Assassin's Creed Series Review
The Assassin’s Creed series has been overdone quite a lot by Ubisoft but I still find it an enjoyable game. The most overdone part was, obviously, the story of Ezio Auditore. You follow him from teenager all the way up to his deathbed over the course of three games. The first game was good but was mostly a pilot to see if Ubisoft’s ideas would work and be popular in games to come. I will review all four games and give them a rating out of 10. I will then go on about my thoughts on Assassin’s Creed 3.
Assassin’s Creed was, quite controversially, one of my favourite games in the series. I liked the basic weaponry when the only ranged weapon was throwing knives. It had an amazing combat system with a fair few ways to kill your enemies and I liked how you would unlock new abilities such as counters as you completed missions. The missions did, by the end, get a bit repetitive but I enjoyed the dying moments of the enemies where you would have a brief conversation with them and the whole battlefield would stop around you. I loved just anonymously walking up to soldiers and stabbing them in the back with your hidden blade and everyone would simultaneously wither attack you or run away. The free running system was amazing and I liked how their were set paths that, from the ground, looked like normal scenery but once you were on the rooftops they were amazing paths that you could follow to you hearts content. It must have taken ages to develop such a smooth system. I found the comments made by random citizens saying things like I hope he hurts himself when you were marvellously jumping from beam to beam on a rooftop or leaping from the sky into a hay bale. I would rate Assassin’s Creed a 9/10 because of a slightly repetitive storyline.
Assassin’s Creed 2
Assassin’s Creed 2 was, in some ways, vastly superior to the first game. This was, mostly because, as I mentioned, the first one was a sort of tester. If it was not popular it could have been left as a stand-alone game. The game was much longer and had much less of a repetitive feel to it. This was down to the variety in the quests and missions. Leonardo Da Vinci was amazing and I was so happy when he was brought in and he became one of my most favourite characters in the game. Except for one of his creations. The Hidden Gun. It annoyed me so much when I saw that because the whole beauty of an assassin is to be silent but deadly and how is an unsilenced pistol supposed to fit that. When he has a pistol he is a hit man. But I did enjoy the poison darts as they were silent and made the character have few signs of fatal blows and made him look crazy as he was dying. I thought they were brilliant and hilarious. I also liked how Montenegro was your home base and you could upgrade the places in it. One of the most annoying things about the game though, had to be, for me, the ending. In the 1500s ancient beings of amazing technology are coming to speak to us to tell you about the end of the world and then she refers to Desmond which just goes to show that she is also a fortune teller because she knew that Desmond would look through Ezio’s memories. How does that even make sense? Overall I would rate the game a 7/10 because of the Hidden Gun and the ending.
Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood
Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood followed on from the story of Assassin’s Creed 2 and it was a very good game with lots of new concepts. It was a slight advancement but was mostly to give Ubisoft time to develop Assassin’s Creed 3 but still have a yearly release so Assassin’s Creed wasn’t forgotten about. One part that I did enjoy was recruiting the Assassins and burning the towers. I also enjoyed spending more time as Desmond. The biggest addition, in my opinion, was the Multiplayer. It was immense fun and I felt that they already had good gameplay in the Single Player so they just had to create something to make me want to play it a lot, which was developed in the form of levels, and great game modes which was definitely achieved. Wanted was a great game mode and I enjoyed how that you still had to be careful even when you could see your target for two reasons: Points and the fact that there could be 2 or 3 people hunting you so you couldn’t give your position away. Wingman was also very good and I liked the triangle made by the three teams so that you got a chance to kill both teams. You were also not defenceless against your pursuers as you had your stun and some abilities could also be used for defence as well as offense. I really enjoyed the class system and the ability system. The only bad part was the Hidden Gun as you could be in the middle of a really fun chase and suddenly, BAM, you would be shot by a Hidden Gun which needed no skill to use as it was almost always a kill unless they dived over a building. I would rate this game a 9/10 because of all the new ideas put into it.
Assassin’s Creed Revelations
Assassin’s Creed Revelations was not that great a game because they didn’t really add anything in except the Tower Defence game which was pointless and got boring. Why were we taken to Istanbul in the first place, it has very few epic sights like Italy does and the fact that we are confined to a single city just meant that we would do different things in the exact same scenery over and over again. The Hook Blade was the only good addition as it also added in the Zip Wire which was lots of fun. Worst of all, they took Horse Riding away which was one of the best things about Assassin’s Creed, the freedom you got riding your horse. Also, once the game was finished, all the guards in the street took ages to kill and would flawlessly protect against anything really and even counters weren’t one shot, one kill. On the Multiplayer, once again, there was no real change, no amazing new concepts. I understand it must be hard to do that but if it is your job then you should really come up with more ideas. One of the cringiest parts of the game was when you had to play they ukulele at the party. It was such a weird, pointless and annoying part and I just didn’t understand it. I would rate this game a 5/10 for the lack of new ideas and the most of the ideas they did come up with made the game worse.
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Assassin’s Creed 3
One of the questions on my mind was “Should I Buy Assassin’s Creed 3, do I trust Ubisoft to make a good game?” The answer was a definite YES. Then “Should I pre-order it or wait till it drops in price?” The answer was PRE-ORDER. And finally, “Should I buy a special edition?” The answer was Probably Not. I don’t see the need to. I will not be looking up any information about this game just to make sure I don’t get any huge spoilers by mistake but I am definitely looking forward to it.
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