Assassin’s Creed (Series) Review
Posted: 7 months ago, last updated 3 weeks ago.
Author: Andy Robertson.
Along with the action and suspense of the running, jumping, climbing, fighting and assassination, the games are known for strong narrative and characters. This not only gives you a compelling reason to play, but fleshes out the sense of place and historical accuracy of the game.
Of note to families with younger children not old enough to play the game but keen to explore the settings, there is a Discovery Tour mode and stand alone version on PC for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Assassin’s Creed Origins and that provides a violence-free setting. This enables players to explore the full map without the pressure of quests and combat. It also adds enhanced cinematic scenes to focus on the smaller details being discussed during a tour. There are also quizzes to see how much history players have taken in during their exploration.
Here are the full set of games in this series:
- Assassin's Creed (2007) set in the Third Crusade on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360
- Assassin's Creed II (2009) set in 15th Century Florence on PC, PS3, Xbox 360
- Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (2010) set in 16th Rome on PC, PS3, Xbox 360
- Assassin's Creed: Revelations in (2011) set in 16th Century Constantinople on PC, PS3, Xbox 360
- Assassin's Creed III (2010) set in 18th Century Around the American Revolution on PC, PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360, PS3
- Assassin's Creed III: Liberation (2011) set in 18th century New Orleans at the end of the French and Indian War. Originally a substantial side-game for Vita, but then released on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Switch.
- Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (2013) set in 18th Century Caribbean and Golden Age of Piracy on PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360
- Assassin's Creed Rogue (2014) set between Black Flag and III, leading into Unity on PC, PS3, Xbox 360
- Assassin's Creed Unity (2014) set in Paris During French Revolution on PC, PS4, Xbox One
- Assassin's Creed Syndicate (2015) set in Victorian London on PC, PS4, Xbox One
- Assassin's Creed Origins (2017) set in Ancient Egypt on PC, PS4, Xbox One
- Assassin's Creed Odyssey (2018) set in mythological Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta on PC, PS4, Xbox One
- Assassin's Creed: Altaïr's Chronicles on DS
- Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines on PSP
- Assassin's Creed II: Discovery on DS
- Assassin's Creed Identity on iOS
- Assassin's Creed: Pirates on iOS
- Assassin's Creed Memories on iOS
- Assassin's Creed Rearmed on iOS
- Assassin's Creed Recollection on iOS
- Assassin's Creed Chronicles on Vita
Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+
Release Date: 13/11/2007, updated in 2018
Assassin's Creed Odyssey offers a season pass for two new major story arcs. "Legacy of the First Blade" where you fight the legend who first wielded the Hidden Blade to change the course of history. "The Fate of Atlantis" where you are confronted by godly creatures and uncover the secrets of the legendary sunken city.
This game has been rated ESRB MATURE 17+.
- Difficulty: Different customisable difficulty settings. You can also get the game to help with aiming, and even scale the level to your progress in different ways.
- Reading: There is a lot of reading and some of the text prompts are time-limited. You can select subtitles and the size of fonts.
- Controls: You can remap the buttons, sticks and keyboard. You can use the mouse to play the game on PC. you can adjust the sensitivity of the stick controls. The game doesn't include any rapid pressing or quick reaction presses of buttons in cut-scenes. You can disable controller rumble. Tobii Eye Tracker supported on PC.
- Image calibration: All audio cues are highlighted by visual effects, such as hit direction of the damage, damage feedback or camera turning while in combat. In dialogue, the speaker is identified with a marker. You can adjust the brightness but not the contrast and there are no colourblind modes. You can't resize the map and read-outs but you can position them.
- Audio calibration:All actions, events and characters interactions are indicated with specific sound effects.
How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.
Mouse and Controller: Can play with mouse and controller simultaneously.
The Wii U has some limited settings, such as disabling rumble and selecting mono audio. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games. iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games... read more about system accessibility settings.
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