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Assassins Creed review

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Manufacturer: Ubisoft

Our Rating: We rate this 2.5 out of 5

Ubisoft's Holy Land head-bashing extravaganza Assassins Creed now heads to the PC. Can it cause as much controversy as the console original?

Ubisoft's Holy Land head-bashing extravaganza Assassins Creed now heads to the PC. Can it cause as much controversy as the console original?

Although visually stunning on the PS3 and Xbox 360, Assassins Creed comes across as distinctly average on the PC. Maybe it's because Crysis raised the bar so swiftly for higher end PCs that these owners will feel somewhat disappointed. We also saw more pop-up than we'd have liked on our mid-range test system.

More crictically though is the control system. The original Assassins Creed game was clearly designed with a joypad in mind and this has transformed on the keyboard to a game of 'finger-twister'.

Although Assassins Creed was not as bad a game as some will have you believe, it was profoundly disappointing on the console systems, and we are disheartened to discover that rather than address the myriad of issues (poor acting, repetitive gameplay), Ubisoft has more-or-less ported the game to the PC (with the addition of four new bonus missions).

Assassins Creed

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Assassins Creed Expert Verdict »

Windows XP / Vista
Dual core processor 2.6GHz Intel Pentium D or AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ (Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ or better recommended)
2GB RAM (3GB recommended)
256MB DirectX 10.0-compliant video card or DirectX 9.0-compliant card with Shader Model 3.0 or higher (512 MB video card recommended)
DirectX 9.0 or 10.0 compliant sound card (5.1 sound card recommended)
12GB hard disk space
  • Overall: We give this item 5 of 10 overall

Assassins Creed fails to fix the problems found in the original console game, and the awkward control system brings a few new problems to the plate too. On the whole, we'd give it a miss.

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