Retroactive Review: Assassin's Creed

By Anisha Koilpillai

The original Assassin’s Creed video game is a game I recently played via backwards compatibility on my Xbox One. It was a game I had meant to play years ago, but I became more focused on playing the games from Revelations to Syndicate. Thus, coming from that background in regards to the series, this will undoubtedly play a large role in the following review.

Assassin’s Creed definitely isn’t my favorite game in the series, but I was expecting that to happen. I didn’t think this game would change my preference for Syndicate. However, I do think that this was a good start to the series. It was smart for them to begin so far back with Altaïr and progress forward in time with the introduction of new assassins (which, of course, if you are familiar with the series, is not a straightforward chronological progression). The concept of the game was interesting enough: the player controls Altaïr, a reckless Assassin trying to regain his standing in the brotherhood after making one mistake too many, whilst simultaneously getting a glimpse into the modern day tension between Templars and Assassins with Desmond Miles, a young man who has tried to distance himself from his ancestral background. While the missions weren’t as in depth as the missions in the newer games, this was a good start for Ubisoft to at least introduce the game series.

 

My only critiques really have to do with the time that the game came out. Assassin’s Creed was released in 2007. It has been a while since I played a game that old, so it did take me by surprise. The issues with the game really only have to do with the fact that it came out ten years ago. The graphics were decent at best, the camera angles were horrific, there were glitches that were difficult to overcome, and the game mechanics were almost unnecessarily difficult. But, when you put this game into the context of when it was released, my critiques don’t seem unexplainable. Therefore, my critiques seem more like pointing out the obvious, to me at least.

Anyways, if you’re a fan of the game series, or if you want to play Assassin’s Creed, but never quite got around to it, then I’d say it’s at least worth a shot. You might not find it as enjoyable as the newer games, but there are still aspects of the newer games in this game that you will like, such as leaps of faith and hidden blades. But, don’t expect to have your mind blown, whether you are a veteran of the series or a newcomer.

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Until next time,

Anisha