In 2007, a game by the name of Assassin’s Creed was released for the PlayStation 3, the Xbox 360, and PC. This intriguing tale follows the story of a young bar-tender named Desmond Miles. He is captured by a company called Abstergo and put into a strange machine called The Animus. The Animus is capable of tapping into memories of the user and an ancestor. In Desmond’s case Abstergo wanted to tap into the memories of Altair, a Master Assassin in the age of the crusades.
The Assassin's Creed IP was developed by Ubisoft and was a great step forward in free roaming virtual worlds, on the next-gen platforms, as well as advanced story telling. As with most first titles in a series, the game was a bit monotonous and lacking a few features. However, the story was fantastic and kept you searching for the meaning and wondering where they would take the characters next. Ubisoft attempted to improve upon the formula with the 2009 release of Assassin’s Creed 2. The title furthered the storyline of Desmond Miles, but also began a sad tale from another of his ancestors--Ezio Auditore.
Upon the death of Ezio’s brothers and father, he chose to seek out vengeance through the creed. The player is placed in renaissance Europe and is able to explore famous monuments and cities throughout Italy. In the Assassin’s Creed series, the goal is typically the same: Work with a mentor in order to find and assassinate Templars who threaten to take over the world. The Templars seek mindless order and power through the artifacts of Eden. Eden was the first civilization on earth that was destroyed by a massive solar storm. They were also the ones who created humans.
After Assassin's Creed II, the series continued with Ezio’s story for two more sequels: Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, where the player becomes an Assassin leader as Ezio and recruits other assassin’s to send on missions, and Assassin's Creed: Revelations, in which Desmond is in a coma and placed in an animus by fellow assassin’s, in his time. He must piece together his mind as well as the remanding memories from Ezio and Altair. This is all necessary in order to stop the Templars from reaching the "Apples of Eden" as well as to stop the prophecy of the end of the world in 2012--based on the Mayan Calendar.
The most recent release, in the franchise, is Assassin's Creed III. The title follows Desmond once again with his team of fellow assassins who have found an ancient door that they must unlock in order to stop the apocalypse. Desmond enters the animus once again in order to relive the story of his Indian ancestor, Connor.
Assassin’s Creed III, the fifth major game in the series, continued the popularity of the franchise and took the series to a new level. The Ubisoft team completely remade the movements and layout of the characters. They made it possible for running through trees, diving off cliffs, and even going into battle with sailing ships. Along with a new array of weaponry and armor, the graphics were crisper and clearer than ever. The naval elements of Assassin's Creed III will play a huge part in the next incarnation of the series--Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. We will learn more about what Ubisoft has planned for us in the coming months.
No matter if you are new the series or have only played one of the titles, now is the time to jump in and experience the magical franchise Assassin's Creed.