ok i know how to resolve this problem... just take the game back. the real question is if its happening to anyone else. everytime i start my ps3 for the first time and load assassins creed it freezes but when i turn off the game and load it for the second time it works flawlessly. last night it froze up on the first time and worked great on the second. same thing this morning, froze on initial startup but then works great thereafter. and it doesnt just freeze it up, it 100% locks it up to the point where i have to flip the switch in the back of the system just to get the thing to turn off. so is this happening to anyone else? thanks.