Some characters just make you excited when you get to revisit them. Characters like Batman, Iron Man, and Spider-Man are a few that have come up in film over the last ten years that get people excited to see what they’re up to next. In the world of video games, there are some characters like this as well, such as Mario, Link or Master Chief.
If you play Assassin’s Creed from the beginning, starting with the first game, you get that feeling of wondering “what’s next” for Altair and Ezio. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations will give you that answer. In this game we have Ezio searching for what lays within Altair’s library, and that search eventually leads him to Constantinople. A city that at this point is not only the capital of a vast empire but a massive center of trade.
When you are in the game’s Constantinople, take a moment to look around. Beautiful buildings like the Hagia Sophia and the Galatia Tower are here in their full glory. And the city itself is full of color, as is everything for the outfits that the characters wear and the buildings themselves, too. Places like the Grand Bazar have colorful carpets and tapestries all over, giving the area a genuine feel that will pull you in.
Constantinople is not the only location that we get. We also see Maysef from the first Assassin’s Creed, and we get the area of Cappadocia. Maysef looks much better than it did before. The graphic upgrades themselves is what gives this feeling, rather than a redesign of the city. Cappadocia, on the other hand, is brand new. While listed as a city, this area is shown as a dark and dirty place. That in itself makes it an excellent contrast for what we have in Constantinople.
The most significant change to the gameplay in Assassin’s Creed: Revelations is the addition of the hook blade. While the hook blade is meant to speed up traversal with things like zip lines and the ability to climb just a little bit faster, I found that this addition overall makes more problems than it adds to the game. Ezio does not climb more quickly than he did before, and most of the time when you try to use it for other things it just does not happen.
The other significant addition is a tower defense mini-game. It is an overly complicated system that isn’t necessary. I found that when you add the loading screens, it is much faster and easier just to let that minigame fail and require the location.
As a fan of the series, I have a history with this game, and I have always had an issue with the hook blade and tower defense game. Other than those two most significant downsides, there are new characters that I have always been happy to see when I play. And I’m always enthralled with the city, as it’s still amazingly beautiful.
The game does have its issues, but the characters in it make it worth playing if you are already a fan of the series, especially if you like Ezio. If you are new, this is not the game I’d recommend you start with and to only come back to this game if you enjoy what you’ve already played.