Assassin's Creed: Revelations - Xbox 360

Game Description: You'll play as Altaïr, Ezio, and Desmond, and travel to exotic Constantinople at the height of the Ottoman Empire in order to assassinate Evil. You'll have new weapons and tools at your disposal, as well as a ton of new features.
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Assassin's Creed: Revelations PAX Prime 2011 Preview -- Why Stab When You Can Bomb?

Assassin's Creed: Revelations PAX Prime 2011 Preview -- Why Stab When You Can Bomb?

By Nikole Zivalich - Posted Aug 27, 2011

Assassin's Creed Revelations, the game I've affectionately dubbed AssRev, was one of my must see games of PAX Prime 2011. To be honest, it's one of my must have games of November. The single-player demo we were shown joins Ezio as he enters the city of Masyaf. There, Ezio must find four keys to enter a hidden fortress before the Templars do. But as you'd expect, it will be bumpy ride.


Speaking of which...As the demo opens, two horse drawn carriages race down a narrow and snowy mountain pass, bumping each other and vying for control of the road. Ezio rides aboard one, while Leandros, another Templar with a bad attitude. (I've found that Templars are generally unhappy people), rides in the other. You may remember him as the man who tries to hang Ezio in the cinematic trailer from E3, emphasis on tries. The chase takes a turn for the worse as Ezio and his carriage are knocked off the road and tumble down the hillside, the carriage shattering against the rocks and Ezio not fairing much better as he lands hard among the debris.

Due to his injuries, the first fight Ezio encounters--with guards sent to "finish him off" in his weakened condition, was a relatively passive one. To better show how Ezio's injuries are affecting him, and therefore your ability to play, the camera is tilted slightly, just one of the many "subjective angles" the game will incorporate to make the game more immersive and cinematic than ever before. In this scene, it looked almost as if he was walking on a lopsided ship in the ocean. Of course, just because Ezio is hurt doesn't mean he can't bring his A-game. A well-placed blade took down his enemies in a flash, making us wonder just how injured Ezio really was. Another feature in the game are more finishing moves and a camera that will show off the moves in slow motion (because the kills weren't brutal enough already).

The camera may show his moves, but Ezio has aged. He's older, more powerful, and wiser. With these lessons learned comes an improvement to his eagle vision which has now evolved into eagle sense. This lets Ezio see the path of an enemy and see where he's been, perfect for tracking down bastards that don't know how to share a narrow mountain road, for instance. He also has a beard now and beards have mythical powers.

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The most explosive addition to the game are bombs (clever, right?). Bombs can be found in your secondary weapons wheel; yes, there are two now. The first example we saw were trip wire bombs. Ezio killed a guard and hid. The other guards were startled by their friend's body and went to check it out. Upon walking over his corpse, the bomb went off, killing two of them, leaving the third in prime leap-out-hay-stack-and-stab-in-the-kneck position. A wide variety of bombs exists in the game, including cherry bombs that only produce a loud noise.

Being able to use bombs isn't even the coolest part. Crafting tables are littered through the game, and Ezio can use them to craft his own custom bombs: lethal, tactical and diversion. There are multiple types of bomb casings, gunpowder, and ingredients to mix and match, each new combination resulting in a new type of bomb. You can also customize the bombs you already have. Yes, there will be sticky bombs. My immediate thought was that of Ezio using a plasma grenade from Halo on one of the musician townspeople. All of the bombs are historically accurate for the time period too.

Ezio progressed through Leandros' fortress in style, tossing devastating bombs and taking out enemies left and right. Eventually Ezio met up with Leandros. After a battle filled with parkor and bombs, the two meet. Leandros has a key, he knows one of the two will have to die. Spoiler alert, it's Leandros. As he dies, Ezio picks up the key. It doesn't look like what I expected. It was round, blue, and almost alien. The key is actually an early form of the Animus, capable of sending Ezio back to one of Altair's memories.

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This memory served as a prequel of sorts to Assassin's Creed. Altair, then 17, is about to commit the assassination that will make him famous. A traitor, who looks identical to Monty Python's Black Knight, is his target. The mission is set up like your classic stalk and kill mission. You have multiple ways to to reach your target, how you get there is up to you. The Black Knight will be a character in AssRev's multiplayer, and you will encounter various other multiplayer characters throughout the single-player campaign as well.

