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Post-holidays can be a real downer for video game deal finders. It's almost as if major retailers don't even try to lure us into their stores with flashy deals or "wow!" offers after the holidays pass. So, this week, we've got a few deals to share with you, but nothing that'll make you scream with joy. Sorry.

This week Target is only offering one video game related deal and it's our good friend Assassin's Creed for a pretty fine $38. Heading over to Best Buy, you'll find Tony Hawk's Proving Ground for $39 and Spider-Man: Friend or Foe for $29. Our final stop on our whirlwind tour of Sunday deal searching is Circuit City. And they don't have anything other than possibly MX vs ATV Untamed for $49. Though, that deal is a yawn fest. But we didn't give up on old Circuit City as we had a hunch that they were hiding something. We were right.

Circuit City is holding a 3-Day Mega Sale, which are online only deals good through Tuesday that are much better than their Sunday ad. Deals like Soldier of Fortune for $39, Stuntman: Ignition for $29, Beowolf for $19, the HD DVD player for $159 and (our favorite deal) the Chatpad included Messenger Kit for $19. Sneaky Circuit City, always keeping their cards held close. Happy shopping!

Pickup Assassin's Creed or CoD4 for $38

Need a super-duper last minute gift for a family member, friend or yourself? If so, swing by your local Best Buy store and for $38 you can grab a copy of Assassin's Creed or Call of Duty 4. And we think we can all agree that $38 for one of these two superb games is a pretty fine deal. Also, if by chance Best Buy slaps a "sold out" sign on either of these titles, don't get worked up into a tizzy. We're sure Circuit City or any other kind-hearted retailer would be willing to do a price match. Hurry, this deal and your holiday shopping time is going fast ... HURRY!

[Thanks, Goda7h3r]

Read - Assassin's Creed for the cheap
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Assassin's Creed to save Ubisoft from EA?

Considering all the industry shakeups this year, it's refreshing to see a company potentially fend off acquisition by a bigger fish. Enter the often mentioned plot of Electronic Arts gobbling up Ubisoft. Apparently, that task has been made much more difficult, and it's all thanks to Assassin's Creed. You may recall that Ubisoft recently announced that the game managed to sell 2.5 million copies worldwide. It seems that this sales push has upped Ubisoft's market value to 4.3 billion dollars. The upshot of all this is that Ubisoft may now be too expensive for EA. With two ton gorillas seemingly forming all around them, EA is sure to be feeling the pressure of no longer being on top. The industry is watching with bated breath to see what happens next.

Read - Ubisoft's assassin and the creed of creative defence (registration required)

[Via Joystiq]

Video: Altair the schmuck

Assassin's Creed. Action. Adventure. Violence. Comedy? Yes, comedy. Of all the things we expected from Assassin's Creed, physical shtick was the last thing on our list. And yet, it looks like Altair is perfectly adept at the nuances of physical comedy. While some may theorize that the above video is merely the result of a programming oversight on Ubisoft's part, we believe it is in fact intentionally hilarious. Like Joystiq, we must point out the pinpoint comic timing. It's simply too spot on to be an accident, right?

[Via Joystiq]

Halo 3 Iwo Jima tribute and Assassins' Optimus Prime

We have a case of the lazy Saturdays today, so we figured we'd share two rather fun and delectable pictures with you. The first pic is the one you see above and comes from the crazily creative Halo 3 community who decided to re-create the famous Iwo Jima flag raising (high-res, thanks Halonut1) in Valhalla. It's an effort we feel to be tribute worthy. And if you're not impressed with flag raisings or Halo 3 then you should check out the Optimus Prime cameo in Assassin's Creed. We're proud to say that we had a geeky chuckle when we spotted it.

So ends our lazy Saturday blog post of picture awesomeness, now you can go back to your regularly scheduled lazy Saturday programming. Goodbye.

[Via Digg and Digg]

Assassin's Creed isn't loved by all

Assassin's Creed is pulling in a mixed bag of scores since its launch this week, with reviews ranging from a crazy perfect 100 to a very disappointing 67 given out by Planet Xbox 360. According to metacritic, Assassin's currently has 15 reviews posted with the average rating working out to be around 84 out of 100. It's an average rating that is pretty good, but far from 90+ games like BioShock, Halo 3, Orange Box and CoD4. So what's the problem? Well, the low reviews seem to focus on the game's negatives like a short campaign, repetitive sequences and odd design decisions all tainted with (what we feel to be) a bit of over expectation. It's a classic case of disappointments weighing greater on the review scale than the positives.

We haven't had a chance to play the retail build of the game quite yet, so we're interested in hearing what those of you who have played it think. Has Assassin's Creed fulfilled your every hope and desire or has its minor imperfections ruined the experience? Tell us what's up. Until then, we'll just wait and see where the game's average moves after more reviews get tallied.

Assassin's Creed music up for download

If you pay attention to video game music at all, there is one name you've likely heard before: Jesper Kyd. One of the industry's most prolific composers, Kyd has been around since the Sega Genesis (ah, The Adventures of Batman & Robin: mediocre game, great soundtrack). Most recently, Kyd has been behind the soundtracks for Kane & Lynch and Assassin's Creed, both of which are available this week. In celebration of the release of Assassin's Creed, Ubisoft has released two of Kyd's tracks from the game, hosted by Gamertag Radio. The two tracks -- "City of Jerusalem" and "Flight Through Jerusalem" -- aptly exemplify the Middle Eastern setting and could easily be heard in a feature film (perhaps an Assassin's Creed film). Click the "read" link to download them.

