Over its previous 2 incarnations, Assassins Creed has steadily improved on almost every aspect of Ubisofts mammoth stealth executiner, the difference in quality between the original Assassins Creed and Brotherhood for example, is startling. Cumbersome controls, sluggish gameplay and a thoroughly boring story were all too present in the original installment, but due to both Assassins Creed 2 and Brotherhoods innovations the series has clambered to new heights and achieved the success it so desperately deserved, so can Revelations produce further innovations?
Revelations mantra appears to be action, action and more action, which will leave many fans with a slight tinge of disappointment, as it seems the stealthier sections will play less of a role (which doesn’t make Ezio an Assassin then surely?). During one segment, Ezio annihilates an entire harbour with a flamethrower (yes you read that correctly) which is attached to a ship, after which Ezio launches across the harbour to slaughter anyone who was fortunate/unfortunate enough to survive Ezio previous violent attack, and mercilessly slaughter them before zip lining onto another boat and making a muted exit from the previous carnage.
Ezio isn’t shy when it comes to brutality, and he’s certainly comfortable with explosives too. Ezio can both purchase and create he’s own grenades for a variety of different results, sum will create smoke allowing you to drop in unannounced and stealthily take out enemy’s or use more potent grenades for a more instant and devastating attack’s. Free running is mercifully just as important in Revelations as it was in previous Assassins, and with the added hookblade which enables Ezio to zip effortlessly across Constantinople, things should move quickly and effectively. Revelations certainly isn’t subtle in its approach to violence, its frantic, aggressive and feeling more akin to an Uncharted sequel rather than Assassins, but moving away from the surreptitious and less brash gameplay is a huge gamble, and not one I’m convinced Ubisoft can pull off.
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Does the all out action gameplay sound like a good direction for Assassins Creed to go? Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts, cheers.