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SDCC 14: The Assassin's Creed Experience

by Robert Workman, shacknews.com, Jul 26, 2014 9:00AM PDT

Oh, and if you hesitate on the leap of faith, don’t worry. You’re not the first. But be prepared for people to chant “Jump! Jump!” at the top of their lungs, and then begin a countdown. <i>So much for that support, guys!</i>

Walking into Ubisoft’s The Assassin’s Creed Experience, you almost get that similar feeling to the ABC game show Wipeout. You see a course that’s intimidating and daunting, and you know somewhere over the event, you’ll see people taking dives into foam pools, instead of completing the course like pros.

Regardless, Ubisoft has set up a unique opportunity for gamers to interact with the parkour-style acts that they’ll be able to execute in the forthcoming Assassin’s Creed Unity, which features an all-new mobility system that makes it easier to climb up and down buildings, and get into all sorts of trouble along the way.

The course itself features a number of obstacles to get around, including a rolly field that forces players to be nimble on their feet, bounce pads to jump off of, and, at the very end, the “leap of faith”. This interesting free-fall activity has players jumping approximately 25 feet into an inflated foam pad awaiting at the bottom. It sounds like a suicide dive, but, in fact, is rather comfortable to land on – provided you don’t land on your face. Some poor guy did that, and... ouch.

Along with the obstacle course, Ubisoft also teamed up with Schick once again to provide free shaves to interested attendees. While this seems a bit gimmicky, it was no doubt helpful for a few attendees, and it certainly beat sitting underneath a guillotine. Yikes.

Finally, the media team was nice enough to walk us through a demo of the game. Although we’ve seen it before at E3, the demo impressed, recreating the French Revolution as your character strolled through the streets, occasionally lending a hand by doing away with nasty soldiers and escaping with the greatest of ease. The art detail in the game thus far is incredibly impressive, and the controls appear to be fluid in the same sense as the original games. Unfortunately, we were not offered any hands-on time with the game.

Don’t just take our word for it. If you’re in the San Diego area, stop by the Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade and try out the Assassin’s Creed Experience for yourself. It’ll be running today and tomorrow, so stop on by.