You step off the ship, blinking at the sun that’s blaring down on you. Your heavy cloak and armor are highly uncomfortable in this heat, but already the shouts and murmurs of the new city welcomes you. The landscape here is so much different from your homeland in Italy, but you’ll learn to adjust. A new adventure awaits you.
In November of last year, Ubisoft released the fourth installment of the acclaimed Assassin’s Creed series. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations continues to follow the story of Ezio Auditore da Firenze, nobleman turned Assassin, and also ties back to Ezio’s ancestor Altaϊr.
The game provides players with a sprawling, open-world style of gaming, set in the stunning city of Constantinople in the 1600s. Players can choose to follow the straight path of the game, or to embark on a multitude of interesting side quests and mini-adventures. The graphics of the game are amazing, and the level of connection the design of the game allows players to make with its story and characters is simply unprecedented.
Many new characters are introduced, and as with the previous games in the series, we as players are slowly brought into Ezio’s world, making deep emotional connections with his family, friends, and Ezio himself. The story of the game is natural, and gameplay is never either too difficult or morbidly easy. We find ourselves immersed in the shadowy world of the Assassins, and enthralled with the complexity of the story as it corresponds to the history we already know of.
Designers at Ubisoft should be extraordinarily proud of what they have managed to accomplish with such a game. Over the course of four consecutive games, they have created a world that the player connects to, including characters so relatable that we as players find ourselves grieving, fighting, and falling in love as they do. In one fantastic end to a segment of the story of the Assassins, the game manages to explain all the loose ends left by everyone who played the game as well as provide a spectacular exit for Ezio.
All in all, the game is a thrill for all players, though it should be forewarned that this game does include high levels of violence, as well as some other possibly disturbing elements. That aside, the Assassin’s Creed series is my favorite released by far, and I, along with many other gamers, eagerly await the release of Assassin’s Creed III this October.