I picked up this game as I'm a fan of stealth games, and I was really looking forward to complex, difficult and satisfying assassinations against an old Middle Eastern backdrop with gorgeous visuals. I got my backdrop and visuals, but I didn't get my assassinations. This game is good but not great. I understand the sequels improve on the various mistakes (there's no kinder word) the developers made with this one, such as the repetitive side missions and various pointless and boring bits. However the Animus idea stays, which while interesting as a story device, does nothing for the atmosphere. This game is a great idea, beautifully presented and impeccably programmed, but unfortunately the developers miss the point.