Assassin’s Creed Revelations : Review

Tharindu Prabath
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From this article, we are going to discuss about the game, Assassin’s Creed – Revelations. This game is also known as the fourth game of the main game series.

This game is also the last game of The Ezio Trilogy which followed by Assassin’s Creed II and Assassin’s Creed – Brotherhood. Assassin’s Creed Revelations released in 2011, year after Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood.

Assassin's Creed Revelations
Assassin’s Creed Revelations Cover : Image from IMDb

Playable Platforms

This game, unlike Brotherhood, was released in the same year for both console and PC. In November 2011 it released for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. For Microsoft Windows in December 2011.

Like brotherhood, this game can be played on a fairly low spec computer. This game has not introduced many game mechanics like it’s predecessor. Most of them are improvements from the previous game.

Gameplay Experience in Assassin’s Creed Revelations

This game’s plot is also set in the fictional open world in Constantinople ( Istanbul ). It’s a pretty decent setting we can have in the game because of it’s setting is great. Game’s HUD’s mechanics are similar but it’s appearance is much different than brotherhood.

Assassin's Creed Revelations Gameplay
Gameplay Screenshot : Image from Gamehag

So it’s early 1500’s Istanbul. This time player has to fight with 2 types of enemies ( Ottomans and Byzantines templars ). Basically Ottomans don’t attack you unless you do some illegal activities, while Byzantines will attack you on sight.

Player can meet some notable historical figures such as Prince Suleiman ( Suleiman The Magnificent),  Piri Reis.

Similarities and Improvements

This game mostly has same weapon system with some additional weapons. Hidden Blades, Hidden Gun, Poison Blade and Darts are also present in this game. Combating system is also much more similar to previous game.

Eagle vision is much more enhanced than previous games. Ezio can identify a particular target by following trails in the game.

Assassin’s Guild

Assassin Guild Management system is also the same from brotherhood. But in this game player can conquer the cities using assassin recruits. This allows Ezio to recruit more than 12 assassins to the guild and assign them in conquered cities.

Multiplayer

Multiplayer mode is also available in Revelations. The gameplay is pretty much similar to previous game, brotherhood’s multiplayer mode. You can play as a templar agent to obtain points from completing different missions.

Assassin's Creed Revelations Multiplayer
Multiplayer Characters in Revelations : Image from Shacknews

New Additions

The Hook Blade

The game introduces The Hook Blade, an Turkish Assassin Guild’s unique weapon. From this blade, Ezio can travel through zip lines and can perform long jumps. This Hook Blade can be useful in combat and running away from guards.

Assassins Creed Revelations Hook Blade
Ezio uses Hookblade : Image from Softpedia News

Bomb Crafting

Most of Assassin’s Creed games contain only smoke bombs. This game introduces us the bomb crafting mechanism in gameplay.

In the gameplay player can have 3 categories of bombs (lethal, tactical and diversion). There are 15 types of bombs that can be created.

Assassins Creed Revelations Bomb Crafting
Bomb Crafting in Assassin’s Creed Revelations : Assassin’s Creed wiki

This is rather different gameplay mechanism and players can try variety of bombs on guards to see how each one of them affecting them.

Den Defense

When your assassin den (hideout) is under attack by templars. (This happens when your templar awareness meter is full). You can perfom den defense to get it back. This is a new functionality introduced in this game ( can only see in this game). So it’s a unique feature for assassin’s creed revelations.

The Plot in Assassin’s Creed Revelations

Present Day

After Desmond entered the coma state, Rebecca and Desmond’s father William Miles place Desmond in Animus’s safe mode. He wakes up in a location in conscious level called Animus Island. Desmond meets the consciousness of subject 16, Clay Kaczmarek ( Previously used by Abstergo Industries to uncover ancestral memories). With the help of Clay, Desmond explores Ezio’s memories again.

Assassins Creed Revelations Desmond and Clay
Desmond and Clay in Animus Island : Image from MyGaming

Ezio’s Quest for Answers

According to a letter written by Ezio’s father, Ezio begin a search to find the wisdom left behind by the legendary Assassin Altair. He goes to Masyaf castle (Former Assassin HQ) first. Then he finds out that Masyaf is controlled by templars. He kills the main templar there and obtains the journal of Niccolo Polo.

To access the library in Masyaf, Ezio seeks the 5 keys of Masyaf which are hidden in Istanbul. So he travels to Istanbul to find those keys. There he get to know Prince Suleiman, the future sultan of the Ottoman empire. And Ezio meets Turkish Assassin leader Yusuf Tazim who aides him through out the journey in Istanbul. And Finally Ezio meets his future wife Sofia Sartor, a scholar and a book collector.

Ezio and Yusuf
Ezio and Yusuf : Image from NoobFeed

With the help of these people Ezio finds the 5 Masyaf keys and templar conspiracies to seize Ottoman throne. However Ezio manages to save Istanbul from templars led by Suleiman’s uncle Ahmet.

The End

From these 5 keys, ( Keys used to store memories of Altair). Ezio learns the story of Altair and travel back to Masyaf with Sofia to uncover the truth of about Altair. He finds Altair’s body holding Apple of Eden.

Ezio works as a conduit to deliver Jupiter’s (one from first civilization) message to Desmond. Jupiter warns about a solar flare which will wipe out humanity like it did to the first civilization. After hearing these words from Jupiter Desmond wakes up from the coma.

Conclusion

Assassin’s Creed Revelations gives us the chance of playing as two main Assassins in the franchise Ezio and Altair. This game offers so much of gameplay experience regarding two different styles of play. That makes the game worthy playing. If you are an Assassin’s Creed fan, then you must play it.

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