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Assassin's Creed

by Ubisoft
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3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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  • Platform:   Windows XP
  • BBFC Rating: Suitable for 15 years and over Suitable for 15 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 15. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 15 years of age or over.
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Platform: PC | Edition: Standard | Format: Box
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  • ASIN: B000NG1KAA
  • Release Date: 11 April 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,639 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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Platform: PC | Edition: Standard | Format: Box

Amazon.co.uk Review

It’s easy to see why there was so much fighting amongst the console manufacturers to try and make this game a format exclusive. Where early launch titles may have disappointed this game not only looks like a next generation game but it plays like it too. Taken at face value the story casts you as an Arabic fighter in 1191, out to assassinate the nine Western leaders of the Third Crusade. There is more to the story than that though making it more than simple historical adventure it first seems.

Since it’s developed by many of the same team behind Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, it’s no surprise to find the game using many of the same ideas. With the bold claim that you can climb on or over anything in the game world that sticks out more than two inches, this allows incredible freedom of movement, with a style of acrobatics heavily influenced by Parkour/free running. The game also innovates in terms of combat, with each of the face buttons controlling a different area of the body, rather like a marionette. As such one button controls the feet, one your open hand, one your weapon hand and the other your head.

As an assassin stealth plays an important role in the game too, but here it’s often a case of hiding in plain sight as you mill around inside large crowds of people. Everyone will react to you realistically though, so if you go around pushing people out of the way, or even killing them, the crowd will react and report you. With stunning graphics and genuinely innovative gameplay this is destined to be one of the most important releases of the year.
HARRISON DENT

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Assassin's Creed is set in 1191 AD, when the Third Crusade was tearing the Holy Land apart. Shrouded in secrecy and feared for their ruthlessness, the Assassins intend to stop the hostilities by suppressing both sides of the conflict. Players, assuming the role of the main character Altair, will have the power to throw their immediate environment into chaos and to shape events during this pivotal moment in history.

Assassin's Creed merges technology, game design, theme, and emotions into a world where you instigate chaos and become a vulnerable, yet powerful, agent of change.

Be an Assassin: Master the skills, tactics, and weapons of history's deadliest and most secretive clan of warriors. Plan your attacks, strike without mercy, and fight your way to escape.
Realistic and Responsive Environments: Crowds react to your moves and will either help or hinder you on your quests.
Action with a New Dimension - 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: Assassin's 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.


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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars TIPPING THE SCALES OF POWER WITH YOUR KNIFE 13 April 2008
By NeuroSplicer TOP 100 REVIEWER
Access Method:Box|Platform for Display:PC|Edition:Standard
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
This is on of the most anticipated games to be ported to PCs. For this, the Director's Cut edition was produced, adding some content over the console versions (mostly rooftop action missions), and care was taken to make the gamepad to keyboard/mouse-transition as seamless as possible. For the most part it was successful.

This is a TREMENDOUSLY BEAUTIFULLY GAME. The first thing that grabs you is how REAL the city environments feel. The graphics are just OUT OF THIS WORLD! You will need a very good PC to enjoy their full potential (minimum requirements provided below), but real skies, dynamic shadows, facial expressions and realistically flowing robes are only beginning to describe it! Run on a roof and the other citizens will gather around and comment on your crazy behavior! Throw someone on a vendor's cart and he will come after you complaining about his ruined produce! And the city is alive well beyond your character. If only BIOWARE could take some lessons for its next BALDUR's GATE...

Adding to this is the wonderful sound! From the crowd murmurs and the NTCs cries for help, to the whistling of the wind and the well-chosen background music, a good sound-card and speakers set is recommended to truly enjoy this game. If you have a 5.1 speaker system (I do not) I can imagine the experience to become even more immersing.

As to the gameplay, you control Altaļr ibn La-Ahad ("The Flying One, Son of None"). He is a member of the Assassin Brotherhood that sides, well, with both...sides, during the 3rd Crusade. In a story twist, he is also your ancestor, the game being your/his flashback memories. This is a twist I could do without, but I would guess it lays groundwork for the sequels.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not brilliant 8 April 2008
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Ok first off i've played the pc version and with DX10 and its stunning....no arguments there!!Its partly being sold as a stealth game but it's really not.As you go up through the levels more skills and equipment become avaliable to you which makes killing your enemies even easier than it was in the first place.That being said means the game actually gets easier the the further you get into it.
The cut scenes are a pain in the rear,they can be long and there is no way to skip them,making a second play through of the game a bit of a chore.
Now the up side,visually gorgeous and once you get the hang of the fighting controls it's really fun.
If they ever did a sequal to this they need to turn it into a proper stealth assassination game.Also the character is just crying out for a bow and arrow weapon and would really put a good twist on things.
On the whole it's a good game but i'd wait for the price of to come down before you run out and buy it.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some achievement... 15 April 2008
By ry19
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Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
Having played a console version of Assassin's Creed, I have to say that the PC version is definitive - provided your computer's specifications are up to the job. The additional tasks that have been programmed in during the lengthy hiatus between the game's original launch and its PC debut make a fair difference (and justify the delay) and I prefer the PC's mouse/keyboard control layout, but for me it's the sheer visual brilliance of the game that tips the balance.