Hold up, Assassin's delayed in Aussieland

What do you get when you mix the highly anticipated Assassin's Creed launch with Australia, manufacturing issues and some freight problems? Well, you get an Australian / New Zealand Assassin's delay, that's what you get. Our fellow fanboys in Aussieland will have to wait an extra seven days before they get their Assassin's Creed fix due to troubles getting the discs out to retail. And it's a shame too, because we know how much Aussies love their Assassin's (and cuddly kangaroos). Feel free to vent your frustration on the nearest Ubisoft employee or postal worker ... just don't say we sent you.

[Thanks, DjDATZ]

Video: Assassin's Creed launch trailer

If you watched South Park the other night this trailer isn't anything new to you, but for those who weren't watching the children from Colorado then hunker down and get your view on. Embedded above is one artistically done and both visually and auditorally enjoyable Assassin's Creed launch trailer. It'll get you excited and it'll make you want to stab someone. But don't, because Altair doesn't support stabbing people unless they're marked men. Anyway, enjoy the new Assassin's trailer.

Assassins commercial overload during South Park

If you watched last night's Guitar Hero South Park then you know the amount of commercial product pushing that went on. After getting through only half of our (deeply loved) South Park we could only think one thing ... holy Assassin's Creed commercial abuse Batman! Seriously, there must have been a solid ten minutes of Assassins commercials that aired during the 30 minute episode, so much so we don't think there were any other commercials played besides Comedy Central's own. So many commercials, we were starting to wonder if Ubisoft bought a stake of Comedy Central or lined Matt and Trey's pockets with the other half of Assassins' marketing budget. But after the episode concluded and our commercial intake ended, we couldn't complain. We'd be lying to say that we didn't enjoy all ten minutes of the Assassins footage. We'd also be lying if we didn't tell you that later we hopped into our car, headed to our local retailer and picked up a copy of Heroin Hero. It was an interesting night.

Video: Shedding some light on Assassin's controls

The one worrisome question mark we've hard regarding Assassin's Creed has been the game's control scheme. We've wondered how exactly combat will play out, how fleeing enemies works and if the counter weapon system would be effective and enjoyable. And it's possible the Ubisoft crew heard our worried cries, because today they tried to calm our Assassins anxiety with a new video titled Developer Diary: Fight System. It's a super brief and basic overview of how the controls work during fights and combat in Assassins, but maybe it'll put your control worries to rest ... if at least for a bit.

Famitsu reviews Assassin's Creed: 37/40

As if we needed further proof that November will assassinate your wallet, Famitsu has heaped glowing praise atop Assassin's Creed. According to a forum post on the Ubisoft forums, Famitsu has given the title a very respectable 37/40, with the individual reviews standing at 10, 8, 9, and 10. Incidentally, Famitsu handed the same overall score to Halo 3. There are some tiny scans of the reviews on the forums, but our Kanji is a little rusty. Thankfully, someone went to the trouble of summing things up. Apparently, the Famitsu reviewers were impressed by the story, presentation, and addicting acrobatics, noting that Assassin's Creed is a true next-gen title. Some knocks against it are the one button combat, confusing map, and occasional camera problems. All in all, it sounds pretty solid. Good news for gamers, bad news for bank accounts.

[Via Evil Avatar]

Assassin's Creed goes for gold, stabs it

We'll kids, we've got good news and bad news. The good news is that Ubisoft's medieval sneak-a-thon, Assassin's Creed, has gone gold and has a confirmed release date of November 13. The bad news is that you now have one more game to add to the list. You know the one. That list with all the games you need written on it. Everybody keeps one of those, right? Right next to the list of all the essentials you can live without to save money. You know, things like laundry detergent and toothpaste. You don't really need those things, do you?

UK: Watch Jade and her Assassin's demo at HMV

In celebration of the London Games Festival and Ubisoft's self proclaimed greatness, Assassin's Creed producer (and a person who takes pride in her appearance) Jade Raymond will be demoing the game live, on stage, at HMV.

Saturday, October 27th at London's HMV, Jade will be stopping by to demo the latest Assassin's Creed build, be gawked at by groups of hormonal males and will have to constantly wipe the drool off her shoes. The event is open to the general public and will include two Jade presentations, one at 3:00PM and the other at 4:30PM, a Q&A session and an autograph signing too. So, if you're in the London area, be sure to head on over to Oxford Street, stand in line at HMV this Saturday, and get a glimpse of Jade Assassin's Creed. It shall be "good times".

Assassin's Creed achievements stalk the web

Achieve360Points has uncovered the achievements for Assassin's Creed. Most of the achievements are of the "perform a certain action X times" variety. Some of them involve finding flags, making stealth kills, or performing leaps of faith, for example. One of the more intriguing achievements, Hungerer of Knowledge, reads "See 85% of all the memory glitches." We're guessing that has something to do with the mysterious anachronisms seen in the trailers. Also, thirteen of the forty-four achievements are secret and carry a value of 20-50 points. Could these have something to do with the closely guarded plot of Assassin's Creed?

Hit the "read" link for the full list of achievements.

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