Assassin’s Creed review roundup

One of the most highly anticipated games of the year looks to be falling a little flat it seems. While some sites have even awarded the game 10/10, Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed has been getting less than stellar review scores from most of the bigger gaming sites.

1UP, 7.7/10: “The fault of Creed’s game structure isn’t what you do — gathering intel and conducting hits is actually pretty sweet. The repetition of these actions, however, is severely bitter. I kept waiting for a changeup of the objectives, and, well, that never happened. From the first hit to the last, you go through the same motions over and over and over…”

Eurogamer, 7/10: “..trips and stumbles on all the old quirks and flaws we’re tired of: NPCs who say the same thing over and over again (worse: different voice actors saying the same thing for each city – get used to “You dirty thief, I’ll have your hand for that”), guards who get stuck glitching up against walls, failing missions for arbitrary reasons, a third-person camera with which you’re often forced to wrestle.”

GameSpy, 3.5/5: “Assassin’s Creed is a bloody dive into a beautiful world of warriors and the assassins who hate them. Beautiful animation, stylish low-saturation graphics, and city-wide chases are all fundamentally wonderful in Creed. There really isn’t another game quite like it. Unfortunately, there isn’t another game with issues quite like Creed’s, either.”

IGN, 7.7/10: “If you play Assassin’s Creed for an hour, you will probably think it’s a fantastic game. But as Assassin’s progresses, its dual storylines and repetitive quests begin to grow tiresome. There are so many great individual elements, but they are lost among the myriad of poor decisions from Ubisoft Montreal. Wasting the big twist on the first five minutes of gameplay is a tremendous mistake, but not nearly as damaging as the ill-conceived assassination investigation quests, which get old fast.”

CVG, 8.7/10: “Free-running across the rooftops of Jerusalem with 20 guards on your tail is a real standout moment in games this year, and that’s why even though it’s not quite the supreme blockbuster we hoped for, defining moments like these make Assassin’s Creed well worth your Christmas dosh.”

GameInformer, 9.5/10: “If only to experience the unique world and amazing movement and combat, gamers owe it to themselves to try Ubisoft’s big holiday release. Its stunning visual style, high concept story, and wildly open level design are like nothing else, even if too much repetition begins to frustrate in the later hours. It’s a game people will still be talking about five years from now. Come to think of it, they may have a lot more to talk about by then.”

GamePro, 5/5: “It’s hard to put the sheer size and brilliance of Assassin’s Creed into words. It is an epic game that you have to experience for yourself.”

GameTrailers video review, 9.1/10:

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