I just spent the better part of the weekend playing and finishing Assassin's Creed on PS3. Somewhere in the back of my mind I remember somebody telling me that this was the greatest game ever created, but it didn't really live up to expectations.
The story line is pretty out of this world, kind of a cross between the Matrix and Kingdom of Heaven, and exploring the three cities is fantastic, but the game play gets kind of repetitive by the time you are on your ninth and final mission, there aren't that many weapons to use, and there is only one attack button. Single button attacking, what's up with that?
The best thing about the game is that you can play the missions in any order you want and you can complete them in whatever style fits you. Not to oversimplify the game, but the goal is to assassinate nine targets during the time of the Crusades. You travel to the cities of Acre, Damascus, and Jerusalem to gather intelligence to figure out where the targets are going to be and when to strike, but after that, how you kill them is up to you. Want to climb the city wall, sneak past the guards, slitting their throats without them seeing you on your way to the kill? It takes a little extra time, but you can do it that way. Or would you prefer to go in the front door swinging your sword like a mad man? Go right ahead.