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Assassins's Creed: Revelations Review (PC)

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Posted Thu, Dec 08, 2011 by Stow

Personally, I thought nothing of the original game when it comes to the now popular series, Assassin’s Creed.  It had bland combat, horribly repetitive gameplay, but a cool storytelling style and was a fun game to watch rather than play.  Fast forward a few years, and here we are on this year’s iteration, Revelations. 

The previous game, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood,did a great job of fleshing out the experience, but does Revelations expand on it?

Cautions

…You’re an assassin. If I have to spell it out for you, you kill people in both brutal and silent ways. Not for the faint of heart, or the little ones.

Gameplay

80Good

This segment of the story tells the final chapter of Ezio, and your adventures take place in Istanbul this time around.  I say your adventures, but let’s get two things straight before we delve any further into  the title.

This game is a port.

This game is a safe sequel.

With those two lines, I’ve probably struck fear into the hearts of the readership instantly!  You don’t have a lot to fear here though.  The scripted scenes are amazingly well done and combat is a slightly tuned version of Brotherhood’s brawling.   That said, the gameplay still has you climbing walls, diving into bales of hay, and the game has the best punishing parries since Dark Souls.

I only wish the series kept a running soldier kill count at this point.

Nothing truly changed for this game.  The setting changed.  A few main characters got makeovers.   But has either really ever mattered in the series besides to the story fans?   Not one bit.  So the stale gameplay, while fun to a newcomer, mirrors every other title in the series.    Actually, there’s even a little tower defense gameplay that will distract you for a few minutes, but it’s not nearly well done enough to look like little more than a crummy side quest—which this series has enough of already!

“But Stow!  Every Sonic game has you running right and mashing jump, and those games are classics that people cherish!”

That would hold true, but the fact of the matter is we’ve got a rehash of Brotherhood (right down to recruiting an army of assassins again!) on our hands with a few slick new combat venues.  Is this your thing?  Go for it.  Are you new to the series?  It’ll be amazingly epic and you won’t understand a single quip of the story. 

Perhaps you could say… you’re out of sync.

Graphics

90GreatSimply beautiful renders of architecture and combat abound, and are the highlight of the show. Just don’t put too much weight in the game when it’s in motion—it’s rare, but you’ll sometimes see animations look completely out of place and people will clip through each other. It happens from time to time, but it doesn’t detract from the eye candy otherwise.

Sound

87Very GoodThe voice work of the series has always been top notch, and this game is no different. Cutscenes are punctual and perfectly delivered in tone and emotion for most characters. The music is a mixed bag with some combat themes being riveting and others a bit slow for the work of an assassin. The combat effects however, are beautiful and ring true through the room on a good sound setup.

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