Product Type: Ubisoft PS3 games
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Fine addition to a great series
Assassin's Creed Revelations (PS3)
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Assassin's Creed Revelations (PS3)
Advantages: Great gameplay, great addition to the story
Disadvantages: Tower defense is boring, combat is still too esy
Assassin's Creed has to be one of the stand out gaming series of this generation of consoles and Revelations is a good addition. Leaving off where Brotherhood ended, Desmond Miles is stuck in the Animus machine since leaving it will break his mind completely. To get out he must sort out his own memories from those of his ancestor, Ezio Auditore (who we saw in AC2 and AC: Brotherhood), who travels to Constantinople to further his fight against the Templars. But Desmond's time is running out as the animus is trying to cleanse its system...
The story is strong, running at about 10 hour, without doing any of the side missions. There's no real jaw dropping moment that the last two had, but a couple of surprises along the way. It nicely ties up some ends and answers some questions, whilst leaving plenty for Assassin's reed 3 to answer.
Revelations has stuck to what was great about the previous games and not messed with them too much. Running & climbing are still immensely fun and the addition of the hookblade is cool, sliding down zip lines and falling on an unsuspecting guard never looses its thrill. Combat is still the standout weakness of the series, which is a shame. It's still far too easy to just sit back and counter all the attacks coming your way.
There's two new additions to gameplay, Tower Defnese minigame, which is boring and first person Desmond sections, which are a fun little platformer piece where Desmond tries to rebuild some of his memories.
Revelations runs on the same engine as Brotherhood (Ubisoft have been working on a new engine for AC3, which is exciting) so everything pretty much looks the same. However and "update" to the Animus software version introduces a few differences,
Ezio no longer looks like Desmond anymore... we are now seeing Ezio's face, which is a cool update. But more generally the characters and places look fantastic and detailed.
Constantinople itself is absolutely stunning, looking and feeling like a mix of Renaissance Italy of AC2 & ACB and the Holy Land cities of AC1; much like how the real Constantinople was, the crossroads of the world where East met West. I haven't noticed any frame rate problems or popping textures, so brilliant and beautiful all around.
The multiplayer aspect is a huge improvement over Brotherhood, connection to the server is quick and there is nowhere near as much dropping out of games. The abilities are more balanced and the game modes, both old and new, are great fun. Ubisoft really took the feedback from the previous game and acted on it, not many companies seem to do that these days
Summary: Great game overall
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