Assassins creed is a third-person action-adventure that will keep you entertained for days on end. The games are set in a fictional historic era but utilize real historical events. So if you pay enough attention and get as sucked into the games as I did then you will also be learning a lot of great historical facts along the way.
The games are split between modern day and the aforementioned historical times. In both times there is an age old war between the Templars and the Assassins. When in the modern days you are controlling a character by the name of Desmond Miles, who is a descendant of the Assassins. Due to Desmond’s ancestors being Assassins he carries the memories of them in his DNA and with the help of a machine named the Animus he is able to essentially go back in time and re-live the lives of his ancestors so that he can gain knowledge and play his part in the war.
The Templars of the modern age also know of the potential within Desmonds DNA and in the first game it as actually them who have imprisoned Desmond and forced him into the Animus so that they can learn from him. Throughout the games, Desmonds modern day interactions grow and you are able to act more like his ancestors but in the modern day. This leads to their being missions where Desmond has to infiltrate Abstergo buildings and acquire objects or requires Desmond to find an artefact that his ancestors had hidden many centuries previous.
I have been a fan of the AC franchise ever since the first one was released. I remember not having a console to play it on but it I bought it nonetheless. I commandeered my brothers PS3 when he wasn’t around so that I could play. Since then I have been hooked.
I remember waiting every year for the next iteration just as excited as I was the previous year. I remember when AC 3 was just about to be released and my best friend at the time actually told me that he wouldn’t talk to me on the week of the release because it would be the only thing I would talk about and would drive him nuts…It’s safe to say I’m a fan.
I personally am more attracted to the parkour aspect of the Assassins and the fact they can climb over most buildings and can just run freely throughout the kingdom is great. A big aspect of the Assassins is to be silent and kill from the shadows and on many occasions, it is the best way to approach the game but sometimes a big spectacle necessary.
I personally really like how smooth the combat is within the game because you can be engaged in a fight with several opponents but and you can smoothly attack one whilst counter-attacking a blow that is coming from behind and then putting down both enemies in one swift action.
I will admit though that AC is way better when played with a controller, so if you chose to play it on a PC I would definitely recommend getting a controller. This is due to the combat style and it involves a lot of clicks so when it is played with a mouse all you hear is the constant spamming of the click.
The latest iteration of the franchise which was AC: Syndicate received the following reviews:
IGN – 8.2 / 10
PC Gamer – 66 / 100
GameSpot – 9 / 10
As you can see the latest game has received a lot of praise and the previous games received the same love. The AC franchise has built a good following since its first release in 2007. Although it has had some issues along the way with games maybe being released a bit earlier than they should have which led to a buggy few months after release, the AC franchise has done well and I would definitely recommend it if you haven’t already ventured down this action pack history lesson.