It has been 8 years since the release of Assassin’s Creed back in 2007, which was the original title in the popular franchise. This week we are not only celebrating the origin of a series, but the launch of the latest title in the series, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate.
Set during the third crusade in the Holy Land, 1191, the game centred around the Secret Order of the Assassin‘s which led back to the Hashshashin sect. The game revolved around two main characters, Desmond Miles, a modern day character who through the use of the Animus was able to see and control his ancestor, Altair.
Through DNA memory sequences, we learnt of a struggle between two factions, the Knights Templar, and the Assassins as they fought over an ancient artefact known as the Piece of Eden. This artefact was used to control the minds of others and had the ability to give its users unspeakable power.
The Birth Of An Assassin
Being the first title in the series, Assassin’s Creed was rather small compared to the titles we play today. The Holy Land consisted of smaller scaled cities where you would have very little to keep you busy compared to Syndicate and Unity. The game had three main locations, Jerusalem, Acre, and Damascus. In these cities you were required to locate the Assassin’s Bureau and discuss plans with Rafiq, the agent of the Brotherhood.
The game introduced the high vantage points in which you would have to climb up in order to reveal parts of the map, and then preform the iconic Leap of Faith into haystacks below. Some other elements introduced in the first title are still present in today’s games like interrogation, eavesdropping, and gather items. On that note, the weapon system was non-existent and you would stick with the weapons were given in beginning of the game, throughout the game.
Abstergo Rules The World
The game did one thing right compared to today’s version of the Abstergo Laboratory. It successfully told the story of Desmond without making it seem too complicated. Sure the game left us with a cliff-hanger when it ended after we found out Abstergo was actually a modern day version of the Templars, but there were no complications with the Goddess and the end of the world. What we did learn was that the Piece of Eden was a device that was highly sought after by both the Assassin’s Brotherhood and the Templars.
Assassin’s Creed went on to winning the following awards:
- Best Action/Adventure Game
- Best Action Game – IGN
- Best PS3 Game of the Show – IGN
- Best PS3 Action Game – IGN
- Best PS34 Graphics – IGN
- Best PS3 Game of Show – GameSpy
- Best PS3 Game of Show – Gamespot
- Best of Show – Gametrailers
- Best PS3 Game – 1Up
The success of Assassin’s Creed led Ubisoft to develop the best title in the series, Assassin’s Creed II. Although the game was released two years after the original, compared to its annual slot now, it still went onto being one of the most popular in the series.
The Future Is Now
We are now 9 games into the Assassin’s Creed series, these exclude the spin offs that hit mobile platforms and handheld console. If you had to include them we would be on 26 games in total. One thing is for sure, the series is still going strong and it is still one of the best annual titles. With Assassin’s Creed Syndicate releasing this Friday (23 October 2015), we cannot wait to see where the series goes from here.