It's been said before, but AC has to represent the pinnacle of achievement in game graphics to date - even Crysis can't match the realism and downright gorgeousness of the environments (at max settings, at least). It does beat the console versions in this regard - and for the reasons I set out below, that for me makes this the best of the versions.

It is true that the gameplay can become a little repetitive at times - there isn't the depth or scope for different activities of, say, the Grand Theft Auto series - but I haven't been as impressed by a game for a long time. When I first started, I was quite happy just wandering the Kingdom (which links the cities where the main action occurs) exploring and climbing towers and buildings to enjoy the views. Sometimes you'll think you're playing a movie - it's like virtual tourism!

However, I appreciate this isn't the be-all and end-all of gaming - hence the lower rating for fun. AC is best played slowly in order to appreciate the world portrayed. Ignoring the backdrop and dashing through the storyline (which involves a somewhat perplexing sci-fi element, as your character is an avatar controlled by a present day descendant hooked up to a bizarre computer) will leave a feeling of, "Is that it?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Crusades game so far! 12 Sep 2009
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Ubisoft's 2007 game Assassin's Creed is a game that has received mixed critics since its release: while some lauded the game for the great atmosphere, stunning visuals and refreshing gameplay (compared to most other games in the industry), it was critiqued by others for having too repetitive missions, in that you keep doing the same thing over and over again nine times in a row. This review is based on the PC version of Assassin's Creed, which is also the Director's Cut of the game. It came out later than the console versions did, so the developers at Ubisoft had some time to incorporate some additional content into the game. They addressed the main issue of the game, being its repetitive missions, and thus added more challenges: rooftop race, archer stealth assassination, merchant stand destruction and escorting assassins safely from one area to another, doubling the amount of investigations to eight in total.

Surprisingly, upon installing the game, I noticed that it does not have a product key. Very strange indeed, what with most, if not all computer games having one these days as a method to combat piracy. The game automatically searches for patches and installs these upon launch. Assassin's Creed is forced widescreen, which means that if you do not possess a widescreen (16:9) monitor, you will be playing the game with black bars on top and bottom, just like Gears of War.

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The story takes place in 2012 and 1191, respectively. Desmond Miles, a bartender who has been kidnapped by Abstergo Industries, wakes up in the Animus, an advanced machine that is capable of projecting the memories of ancestors which are supposedly stored in the individual's DNA to the subject's mind, enabling him or her to virtually control his or her ancestor in a dreamlike state.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quality AAA game
Great game. Fantastic parkour mechanics. Stealth oriented (can't say the same for it's sequels). Definitely worth a play. One of my favourite games of late.
Published 4 months ago by Richard Norton
3.0 out of 5 stars Superb Graphics do not a great game make!
I tend to wait to play games, hence only just finished assassins creed - the benefit been that I can play it at 1920x1200 with no slow down and enjoy it as it was meant to be... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars got for son
Its a video game it arrived on time and price was good
What else can I say? I wish Amazon paid their fair share of UK taxes like the rest of us ie 20% for low income and 40%... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr Fenton
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Buy
I'm a big Assassin's Creed fan, and I wore out my original disc, came across this one and it's the director's edition so it comes with more content. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Stuart Alexander Cox
1.0 out of 5 stars price is cheap but not so good
price is cheap but not so good worst AC of all time because when u look back most game are best in their beginning
Published 15 months ago by Lek Indi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game
I liked it :). The other games are better but this has to be played first or you won't get it.
Published 16 months ago by Adam
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome game!
I haven't been playing games for a few years now, but after playing Portal I decided to give a chance to other games. Didn't regret to chose Assassin's Creed for that. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Fernando
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
I had heard so much about this game and was looking for something diferent. What I got was something different, different as in totally boring. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mark Kaye
4.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating, very difficult, unintelligible and Brilliant.
I know this game is old but I've only just got around to playing it. So a new review of an old game.
I tried playing this game about a year ago with keyboard + mouse. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mr. Antony S. Bellingham
5.0 out of 5 stars Life and Death at the Edge of a Knife
Assassin's Creed (AC) is an intense and exciting game. The graphics and immersive environment are spectacular. Read more
Published on 14 April 2012 by JH
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