A recommended rent for fans of the series. It basically expands on the story of Altair from the first Assassin's Creed and acts as a segway into Assassin's Creed 2, though it isn't really necessary to play through each in succession. Gameplay is good for a handheld game IMO. The mechanics are not as extensive as its console cousins of course and once you learn its limitations, the game becomes a cake walk. The extras you get for synching with Assassin's Creed 2 are cool to have for those of us with OCD who love to unlock everything, but their novelty doesn't last that long. Still, I do recommend it to fans of the series because it answered a few of the questions I had after playing Assassin's Creed 2.
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First off I'll say this game is gorgeous, from city structure too characters this one pushes the psp. Free flow is implemented and works amazing considering its a psp title and there is a lot of stuff to monkey around on. Finally the kill animations are all brutal and very worthy of AC but this is where the start of the downsides comes into play. AC:BL suffers from the same hiccups the original AC did and throws in a clunky view system. So naturally killing is awesome fun but gets very repetitive. Due to the lack of power on the system not many people are around thus making the chase, fear of open killing, and want to actually blend in instead of run, all fall away. But even with those small hiccups the story is short but decent for a psp title falling at around 6-7 hours. So if you find yourself bored but wanna finish its not hard. All in all I call it a great handheld addition and an amazing first effort. I cant wait to see what they could do with a number 2. Heh heh number 2 =0p
After playing this, I felt a bit more was answered about Altair, however I was still left disappointed a bit.
Pro: Has the same feel as the AC games before it. Control are simple enough that you don't get confused. smooth game play for the most part.
Con: The game in itself was too short. A lot of repeat go here/go there between places Computer AI was a bit "stupid". Bad camera angles
All in all it was a decent game, and I would say a bit better than most I have played on my PSP; however, it still has some of its own issues that could be worked out. I love that it was platformed for the PSP, but I think that Ubisoft could do a bit better next time. ~W