Pardon Me While I Assassinate You (Assassin’s Creed)

Achievements

I’ve been playing more on my Xbox 360 than my PC now that my Finance class has started. I’m not sure if there’s a full connection between the two, but for some reason, it seems easier to split time between gaming and homework with the 360 games. Maybe it’s because there are less distractions than when I’m sitting at the PC.

Or maybe it was playing with Kinect that drew me back into it.

In any case, I finally started playing Assassin’s Creed. Not Brotherhood, the latest release, but the very first in the series. I’d had it sitting around in my house for months, but barely touched my 360 during that time as I was so caught up playing Everquest 2 and didn’t spend much time on other games. I’d bought the game inexpensively after I purchased a Nintendo DSi and played the DS version of Assassin’s Creed. The DS version isn’t exactly like any of the regular console versions. It’s an interlude somewhere during or after (can’t remember which) the first game and apparently doesn’t have as much of a sandbox feel.  I thought it was very fun though and when I saw the 360 version at a good price, I bought it right away.

And then, like so many other games in my backlog, it sat. Waiting. Watching.

So a couple days ago, I put in the disk and started playing. The controls were very awkward at first. My Altair moved along in the town like a drunkard, crashing into things instead of jumping. Falling off of buildings to his death. And who would have thought that falling into water would be instant death? That was when I figured out that there is no swimming in this game.

Still, I was having a great time, and the controls have gotten much easier now that I’ve been playing for a while. Oh but I still end up accidentally dropping Altair into the midst of a large crowd of startled townsfolk and guards. My Altair has broken many jugs in his trek through the poor section of Damascus, and even punched a beggar because I had no idea how else he was to be rid of her. Hadn’t quite figured out the grab and throw tactic.

I got a few achievements today too, and the most fun one of the day is called Gifted Escapist.  In the picture above, it states that the “merchants of the land now know you VERY well.”  It would seem that my Altair crashed and leaped through a number of merchant stalls in his drunken-but-not-drunk rampages and got rewarded for it. Hah! I love hearing all the funny comments of the townsfolk as he does things like this.

All the flags in Masyaf are now mine! Well…I guess they are actually Altair’s now, but I had a lot of fun helping him hunt for them. I started having him collect flags in Damascus too, but that collection is going to take quite a while considering how easy it is for me to get him lost, even with a map.

I ended tonight’s game after Altair’s first major assassination. Went off without a hitch. (Well okay, went off without a hitch after I finally figured out *how* to have him assassinate someone and didn’t alert every guard in the area with Altair walking up to the target, pulling his blade…er, um…where’s the blade? Oh, here it is….ALERT ALERT ALERT!! Big bloody death and a restart of the mission.)  But once I figured it out, no one was the wiser! Fun stuff!

It’s also a HUGE amount of fun jumping from rooftop to rooftop!

2 Responses to Pardon Me While I Assassinate You (Assassin’s Creed)
  1. Gwendolyn
    January 18, 2011 | 8:10 am

    OMG PUNCHED A BEGGAR!?!?!

    • a.girl.IRL (Rebecca)
      January 18, 2011 | 10:46 am

      She was getting to be worse than Noober in Baldur’s Gate! Altair would try to stealth around to his objective and there she would be right in his face. She was following him everywhere and wouldn’t leave. I had no other idea what to have him do to get rid of her! Then of course later I found out he is supposed to grab and toss harassers to get them to go away. Well, live and learn. 🙂

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