Assassin’s Creed: Revelations

An fun and entertaining romp through a historically accurate city-with some brutal violence.
Kyle van Rensburg - Guest Reviewer
Content at a glance:

<p><b>Violence:</b>Many occurrences of stabbings, shootings, falling,being thrown off of buildings, neck-snappings, limbs twisting, bombs, and people getting attacked whilst unarmed.</p> <p><b>Sex/Nudity:</b> Some verbal references and revealing clothing.</p> <p><b>Language: </b>Uses of B***rd, F**k, S**t, D**k, A*s, D**n, Bl***y, and B***l**ks. God and Jesus' name are used in vain infrequently.</p> <p><b>Spiritual Content: </b>Some symbols, historically accurate references to Islam. series backstory that may be problematic for Christians.</P>

The fourth installment of the Assassin’s Creed franchise follows the events of Brotherhood. The player experiences Ezio and Altair’s last years as assassins, in a satisfying send-off that will please long time fans.

The gameplay of the franchise takes a while for you to get used, but once you do, it’s quite fun! The combat feels nice and fluid, and the new hook-blade mechanic allows you to climb more preciously. There is a lot to do in the game, like finding treasures and lost books, and renovating buildings. Although I found the extra content nice, they won’t give you a reason to come back after the game is finished, except if you’re a hardcore completionist.

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There are a few more drawbacks to gameplay, like the new bomb mechanic and tower defense minigame. The bomb mechanic is about crafting custom bombs and using them against enemies. While this sounds like a good concept on paper, in execution it comes off feeling tacked-on and unnecessary.

The tower defense minigame involves you fending off waves of enemies by placing allies on rooftops. This game mode feels out of place, and it’s also not really that fun. I instead quit the minigame and went and killed the enemy leader myself.

The story of the game is okay. It is historically accurate (as far as I can tell) and it’s interesting to see how life was back in the 16th century. The game also includes a bit of a love story. I normally get extremely annoyed by this type of thing, but in Revelations it’s actually well done and not self indulgent. The game’s cliffhanger ending does well in whetting your appetite for Assassin’s Creed 3.

The audiovisual aspect is nicely done, with a lot of attention to detail in the environments and character models.

The voice acting is also good, with the actors delivering their lines flawlessly.

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Violence:
Depictions of stabbing, slicing, shooting, falling/being thrown off of buildings, neck-snapping, limbs being twisted and broken, bombs exploding, and unarmed people getting attacked.

Your character stabs enemies through various places, like the legs, arms, chest, eyes, and neck, with blood spurting out. When using a sword, your character sometimes impales them through the neck, and lifts them off the ground. He also can stab them right through the face, and swing the blade around, breaking their neck. Characters are sometimes stained with blood.

Enemies can get bludgeoned, with blood spraying and bones cracking. They can be also be shot, with blood spurting out and cries of pain being heard. When grabbing an enemy, your character can also break their necks, with a loud crack being heard and their head twists back in a painful looking way. In the heat of combat, your character also can break limbs and dislocate them, with snaps being heard and the limbs twist back in unnatural ways.

In the storyline some acts of violence also occur, like a man being shot in the shoulder with an arrow, people getting thrown off of buildings, prisoners getting executed with crossbows, a woman and a man getting stabbed with a lot of blood, buildings and ships getting blown up, a woman is hanged, a cinematic depicts a lot of people getting killed by lightning, characters falling into lava, and an explosion killing a mother and child; the scene cuts away just as the explosion reaches them.

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Sexual Content:

A few instances of women wearing revealing clothing.

Some sexual comments such as a man mentions that another man was engaged to his sister once, but his di** was engaged to six others.

A few references to whores and a man inspecting another man’s wife.

Language:

Infrequent uses of B***rd, F**k, S**t, D**k, A*s, D**n, Bl***y, and B***l**ks.  Some strong language in non-english.

God and Jesus’ name are used in vain infrequently.

Spiritual Content:

Some astrological symbols are seen, historically accurate references to Islam. A woman mentions they have been called witches and warlocks and asks you to fake a curse on a treasure box by poisoning the people who touch it.

*SPOILER WARNING!!!!!*
A device called the Apple of Eden is depicted, which has the power to alter minds and control people.

The backstory of the game involves a race called the First Civilization, which created mankind and interbred with them. Adam and Eve are also featured in the story, as well as Eden, but Eden is depicted to be a fallen paradise.

The last part is not featured in AC Revelations, but it is part of the game’s backstory, so it is noteworthy.
*SPOILERS END*

Overall, this is a solid game. Ezio and Altair’s send-offs are well done, and it’s hard not to feel a tinge of sadness when their journeys end. But I’ll be honest; this game was only released to pass the time while they worked on Assassin’s Creed 3. But in spite of that, the game is still pretty good, and I highly recommend it as long as you can handle the content.




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