Assassin's Creed

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Mature, cinematic thriller is history-based.
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Parents say

age 12+
Based on 60 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 199 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages
Violence

Your job is to assassinate targets, so there's plenty of violence and gore. This includes using an arsenal of weapons, such as knives, to kill key historical figures or other threats. Blood can be seen as they fall to the ground. The kill itself is not over-the-top or gratuitous, but similar to games like Prince of Persia, they can be "cinematic" in nature with fancy camera angles and slow-motion effects.

Sex
Language

A few -- but strong -- instances of swearing, topped by the F-word, as well as others might consider offensive, such as "damn" and "hell."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this game is very much about violence as you play as a hired hit man, of sorts, to take down key targets with cunning and strategy. This usually involves skulking through the shadows to remain undetected and figuring out how to accomplish the task, such as a knife to the throat from behind. People you kill fall to the ground and some blood is seen.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byasaspades April 9, 2008

An educational game that has taken a backseat to the violent content

The game Assasins Creed is an extremely well reasearched, beautiful game. You play as an assasin in the 1200s during the time of the 3rd crusade. Your targets a... Continue reading
Adult Written byMasterChief2 December 31, 2009

Fine for 15+ and maybe for 13+

First off this is a fantastic game, but the reason you are reading this is probably to get a feel for the content. There is blood and violence, but it is not a... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byLMan723 April 26, 2015

For kids

CSM is wrong about many things. This is one of them. Parents should know that Assassin's creed allows blood settings, which means you can turn off the bloo... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bymrcool1045 July 6, 2011

great game for mature 10 year olds and up

This is a great game despite the title. the title makes the game seem gory and like something yuo dont want to buy-thats why it took alot of convincing to get m... Continue reading

What's it about?

Ubisoft's ASSASSIN'S CREED, designed for the Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 3, and PC, is an intense and near-photorealistic action game that lets you play as a retired assassin who is sent back into action in the late 12th century, when the Third Crusade is raging across the Holy Land. You are Altair, whose task is to suppress the hostilities on both sides with stealth and precision. But how you stalk and approach your target, perform the task at hand, and exit the scene safely will vary from player to player. This is because the authentically re-created cities you'll be visiting -- such as Jerusalem, Damascus, and Acre -- are open-ended and bustling with citizens.

Is it any good?

The game's wide-screen presentation and high-definition graphics are only outdone by its smooth character animation, dialogue (including a female character voiced by Heroes and Veronica Mars star Kristen Bell) and Hollywood-style music soundtrack (composed by British Academy Award-winner Jesper Kyd) that changes depending on what's happening onscreen. Some players, however, might be disappointed that the combat isn't as fleshed out as in past Ubisoft Montreal games. The planning and exit strategies, the action sequences in Assassin's Creed are simply well-timed button presses, rather than deep combat control schemes.

That said, Assassin's Creed is an imaginatively conceived and wonderfully executed single-player adventure that should take a good 10 hours to complete, and more than double that for the optional side missions. Mature gamers in search of a beautiful, exhilarating piece of interactive entertainment will be more than pleased with this hard-to-put-down adventure.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether this game teaches anything about this time period (12th century) in the Middle East or does the backdrop take a back seat to the violence? That is, could a player actually use a game like this one to learn about key moments in history such as the Crusades?

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