The flagship of Ubisoft's greatest
gaming series once again comes to the PC, PlayStation 3 and the XBox
360 as players return to 15th century Constantinople as the
legendary Ezio Auditore di Firenze, an assassin of unparalleled
skills in Assassin's Creed: Revelations. Although you do
spend the large majority of the game as Ezio, the other protagonist
is Desmond, a distant relative of this assassin whom a secret
organisation is attempting to unlock the memories of his past
through the Animus machine.
For the uninitiated, this powerful
machine allows people to unlock their ancestors memories which in
turn allows gamers to control the enigmatic Ezio. It's a clever
premise that actually borders on scientific debate as to whether DNA
can actually hold memories and in turn, past life regression.
However for fans of Altair, you even get to play as him which is
definitely a blast from the past as you return to Musyaf.
During your time and interrogation of Desmond, you'll also encounter
your own memories which is considerably different as opposed to
playing Ezio. It's quite a surreal experience as Desmond interacts
with his own memories that is almost extesentialist in nature like
some sort of world created in Tron.
However the star of Assassin's Creed:
Revelations is Ezio, a brilliant character that male gamers want to
be and female gamers want to be with. Check out what our resident
writer and super hot model Tara Babcock thinks of Ezio
here. What I did enjoy about this new story of Ezio, apart from
the political intrigue is that this assassin is considerably wiser
than previous incarnations and reminds me a little of Indiana Jones
from Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull but of course, not
quite as old. There's also some great moment with his lover, Sophia.
Before I get to the gameplay, I need to talk about the graphics
first. Wow. This virtual interpretation of 15th Constantinople is
truly a sight for sore eyes and looks amazing in FULL HD. The
attention to detail on this city not only helps the player become
immersed in this renaissance world but the technological feat of its
developers should also be commended.
Whether it's the realistic lighting
that bounces off through the city or the shadow effects, it creates
this living, breathing city, especially when nightfall covers the
city. Non player characters interact with this virtual city quite
realistically with some well designed models and great texture
details. The animation of Ezio as a spy is also a treat to watch
with his catlike grace and very cool Parkour movements. However with
all this virtual perfection, there are some graphical issues such as
pop-ups and clipping but for the most part, it's still quite a
thoroughly impressive title.
So what about the gameplay? Considering that this series started in
2007, developers Ubisoft Montreal have really perfected the gaming
of the world's favourite assassin. The beauty of the gameplay is how
flawless the movements are of Ezio as he precariously climbs up
walls and performs these awesome Parkour manoeuvres.
Apart from killing enemies with his
bare hands, Ezio has a wealth of items at his disposal such as guns
and knives to take out his enemies and his targets. There is also
this Batman like hook which allows him to reach even higher places
and even renaissance looking parachutes to glide him back to Earth.
The hook blade is also great for grappling and long jumps. Zip lines
are just as fun, especially when used for air assassinations. In
terms of vehicles, horses have been replaced with carriages as you
ride them through the streets of Constantinople which is quite
exhilarating and thoroughly enjoyable as the templar's continue
their war against the assassins.
Aside from getting your hands dirty, Ezio can recruit other
assassins to his cause in order to fulfil contracts and create a
powerbase for him in other cities such as Athens. Best of all, there
is a levelling system for your recruits which can assist in making
them become leaders of your other cities. You can even make bombs in
this new instalment of Assassin's Creed such as bombs to poison or
bombs to just... EXPLODE.
In reference to your other assassins,
the developers have included a new mini-game which is a tower
defence game and is almost reminiscent of those iPhone games
but of course with considerably better graphics. By placing
assassins and other classes in certain sections of the city, they
will assist Ezio in keeping control by killing the invaders to his
domain. Given that, this tower defence strategy is a little weird
for the series but interestingly enough, I actually enjoyed it as it
does give you a slight respite from the main gameplay as areas
Multiplayer allows for new characters
for the gamers to choose and some really awesome new areas to play.
Although the mechanics are similar to the multiplayer mode from
Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, the biggest change is the death match
mode which basically removes the radar. This definitely makes things
considerably harder for the player and for the most part, it's all
about killing. There is however a different version of capture the
flag called Artefact Assault which requires you to use Parkour as
you run across rooftops and through alleyways to get the enemy flag
back to your base.
Although some people were expecting an
Assassin's Creed 3 and many believe that we are treading through
familiar territory again, I actually disagree. The developers have
actually created a very sturdy game that have definitely added to
the franchise and the fleshing out of the series. I enjoyed the
story, even though there were a few clichés but overall when added
to the gameplay, it created a game that as a fan of the series, I
was pleasantly surprised. Even with the mini-game of Tower Defence
and the sometimes lacklustre multiplayer modes, Assassin's Creed
Revelations is a beautiful game that works on most levels as we once
again revisit the world of Altair and Ezio.
BECOME DEADLIER THAN EVER – Take
on the lethal skills of a wiser,
more efficient and deadlier
Ezio. Swiftly eliminate your
adversaries by deploying a new
arsenal of weapons and
abilities, such as enhanced
free-running and hook blade
combat. Experience new levels of
gameplay customization with bomb
crafting, and use heightened
Eagle Vision to overcome your
enemies and the environment.
TEST YOUR SKILLS AGAINST THE
BEST – A critically acclaimed
multiplayer experience gets even
better, with all-new team modes
and unlimited replay value.
GAMEPLAY – Explore the farthest
reaches of the Animus as you
uncover the mysteries of
Desmond’s past while gaining
insight into what the future