Did Reviewers Overhype Assassin’s Creed?
I’m sorry to say this, but Assassin’s Creed was completely over-hyped in my opinion. I didn’t get a chance to check out the game prior to yesterday’s release and was relying completely on information I was getting from other reviewers. Unfortunately, I think this was a case of bandwagon reviewing where the first review was stellar and everyone else just jumped in line. Some people may disagree with me here, but Assassin’s Creed was not all I expected it to be. I suppose I was expecting some sort of medieval style Splinter Cell. I have noticed reviews continue to drop for this game and will probably continue to do so. It started out with all 10s from some of the major reviewers, but I see it permanently dropping to more of a 7 once all the official reviews are in.
Another unfortunate event in game reviewing is the tendency to point out only the negative aspects of a game. I’ll try not to be too harsh, but it’s upsetting when I feel like a game was over-hyped. The story in the game is amazingly good. It’s almost like watching a good movie at points of the game. Movement is extremely fluid in the game, with the exception of riding a horse. The horse seems to hop up and down like some kind of freaky rabbit, so I really kept imagining that I was riding a rabbit down trails instead of a horse. Besides that, the movement shines.
Assassin’s Creed provides some interesting entertainment for the first few hours, but it seemed to wear on me after that point. By the time I was 4 hours into the game, I was starting to feel less and less excited by the minute. The absolute worst aspect of the game is the control scheme. One button fighting simply does not cut it. I somehow imagined that assassinating people would be the coolest aspect of the game, but it’s really boring and repetitive after a while. AC is a very unique game, so it makes you want to keep playing to see what other new things have been thrown into the mix, but sadly there’s not much there.
The stealth components of the game are unique and interesting, but also not realistic in the slightest way and eventually become annoying. The fact that you can walk in front of a soldier’s face completely un-noticed simply by holding down A is totally absurd. Even though the game is set in medieval times, they could have learned a lot more from the success of modern assassins like Sam Fisher. Assassin’s Creed seems more like you are simply strolling through a story that you aren’t really in control of. This could be great for people looking for just a story, but I do not suggest you get this game if you think there’s going to be a ton of action you are involved in. You’ll spend more time traveling to points on the wacky map they have than actually fighting anyone. You will also spend more time on load screens, cut scenes (which you cannot skip) and just doing a lot of random and non-rewarding activities. The action that you control is really far and few between in this game. The game is beautiful and a true work of art, but they really should have tweaked up the gameplay a bit and given us more control of what’s going on. Very little skill if any is required to play this game.
There are some interesting aspects to this game. It had a lot of potential, but honestly just doesn’t cut it with me. I have lost all interest in the game in less than 5 hours. I apologize to all you Assassin’s Creed fans out there, but this game simply does nothing special for me. It’s not a terrible game, but it’s average and sub par in most categories. The game shines in places that aren’t really crucial. I just hope if they make another installment, that they give the player more control and make it less repetitive. If you haven’t made your mind up about this game yet, rent it first. You might love it, or you could end up like me hating it. I’ll probably be trading it in this weekend while it still has a high shelf value.
I’d like to apologize to our readers for the negative vibe of this article, but I’m just shooting my un-coated thoughts on Assassin’s Creed your way. Feel free to drop your opinions of the game in the comment area below. I’m sure some people out there love the game.