Assassin’s Creed – Altaïr’s Chronicles

Assassin's Creed - Altaïr's Chronicles

Everyone is already familiar with the franchise, I’m sure, so I won’t go into details. This is a port of a DS game I haven’t played, but I’ve read this is better at a third of the cost, but still suffers from some of the faults. The game is comparable to Heroes of Sparta, in many ways; polished graphics, decent controls, but lacking in some key ways. It has a ton of voice-acting, but the protagonist is particularly annoying. The movement is fluid and the controls are generally good, but become very frustrating in certain instances. The camera is fixed and this results in all sorts of jump distance and destination problems (the level design really should have accounted for this).

The gameplay is part stealth, part platformer, and part combat, (which is just okay; simple combos and a counter mechanic). You collect powerups to increase either your movement or sword skills. You open up new techniques over time, such as wall scaling. Navigating each of the 9 cities is a non-issue, due to a giant green arrow directing your path…lame. As compared to the Xbox360/PS3 versions, it adds some ill-conceived mini-games that are just horrible; a ridiculous pickpocket minigame that is like playing the Operation boardgame with mittens on and some other mini-game that looked like I was massaging some dewds back. Eww…not kewl.

Update: I ended up not finishing this game, due to many of the issues described above and lowered my rating by half a star (and even that may be generous).

Rating: ★★★½☆ icon


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