Assassin's Creed Reader Review
There is a saying that you can not polish a turd. Well this game has proven that wrong, this is a very shiny attractive turd. In fact, it's that attractive and shiny that you won't realise that it is a turd until you've got your teeth into it!!
Yep, yep, I got sucked in by the hype, and yes the graphics are remarkable. BUT the game is sooo dull!! Once you get passed the annoying tutorial (those damn ladies with pots...) the first 'trip' as the assassin is quite enjoyable and you can not help but awe at the graphics. Once you wiped the dribble off you your face you soon realise that all the 'mini-games' to find clues are crap, and you have to do all 3 of them over and over and over and over and over and over again... Aaaaarrggh!!!
What makes it worse, the assassinations are all pretty much the same!! There is no real need to plan out and be stealthy (you don't get any bonuses) and you can just waltz in with your sword out and kill all the baddies with ease. The combat is cack as well. Block, counter, block, counter....Why oh why didn't they make the combat much harder, so if you were out-numbered you really had to run away...mmmm??
This is a perfect example of what direction games should not go in. Game play and fun factor should be the main focus of any game, then polish it with awesome graphics and sound. They have spent far too much time concentrating on getting the whole running up and down and round buildings to work and look pretty that they forgot to come up with fun things to do with it...
4 / 10