in the earlier part of the game. Its ending is equivalently intriguing as well, although some may find it a little confusing. Therefore, we suggest that you pay attention to how the story progresses from the start of the game until you finished it to fully understand why the ending happened that way.
Gameplay and Control (5 out of 5)
One of the game’s major strengths is the variety of gameplay that it offers. Yes, it is your usual hack and slash type of gameplay but your enemies are no push-over. Going on a killing spree and taking your character on rampage to eliminate enemy guards maybe a bit easy at times but wait till you meet the level bosses. Before you get to them, you have to eliminate the guards, and while eliminating the guards, the bosses themselves will start pounding on you hoping to reduce your character’s health before finally facing them. Another thing that adds to the excitement of the game is the fact that when you’ve killed an assassin, the whole town will be alerted of your presence. The best thing to do then is to proceed as quickly as possible to the Assassin’s Bureau to avoid thepeople’s wrath. The game has a good variety of weapons that you can utilize in trying to beat the crap out of your character’s enemies. Up for your disposal are 15 throwing knives and several types of blades - a hidden blade, short and long blades.
Another major strength of the game is its free-roaming environment. The Assassin’s Creed’s game offers your character many things to do and areas to explore. You can run, jump, and climb as you find your next target’s whereabouts. You can pick on people’s pocket to get maps and other valuable information that would lead you to your targets. You can also solicit the help of informers who will assign you with special tasks to fulfil before giving out vital information about your targets. You’ll also get to interrogate people and eavesdrop on them to get the information you need.
The Assasin’s Creed’s game controls are easy to use and you won’t really have problems in making your character jump, climb, cling and even slash his way through groups of enemies. The game’s battle systems is your traditional hack and slash and defend type of control.
Graphics and Sound (5 out of 5)
Like we said, the Assassin’s Creed makes full use of the Playstation 3’s graphic engine. And we were not joking about it. From the realistically rendered locations depicting familiar places in the Middle East, to the smooth character animation and special effects, the game is definitely commendable. The animation during the CG scenes are definitely jaw-dropping and makes it looks like you are watching a movie. The Assassin’s Creed provide enough eye-candy that will get you interested with the game.
Equally great is the game’s music with appropriate game soundtracks, and realistically sounding sound effects. In a game that features sword-fighting, one of the crucial factors that will determine the sound’s effectiveness is if it could provide realistic sound of sword clanks. And the Assassin’s Creed did this perfectly well.
Our Verdict (5 out of 5)
What can we say? The Assassin’s Creed is definitely a great addition to the Playstation 3 game catalog. Despite the absence of multiple endings/multiple game paths, the game still offers enough fun and excitement that would make your experience enjoyable no matter how many times you play the game. The Assassin’s Creed gets our nod for a must-have game for the PS3.