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Assassin's creed revelations
Assassin's Creed Revelations (PS3)
Member Name: doomichelle
Assassin's Creed Revelations (PS3)
Advantages: New gameplay elements, fluent freerun
Disadvantages: Relies heavily on sidequests
Ages - 15 plus
Price - Around 39.99
Publisher - Ubisoft
Available for - PS3/XBOX 360
Assassin's Creed is the ultimate form of stress release. After a hard day at work there is nothing I enjoy more than coming home and sticking on Assassin's Creed, sneaking around the rooftops and stealthily spreading bloodshed and massacre through stylish means. Essentially, you play as Ezio Auditore the star of the last few Assasin's games with small segments inbetween from previous assassin Altaire and modern day assassin Desmond Miles. In this installment, Desmond finds he has quite lost his marbles through use of the animus, a machine that allows him to delve into the memories of his ancestors Altaire and Ezio.
A few years have passed since the events of Brotherhood yet Ezio, though slightly greying is still able to leap from rooftop to rooftop with ease, the greatest free runner in the world. The free running element of Assassin's is what really brings it to life. Despite the fact it may not be realistic, watching Ezio perform these feats opens up the game world so much more than simply running around a level playing field and swiping out enemies. There are many approaches to take when playing this game whether it be the secretive approach or the all guns blazing. Your actions throughout are monitored and do too much to make yourself well known and you will soon see the consequences with guards attacking you on sight. Ezio is once again battling against the templars to uncover the secret behind the mysterious golden apple. They however are not his only enemies as the life of an assassin is not the easiest. It can be hard to make friends.
Not much has changed since the last few games other than the addition of a hookblade which allows Ezio to launch himself further into the air when climbing. He also has the use of bombs which come in several different varities which you can tailor to your own needs at crafting tables. The use of factions is still available and if you complete additional sidequests for them, there may be more abilities unlocked. As with the last game, Ezio as the master assassin is able to recruit other assassins to the cause and train them up to the rank of master assassin by sending them on missions and completing certain quests. Your assassins can be called in combat if you find things get a little sticky. The combat element has not seen much change from the last games either with Ezio being able to chain kills in a streak if he manages to not take a hit and counter kill when enemies take a swipe. Although this makes combat a fluent affair, it does also take away the challenge.
The city of Constantipole can also be renovated by purchasing buildings and shops which adds to your overall income then meaning you can buy more shops and weapons and such. There is treasure to be collected and also fragments of animus memories lying around which all adds to your overall completion of the game. Frankly the only way to make this game last is by doing all of the extra quests dotted around the map as otherwise the main story arch will only take a few hours to whip through.
Pros and Cons
What this game offers is variety, the fact that you can decide which way you go about a mission means you can play it again without feeling like youre doing the same thing over. However the idea of the game is to stay synched with the memories of Ezio, which sometimes means you have to do things in a certain way in order to get 100% Unfortunately, I have sometimes found myself getting caught up trying to do a mission in a certain way and abandoning it in frustration resorting to my own means to get things done. At first the pace of the game is relentless with plenty of missions to do and assassins to recruit and train but I found towards the end I was just collecting treasure and bits of animus which is really not all that interesting. Once you have all your assassins recruited and trained and have collected the books as part of Sofia's sidequest there isn't really much left to be done. I found this game to be much the same as the last couple and the formula is becoming a little old. That isn't to say it isn't a good game because it is but there is nothing on offer to really shake the franchise up. The sidequest offered where you find out more about Desmond's past is in first person and is dull and clunky. Really not worth the effort.
Unfortunately the game can be prone to glitches and freezing or at least I have found this to be the case. Another annoying little niggle is that when you fall off a rooftop, obviously there is a chance you will die.... however sometimes you take a smaller leap which seems achievable as you are sure you have done it before and then ... oh wait ... dead.
The gameplay is however engaging and enjoyable and will keep most amused for a good stretch of time. Some versions of the game also come with the original version of Assassin's Creed included, a blast from the past in case you already sold your copy. There is also multiplayer maps on offer as well so there is still reason to play after you finish the main story by getting your friends involved and proving who is the better assassin.
Summary: If you enjoyed the ones that came before, this is more of the same thing.
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