Tuesday, 20 September 2011

HISTORICAL FICTION GAME TIE IN: Assassin's Creed: Secret Crusade - Oliver Bowden

Release Date: 23/06/11


Niccolò Polo, father of Marco, will finally reveal the story he has kept secret all his life - the story of Altaïr, one of the brotherhood's most extraordinary Assassins.

Altaïr embarks on a formidable mission - one that takes him throughout the Holy Land and shows him the true meaning of the Assassin's Creed. To demonstrate his commitment, Altaïr must defeat nine deadly enemies, including Templar leader, Robert de Sable.

Altaïr's life story is told here for the first time: a journey that will change the course of history; his ongoing battle with the Templar conspiracy; a family life that is as tragic as it is shocking; and the ultimate betrayal of an old friend.


To be honest I’m a huge fan of the Assassin’s Creed games and with the new one, Assassin’s Creed Revelations out for the 15th November, thought that I’d give this title by Oliver Bowden a go. What Oliver does well is bring the game to the readers market with solid prose as well as great pace. Add to this a solid understanding of lulls and peaks and the reader is more than happy to a certain degree. Where this title goes wrong in my opinion is that the author seems to get a better feel for the character as he writer’s later parts to the tale that expand further from the games to allow him a bit more freedom.

Don’t get me wrong in a game to book translation it is pretty good but I feel that when he’s stuck in a linear route that the author doesn’t get as much to play with as he’d have liked. All in a reasonable title and one that will while away some time whilst you wait for the new game.

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