Assassin’s Creed: Revelations Review
Publisher: Ubisoft Montreal
Release Date: November 15, 2011
Systems: PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (ACR) is the new game in the saga of Desmond Miles and his ancestors. The saga continues with more amazing story telling as Ezio’s story wraps up and like the other games, leaves us wanting to play the next one. There have been only minor changes to the game other then the story, the setting has changed, along with a few cool new mechanics. ACR has been a great series in the past, and the newest game does not disappoint.
The story picks up with Desmond trapped in the Animus. To get out he must completely separate himself from his ancestors’ memories. So once again, you take on the role of Ezio as he tries to find out what Altair found. Ezio’s adventures take you to Constantinople and back to the beginning in Masyaf. While in Constantinople, Ezio is tasked with expanding the assassins influence, this allows for a nice change of pace from the main story. Along the way, you find some artifacts left behind by the great Altair. These artifacts allow you to go back and see what Altair did. I think that having the back story built into the game is really interesting. Instead of having to search out and read about the lore, you just play it.
There have only been a few changes to the game play. You are given a hook, which lets you climb faster and travel by zip line. The other really big change is the addition of bombs. The hook is a really cool addition, it allows you to reach higher places, or if you like jumping from roof top to roof top the hook lets you reach farther ledges. Just like the hook, bombs are really cool. They are very versatile and allow you to do many different things. You can use them as a distraction, or to kill a group. If you are trying to get a way from a group of guards, you can just throw down a bomb and they will stop chasing you. Another change they made to the game play was the addition of a tower defense mini-game. If one of your assassin strongholds comes under attack, you are able to defend it by telling your assassins where to go. I am not a fan of TD games, so this was not for me, however, I can appreciate the amount of depth the mini game has.
The location where the game takes place has changed. You now get to roam around in the ancient city of Constantinople. Just like in the other games, a lot of work has been put into the city. There are different sections to the city, the poor quarter, the market district and others. The famous monuments that you can see in modern day Istanbul can be found in the game. if you wanted, you could walk around the city and just listen to the people talk. The city has its own personality.
Just like in the other Assassin’s Creed games, there are a ton of things that you can collect. That hasn’t changed. There are data fragments scattered around the world, these unlock Desmond’s back story. Aside from the data fragments, you can collect armor and weapons. Just like in brotherhood and AC2 there is an ultimate set of armor. To get that big prize, you have to go through some very tough obstacle courses. I felt that this time around the hunt for the best stuff was a little easier, but maybe I just got lucky, either way, it was fun.
ACR is a really fun conclusion to Ezio’s story line, and it leaves us wanting more. The story is well crafted and delivered in a fabulous way. The small tweaks to the game play by adding the bombs and the hook add great depth to a game that was already very well polished. Overall the game is tons of fun, if you want to invest a fair bit of time, you can do that. But, if you just want to know what happens, you can power through the game very quickly.
I gave Assassin’s Creed Revelations a 9 out of 10