I can remember how excited I was before I played the first Assasins Creed game. Everybody was talking about it and I watched the trailer over and over. When it was released the dynamic gameplay and unique storytelling were something never seen before. I wouldn't have imagined that a complex game like that would make its way to a mobile platform. Can it be as good as the pc/ console version, or not?
Assassin's Creed is one of those adventure titles that's been around the gaming community for years, and now that it's on the mobile market, I absolutely had to buy the app to see if it was as good as I remembered!
The graphics are amazing, and the physics of the game are exactly what you would expect from a game out of the franchise. Though I was excited to try the mobile version, I was worried about the execution of the open world concept on such a small device. After all, PCs and consoles have a significantly higher amount of memory space on their hard drives for games like this. It turns out, my worries were spot on, but I'm getting ahead of myself!
First things first, let's talk about those amazingly realistic graphics! I was shocked to see the impressive quality of the PC and console animations make it onto the small screen of smartphones and tablets everywhere!
I love that you still get to enjoy all the fun of the parkour style of navigating around your environment; not to mention the sneaky Assassin's Creed style of creeping up behind enemies to take them out as quietly as possible!
Now's where the not so fun stuff begins. When I downloaded Assassin's Creed Identity, I wasn't sure what to expect as far as the open world environment I had once been so accustomed to. However, once I started playing, I realized the world was actually minimal, and I felt as though I had only received a fraction of the original game.
Because the areas in which your playing are so limited, there are only so many quests and tasks you can perform before doing them all over again.
It was frustrating to me that I had to pay for a lesser version of something that had the potential to be really great. Another letdown I noticed while playing ACI was that I couldn't choose to play offline if I wanted to go off the grid for a bit. My dreams of playing Assassins Creed Identity on any upcoming flights or road trips was also dashed because of the inability to go offline.
There's nothing that annoys me more than a greedy or misleading developer, and I feel like that's exactly what you get when you download Assassin's Creed Identity in the play store.
I even noticed comments in the forums about people being overcharged for the game, and with no hope of a refund from customer service.
Another grave disappointment for me was when I completed the first few missions and was greeted with a request for more money to unlock the next portion of the game.
I felt immediately dejected as I had thought I purchased the entire game with the initial fee paid, so this was also a huge letdown.
I can get over the fact that you lose the open world experience when you play Assassin's Creed Identity on a smaller device; there isn't enough GB to support that kind of game on a smartphone anyway. So, in a way, I can appreciate that the developers toned back the space in which you can explore for the sake of our phones memory space!
What I can't get over is that you spend the money to buy the game, and once you've already started playing, they suddenly hit you with another fee? This just seems like dishonest, greedy behavior to me, and is disappointing that it's associated with the title of such a favorite game like Assassin's Creed Identity.