During the demo, it was made clear to us Ubi wants to close this trilogy. Assassin's Creed creative director Alex Amancio, who demoed the game for us, mentioned an online poll the team discovered listing 10 questions fans want resolved/explained/revealed in Revelations. Amancio says the game answers seven of them. When AssRev ends, Ezio's story will be finished, but it will be clear where the series is headed in Assassin's Creed III, or whatever it might be called.

The PAX Prime demo for Assassin's Creed: Revelations solidified my purchase this fall. The game is still months away from going gold but it already looks better than Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. Is it November 15 yet?

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  • PuddinPie

    Me and my boyfriend worked hard to get all the cities and to train some assassins to where they were Master Assassins. We just looked at the list of cities and are missing Alexandria and Athens. We don't know why. It was there early this morning when he was playing but they are wrong now

    Posted: November 19, 2011 11:56 AM
  • nicholasjulian

    CAN'T. WAIT.

    Posted: September 2, 2011 3:17 AM
  • Celes

    ^_^ Ezio doesn't get injured; he gets more lethal. =^-^= I just had to say that. I'm not to crazy about the abbreviation you gave this game though. oO It seems slightly off. I like AC:R better. ;p not AssRev. ;p Thanks for making me laugh though. And the review/preview was a great read, Nikole Zivalich. That is right, isn't it? The article says by Nikole Zivalich..so I gather you wrote it. I wonder why Ubisoft changed Altair's voice-actor again. Sounds alittle like his Bloodlines voice. Except not as..potent. I guess would kinda be the word I am looking for. But no matter, this game is going to rock the gaming universe. Ubisoft and the Assassin's Team at Montreal Studios are the BEST.

    Posted: August 30, 2011 11:01 AM
  • linc77

    assrev lol

    Posted: August 30, 2011 8:10 AM
  • StarWars_Enigma

    Why did they change Altair's voice? He sounded so badass in the first game. Now he doesnt D: this game looks awesome though! So pumped for it! :D

    Posted: August 29, 2011 5:10 PM
  • Masquerade_Assassin

    4th Paragraph, 5th Line --- leavin = leaving
    5th Paragraph, 3rd Line --- ingrediants = ingredients

    Considering only two I could find, thought it was worth mentioning. . . Back to the Article:

    AssRev. . . Really? Considering that you did live broadcast the ACR panel for Comic Con, which I do very much appreciate, i'll let that one slide. But ACR is much easier to remember and less embarasing to bring up in a conversation.

    "The key is actually an early form of the Animus, capable of sending Ezio back to one of Altair's memories."

    Not exactly. *pushes thick black plastic glasses frames up on nose* It's an artifact that encodes the users memory onto the disk. Altair previously handled the disk and encoded a memory onto it. These disks are also used as keys which, when combined on a door/seal of some kind in Mayaf, will open Altair secret library. Ezio needs these keys to get to what ever is inside, but they also act as "home movies" which re-tell key points in Altair's life.

    All in all, I also can't wait till this thing drops in November. How in god's name am I going to pack in Multiplayer and the Campaign in one week (full week college schedule but the week after ACR's drop, thanksgiving break gives me a full week off).

    Posted: August 29, 2011 4:05 PM
  • sheshnik_5

    anybody else notice altairs voice is different, when did he get an accent?

    Posted: August 29, 2011 3:11 PM
  • Takingpower

    AssRev, really? ASS-rev. why can't you just call it ACR

    Posted: August 29, 2011 1:51 PM
  • DudeMonkey77

    "Why stab when you can bomb?"

    I'd say actually being stealthy would be any good assassin's reason why.

    Posted: August 29, 2011 1:07 PM
  • Pippdaddy

    Can't wait for this, I've been playing a lot of ACB just to hold me hold me over.

    Posted: August 29, 2011 12:53 PM
  • ryguy44

    Just make time go faster until november 15th so i can play this game!!! It is what i look forward to every year for the last three years and lets hope this year is better still. Here is to 70% of our questions answered... hell yes!!!!

    Posted: August 27, 2011 8:23 PM