Assassins Creed: Revelations is not that revealing

Yes, I know, it’s taken me some time to get around to playing Assassins Creed: Revelations. And you’d think with my crush on Ezio Auditore I would have played it the day it came out. However, as this is the third game featuring Ezio, I think maybe I was just a little burned out after playing Brotherhood, which was a good game, but still did not compare to the first.

I would like to say that Revelations is the best game in the series, but unfortunately, I feel it’s exactly the opposite. It’s more or less a continuation of Brotherhood, which was a continuation of the second game. And as a continuation, it really doesn’t give us much to go on. Most of the story was given to us in the previous two games and what we didn’t know that Revelations tell us, we could have easily guessed.

Revelations gives us a much older Ezio. He is visiting Constantinople to rally the assasin troops there. This all has something to do with the Byzantines and Ottomans, but I found myself caring much less about the history here than in previous games. Constantinople could easily be the same city as in previous games. The architecture is nearly identical and the setting feels the same as previous games. It’s old and tired. Sure, I still love the running and jumping, but as Ezio is now older, I found myself relying more on just calling for the network of assasins to take care of business and stand back and watch guards drop like flies.

The game mechanics have not changed at all either, nor has the gameplay. I found this disappointing, as I really liked the addition of how things were added in previous games (like being able to basically buy up a city). But after the third game of such things, I grew bored. I didn’t even bother to buy up all of Constantinople.

The only real compelling thing I found about this game was when we got glimpses of Altair’s later life. We finally see how he lived after the first game and how he died. I also liked Ezio’s love interest Sofia and ended up downloading the Assasins Creed: Embers short film to see how Ezio’s final days were spent with her (although the animation in the film was nowhere near as good as the animation in-game and that’s just laziness on Ubisoft’s part).

So all in all, both Altair and Ezio’s stories seem to be finished. We do learn more about Desmond through annoying bonus gameplay sequences (which I got frustrated playing as these sequences go on forever with no real point). And the end of the game leads us to believe that a new chapter in the Assassins Creed universe is about to begin. I sure hope so, as it is desperately needed.

I still find the whole of the story interesting and I hope that a new game will leave Ezio and Altair in the grave and give us something new to gnaw on.

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