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 Hands-On Preview -- The New Adventures of Old Ezio

Assassin's Creed: Revelations Hands-On Preview -- The New Adventures of Old Ezio

By Miguel Concepcion - Posted Oct 11, 2011

When you reunite with a friend you haven’t seen in years, you can usually see that friend’s younger version beneath the aged complexion and wrinkles. Yet once in a while, there’s that person whose younger self is more deeply hidden under that visage worn down from the hardships of life with tired eyes that has witnessed countless deaths. It was oddly pleasing to see this in Ezio Auditore da Firenze’s face in his playable finale as the main protagonist of Assassin’s Creed: Revelations. It was a challenge for me to find that youthful, irresponsible playboy under that salt-and-pepper beard and leathery skin. It is just one of the many features in Revelations that helps give the game its own identity, while continuing this epic story of Ezio, Desmond, and Altair.

Revelations finds Ezio in the Ottoman-ruled city of Constantinople. Even before he departs the boat that takes him there, he’s already making acquaintances, particularly with a curious student who he’ll meet again later. Ezio has a more meaningful encounter shortly after getting off the boat; a local assassin named Yusuf Tazim quickly befriends Ezio and makes him our hero’s tour guide. Yusim wastes little time in showing Ezio the lay of the land and educating him on the conflicts between the Ottomans, the Byzantines, and the Templars.

Of course the presence of an assassin’s guild is a welcome complication in the scope of the political tensions of the city. Ezio himself is welcome by Yusuf’s lethal peers and is somewhat seen as a mentor; clearly Ezio’s reputation precedes him. This level of respect for our hero actually ends up serving a practical purpose in the scope of the newest gameplay addition to the series which, believe it or not, is Tower Defense. If you love it, you can look forward to a relatively impressive amount of depth as you place barriers on the ground and various assassin types on rooftops in order to thwart den invasions by the Templars. The premise involves an ongoing struggle over the dens in various districts of the city. If you dislike tower defense, you can avoid playing it altogether and give up the territory to the Templars. The price you pay are higher taxes on goods in that controlled area.

It’s of little surprise how Ubisoft has managed to produce three Assassin’s Creeds in back-to-back-to-back years. Not only has adept management of their multiple studios paid off, but the not-too-subtle recycling of level assets of Renaissance Italy has also trimmed development time. Constantinople might be almost 1,000 miles away from Roma but the basic structures are still there, just with more intricate building details and decorative flare befitting a city that is the getaway between Europe and Asia. While these often-towering structures do not look insurmountable to Ezio’s skills, Yusuf gives Ezio a literal hand in enhancing our hero’s hidden sleeve of gadgets with an item known as the hookblade.


It is a multipurpose device that extends the user’s reach, adding a bit of ease to much of the game’s climbing and ensuring those building-to-building leaps go smoothly. If you’re using it as a personal zip-line, you can end your ride early and take out unsuspecting foes from above. If you’re making an on-foot getaway, you can use this to acrobatically flip Ezio over guards’ backs. The one capability of the hookblade that stood out for me was how you can use hanging lamps to open up new options for traversing buildings and structures.

In Ezio’s past adventures, jumping toward and hanging off a lamp allowed him to make a 90-degree swing toward the next platform. You can still do that in Revelations, but the hookblade offers an added path option with the lamp grab. By using the hookblade, you’re telling the game mechanics that you want Ezio to swing forward as opposed to 90-degrees. It does make for an added challenge when engaging in pursuit missions, but it’s comforting that such a maneuver helps open up more options for Ezio.

The hookblade will certainly come in handy when you take a break from the open world exploration and explore the more solitary areas of Constantinople. Like the vast, platform-centric churches of Assassin’s Creed II or the lairs in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Revelations features these moments of LGS or linear gameplay sequences. I’ve always enjoyed these gameplay deviations, and it makes for a fine palate cleanser from spending hours in the open world areas. The one area I tried was underneath the Galata Tower.

What started as a small indoor trek quickly expanded into an otherworldly setting perfect for those who will have bought and played through Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception in the days before Revelations’ release. It’s the type of unreal setting that makes folks like me laugh and wonder what compelled anyone to make these kinds of underground structures. We’re talking about Ezio hanging off massive stone arches with 1,000-foot drops and limited platforming options. Believable or not, this area was a personal highlight during this extensive preview session.

Assassins Creed Revelations

It sounds like a trite marketing tagline, but in Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, you really do have to go back a bit before you can go forward. The game fittingly concludes Ezio’s story arc by bringing him and us closer to his connection to Altair. By uncovering relics hidden in Constantinople, Ezio is able to fashion a primitive version of the Animus and relive Altair’s experiences. With Desmond reliving Ezio and Ezio reliving Altair, I compulsively made a joke to the effect of Inception inspiring Revelations. A Ubisoft spokesperson unsurprisingly stated the preference to say that Assassin’s Creed inspired Inception. These moments in Revelations also allow Altair deserved moments of recognition for those who felt that Ezio was dominating too much of the series’ overall storyline.

Assassin's Creed: Revelations emerges from the animus on November 15 for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.

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  • the-Grim-Gamer

    I have been wating 4 this game since E3! I got all AC games accept for the psp virson bloodlines, but i had it i just sold it when i sold my psp. Im not all that thrilled about the "tower defence" thing but ill try it out. i just hope that ill still be able to brutilly murder at least a few templars in the TD areas but if not O well.

    im was reading a thing from the game yesterdy from the game, it was Ezio's travil book. in it he says that he thinks that he may have wasted his life, (not those exact words) and should settle down and have a son. maybe in AC4, (or 3 if u dont count brotherhood, but i think their done with the 1,2,3,etc. thing) we'll meet Ezio's future wife. i dont know but i do know that ill love this game!

    Also, if anyone knows what all the pre-order stuff will be in canada message me! thanks

    Posted: October 14, 2011 10:23 AM
  • HinesAbigail

    my best friend's mom makes $77 an hour on the computer. She has been out of job for 9 months but last month her check was $7487 just working on the computer for a few hours. Read about it here bit.ly/o96kLb

    Posted: October 14, 2011 8:14 AM
  • superafricanwarrior

    cant way to start killing the templairs again.

    Posted: October 12, 2011 4:05 PM
  • jqgatorman

    I think the new version of Revelations will surely be a hit and success! I cannot wait for it to be released and get my grubby hands on the game. I played alot of games and this is by far the best in the series of most released games. Stop bitching and embrace Ezio! Either you are for Ezio or you are part of the Templars! Ezio will win!

    Posted: October 12, 2011 7:59 AM
  • Metalhead980

    How are they releasing assassin creed games every year?
    Its like madden for the stealth action genre...
    Damn it! I only just finished the second game lol.

    Posted: October 11, 2011 8:49 PM
  • sousis219

    i agree i want to assassinate people hence assassin's creed will play it hope it turns out better then sounds

    Posted: October 11, 2011 1:07 PM
  • Splatch

    Im not too thrilled about this tower defense thing, If I wanted a passive strategy game I would play one. It would be one thing to set your guys in position and then jump down to help them dynamically, but I dont play these games to stand on top of a tower and watch other people fight.

    Posted: October 11, 2011 12:41 PM