Assassin’s Creed : Game Review

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Today we are going to analyse the first game of the assassin’s creed series named as ‘Assassin’s Creed’. Which was released in 2007. This first product of the huge Assassin’s Creed franchise was published by ‘Ubisoft‘ and created by ‘Ubisoft-Montreal

If you need to know more about the franchise, we suggest you to read our article about ‘Assassin’s Creed series‘.

Playable Platforms

The game initially released for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 in November 2007. Ubisoft published the game for PC (Microsoft Windows) in the following year. So the game is pretty much playable those platforms (PC, console) and it can easily playable using a low-end personal computer.

Gameplay in Assassin’s Creed

‘Assassin’s Creed’ is a action-adventure game. That means the game tests various amount of qualities of the player. The game is set in an considerably big ‘open world‘ and the game uses third person perspective gameplay mechanisms.

Assassin's Creed Gameplay reveiw
Gameplay Screenshot from Assassin’s Creed : Image from Bit-tech.net

The player has to play as the assassin ‘Altair Ibn-La’Ahad‘ a young assassin who was raised in castle of Masyaf. Players have the chance of enjoy of living in ancient cities of ‘Jerusalem‘, ‘Acre‘ and ‘Damascus‘ during the ‘Third Crusade Era‘. So It’s big impact made on the gaming industry of that time.

As the name goes of the series, the missions are basically assassinating particular targets (Templars). However there are some prerequisites for an assassination to perform. These objectives (some are mandatory and some are optional) contain various actions such as eavesdropping, interrogation, pickpocket and some additional tasks for fellow assassins. These missions basically require some stealth gameplay skills of the player.

Altair hidden blade
Altair and his Hidden Blade : Image from Zedge

The game’s most famous introduction is the hidden blade ( An Assassin’s primary weapon). A blade which concealed within the wrists of the assassin. Using this weapon is the best part of the game and there is no doubt about that.

There are two types of activities which can affect guards’ response towards Altair. ‘High-Profile‘ activities such as running in streets and climbing buildings can easily attract a guard’s sight towards player. In the other hand ‘Low-Profile‘ activities don’t affect guards’ attention.

The Story of Assassin’s Creed

Present Day Scenario

Here in the game, player has the privilege of playing as two protagonists. Present day Desmond Miles who is kidnapped by Abstergo Industries ( Part of the Present day Templar Order). Abstergo’s scientist Dr. Warren Vidic and his assistant Lucy Stillman use Desmond to uncover his ancestral memories of ‘Altair Ibn-La’Ahad‘ using a machine named ‘Animus‘. Following Vidic’s instructions Desmond lives through the memories of the assassin.

Desmond Miles Assassin's Creed
Desmond Miles : Image from enacademic.com

Altair’s Quest for Honor

In his memories, Altair searches for an ancient artifact known as ‘The Apple‘. Templars led by Grand Master Robert de Sable had occupied the artifact, and Altair intends to retrieve it. Altair’s first attempt fails as one of his fellow assassin killed by the Templars. Altair’s mentor Al Mualim blames Altair and demotes him from the ranks.

In order to regain his honor, Altair need to complete nine assassinations. These assassination targets are some powerful figures of the Holy land, including grand master Robert de Sable.

Each time Altair kills a target, he learns many things about the Apple of Eden (A powerful ancient artifact) and Templar Order. He also learns that templars are trying to use that artifact in order to restore order in the society. In the pursuit of Robert, Altair also meets a templar girl Maria Thorpe. At the end, Altair kills the grand master with a one-on-one fight.

Ending

In his last words, Robert de Sable confesses that Al Mualim is the master brain behind these events. Believe or not, Altair finds out the truth of Al Mualim who had captured the apple of Eden in order to control human minds. Because of Al Mualim’s actions doesn’t fit on the principles of assassins, Altair decides to kill his mentor. After killing Al Mualim, Altair intends to destroy the artifact for good. But In the process it reveals many other artifacts around the world.

Back In present day, Abstergo Industries tries to get rid of Desmond after exploring the memories of Altair using him. Meanwhile Lucy, the assistant of Dr. Vidic helps Desmond to escape from Abstergo security.

Conclusion

The story of Assassin’s Creed starts from this game. It really made the platform to a successful game series. Despite of it’s age (Released on 2007) it has some very good story and gameplay mechanisms as mentioned above. And that’s why it is a game worth playing.

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