Adrian Peterson plays role of 'Assassin'
November, 14, 2011
By Jon Robinson | ESPN.com
Donald Miralle/Getty ImagesThink Adrian Peterson is cold blooded in the NFL, you should see him play "Assassin's Creed."While Adrian Peterson's teammates have been holed up in their houses shooting it out with millions of other gamers in "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3," the star running back has had his eyes focused on another title: "Assassin's Creed: Revelations."
Peterson has been hooked on the franchise ever since the first "Assassin's Creed" game shook up the action-adventure genre back in 2007, and thanks to appearing in a series of ads for the new game, "All Day" was slipped an early copy of "Revelations" a week before the disc hit stores.
Only thing is, Ubisoft also sent copies of the game to B.J. Raji of the rival Packers, hoping that the two teams would spill a little virtual blood before colliding on Monday Night Football.
Peterson laughs at the notion, telling me that after destroying the Packers in the video game, he's going to find a way to rub it in to Raji and crew on the field.
"Oh yeah, you know I'll find a way to bring it up," says Peterson. "It's us competing against each other in a different form, but if I get the opportunity on the field, I'll bring it up."
Especially since Peterson and his team of Joe Webb and Chris Kluwe (who Peterson refers to as the Vikings "game guru") won their "Assassin's Creed" match-up against the Packers so convincingly.
Says Peterson: "To me, I always think what things would be like to live the life of an assassin. Playing this game, you're able to run away from people and hide in so many different ways, then jump out when they're not expecting it. It's exciting to people like me who sit and ponder about getting into the mind of an assassin. When I play, I like to play real smooth, and I never panic when I run up on my opponent. You'll walk right by me and not even know it until it's too late."
Peterson's favorite part of the game is the cat and mouse stealth aspect of chasing your target across the city and using any means necessary to get close to your prey.
"You can walk around like a priest or a monk and blend in with the other citizens, then get your target out of nowhere," says Peterson. "You can jump off the roof into a bail of hay to avoid capture. This game is just too cool.
"If only I could blend in with the defense (in the NFL) and then run right past them."
Surprisingly, Peterson says that he's not much of a gamer anymore beyond "Assassin's Creed," stating that he hasn't even unwrapped his copy of "Madden 12" yet.
"I'm pretty low key, and I just don't have as much time to play video games anymore, so when I play, I mainly just play "Assassin's Creed," explains Peterson. "I hear stories all the time on my Twitter and from fans about how many yards I get on 'Madden,' it's too funny."
Bruce Kluckhohn/US PresswirePeterson is so hooked on "Creed," he hasn't even opened his copy of "Madden 12."
But when I tell Peterson about the new "NFL Blitz" coming out, he says that's a game he can't wait to check out.
"I haven't played that since the old arcade machine," says Peterson. "I look forward to that."
And while Peterson hasn't had time for "Madden" this year, one topic he does pay attention to is the "Madden" curse. I ask him if Peyton Hillis is the latest victim to be struck down by posing for the cover, but Peterson says he doesn't believe, even if Hillis doesn't gain another yard this season.
"I don't think it's real," says Peterson. "The only thing I think is real about it is that the world makes it out to be a curse. You get so many people talking about it and thinking about it and throwing it out there that I feel like whoever is on the cover already has it on their mind that they're going to get cursed. I feel like if you think about it too much, that opens up the window for something bad to happen. Me, personally, I don't believe in the curse. If I was on the cover of 'Madden,' the curse would be broken, I'll tell you that."
But until he can be the one who break the curse, Peterson says he's happy just to kick back and get some more kills in "Assassin's Creed: Revelations."
Adds Peterson: "When people play this new game, they are going to be wowed. It's going to be eye-opening to fans who have been playing all of the series with just how intense it is. It's going to blow your mind."