#ThrowbackThursday – Assassin’s Creed

Join us as we take a trip down memory lane and look back at the start of the ‘Assassin’s Creed’ franchise.

Name: Assassin’s Creed

Genre: Action-adventure stealth video game

Release Date: 2007

Developer: Ubisoft

The Tuesday Quiz: Know your Assassin’s Creed time periods

What was it all about?

We are going to let this write-up give you the full detail as to what the game is about, as to this day we find it all a bit confusing, despite the game being pure class.

This write-up is found on Wikipedia: ‘The plot is set in a fictional history of real world events and follows the centuries-old struggle between the Assassins, who fight for peace with free will, and the Templars, who desire peace through control.

‘The game primarily takes place during the Third Crusade in the Holy Land in 1191, with the plot revolving around the Secret Order of Assassins, based upon the Hashshashin sect. The player is in reality playing as a modern-day man named Desmond Miles, who, through the use of a machine named the “Animus”, is allowed the viewing and controlling of the protagonist’s genetic memories of his ancestors, in this case, Altaïr Ibn-La’Ahad, a member of the Assassins.

‘Through this plot device, details emerge of a struggle between two factions: the Knights Templar and the Assassins, over an artifact known as the “Apple of Eden”, an ancient artifact used to control minds.’

See, that was a mouthful, but that somewhat confusing plot and storyline took nothing away from what was a cracking game that was a touch ahead of its time.

It provided gamers with a truly wonderful experience within an immersive world shrouded in mystery and suspense. So good!

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Best part about the game?

There are two standout facets here – gameplay and graphics.

Firstly, the gameplay is incredible. The way your character moves around the world is truly remarkable. Scaling walls, jumping around, pulling off stealth kills – it all made for an exciting journey, which is what gaming should be about.

Secondly, the graphics were stunning for the time. This was a period where games really started to take the ‘look’ seriously, and we must say that Ubisoft nailed it with ‘Assassin’s Creed‘. The colours were rich, attention to detail astounding, and it just felt so real. Wonderfully done as a whole.

What is also great about this game is the fact that is just worked, and thus led to a franchise being built off the back of it. Often we see games try too hard in the hope of creating a series, but this title came across so brilliantly and it made sense that more would follow.

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