2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Awesome gameplay with repetitive objectives,
This review is from: Assassin's Creed - Directors Cut Edition (PC DVD)
A fascinating game, Assassin's Creed has some awesome gameplay that's let down by very repetitive objectives.
It's a gorgeous game, the huge, living cities looking and feeling very authentic. Moving around a city is huge fun, whether you're quietly pushing your way through crowds, jumping across rooftops or running from guards after you've gained their unwelcome attention (which is arguably the most thrilling part of the game). The actual assassinations are generally great fun, with your targets exhibiting different behaviours when your threat is identified, but each one is preceded by a period of investigation, which tends to be less fun simply because it's pretty much identical every single time. The first couple of times its quite interesting... but then you have to go through time and time again. I have to say my enthusiasm was flagging by about half-way through the game, but I enjoyed the action enough to persevere.
Assassin's Creed also has a few too many cutscenes. It gives you a sop to interactivity by allowing you to change the view, but ultimately it feels like there's a bit too much staring at the screen which is a pity.
It's also a game that should win an award for the most amount of effort to exit. Some games can sensibly get from the action to the desktop in 2 or 3 clicks. Assassin's Creed requires 11 separate clicks as you have enter, select and confirm from three different menus to get the game to allow you to exit. I find it absolutely baffling how this got through playtesting without someone noticing how ridiculous it is!
So as you can tell it's a game I had more than a few niggles with. Yet the gameplay is so much fun that I certainly feel I can recommend the game (especially when you can get it so cheaply on Amazon these days). It's just extremely entertaining to parkour across rooftops, stealth-killing archers as you go, then get spotted and have a frantic escape from the guards. There's nothing like it!
N.B. This review is based on the experience of playing with an XBox 360 Gamepad - I have no idea how playable this is with mouse + keyboard.