Posts Tagged ‘Assassins-Creed’

Wot I Think – Assassin’s Creed: Revelations

By Alec Meer on December 2nd, 2011.

About as a revelatory as margarine

The fourth Assassin’s Creed game is out on PC now, for once merely weeks rather than months behind the console version. I’ve been dragging old man Ezio across its rooftops and into its underground lairs of conspiracy for the last few days, and as such… well, you know how this goes.

Experimentation, calibration, celebration and now stagnation: that’s been the course Assassin’s Creed games have taken, and until Revelations it’s been a course of sustained improvement. In some ways, and when looked at alone, Revelations is the best of the bunch, but it’s also the most unnecessary. Especially on PC, where delays meant we only saw the last game, Brotherhood, a piffling eight months ago. After a half-decade of tinkering, AssCreed has settled on its formula and Revelations presents an impasse – stay the course, do the COD-style franchise thing and hope the fanbase is loyal enough to stump up for iterative updates, or return to the reinvention it once embraced.
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Den Defence: Assassin’s Creed Revelations

By Adam Smith on October 28th, 2011.

That's not a glowing scif- plot device, it's barrier placement

Assassins love their dens almost as much as foxes love theirs. It’s where they hang out, sharpening their knives and polishing their coins, so it’s hardly surprising that when gangs of angry Templars start storming those dens, trying to dull the knives and mar the coins, the assassins are having none of it. Admittedly, it’s a little surprising that there appears to be a tower defence minigame simulating those myriad historical moments in Assassin’s Creed Revelations. We can now add magically barricading streets and commanding troops to the list of things parkour-killers are capable of. What next? I say fishing and basketball.

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Axe-Based Chops: Assassin’s Creed II Trailer

By John Walker on September 4th, 2009.

Is it a Batman? Is it a Superman?! Wait, no, it's some guy from the future or past or something.

A new Assassin’s Creed 2 trailer, once it gets past its, “Look, a bit like The Da Vinci Code which is a book and film you know!” tedium, shows off some of the melee combat in the game. Which looks mighty meaty. Of course, mighty meaty melee combat is going to be all rather put in the shade as a result of Batman. It’s going to be interesting to see if the Dark Broody Knight’s amazingly visceral fisticuffs will have the same effect on action games as the Persian Prince’s introduction of reversing time: make everything else feel like it’s missing something important.

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Assassin’s Greed

By Alec Meer on August 7th, 2008.

I know I’ve used that headline before, but hell, it works. I really do need to find a way to recharge my pun batteries, however.

Assassin’s Creed was one of the most Angry Internet Men-angering games last year, and, like Bioshock, it refuses to go away. This time, there’s a piracy problem. Aaargh. I’m terrified that Assassin’s Creed + Piracy is the secret formula that will cause RPS readers to rise up and destroy the entire planet, but here we go….
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Storm in a Teacup: Anti-Anti-Aliasing

By Alec Meer on May 10th, 2008.

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I keep seeing this story doing the rounds, and originally didn’t deem it worthy of a post, but seeing as this week seems to have inadvertently been Hot Button Issue Week on RPS, may as well give you folks a chance to have a shout about Assassin’s Creed too. I know you do like to.
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*Embarrassed Cough*

By Jim Rossignol on April 27th, 2008.

Somewhere there’s a list of things you really shouldn’t do in game design.

Via Kotaku.

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Assassin’s Creed On PC: Whaddya Reckon?

By Jim Rossignol on April 11th, 2008.


Assassin’s Creed, expanded and revised for PC, is now out there in shopping land. We had been hoping to get round to some serious Assassin’s Creed discussion this week, but the RPS team are too busy trying to sort out missions to San Francisco or Shoreditch to actually get around to it. Therefore I’m going to throw this one open to the comments and see what you all think.

I’ve already had a good old shake of the game on 360, but I expect I’ll get around to it on PC too. While I’m in agreement with most folks about the horrible, horrible cutscenes and the ill-advised backstory, I did genuinely enjoy the running/climbing/hiding/fighting parts of the game. There’s so much value in Assassin’s Creed that I think it amplified our indignation about how awkward the rest of it was. It’s my feeling this it was a beautiful, slightly clumsy game that became a victim of its own hype. And I don’t think anyone would deny that we’d like to see that city tech used for something more satisfyingly RPGish.

