Friday I got home from work a little early – a doctor’s appointment to get a couple of moles removed, yecch. Since I was out early, I stopped by Blockbuster and rented Assassin’s Creed for the XBox 360. Seeing as I’ve got a couple of stitches in my back now, I figured I could treat myself and stay reasonably quiet this weekend.
It’s been a pretty good so far. I’m really, really impressed with the background artists and the exploration/free-range kind of movement you can enjoy with the game. It’s really sort of a linear story-line (nobody said it wasn’t), but if you enjoy roaming about in a game looking for all the various crevices, this is the game for you.
So far I’ve finally figure out how to assassinate a few Templar knights in the game (bad guys in this one, apparently) – and I’ve learned that they generally kick my butt in a straight up fight. I can’t “pickpocket” with the controls to save my life, but it looks like I get to mostly avoid that function too. Thank god.
The visuals in the game are really what’s worth writing about. I can’t praise the Ubisoft artists and engineers enough for it – the sweeping views out over a virtual Damascus, Jerusalem, and Acre are just amazing. Not surprisingly, the review that Gabe made in Penny Arcade really nails it.