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Original Assassin's Creed Bundled With PS3 Revelations

If you passed on the first game, now's your chance to catch up.

Altair is coming back into the fold during Revelations to wrap up lingering mysteries.

If you pick up Assassin's Creed: Revelations for PlayStation 3 on November 15, in addition to having Ezio's final adventure, you'll have a copy of the original Assassin's Creed on the disc, too.

I was working for 1UP when Assassin's Creed came out. I'm not sure if you remember the EGM scores for that game, but it was all over the place. Some people loved it, others hated it, and it caused a bit of a thing for a while there.

Scared off by the mixed response, I ended up skipping over the first one, but then picking up Assassin's Creed II based on the incredible word of mouth--and loving it. I really dig the fiction, too, so it bothers me that I don't know the foundation from the first installment.

Given how far the mechanics jumped from the first game to the second game, however, I'm not sure heading back towards Assassin's Creed would be a very satisfying experience. What say you?

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Posted by patrickklepek
Altair is coming back into the fold during Revelations to wrap up lingering mysteries.

If you pick up Assassin's Creed: Revelations for PlayStation 3 on November 15, in addition to having Ezio's final adventure, you'll have a copy of the original Assassin's Creed on the disc, too.

I was working for 1UP when Assassin's Creed came out. I'm not sure if you remember the EGM scores for that game, but it was all over the place. Some people loved it, others hated it, and it caused a bit of a thing for a while there.

Scared off by the mixed response, I ended up skipping over the first one, but then picking up Assassin's Creed II based on the incredible word of mouth--and loving it. I really dig the fiction, too, so it bothers me that I don't know the foundation from the first installment.

Given how far the mechanics jumped from the first game to the second game, however, I'm not sure heading back towards Assassin's Creed would be a very satisfying experience. What say you?

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Posted by OriginalYellow

The first game definately has humongous problems, might not be easy to go back into.

Edited by Authun

After 2 and Brotherhood I found the first game very very hard to get into. Incredibly tedious (as opposed to the optionally tedious of the other games) I thought the first one was skippable, really.

edit: still a pretty sweet bonus though. Gift horse and all that.

Edited by Ocean_H

The only problem I had with the first game was how the guards walking around will pick you on the spot if you're "wanted" or if you lightly and accidently hit them. That's all.

Posted by crusen

Never finished it, but this may get me to. Sweet!

Posted by RE_Player1

Loving all these extras the PS3 is getting. The exclusive SSX mountain, Bioshock 1 is coming with Infinite, Battlefield 1943 with 3, exclusive Need fo Speed cars and all the other ones that came out this year like Dead Space Extraction being packed in with 2. It makes up for some of the key titles I've missed no longer owning a 360, like Dead Rising Case Zero along with other exclusives.

Posted by TehFlan

I haven't played the Assassin's Creed games, and I'd like to play them starting from the first one, so if I get a PS3 in the near future, this seems like a good way to do it.

Posted by Doskias

I hated the original when I first went into it, but I found it a lot easier to go back to after playing the other two games, so I think it's worth a shot.

Posted by cabelhigh

The first game is one of the worst games of all time, I felt. So repetitive, so boring, so soul-sucking...which is weird, because all the other games are great.

Posted by Owlright

I ended up picking up the first after playing the second, myself. It obviously isn't as good, but it's still an enjoyable experience. It's worth doing, just don't expect it to be as amazing an experience as if you had played that it first.

Posted by MooseyMcMan

Cool! Even though I already have the game on 360, and got the 360 version because the internet said that the PS3 version of ACI was busted, and it caused my cousin's PS3 to brick-ify.

I suppose it could be good to see how far the series has come.

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Posted by Poki3

I wonder how exactly will they handle it.

The original came out before Trophies did and didn't have any. Will this version have it? It's on the ACR disc, or on a separate disc? Does it install with ACR, or have a separate install? Patches? Are the additions that were added to the PC version going to be ported back over? Will Brad play it again?

