Assassin’s Creed

Right now, I have to talk about the best new video game series in a while.  Assassin’s Creed, or more so Assassin’s Creed II and Brotherhood, is basically amazing because I can’t find anything wrong with it.  From the awesome combat to the awesome story, it’s awesome, to say the least.  If you don’t know the story, here it is in the smallest possible nutshell.  It’s 2012, and scientists can somehow replay the memories of people in the apparently pretty distant past by hacking in to the genes of their descendants.  The subject Desmond Miles is the descendant of Altaïr Ibn la-Ahad, who was an assassin during the Crusades, and of Ezio Auditore da Firenze, an Italian assassin that lived in the 1600’s, near the ‘end’ of the Renaissance.  In the game, you play as the assassins in the story, or actually sort of as Desmond playing as the assassins.  Anyway, you can climb on walls, fight guards, ride horses, solve puzzles and mysteries, discover secret passages, basically everything you always wanted to grow up and do when you were little.  The first game is fun, but holds nothing in comparison to the sequel.  In Assassin’s Creed II, you can go virtually anywhere in five or six entire cities.  If that’s not fun enough, in Brotherhood, you can go almost anywhere in 15th century Rome.  You might never have another opportunity to do that.  I’d say if you’re going to play Assassin’s Creed, don’t waste too much time with the first one, because the next two big-console titles are the best.  The graphics are amazing, from the detail of the architecture to the stitching on Ezio’s Renaissance Superhero costume.  The music, done by Jesper Kyd, is some of the best music I’ve heard in a while, and I don’t mean only in video games.  The back-story is vivid and deep, provocative, historical, and all the more reason to allow yourself to get sucked into these games.  Seriously, go get it.  It’s probably dirt-cheap at your local going out of business Blockbuster location.  Thanks, Comcast, for eliminating the need for some persons’ only form of exercise:  walking into the video store to look around.  I digress.  Play for short periods of time.  Go outside and shower and stuff.  But still, play, they’re really fun.

Ezio, fighting a huge Italian guard with a huge Italian weapon

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