Saturday, 4 December 2010

More Assassin's Creed

Well it's all about the Creed at the moment with the new game out. I'm really enjoying the new game, it's expanded on the best bits of ACII and added in a few good bits from the first game such as vigilantes and being able to automatically move in crowds - essentially 'it's the same, but better'.

With the release of the game there is inevitably going to be a load of tie-in content, but Assassin's doesn't fail to deliver on quality and we get a lot more than a few viral videos. So here's a taste of what Assassin's Creed goodness is available to go with the new game.

1. Assassin's Creed: The Fall

A tie-in comic like few others. This isn't a prequel to Brotherhood, in fact no prequel is necessary as the game quite literally takes off where the second ends. Neither is it a 'deleted scene' filling in a gap of how the characters got from A to B. This is a brand new story featuring the Assassin's and Templars.
Nikolai Orelov is an Assassin operating in Russia in 1888. Haunted by memories of a failure to save another Assassin he is driven to complete his duty. He is assigned by 'The Mentor' to assassinate Alexander III Czar of Russia aboard his personal train. Nikolai boards the train and bests the guards, but finds a bigger task at hand and a mysterious artefact.
In modern times, his descendant Daniel Cross is a drug-addict suffering from strange hallucinations of the past. Threatened by his psychologist (and possibly Abstergo) he wanders into a bar suffering strange visions until he is intercepted by a group of people calling themselves Assassins...

That's just the first issue folks - I'm eagerly awaiting to see more of what happens to both these Assassins in the next two installments.

2. Assassin's Creed: Project Legacy

Assassin's Creed is a Facebook game only...well...good! To be fair i haven't gone in for Farmville or Mafia Wars and who knows they may work as well, but they don't give me an insight into the world of Templars and Assassins. You relive memories of certain characters, including Mario Auditore on the behalf of Abstergo. You obtain certain resources, gather enough Action Points and then you can execute events. The game is even better as you can link it to Brotherhood. When you get new Assassin recruits you can level them up on Facebook and see the results in-game!! It's great to have something meaningful to while away my precious hours with online!!

3. Assassin's Creed: Ascendance

Of the three titles I'm showcasing here, Ascendance is the 'prequel' title, more directly linked to the new game. After tracking down a target Ezio meets up with a contact of his and learns about his Rival, Cesare Borgia and his ruthless rise to power. Beautifully made using artists and the game's engine for backdrops this great piece is available to download on Xbox Live or Playstation Network.

Well that's it, but don't expect that to be the end for the Assassin's universe - I think this party is really just getting started.

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