Posted by DocPorpoise

i don't really see the value in this, i mean i loved the first AC but after playing the other two it would just serve to highlight the problems not the promise the first one had.

Posted by Mikemcn

1st one played fine. It was just repetitive as all hell, still look great too.

Posted by SethPhotopoulos

On disk? Really? No download code for new players, no $80 special edition, just it's existence?

Posted by Akrid

It'll be unbearable after playing ACII. Hell, it was pretty unbearable to me when I bought and played it on launch day... I did beat it though.

Posted by OllyOxenFree

Naaaaaaah I'm good.

Posted by CloneTrooper

If you skipped the original game....eh I wouldn't bother going back to play it.

Just pick up The Secret Crusade by Oliver Bowden and read that.

Posted by zakkro

I bought the first game a couple months ago, and it was pretty fun. Granted, I played it before playing 2 and Brotherhood, and I did that on purpose to see how it changed over time. I'd say it's worth playing, and if you get it with Revelations, then why not try it.

Edited by themangalist

ACI is still my favourite Assassin's Creed. Fuck Ezio, whole heartedly. Now bring on the flaming.

Posted by Lord_Punch

A free game is never a bad thing. But ASSASSIN'S CREED was boring and tedious. Um....thanks, Ubisoft?
Posted by Landon

The first one hasn't aged well, but this is a cool bonus. I wonder if it will have trophies.

Posted by Scrumdidlyumptious

Oh goody. I've never played the first.

Posted by Centimani

I got through the first when it launched, and I was on the side who liked it. Doesnt mean it wasnt a gigantic drag at points.

Posted by DeviTiffany

I loved the original Assassin's Creed. I still think it does some things better than AC2 and Brotherhood, specifically it felt the the only game that really allowed you to go full stealth and kill your target without even knowing you're there. As much as I love Ezio's games, it always feels like there's some sort of cutscene or contrivance that never allows me to stealth kill my targets. It always seems to end in some sort of battle.

Still it's a really neat deal for PS3 owners. Assassin's Creed is by far my favorite new series this generation.

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Posted by Everyones_A_Critic

I honestly wish they'd re-make it with the new combat system. Fighting in that game was atrocious.

Edited by MrNeutron

I would skip it, personally. AC1 was a tech demo and proof-of-concept, AC2 was the game.

Don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of the series and I do like the first one. It has an interesting meditative and methodical tone that the more tightly-scripted later games lack, and the Crusades setting is great. But there's just not enough going on. The game gets very repetitive very quickly. All the pieces are there, but it took AC2 to pull them apart and reconstruct them into something more compelling.

So yeah, jump in and soak up the world a little bit, but I wouldn't bother trying to finish it. There's just not enough there. Wikipedia/YouTube the important story beats (of which there are surprisingly few, actually), then move on to the better stuff.

Posted by omgJOHN

The first AC had the same problem most of Ubi's big games from Montreal had at the time I found. They had this big open and interesting world to go through, with some really fun mechanics. However, it was plagued with boring and repetitive missions with very little in the way of motivation.

The story was decent, but told in pretty cool narrative way, which is probably the biggest redeeming quality of the game.

Posted by pjacobson21

I played again in prep for brotherhood.  Yeahhhh... after 2 you cant go back

Posted by laserbolts
@cabelhigh

The first game is one of the worst games of all time, I felt. So repetitive, so boring, so soul-sucking...which is weird, because all the other games are great.

You haven't played many bad games then I'm guessing. I personally loved the first game even though it was repetitive.
Posted by NinjaCommando

Never tried the first, so tempting....nah not really.

Posted by Nate

After losing my save file TWICE on the first one, and finally beating it on my third time, I can safely say HELL NO to more Assassin's Creed. Nice gesture, though :)

Posted by EveretteScott

@OriginalYellow said:

The first game definately has humongous problems, might not be easy to go back into.

