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  • Summary: Assassin's Creed Altaïr's Chronicles is the direct prequel of the console title Assassin's Creed, where players discover more about the protagonist Altaïr and his deep history. The game features a fully realized 3D world in which players will travel and battle through four cities of the Crusade's Middle East, using acrobatic moves and exhilarating combo attacks that mix sword skills and high-flying kicks. [Ubisoft] Expand
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 30
  2. Negative: 8 out of 30
  1. Strangely enough, Altair's Chronicles feels more stealth-centric than its console predecessor. [Mar 2008, p.87]
  2. Exhilarating. Exasperating. Joyous. Torturous. Assassin’s Creed: Altair’s Chronicles is a lot of things. Perfection isn’t one of them.
  3. After ruthlessly playing the game without mercy, we’d say that it’s a worthy addition to the franchise. However, we think that it’s a shame that you’re not given greater rewards for skillful stealth kills as opposed to stumbling into fights and mashing your way to victory.
  4. It's short, clocking in at around four to six hours long, but this isn't a slapdash effort - the plot might be lame, but the action, level design and graphics are all pretty impressive for a DS title.
  5. It’s definitely worth a rental; especially if you have enjoyed the original game as it tells the story of how the characters got to that point, and frustrations and limitations aside, the time spent playing the game is enjoyable – it’s just over way too soon.
  6. Nothing to see here. [May 2008, p.65]
  7. 25
    Much like Altair himself, Assassin's Creed for the DS is an unlikable mess.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16
  1. BunnyR.
    Feb 14, 2008
    This is a worthy prequel to AC. Altair
  2. AlL.
    Feb 16, 2008
    Nice. I expected some really bad port when I heard that AC would be coming to the DS. Instead, what we got was a separate game made just for us. We get some of the back-story for Altair and a better understanding of the world in which he lives. Any fan of the original game can enjoy this as a new experience, and anyone who hasn Expand
  3. KatB.
    Feb 16, 2008
    Move over Prince. Because Altair is the King! I heard tell that there were a lot of similarities between this and the Prince of Persia series, and to a certain extent it Expand
  4. TonyC.
    Feb 7, 2008
    From what I understand, Altair's Chronicles is a prequel to the console Assassin's Creed game. I'd never know that, since I didn't play that title. My sole reason for picking up this game, though, was because I love playing action games of this sort on my DS. The premise for Altair's Chronicles sounded cool and the gameplay promised to be right up my alley. Before stopping to jot down this review, I took a look once more at IGN's number descriptions for reviews. I'm going to utilize their scoring system to convey my measure of this game. So, please keep in mind that, overall, I think Altair's Chronicles is a "decent" game. To say it's more than that would be inaccurate, so far as it pertains to my experience with the game. And my experience with the game was short-lived. Not because I didn't play through it in its entirety, but because the game is Expand
  5. Altair'sChronicles
    Feb 6, 2008
    Uses all d pad controls and almost no touch, combat is even worse than console version. Shame, could a been fun.
  6. HenryC.
    Feb 8, 2008
    It's not that the game is horrible, but it is horribly short. Graphics are great for a DS game, and you can definitely enjoy the platforming aspects. Combat is a little lacking, and there are simply not enough chances to really use your non-platforming abilities in game. Expand
  7. ChrisL.
    Feb 9, 2008
    huge let down dont be swayed by the big name an marketing of this game its utter rubbish trying to cash in on the success of its next gen big brother full price for a game that lasts 3-4 hrs in its campaign it pitiful at best if you do buy it , it will leave a bitter taste in your mouth knowing your cash could have been better spent on much much better DS games in the coming months Ninja Gaiden anyone? Expand

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