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When in the Animus, you control your avatar through the system's hardware. Different controls correspond to parts of your avatar's body (and Desmond's in real life), for the purpose of making control more intuitive.
You are naturally in low profile, where most actions don't alert guards and you won't draw undue attention. When in high profile, you can perform more athletic and aggressive actions, although it is also easier to alert the guards.
|PlayStation 3||Xbox 360||Windows||Body part||Low profile||High profile|
|Legs||Fast walk, pickpocket||Free run, jump (used to climb on buildings)|
|Armed hand||Draw, attack||Attack|
|Unarmed hand||Gentle push||Grab, tackle|
|Head||Eagle vision, synchronize||N/A|
These actions are used throughout the game, without regard to what profile you are in. The direction pad can be set to include any shortcuts you want by selecting the weapon or equipment item from the selector wheel and pressing the direction pad where you want to set it (thus, commands shown for it are the game's default).
In Multiplayer, the controls are pared down to a simpler scheme and some buttons have different actions.
|PlayStation 3||Xbox 360||Windows||Action|
|Fast walk, free run|
|Gentle push, shove, stun pursuer|
|Switch targets (Alliance mode)|