What are the easiest PC keyboard controls for the Assassin's Creed series?

  • I recently purchased this game, but I can't get my head around the controls.

    I know it's meant for a 4-button gamepad (head,open hand, armed hand, feet), but I can't seem to get a system that is easy for me to use one hand to WASD move and control actions, while the other hand is stuck on the mouse that is barely used.

    Has anyone got any suggestions for a simple control configuration? I'm coming from using WASD for movement and Mouse controls for attack, FPS style.

    At the moment I'm using a combination of Ctrl/Shift/Alt/E, but it's too hard to get to whats what.

    Come on, people! **Just buy a decent gamepad.** A good PS2 dualshock style controller costs about **$5** on ebay. USB adapters for top quality console controllers *you probably already own* start from about $3. If your gaming rig cost you $1000, that's about 0.5% of your investment. Would you use an old yellow composite AV cable with your $2000 HDTV? (This is off-topic, but I see this all the time and had to vent. Sorry).

    I don't own a console, and haven't played once since N64, so learning a new controller would be a steeper learning curve. Also, pc controls > console control (for FPS, anyway :p) /derail

    @MGOwen I think that, contrary to popular hype, it is actually easier to use keyboard/mouse rather than gamepads. The reason is in a gamepad you need to do a lot of things with your thumb. For example, character movement, camera movement, actions are all controlled by your thumb. You have very little gameplay with other fingers. After playing for sometime my thumbs become sore with all that mashing. But in mouse/keyboard you control the camera with your wrist, movement with left hand and actions with right hand (mouse buttons). I never tire out with this. (I had to rant too I guess :P )

  • glasnt

    glasnt Correct answer

    10 years ago

    I've been able to work out that Button 0 and Button 1 are actually Left and Right Mouse (may be the other way around)

    These can be assigned at the Controls > Customize Controls screen by clicking the Attack Hand/Open hand options and double left/right clicking (as you need to left click to start the assigning process)

    Then, by using space for legs and E for head, the main controls sort of work ok.

    I'm Currently using:

    1-4 Weapon Change (sword, hidden blade, etc)

    Space Legs

    E Head

    Left Click Attack Hand

    Right Click Open hand.

    That way, I can loot/attack mostly with the mouse. Pressing and holding W (up), E (head) and Space (legs), and directing myself with the mouse, gets me up and over rooftops ok.

    I've only gotten to an early part of the game, so I haven't had time to perfect my keys. I'll update this post when I do, and let you know what is the best key arrangement (in my opinion).

    UPDATE: The above works well, with Q/F in use for locking, etc.

    This should be valid for AC:B too.

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