Assassin's Creed I
is my favorite game in the series. There, I said it. Before you leave in horror, I agree, it isn't the best game in the series. That honor likely goes to II
, but nonetheless, for me, Assassin's Creed
is my favorite. It has an undeniable charm that, in my mind, II
Sure, later games tweaked, fine-tuned and altogether polished the gameplay and structure of the game, but in the process it lost the mystery and inherent freshness that the first entry in a series brings.
Nonetheless, this game is terribly flawed. It fails to execute on so many ideas, ideas that were half-baked, ideas that were fleshed out, improved and made altogether more enjoyable in the game’s sequels. Yet I still can’t help but have a sweet spot for Assassin’s Creed
, the game where it all started. Assassin's Creed II
is perhaps the purest and most complete incarnation of the franchise, but there’s something intangible about the first game that I can’t truly put to words, something that wins me over. This was the first next-gen game I played, and I’ll always have a place in my heart for those great moments, those great memories.
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