My Year of Gaming: Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
I purchased a Playstation 4 at the beginning of 2017 and it is the first time I have had a console since Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword came out on the Wii. Naturally, I have a lot of catching up to do and my backlog is incredibly massive. During the course of a year, I played my way through 23 games, and I figured I would take the time to share a little bit about each game. Perhaps you’ve played them and want to hear another opinion, or maybe you’ve been holding off on investing in a particular game. Either way, it’s never a bad time to spread your love of gaming.
The third and final chapter in the story of legendary Assassin Ezio Auditore, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (2011) takes you to Constantinople, 1511 AD, where Ezio must unravel a mystery surrounding the vault of Altäir. Ezio must retrieve a series of disks containing Altäir’s memories and stop the Templars from getting to the vault first.
Constantinople is a really fun setting and introduces a series of ziplines that allow for fast travel and cool air assassinations. Ezio joins forces with the local Assassin Bureau and learns their ways, which includes new skills and tools. The best addition is a hook-blade that allows Ezio to cover large gaps when climbing, climb faster, and catch himself on long jumps.
Much like its predecessor, Assassins Creed: Brotherhood, Ezio can recruit new Assassins and help them rise through the ranks by sending them on a series of missions to weaken the Templar’s hold on Europe. Revelations also has the concept of military control around the city that you can disable to unlock districts. These make for a fun challenge alongside the main story. Unlike Brotherhood, the Templars will actually send reinforcements to take back the districts, which leads to a mini-game called “den defense.” I found this part to be a little tedious as you have to be a very thoughtful planner. It’s interesting, but it was definitely not my favorite part of the game. I only participated in the one that you have to do during the course of the main story.
I found this game to be my least favorite of the ones I’ve played, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad. There are a lot of cool concepts that are introduced and the setting is once again amazing. Because I have never played the first Assassin’s Creed (since it’s not available on the PS4), I found that I wasn’t as emotionally connected to the story as I should’ve been. It’s not necessary to have played the game, but it couldn’t hurt to find a way to play before tackling Revelations.
Overall, Revelations acts as a great conclusion to the story of Ezio Auditore, who is my favorite assassin, and is well worth the play through.