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Another Great Addition to the AC series,
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This review is from: Assassin's Creed: Revelations (Video Game)
ACR finalizes Ezio Auditore's last journey in the AC Trilogy.
Individual reviews are very mixed. My opinion is that it's awesome and what weaknesses there are (features that I'm not crazy about) aren't enough to spoil my love of this game.
Some of the issues people have can just be ignored by not using things or altering what you do in the game to counter-balance it.
There are 2 aspects to this game for newbies to AC - on the one hand it's the end of a trilogy and since AC is story intensive, it's important to get the backstory to understand what's going on, so I'd recommend picking up the previous 2 games if interested.
At the same time, the Missions and gameplay are not as difficult as previous versions making it a nice intro to new AC gamers - less of a learning curve.
The HOOKBLADE for faster climbing, hook and run maneuvers and zooming down ziplines (fun but there are limited ziplines to use & I found myself unable to use some of them during gameplay due to being at the wrong end of them),
BOMBS are alot of fun and offer new applications for strategy during missions. They seem a little intimidating at first, but there are 4 side missions with a Bomb expert to get familiar with them and a mission tutorial on how to make them. It's not hard.
RECRUITING SYSTEM/MASTER ASSASSINS/DENS
This was a great revamp of the Assassin Recruit system. You now have several Assassin Dens and appoint a Master Assassin over each one.
You also get 2 separate missions with each one which are really good.
Also, Leveling up the Recruits is now turned into a relevant game on its own, so it isn't just random mission to gain them XP. It makes it more enjoyable.
STALKERS were a nice addition. They randomly surprise you from behind and try to kill and steal from you.
Yes, Ezio is 51 yrs old in this chapter but he isn't slowed down any, he almost moves faster than previous games thanks to the Hookblade addition.
What I liked most in this game were the excellent missions. They were less restrictive (better 'sync' objectives & less cumbersome) and they weren't long and tedious. Any longer missions were split into 2 parts.
However, there are a couple very difficult challenges, so it's not a complete cakewalk either.
Alot does depend on your skill level.
The story is good but could have beem amped up to be more exciting, dramatic and intense even though there are some exciting parts in the later missions.
There are less main and side missions in ACR than previous games so it is shorter than others.
The majority of players didn't favor a new feature, DEN DEFENSE - a mini game where Templars try to take back your Den and you organize Assassins to defeat them.
It's difficult, confusing and there's a learning curve to it.
However at the same time, they've made it somewhat avoidable so you can optionally work to keep from having to play it.
Level your Master Assassins up to Lvl. 15 which will "lock" the den so that Templars can't contest it.
Or keep your "notoriety" (now called Templar Awareness) low by taking out Officials that appear when it raises and/or bribing nearby Heralds.
High Awareness causes the den attacks.
The last Con to add is that there were bugs and glitches for some people and 1 Patch was just released to address that. I had no problems with my game.
Some missions were cinematic and had an "Indiana Jones" feel to them with high action. That was fun.
Some humor and romance sprinkled in with a now more mature Ezio which was done very well and was refreshing.
It made for a very nice, solid, enjoyable game where I didn't end up wanting to whip my controller into the tv screen.
Soundtrack is great (grows on you as you play), some great Characters, Graphics are well done (though less vibrant in color than ACB) and the City was interesting (there is also Cappadocia which you travel to for some new scenery).
Overall it's a very good game that I will replay often just for the fun of the missions.