Game Review: Assassin’s Creed

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Arimus Adcock, Reporter

There’s a reason that my last article was about a music album. That reason is that the Coronavirus has canceled all the school-related events I used to write about. So that leaves me with basically two focuses for articles: reviewing media or the plague. Since my last article was about a music album I figure I’ll mix it up a bit and review a video game. Since I recently beat the first Assassin’s Creed game, it seems as good a game as any to review.

Assassin’s Creed was released in 2007 by the game studio Ubisoft for the Xbox 360. The game opens with the protagonist, Desmon Miles, waking up in a strange facility. He does not know how he got there. Miles was a mild-mannered twenty-five-year-old bartender before all this and did not know his important ancestry. Then an evil scientist dude named Warren Vidic and his assistant, Lucy Stillman, enter the room. As it turns out, Miles was kidnapped because he was descended from an assassin named Altair Ibn La-Ahad, who was born in the year 1166. Altair discovered a secret that the corporation the scientist works for really wants to know. Under threat of death, Desmond is forced to enter a machine called the ANIMUS. The ANIMUS allows the people who control it to view the memories of the ancestors of the person inside it (This is because memories are genetically passed down in this game). Most of the game has us playing as Altair. Altair is a member of a secret society known as the Assassins, who strive to protect peace through murdering those who are wicked. The game takes place smack dab in the middle of the Crusades, and Altair is tasked with assassinating 9 corrupt political figures. The gameplay is wonderfully varied with skills and techniques the player must master and use. The story is also strong and manages to create a sense of suspense as to what happens next. For 2007, the graphics aren’t that bad. The game also makes a commentary about the nature of belief, as well as some other political commentary. For an Xbox game, the game packs in a surprising amount of philosophy.

There are, however, a few drawbacks. At times, the game glitches out. The dialogue scenes can get slightly long-winded. The game is also very challenging. If you enjoy challenging games then this is a game for you, but if you are only a casual Mario player then I would recommend giving this game a pass. 

Overall, the pros of this game massively outweigh the drawbacks. Playing for the first time is a memorable experience, and the more you play the more interesting it becomes. Assassin’s Creed is a pretty solid game. (It’s the best thing from Ubisoft that I’ve played, that’s for sure.) I rate it a 7/10.