Welcome back to another month of TA Playlist! After a month-long beating, involving almost everyone either playing the TA Playlist game from March, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice - GOTY Edition or the latest addition to the series, Elden Ring, it’s time to announce the game we’ll all be playing in April.
For April, we based our game selection on terrible movie adaptions that share their names. You all voted, and our chosen game for April is Assassin's Creed.
We’re going back to where it all began with 2007’s Assassin's Creed, which started an era and world-hopping (and climbing and stabbing) series that has now reached 12 main entries, various spin-offs, mobile games and a whole load of extra media. Despite the huge popularity of the series and the strength of its material, a film only materialised in 2016. Sadly, even star power from Michael Fassbender and Marian Cotillard couldn’t save it from a critical mauling. The negative reception and poor box office performance led to a planned sequel to be canned, alongside every other video game adaptation in development by 21st Century Fox at the time. If they wanted to make an entertaining adaptation of the series, they really should have just skipped straight to the Ezio era.
Meanwhile, the games continue to stay strong after reinventing themselves and adapting their mechanics just enough over the years to keep fans coming back for more, although you may find yourself spending an inordinate amount of time collecting flags and hunting templars.
The game that started it all, Assassin’s Creed, has a 3.98/5.00 rating on TA. It can be completed in 20-25 hours with 11% of the site’s 350,000 players having finished it. The completion is notorious for its flag collectables, which are the imperfect blend of being obnoxiously numerous, having no form of tracking and adding nothing to the game itself, along with an annoyingly missable achievement for talking to characters. Thankfully, our walkthrough should help you track them all down.
As always, head over to the TA Playlist Hub to give your opinions on the first Assassin’s Creed game, along with any opinions of the film of the same name. We’re hoping for a lively debate to be included in the monthly wrap-up article!