Impressions: Assassin's Creed Bloodlines on PSP

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  1. Hook

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    So I got a chance to play a bit of Assassin's Creed : Bloodlines during lunch break. I had high expectations for this one, but was left slightly disappointed.

    Visually, the game looks great and seems to pick up right where the first AC leaves you on the PS3/360 version.

    Controls are very similar the the bigger consoles, with the biggest difference being the very obvious lack of a second analogue control for the camera. Instead, you have to keep the left shoulder button pressed down while you control the camera with the X O ^ [] buttons. It's a pain, but you can quickly recenter the camera in front of the player by tapping the left shoulder button twice. While this camera control scheme is annoying, I found the lack of invert y axis even more annoying.

    The city looks much smaller and feels empty at times. Gone are cities full of life filled with peasants, guards and monks. Instread, almost every character you meet is an enemy of some sort. Some of them seem to appear from no where, as you turn a corner. Due to the PSP's limitations, I believe the game draws character as they appear onscreen, which is why the city seems so empty. Draw distance isn't too far either, but I was expecting that. However, you can anticipate where enemies are by looking at the small onscreen map which shows enemies as dots.

    Combat remains faithful to the original and the game still has lots of side-missions to complete.

    Storywise, the plot seems complexe from what I've seen so far and there is a definite improvement in Altaïr's voice actor.

    All in all, Assassin's Creed Bloodlines is a decent portable version for the franchise and a definite improvement on the DS version from a few years ago. While far from being perfect, it's suitable for short 15-20 mintues of play.

    I give it 7/10.

    Has anyone else picked it up?
     
  2. DaggersRage

    DaggersRage Autistic bastard.

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    Woah! I didnt know that came out. I have an interest in it, keep me posted on how it goes.
     
  3. Prowl

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    I was definitely curious about this, but LBP PSP, AC2, NSMB all come out on the same day. Oh and the bluray to Star Trek. I'm broke. :( 
     
  4. Hook

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    Heh, yeah. I gotta go out and get Star Trek on Blu-ray as well!

    I forgot to mention that you can hook up your PSP on the PS3 to exchange upgrades between Bloodlines and Assassin's Creed II. They've got these new Templar Coins to collect and each upgrade costs x amount of coins.

    This will be great to try out!
     
  5. Prowl

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    I am still going to pick this up eventually. Thanks for the review.

    You know which game has been nagging my radar on PSP lately? Crimson Gem Saga. Check it out. It looks great.
     
  6. Paladin

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    Been wanting to hear about this one. Torn between picking up this or Assassins Creed 2...
     
  7. Bilbo Boxhead

    Bilbo Boxhead Geewunners GTFO

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    I would go with AC2
     
  8. amd098

    amd098 En taro Artanis!

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    as would I, AC2 feels nice from what i played of it
     
  9. Hook

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    Definitely pick up AC2. Bloodlines works well as a portable game, but it wouldn't hold water on the big consoles.
     
  10. Darkravager

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    I hate to resurrect this zombie thread, but has anyone else played it? The reviews all look pretty rough on it, but is it really worth playing? I picked it up last night from TRU, but haven't opened it up yet as I'm unsure if it'll be worth my while. Should I take it back or play it?
     
  11. Hook

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    Bring it back. There are far better PSP games out there.
     
  12. Darkravager

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    That's really disappointing. I love Assassin's Creed, and I was hoping that this game would have been good. In particular, I was hoping that maybe your opinion would have changed after playing it more. The DS/iPhone game sucked, so maybe I shouldn't be surprised that this one does too.
     

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