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Gaming Evolution
Gaming Evolution
Published By: Ubisoft
Developed By: Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft Annecy
Genre: Action Adventure
Players: 1 (2-8 Online)
Rated: M for Mature (Blood, Language, Mild Sexual Themes, Violence)
Release Date: November 15, 2011
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Written By: Marcus Prunty

December 18, 2011 - When a story concludes you tend to look forward to it with excitement as well as sadness. The ending of the Ezio Auditore and Altair storylines in Assassins Creed Revelations is one of those moments. Ubisoft brings to us this final installment in the lives of Ezio and Altair; 2 characters that we have controlled and witnessed their triumphs and defeats across four game releases. For the past several years, these games have gotten better and better and Revelations may be the best of them all.

Once again, you control Ezio and Desmond and this time around, Altairís memories are included. The game begins with Desmond in a fugue as his mind is trapped in the Animus. This is the device he has been using to access his ancestors Ezio memories. The story for the game revolves around an aging Ezio trying to uncover the secrets of his assassins order and along the way, he seems to fall in love and involved in the politics of the era. Ubisoft mixes in some flashbacks from key moments in the life of Altair. Through the several keys, you have to find with the occasional trip to the mind of Desmond. This is a full story and Ubisoft was able to accomplish this through the help of several other studios around the world. The last game, Assassins Creed Brotherhood, took place in Rome whereas this one leads you to 15th century Constantinople, which is in turmoil as Ezio is trying to piece together more information about Altair, all the while Ezio is writing romantic letters to Sophia detailing his adventures.

The fighting scheme is back from AC Brotherhood with a few tweaks and some new weapons to use. One of the new tweaks is you can now use secondary weapons, which multiplies the different weapons combinations. Some of the weapons that make up the secondary weapon wheel are bombs. According to his fellow assassin, bombs are what they learned from the Chinese and now they use them. There are many different kinds of bombs, tactical ones like smoke bombs, which hide and cloak you. There are diversion bombs like the cherry bombs, which get guards to run to see what is going on. In addition, there is the lethal bomb, which explodes, cripple, and kill your enemies. Another tweak is the use of the hook blade. This tool doubles as a means to help flee attacking enemies, while also climbing buildings and zip-lining across the city. Also returning is the recruiting of young people to be new assassins and fight the templarís. Which once there trained you can send them on other missions to different countries to gain experience, money, and supplies and you can call them to your aid when you are in an intense fight and are surrounded.

The graphics for the game are top notch and improve upon all previous Assassins Creed games. In the intro to the game, there is a slight tutorial for people who are new to the Assassins Creed franchise where it teaches you how to recognize where to jump, and how to run and other basic controls. In this intro, it is snowing and on my HDTV, it looks amazing the snow looks so real you can almost touch it. In addition, the facial technology used is now becoming a standard in all the good games of this generation and AC Revelations has it down pack.

Complimenting the great visuals of Revelations is the amazing sound design. You can hear footfalls in the game as you run across the rooftops, all the NPCís in the game as well speak when you run by them and push them down or if you pickpocket them. The music rises and falls in crescendo when an epic moment is being displayed in cutscenes or in game. The game is alive with all the sounds that can be heard while you are playing. While this might seem minor to most people it is the little things like this that add up to make a complete game.

While there are plenty of things that are great with Assassins Creed Revelations, a few things are downright annoying. While you can take over different towers and input your assassins to control the area, you have to worry about the enemies retaking control of the tower and the area surrounding it as well. This begins a tower defense, real-time strategy minigame where you have to place defenders on the rooftops, and barriers up to keep them from getting to the tower thus stopping them from overthrowing you. The first time I had to do this it was cool and I was into it, the next few times kind of annoyed me because its gets tiring. I like tower defense games I play them on my iPhone quite a bit but I do not want to play an action adventure game that has a lot of tower defense in it. It takes away what I am looking for in the game to begin with. Another thing that annoyed me was the Desmond sections. In Brotherhood towards the end, he was moving like Ezio and Altair so I was fully expecting him to turn into that amazing assassin of the present day to attempt to take down the present day templarís. By Desmondís mind being trapped in the Animus you donít get those moments but you get Desmond creating blocks and ramps to proceed through these gray dead levels. You go through the mental anguish of Desmond trapped in his own mind which is interesting. However, the annoying part is that occasionally there will be wind blowing that moves those blocks, which makes you, have to reposition them. Once again, this is something that does ok the first couple of times but gets annoying fast. The saving grace for this is that you spend most of your time as Ezio so you wonít have to deal with these bland levels that much and will be able to get back to the excitement and action.

What became a mainstay with the release of Brotherhood, Revelations multiplayer mode has been tweaked and enhanced in order to provide a more rich and rewarding online experience. Along with new characters and locations to do battle within, there is the inclusion of story-based quests which serve as fan service for those who simply canít get enough of all things Assassinís Creed. New modes Ė Capture The Flag and Deathmatch Ė have been included as well, offering up more variety within the online matches. With the new modes, enhancements to the overall system and a slew of dlc to be released in the near future, the online experience within Revelations looks to be very deep and rewardingÖ for all those who take the plunge.

AC Revelations is a great finalization of the Ezio story, the emotional ending that is amazing. The building upon all the fighting sequences and methods, the addition of bombs, and expanding upon the idea of assassins coming to your aid and helping you in your battle is done very well by Ubisoft. The graphics and sound design is top notch making this game one of the best. The music for the game is moving and matches up well with the story that is being told. This game is probably the most emotionally engaging one of the series. If you are a fan of the franchise, you have to play this game to see how this ends. If you have never played an Assassins Creed game before this game will teach you at the beginning the basics you will need to navigate this world and understand the story thatís taking place, so you wonít feel like your left out. Assassins Creed Revelations is a must play and a must have so go out and get this game and see how Ezioís story ends you wonít be disappointed.


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