Bargain Bin Diving: Assassin's Creed: Altair's Chronicles (DS)

While digging through the Discount bin at my local department store I happened across the title, Assassin's Creed: Altair's Chronicles for the DS.

Being a fan of Assassin's Creed on the 360, and a relatively new DS owner, I am always looking for a new title to build my tiny DS collection.

Jumping right into the game I found I was immediately recalled to the way of the assassin, checking in with the local task master to find my assignment, sneaking over rooftops, picking pockets, interrogating informants and silently killing those that stand in the way of Altair's current goal.

However, gone were the missions protecting the innocents and watching conversations, gone were the tall climbs and the base jumps into bales of hay. Another significant difference is that the open-ended go-anywhere aspect experienced on the console is replaced with a multi-leveled side scrolling view of the Holy Land.

What truly amazes about this title is the innovative use of the DS' unique features. Treasure chests buried in the sand require the player to blow air into the mic to clear the lock and open them. Picking pockets and interrogations require the stylus for timed interaction that simulate pressing pressure points on your target and careful timed sequences to pick your targets pockets for a door key.

For the bargain price of $19.99 this is a title you should consider adding to your DS library.