Sunday, November 25, 2007

Assassin's Creed: Week One Point Six


Finished the game. Story ending was excellent.

And in typical completist fashion, I am restarting and trying to get one of everything.

I have all 20 flags from Maysaf and 65 King Richard Kingdom flags, so far.

I've also killed 16 Templars.

I have a busy week coming, so I won't be back to the game for a while.

In other news, a super secret project that I'm working on is coming along nicely.

Assassin's Creed: Week One

I've been playing Assassin's Creed everyday since it came out.

This is my kind of game, in many ways, which is why I rushed out to buy it (something I never do).

While I won't go too into detail about why I love it (Prince of Persia meets GTA meets Splinter Cell), I do want to say a few words about some things that annoy me.
  • As I'm sure you've heard, the game is repetitive. Where GTA has specifically tailored missions that might be similar, they are most definitely different. Because of the repetitive nature of AC, I don't even listen to the NPCs anymore and I just wait for someone to stab.
  • There are literally only 3 kinds of missions and 3 kinds of extra-curricular activity.
  • Also, the flags are a cheesy gimmick. Collecting them in three minutes has nothing to do with the crusades.
  • Holding two buttons to run and jump across roof-tops means there's no timing or strategy to getting around.... which was 1/2 the fun of Prince of Persia.
  • I am tired of saving citizens and fighting guards.
  • There are some PIXEL issues, but in a game this big, that's bound to happen.
  • Killing Templars is cool.
  • The Horse Riding is really well done. Great design.
In all, the game needed about 3-6 more months of design and development. The foundation for a great game is there, but it's like Region A of the World's Largest Dungeon. We didn't vary up the design, and it gave people the impression that the entire book was like that.

Once you enter the second city and all the missions are the same again, you realize that this game is 9 times the mediocrity.

I give it a B-, because giving it less than that is just reactionary and mean. But it did not live up to the hype.