Assassin’s Creed (Series) Review

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Posted: 7 months ago, last updated 3 weeks ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Assassin’s Creed is a game where you enter a past civilisation and explore pseudo history of real events and locations from the past. You can climb the environment extensively, interact with different characters, collect items to unlock more the location and intervene in key historical moments. It’s become popular because of the detailed cities, and beautiful locations it creates for players to explore.

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
Spin off on handhelds and tablets:
  • 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

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 13/11/2007, updated in 2018

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS.

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Shooting and Simulation.

 

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 30 hours and 40 hours to complete. Although you can complete the game in around 30-40 hours, to collect and unlock everything can take you past 100 hours.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. This includes a regular subscription fee (known as a 'battle/season pass') to unlock access to reward items and other aspects of the game.

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.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Rated PEGI 18 with sex, language and violence. This game contains frequent depictions of gross violence towards human-like characters, which includes dismemberment and horrific depictions of death. These acts of violence are often paired with strong blood and gore visuals. This game features depictions of motiveless killing of innocent human characters. During gameplay, the player is able to kill the innocent civilians who populate the world. The deaths can be graphic in nature with strong blood effects shown. This game also contains depictions of violence towards vulnerable human-like characters. During a cutscene, a child is held by the shoulders and is then stabbed in the torso. This game also contains depictions of sexual activity with visible genital organs. There is a brothel located in the game which features paintings on the walls which depict sexual acts. In the same location, naked couples can be seen and heard having sex through a metal partition. This game also contains frequent use of sexual expletives. The words “*!@?*” and “*!@?*” are found throughout.

This game has been rated ESRB MATURE 17+.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Assassin's Creed Odyssey offers the following accessibility support:
  • 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.

Controls

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.

System Settings

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.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: Andy Robertson


 




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