Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Reviewish Opinion - Assassin's Creed 1 and 2

*stands up*
"Hi, my name is Ammolds and I'm an Assassin's Creed addict."
"Hi, Ammolds!"

Ok, Assassin's Creed 1 & 2

Assassin's Creed
Assassin's Creed is a 3rd person action game with freerunning stabby action. It's like running around with scissors... on rooftops.
The story is that Desmond, an assassin or so is captured by the Templars. The Templars are using Desmond, or erm, his genetic memory to view his ancestors, Altairs life, to find... something, find out what by... I don't know... playing it? Anywho... using a machine called Animus they put Desmond inside his ancestors memories so he could live through them and uncover the... secret. So that's where the game really begins.
The gameplay is fairly fun. Your main objective is to complete 9 assassination missions and watch some unskippable cut-scenes(WOO-FUCKIN'-HOO). The fun parts of the game are obviously the freerunning and assassination(didn't see that one coming, did ya?). The game offers some choice in investigation missions, where you have 6 different missions to choose from and you minimaly have to complete 3... oh wait... you have 6 only with the Directors Cut Edition that I have... bummer. Right, anywho... after those are done you can actually kill your target. The target missions are nicely stuffed with unskippable cut-scenes to increase the pleasure... or erm... nevermind. Weapons.... erm you have 4 main weapons to choose from: your fists, the silent blade(stabby stabby), the shortblade and the sword. In combat against guards or other armed opponents, it's best to use the shortblade or the sword, the slient blade can be used to counter-kill, but not to block and fists... well... you better write your Will before you do something stupid like that. An extra weapon to the base four are the throwing knives they are under the shortblade so when your enemy goes far enough you can throw a blade in his lungs. Well, besides all that there's of course the freerunning/building scaling/misjudging distance and faceplanting 6 feet down movement system.

Assassin's Creed 2
*slaps Ubisoft in the face* You idiots!
Ok now... to save myself from repeating... AC 2 contains the same basic system... with a more advanced build though. Well...the main change with this game is that instead of a repeative "Kill that arseface" gameplay, the story advances with a more interesting course... Now, not to unleash any spoilers here(If ye want spoilers then move yer arse to some page what gives them, lazy fooker) I'm gonna just say that the story is more interesting, has a few "love" moments and is a lot longer. In this episode Desmond goes through the memories of Ezio Auditore La Firenze. The combat has been improved, now with a more smoother system that makes Combo-killing more easier and not that impossible to achive. Also the AI has been made better and more intelligent.
Now the next thing in AC 2 that has improved is the fist-fighting. Instead of the regular beating and blocking like on AC, now you have the counter-attacks, combo-attacks and grab beating(grab and either kick, punch or headbutt your target).Fist-fighting is quite spectacular and now you can also use your silent blades metal wrists to deflect attacks giving you the option of countering or disarming your opponent. Now, the next thing they did was to add a slight vendor system and a wide variety of different weapons: maces, swords, shortblades, iron gauntlets, A FECKIN' GUN(which is so slow that I find it quite useless), throwing knives and smoke bombs(poofstab yo bish) oh and poison, god I love to see that guy wave around like a madman and then just drop dead. I used it on a guard who was carrying an axe, the guy ended up killing 2 of his fellow guardsmen. Well... what else... I feel like I'm missing something... something important. Hmm... or right.
Ubisoft added Assassin's Creed 2 a nice and fluffy protection system that requires you to have a steady internet connection while playing it. *sigh* Will you ever learn? What is the point on putting a system like that into a game, when it's bound to be disabled somehow, now I'd understand if there would be a deep achivement system with it, like. "Pushed 10 guards of a roof to death" or " kicked 5 husbands in the family jewels(you know what I mean)", but no... I think I saw 4 maybe 5 achivements and those were more like Main plot waypoints. Honestly, Ubisoft made this game a worse experience to those who buy it, because those who pirate it, don't need an internet connection to play it... idiots.

Well gl, hf and see you in-game.

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