Not really problems, it just basically was way too repetitious.

Posted by Deathpooky

Eh, I think you'd be better off watching the ending more than anything. I liked the first game, but it'd be tough to go back to if you've played with AC2's much improved world and sidemissions and AC:B's assassin minions. The first one drags at many points and has only a sprinkling of interesting moments in the Animus. Plus I think they've gotten much better at making the out-of-Animus story interesting and connecting you to those characters as they've gone along.

The first one was great if only for the new mechanics and ideas it introduced. But the later games have improved on that so much that the first game is pretty much obsolete at this point.

Posted by 49th

I'm still trying to finish the first game after over a year before getting into the newer ones... I should probably just stop and get AC2 instead.

Posted by TheOther

I played it when it came out and liked it. Sure, it had it's problems but I loved the fiction and the general badassness.

I'd say it's worth playing through once, just skip everything optional and play through the story. Especially with Revelations referencing Altair, I'd say it's worth it. I for one got some major goosebumps from the cinematic trailer when both Ezio and Altair walked the plank on the tower (referencing a scene from the first game).

Posted by AuthenticM

Why even bother? I'm never playing this game again.

Posted by demonknightinuyasha

I played a little bit of my friends copy but never really got into it. I picked up AC2 as a download for like 10 bucks or so during a psn sale (though I fucked up and bought some of the DLC even though the bundle included it, stupid psn not making it clear >.< ) Never actually started AC2 though and now my PS3 is only limping along :/

Posted by Strife777

Already have it, but that's a neat little bonus.

Posted by LiquidSaiyan3

This kind of works out for me since the first game is the only one I don't own. I borrowed it from a friend a while back and beat it, and luckily still have the save.

For me, I thought Desmond's side was the more interesting story in the first game. Might consider replaying for story, or if they include trophies (which the first one didn't have).

Posted by cooljammer00

That's a punishment, not a prize.

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Posted by Scodiac

I really enjoyed the first game. It was definitely repetitive and ACII improved on it in a big way but I was way into the combat and the narrative of Assassin's Creed from the start.

I've played it recently and the first game still holds up well visually and it plays very well too. The open world is pretty amazing and coming over that ridge and seeing all of that massive first city is still a great moment. The game is huge. It was one of the first next-gen games that kind of blew my mind.

It's pretty cool of Ubisoft to put this in with Revelations. That's a lot of content in one package.

Posted by chilibean_3

Going back to one after the playing the new ones would be real tough. I really enjoyed the game at the time but that time has passed.

Posted by Enigma777

That's pretty cool. AssCreed 1 sucked so I would never actually pay any real money for it, but if it's free then I'll take it. At least that way I don't feel bad for not owning the entire collection.

Posted by TPoppaPuff

Yay. Now people will be disappointed by the original AC all over again. :P

Posted by UncleBenny

AC was flawed, terribly flawed. I enjoyed the experience, but jumping from AC to AC2 made me realize that I never ever want to play AC ever again, that is, unless they decide to redo the first Assassin's Creed, maybe a director's cut? it'd be an interesting mental exercise, how would you fix the initial Assassin's Creed by introducing new game play elements without messing up certain narrative that AC2 presented (dual uh uh uh uh uh knives, for instance).

Posted by asian_pride

Sweet. I still liked the first AC even though it got way too repetitive. I know I'd still be pretty glad to jump back in again. It would probably help a little if they actually threw in trophy support for the first AC, but w/e.

Posted by Johnny5

Just ask Brad :P

Posted by the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG

Oh thats actually pretty cool and I havent played the first game but Ive heard bad things about the original game...  Doesnt mean I wont like it but I just dont want to play it

Posted by NTM

The game was... good. But it was a lot worse than the other two. I find it ironic 'cause from what I heard, the PS3 version (which I have and played) was worse. Luckily, you can beat it in a very short amount of time if you stick the just the story missions. Everything except for the tedious aspect of the game, is great.

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