Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Adam Bergstein and Assassin's Creed

When thinking about the games I am more excited about, Assassin’s Creed is by far at the top of the list. If you haven’t heard of this game, it means you own no gaming consoles and possibly live in that cave with Osama bin Ladin, you hater of all that is beautiful and good in this world. Assassin’s Creed is a game set during the Crusades, and you play Altaïr, an assassin battling the corruption of the Crusaders. Your goal is to slay 9 key figures orchestrating the Crusades. What makes this game unique is that every trailer and cut scene are rendered in-engine and on the fly. This means that this is the most beautiful game ever made to date.

Also of note is the fact that you can interact completely with the environment, and I do mean completely. Walls can be grabbed, rafters swung on, and this also includes the crowds of people. If you shove through a crowd it’s quite likely that they will shove right back, and if you start climbing up a building, the people below may start screaming, drawing attention to you. Just thinking about all the acrobatics that it must take to climb over a city like a playground wears me out. It just makes me tired.