I’d really like to hear from people who’ve played this game on PC, but console-based opinions are also sort of valid. Go!

[Also, read Tim's review on CVG.]

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Slippery When Whetted

By John Walker on March 12th, 2008.

Much info appeared in Ubisoft and Take-Two’s press releases that appeared last night, which were full of words like “fiscal” that confuse and scare me. They also include the slippy-slidey nature of a bunch of their PC releases. So what do we know?

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Ubi’s Assassin’s Creed is going to take an extra couple of weeks before it’s on our machines. Sneaking out of March, it’s now hiding in a hay cart until April 11th.

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So… Assassin’s Creed PC?

By Jim Rossignol on March 4th, 2008.

No assassins round 'ere, we're just... men with knives and an intent to kill
Assassin’s Creed for PC has been dated and redated and is now scheduled to arrive on our beloved Chaos Boxes on 28th March. Is that right? Oh it’s April 8th in the US for some reason. Oh and it’s already out and number one on Bitorrent, except that’s a broken pre-release version that won’t load half the game, so you might want to wait until it gets pirated properly comes out in the shops before you start playing.

Anyway, the PC version is also going to have new stuff! You’re actually going to have more tasks to do before those assassinations can happen, young man. No shirking on the pre-kill investigations. And no shirking on the system specs: Assassin’s Creed needs a monster PC. Beyond the jump: everything is permitted.
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Assassin’s Creed PC, “Director’s Cut”

By Jim Rossignol on February 6th, 2008.

Where's Wally?

Much-debated man-stabbing game Assassin’s Creed is set to come out on PC at the end of March. Ubisoft’s latest transmission has revealed a few details about the beige-box version:

Following in the wake of the critically acclaimed and worldwide console hit Assassin’s Creed, the PC version entitled “Assassin’s Creed™, Director’s cut edition” will feature four brand new exclusive types of investigations, thus providing even more ways for players to explore the various locations of the Third Crusade.

Woo. I have to say I’m actually kind of looking forward to playing it on PC. No particular reason, it’ll just be interesting to see how time and a port will have treated the old fella.

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Assassin’s Greed

By Alec Meer on January 22nd, 2008.

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One title that’s not currently on our Big Games Of 2008 Wot We Should Post Many Words About list is Assassin’s Creed. Mostly that’s because it’s already available on console, and across the sinister mass of the internet you’ll find many a proferred opinion on it, filled with love, hate, hate towards people who love it, hate towards people who hate it or, most commmonly, bitching about its cutscenes. Judging by regular mentions in our threads, it’s a game that causes strong feelings amongst you lot too, so perhaps you don’t need us to give you the skinny on this one. But you do still need us, right? Right?

Also, we really don’t know whether there’ll be much, if anything, different about the impending PC port. Until now. The first truly concrete piece of information’s just in, and it’s a stonker. The minimum system requirements for it are, well, a little shocking.

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Offered Without Comment

By Jim Rossignol on November 19th, 2007.

What the UFC pugilists make of Assassin’s Creed:


Thanks, Game Trailers. I think…

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Assasinating Assasin’s Creed

By Kieron Gillen on November 14th, 2007.

While we wait to see when the PC version will turn up, Assassin’s Creed hits the consoles. Reviews are starting to appear, generally speaking below what people may have expected. That said, the thing that’s most caught my eye about the game is Tom Chick – who actually likes a lot about the game – sliding a knife home. The coup de grace?

Where are your balls, Ubisoft? Talk more about the Prophet, peace be upon Him. Put a Jewish character in the game and let him be reviled. Show the Crusaders as something other than the dudes playing the role of the cops from GTA. Because you know everyone’s thinking about it when they see your game. It’s a potentially powerful subject, and it’s on all our minds, and your pussy footing around the weak safe choices is a disappointment, particularly when you insist on wrapping your game in a modern-day shell. Assassin’s Creed is as aware of today as it is of the 12th Century. Act like it, for God’s sake. Because if your love of the setting were expressed in the writing with one tenth of the passion you show for your love of the architecture, Assassin’s Creed could have been an experience as memorable as BioShock or Portal.

While Call of Duty 4 was over-careful in its desire to avoid offending by doing things like setting it in “The Middle East”, it at least tempered it with some genuinely powerful material. You have to wonder why anyone would make a game about a controversial topic without realising that they are – if they’re going to do it any justice whatsoever – make a controversial game.

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